SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Finding the world’s largest beer or the biggest burger isn’t always obvious with small towns often laying claim to such titles to attract weary travelers for an interesting stop-off.
ProfessionalTravelGuide.com, has put together a list of some of the more unusual largest things in the world here with the list not endorsed by Reuters:
1. World’s Largest Beer - La Crosse, Wisconsin
Drive past Heileman’s Brewery in La Crosse to see the world’s largest beer, part of the world’s largest six-pack. Could this be anywhere else but Wisconsin? While in the state, visit the world’s largest talking cow (Neillsville), world’s largest penny (Woodruff) and the largest “M” (Platteville).
2. Largest Lobster - New Brunswick, Canada
Citizens of Shediac, New Brunswick, celebrate their self-proclaimed status as “Lobster Capital of the World” with their 35 ft statue of a lobster. The largest lobster recorded was caught in Nova Scotia, weighing 44 lbs (20 kg).
3. Biggest Burger - Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub, Clearfield, Pennsylvania (although this claim often faces rivals)
Order ahead for a 123 lb (56 kg) burger. Of course, there’s always the 6 lb (3 kg) version if you’re just after a snack.
4. Largest Velvet Elvis - The Tattoo Factory, Chicago, Illinois
At the Tattoo Factory in Chicago, stands what is currently the largest velvet Elvis, at 12 ft by 12 ft. Elvis is pictured with a tear in his eye, possibly from the thought of having been immortalized on velvet.
5. Biggest High School - Manila, Philippines
Did you have a large graduating class? So do the nearly 25,000 students at Rizal High School in Manila, Philippines.
6. World’s Largest Restaurant - Damascus, Syria
Damascus Gate, a Chinese and Indian restaurant, was opened more than three years ago and can seat more than 6,000 diners. The crucial test for the Guinness World Record officials is that all the tables are properly catered for -- and the restaurant does so, hiring up to 1,800 staff.
7. Largest Home - Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina
The world’s largest private home is open for tours and special events year-round. The Biltmore Estate is George W. Vanderbilt’s palatial home built in the 1890s.
8. Tallest Roller Coaster - Jackson, New Jersey
The Six Flags Great Adventure is the home of Kingda Ka, a steel roller-coaster standing a frightening 456 ft tall. It opened in 2005, beating the second-highest at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.
Editing by Belinda Goldsmith