Giant Sculptures On the North Dakota Plains

The Enchanted Highway, North Dakota

The Enchanted Highway is a 32-mile stretch of highway starting at Exit 72 on Interstate 94, about 20 miles east of Dickinson, in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of North Dakota. The paved county highway, which begins near the town of Gladstone and terminates at Regent, features a collection of large scrap metal sculptures depicting geese, deer, pheasants, grasshoppers, Teddy Roosevelt, and even a complete Tin Family. The sculptures were created by retired school teacher Gary Greff, from the town of Regent, who did it in the hopes of putting his hometown prominently on the map and thus prevent it from fading away into obscurity.

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“Pheasants on the Prairie”, one of the sculptures on the Enchanted Highway.

Small towns in the country were slowly being deserted and Gary Greff was worried about this growing trend. So beginning in 1990, he started creating massive metal sculptures that he planned to place along the Regency-Gladstone Road every few miles to arouse the curiosity of drivers and tourist using the road. Gary wants to create ten sculptures. So far, he has completed seven and the eighth one is reportedly in progress. All the sculptures face north, toward the oncoming traffic from the interstate, and each one is accompanied by a pull-out area with place for picnic and tourists to unwind. It was Gary’s idea to rename the road the Enchanted Highway.

Gary is helped by volunteers and local farmers who know about metal works and welding. Some farmers also gave him generous terms on leasing land to erect the work – something like $1 for 20 year lease, with renewal. Local boy scout troops and shop class have helped with some of the signs and picnic tables. But Gary does most of the work and all the maintenance. He cuts the grass under the statues, and builds the parking areas and fences.

Although Gary struggles for money and material for each construction, his dreams are big. Gary eventually wants to add a water park, restaurant, and even an amphitheater. So far he has managed to add a spectacular inn with 19 rooms which should bring him some revenue for all the troubles that he went through.

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“Geese in Flight” has been listed as the largest scrap metal sculpture in the world by the Guinness World Book of Records. The main structure is 154 feet wide and 110 feet tall. The largest goose has a wingspan of 30 feet. It was created in 2001.

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“Deer Crossing” was constructed out of used oil well tanks and erected in 2002. The jumping buck is 75 feet tall and 60 feet long.  The doe is 50 feet long and 50 feet tall.

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“Grasshoppers in the Field” was built in 1999. The structure is 60 feet long and 40 feet tall.

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“Fisherman’s Dream” includes 6 large fish of different sizes including a 60 or 70 foot leaping trout going after a giant dragonfly.

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“Pheasants on the Prairie” is a giant rooster and hen and their three chicks. This work was erected between 1996 and 1997.

 

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“Teddy Roosevelt Rides Again” is a 51-feet tall wire sculpture of Teddy Roosevelt made out of pipes. It was erected in 1993. Roosevelt is accompanied by a small wooden stage coach being pulled by horses.

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“The Tin Family” consisting of a Dad, Mom and a Son, was erected in 1991. The tallest character, the Dad, is 45 feet tall.

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Trumpet-like sounds recorded over Hawaii mountains

Trumpet-like sounds recorded over Hawaii mountains lead to speculation it could be ‘a sign of the second coming’

  • A strange trumpet sound erupted over the skies of Pahala, Hawaii on April 3 
  • The noise made some people wonder if it was a signal of a coming apocalypse
  • Similar noises have been heard multiple times before in Hawaii and other islands 

Could it be a sign of the end of time?

A strange trumpet sound was heard in Hawaii last week – leaving people wondering whether or not it could be a sign of a coming apocalypse.

Youtube channel Snippins News posted a video of the sound, which erupted over the mountains on Pahala on April 3.

Admins said this was far from the first time the sounds have been heard on the island, or in other parts of the world for that matter.

It’s not clear exactly what caused the sounds, or where they might have come from, but it’s possible they were caused by things such as tidal waves, methane explosions, underground earthquakes or shifting sand dunes.

Many people who watched the video noted that the sounds might have come from something unearthly.

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‘Jesus Christ is coming soon. I say it is a trumpet,’ YouTube user ‘Believer John Seventeen’ posted.

But other people wondered if the sounds came from extra terrestrial beings.

The alien-focused YouTube page Secureteam UFO asked if it could share the video on its channel.

One user simply joked: ‘Godzilla,’ about the noises.

I’m putting my money on Godzilla.

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Awesomely Bad Music Video With Tanks and Suicide Drones

Azerbaijan’s Border Guard Has This Awesomely Bad Music Video With Tanks and Suicide Drones

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The internet really has radically defined the ways military and security forces, as well as defense contractors, can promote themselves, while also giving journalists and researchers copious amounts of extra material to pore over when looking for new and interesting tidbits. Case in point, a recent and slickly produced music video from Azerbaijan’s State Border Service, featuring a former contestant on The Voice of Azerbaijan, along with a full band, performing around tanks, armed helicopters, and patrol boats. It even includes the launch of Israeli-made suicide drones.

Azerbaijan’s border guard posted the music video, titled “Ways of the Queen” and staring Narmin Karimbayova and Nur Group, on its official YouTube channel, which is a thing that most definitely exists, on April 11, 2018. Joseph Dempsey, a defense researcher with the International Insitute for Strategic Studies, was among the first to notice that, in addition to a catchy song, the full production offered an unusually detailed look at some of the small Caucasus country’s most advanced weaponry. It also prominently features clips of dictatorial President Ilham Aliyev, who has run the country since 2003, when his father, Heydar Aliyev, died.

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