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March 18, 2008

Ball of Twine

Roy_twine Cawker City, Kansas is the home of the World's Largest Ball of Twine. Frank Stoeber started the Ball of Twine in 1953. In just 4 years it weighed 5,000 pounds and stood 8 feet high. Stoeber gave the ball to Cawker City in 1961. Many of the businesses on the short main street have paintings containing the ball of twine in their windows. A twine stripe of the sidewalks leads from the World's Largest Ball of Twine to the pictures.

The Twine Ball project

Other Kansas attractions, including the Emmett Kelly Museum in Sedan, Kansas

From Spiral Pocus. Also there, the giant Space Shuttle External Tank

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June 04, 2007

Gravity Wave

Winterset The Fenelon Place elevator is described as the world's shortest, steepest scenic railway, 296 feet in length, elevating passengers 189 feet from Fourth Street to Fenelon Place in Dubuque. (From Presurfer)

Beautiful eastern Iowa flickr slideshow, by Todd Ehlers

Time Lapse Video of a "Gravity Wave" in Iowa. (YouTube). Per wikipedia, in fluid dynamics, gravity waves are waves generated in a fluid medium or at the interface between two mediums (e.g. the atmosphere or ocean) which has the restoring force of gravity or buoyancy

Winterset, Iowa, the Birthplace of John Wayne

Thanks to the readers who emailed and left comments – I am no longer ill

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March 19, 2007

Flying raccoon & frozen grain silos

Flying_racoon The story of Ricky the Flying Raccoon

The Raj in Fairfield, Iowa - Traditional Ayurveda rejuvenation treatments in French county-style hotel

Every winter, Climber Don Briggs hoses down some grain silos with water, and builds ice mountains in Cedar Falls

Iowa football players bobbleheads

"As early as 1992, students at Grinnell College, a small liberal arts school in Iowa, began receiving strange, anonymous letters in the mail. The letters contained homemade greeting cards with crudely drawn pictures—men crawling on the ground, toilets and trash cans, twin closet doors—and jokes that didn’t make any sense." Chasing the Duclod man. (With additional information on this Metafilter thread)

Punk rock in north-central Iowa, 1977-2007. (Also from Metafilter)

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October 01, 2006

Des Moines' well-endowed flood control

Iowa_road_sign Here’s an aerial photo of Des Moines' detention basin at 2617 Easton Blvd. The nearly four-acre basin was constructed about two years ago and "took some of the load off of the pipe downstream" and helps prevent flooding. Consultants who work for the city did not design the $5.7 million detention basin to resemble anything, but recent e-mails to City Hall from area residents seem to have found "art" in the not-so-subtle phallic design

Artist Paco Rosic’s Sistine Chapel in spray paint in Waterloo, Iowa. (From Mira y Calla)

Thumbnail Photos of Iowa Telephone Directories

Antonin Dvorak in Spillville, Iowa, 1893

Marquette, Iowa, Population: 479 people, 1 pink elephant

The Iowa Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame

Historic Bridges of Iowa

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April 22, 2006

21 Years Apart

Iowa_corn_ Iowa City got hit by tornado on April 13, 2006. (From Coudal). The twister sculpture was undamaged

Architecture of Richard Meier: The Des Moines Art Center Addition

Oxford Project, an effort to document small-town Iowa life through the images and words of its people. "A lot of people don't like small towns because they're so tight knit," Mr. Stoker said in an interview. "But that's what makes the place so great. You know who's sleeping with whom, but when your mother dies you know there will be 28 people at your door with casseroles."

A Field Of Giant Corn Ears in Dublin, OH

Blog_of_the_day I started adding to the old “Blog Of The Day” category again. Today’s BotD is Guy Kawasaki’s blog Signum sine tinnitu. If you’d like to recommend an excellent, fresh blog for consideration, please email me.

Many More Unusual Links about Iowa Here

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October 26, 2005

State Farm

State_fair_champion Going back to Iowa, for Grant Wood was the formative experience in his artistic life

'Iowa sucks'. Officials say the grass should be regaining its color by October 15

2003 Iowa Gas Swap Meet, from “Old Gas”, The Gas Station & Auto Service Collectibles Web Site

For eight years I have been the leading supplier of hybrid seed corn in Winneshiek County, Iowa and the reason is clear: My seed is pure

One of the world's largest pizzas - 50,000 slices in Iowa Falls


Twas the night before Fitzmas, and in the White House
Every one was scared shitless, and Bush was quite soused
The indictments were hanging like Damoceles’ sword
As verminous oxen prepared to be gored…

Many More Unusual Links about Iowa Here

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January 08, 2005

American Vedic

Grant_wood_2Welcome to Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa, incorporated on July 21, 2001, as a model of ideal city life, in honor of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

"Farming in the 20’s", from Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa

Lincoln Highway postcards

Grasses of Iowa

Butter Cow at the Iowa State Fair

Oceans of Kansas, Fossils from the Late Cretaceous Western Interior Sea. (From “The Corpuscle”)

Abandoned Airfields in Iowa. (From Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields with unusual histories)

The Danish Immigrant Museum in Elk Horn, IA

Images from Living In Iowa

(About the models for "American Gothic" by Grant Wood). Many More Unusual Links about Iowa Here

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May 08, 2004

Dairy Cams / Corn Cams

iowa-med Herky on Parade is an event designed to "Take the Hawkeye Spirit to the Street”. (From “Pure Essense” - “My boyfriend andy had won the Gold Medal at Iowa State VICA Compatition for automative service technology”)

“Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat,
What are they feeding you?
Smelly cat, smelly cat
It's not your fault?” – A strange video about saying goodbye to "Friends" (?) in Des Moines... (From “Attu”). Similarly, just as bizarre, another short film about 9 Naked Men (?) - No idea what they are about...

Panoramic view of Downtown Iowa City

Dairy-Cam is a collaborative effort with Northeast Iowa Community College and Iowa Farmer Today

Breaking news - Tree Huggers hug Trees

Our Eclectic Links about Iowa Here

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March 19, 2004

Links from Iowa

iowa.jpg”Antique Power” has kept history alive by publishing magazines dedicated to antique tractors and antique trucks

"Rooting for Carrots in Iowa" - Caroline Hoyt is the proud owner of a brilliant set of carrot collectibles

Scaling Counties in a Checkerboard State, State delegate equivalents and the 2004 Iowa caucuses. By Jonathan Corum

Iowa 80 - World's Largest Truck stop

100 cowboy actors and actresses at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum, West Branch, Iowa (from ”The Cartoonist”)

See our complete links about Iowa here

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January 31, 2004

Here is the 2003 Grow-a-Brain Iowa Collection

Harvester 1908 Iowa Counties

Aboard The Underground Railroad , the organized effort to assist slaves to escape - 12/16/03

Amana Heritage Society (From "Plep") - 10/26/03

Artist Stan Herd creates large artworks on the ground that can be best viewed & appreciated from above. Here is a four acre landscape design near a Cedar Rapids airport runway . (From "Dublog") - 12/13/03

Brian brought some homemade Antique Fishing Lures with him from his trip home. We didn't think that there might be some websites for such. There are many! - 11/9/03

Corn Cam

Dairycam from Iowa (By way of "Sciatica" )

"Field Of Dreams" in Dyersville. Other films shot in Iowa

Futures at the Iowa Electronic Markets

Gardens to Visit in Iowa

Grant Wood's World and "American Gothic" Parodies

Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa

Heavy Malt Liquor drinking in Iowa City - How to get good & drunk

"Ice Cream Capital of the World" - one of the hundreds of towns that have some unique "Claims to fame" - 11/11/03

Local Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation

Miss Iowa USA

Official Iowa Website

On A Rock In Rural Iowa (Thanks, Brian!) - 10/31/03

Our friends come from Armstrong, Iowa Population 979, where "Rush hour only lasts 15 minutes & there are Fresh mosquitoes every year".... - 7/12/03

Panoramic maps of Iowa, 1847-1929 - 1/10/04

Pictures of Iowa

Pork Queen 2004 and 2003- 2/3/04

Square dancing tractors (slow to load, worth the wait).

Square Dance Patter Sayings are rhymes or jingles said by callers while dancers are executing a long call such as Promenade Home. Things like: "All jump up and never come down, Swing Your pretty girl round and round"

Steam Tunnels at Iowa State (From "Plep" )

Student bondage club makes comeback at ISU

Swine Winners

The Farm - 12/26/03

The flag of The Iowa of Oklahoma and The Bead Code of the Zulus (From "Symbolism of Color": Using Color for Meaning) - 12/24/03

Trappist Caskets from the New Melleray Abbey in Peosta - 10/25/03

Test Your Knowledge of Iowa Small Towns

Tasty Insect Recipes from Iowa State University

iowaplateUSS Iowa

Welcome to Hardin County - 12/16/03

Welcome to the Iowa State Fair

Wind Farms

Got interesting Iowa Links? Please submit them here!

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