“Glove’s Harbour? Oh yeah, that’s the town with that giant squid.”

On November 2, 1878, the world’s largest squid — according to the Guiness Book of World Records — landed on the beaches of Glove’s Harbour, a little fishing town in Newfoundland. About 125 years later, the town erected an enormous, life-sized model of the squid, so that all who look upon it might be awestruck.

Interestingly, this info comes to me via a web devoted to archiving 274 of the enormous, weird statues that towns in Canada have erected — including massive Canadian geese, moose, and a colossal Kielbassa. As the site’s owner notes:

It is funny, even though communities erect these big things, they sometimes seem embarrassed by their pressence. I am always surprised at some communities with “Big Things” that do not include pictures of them in their own tourist brochures. The irony is that the pictures they do include make their communities look just like any other. What is sometimes unique about their community is their “Big Thing”.

(Thanks to John Tinmouth for this one!)

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