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The BIG Times, May 2013

A round-up of BIG news highlights across the globe, and other BIG finds we want to share!


I got to do something last week that I’ve wanted to do ever since moving to the Hudson Valley: tour Bannerman’s Castle on Pollopel Island in the middle of the Hudson River. In the early 1900’s, Frank Bannerman was the world’s largest buyer of surplus military equipment, and he built this castle to store it in! Public tours have started for the season. You can take a boat to the island, walk the trails, and enjoy amazing views of the castle, Bannerman residence, and the river.

Bannerman Castle

Bannerman Castle, on Pollopel Island in the Hudson River


News which caught our attention over the past month:

Nearly 200 new rides and attractions open this summer at more than 80 theme parks, water parks, family fun centers, zoos, aquariums, and museums in the United States and Canada, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). Among the highlights we’re anxious to see is the world’s largest animatronic dinosaur at King’s Island in Ohio, which just opened for the season. Sauroposeidon is the length of three school buses and the height of a six-story building!

King's Island

The Sauroposeidon is part of the “Dinosaurs Alive!” attraction at King’s Island


Later this month, the 160-acre Six Flags Great Adventure theme park in Jackson, New Jersey, will unite with the 350-acre Wild Safari animal park to become the world’s largest theme park! The new Safari Off Road Adventure will take guests for a ride in an open-air vehicle for off-road animal interactions over rugged terrain. Look for a GBOGH first-hand report in June!


Now that we’re on Instagram, we find a lot of fun images of BIG things, like this SOLO cup that Sean posted. We asked if we could share it, and he was totally game! This is located in front of the closed SOLO plant in Springfield, MO. We’ll be sad when the building is sold and the cup is taken down.

Solo Cup

Solo Cup, Springfield, MO

Sean has quite a few images of “world’s largest” stuff in his Instagram feed, including the World’s Largest Fork!


  1. Mike said,
    May 7, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    Strange stuff. I love the picture of the girl looking up at the dinosaur. Adds a nice perspective to its “Bigness” 🙂

  2. Scott said,
    May 7, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

    That looks like it would have been a seriously cool castle in its prime. I would love to walk through it now.

  3. Rachel said,
    May 10, 2013 @ 1:28 am

    That huge dinosaur must be fascinating to see in person, and that castle would look really awesome when shot at night.

  4. Will said,
    May 12, 2013 @ 8:18 pm

    I need to visit that castle. I live in CT and can’t believe something that sick is so close! Definitely going on my next road trip itinerary.

  5. July 24, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

    That’s a gorgeous shot right there with the dinosaur and the little girl! The castle has quite intrigued me and the story behind it. Bookmarking this for future reference. Thanks for sharing! Your blog’s chockfull of awesome fun stuff.. Keep ’em up!