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  • JACOB SOBOROFF: Hey, what's up guys?

  • It's Jacob.

  • CARLY: And Carly.

  • JACOB SOBOROFF: Today we are taking you

  • to some of the weirdest places in the United

  • States of America.

  • CARLY: Road trip!

  • JACOB SOBOROFF: [CAR SOUNDS].

  • CARLY: Yeah, beep beep.

  • JACOB SOBOROFF: [TRUCK HORN].

  • [INTRO MUSIC]

  • JACOB SOBOROFF: If Stonehenge is too far away for you

  • and you live in the United States,

  • you are in luck because Carhenge is a place in Nebraska that

  • looks like Stonehenge, but it's made out of cars.

  • [ELECTRIC GUITAR MUSIC]

  • JACOB SOBOROFF: Whoa, that does look really cool.

  • CARLY: That's really cool.

  • JACOB SOBOROFF: These are all vintage American automobiles

  • that are spray painted grey to represent the stones

  • of Stonehenge.

  • -This is pretty incredible, actually.

  • I'm very glad I stopped.

  • JACOB SOBOROFF: What?

  • It's for sale?

  • CARLY: This could be yours.

  • JACOB SOBOROFF: Forget about the rest of the show.

  • I'm going to Carhenge.

  • [CAR ENGINE SOUNDS]

  • CARLY: Yeah, in your bumbling old 1920s car

  • that you keep driving.

  • Jacob, we're going somewhere a bit trippier.

  • We're going to Salvation Mountain with folk artist

  • Leonard Knight.

  • -As you walk up here, you can see the waterfalls

  • more clearly.

  • CARLY: He used adobe, straw, and thousands of gallons of paint

  • to personalize it with religious murals

  • and technicolor Bible verses.

  • JACOB SOBOROFF: I think I need to be

  • saved from Salvation Mountain.

  • To be honest with you, I'm not sure I'm going to make it.

  • -I pulled all these sticks out in the desert.

  • Nine years, with my little Toyota car mostly.

  • This here is the Truck Tire Tree full of adobe.

  • Ten car tires.

  • CARLY: Like a crazy Dr. Seuss meets the Bible adventure.

  • JACOB SOBOROFF: A for effort.

  • A for effort.

  • CARLY: Yes.

  • He had a dream, and he made it happen.

  • JACOB SOBOROFF: A for effort, C for creepy.

  • ALEX: Earnest, have you ever been to the Integratron?

  • EARNEST: No, I've never been anywhere in California.

  • ALEX: I will take you to see the Integratron because it

  • is one of the greatest things you'll find in the desert.

  • George Van Tassel made the Integratron.

  • And supposedly, it's acoustically perfect.

  • EARNEST: You know what what else is acoustically perfect?

  • Jason Mraz's voice.

  • [SINGING]

  • -I feel like when I get to the middle,

  • I have to put my hand down because I feel like I could

  • either get sucked up into space, or I could fall down to--

  • ALEX: Telepathic aliens told him to make it.

  • That's the first thing.

  • And then he said it's kind of based off

  • of a tabernacle and Tesla.

  • According to Van Tassel, the dome

  • is an electrostatic rejuvenator and time travel machine.

  • EARNEST: That sounds awesome.

  • ALEX: Yeah.

  • So you can go here.

  • You may never come back.

  • EARNEST: What's the craziest place

  • that you've ever heard of in Florida?

  • ALEX: All of Florida.

  • EARNEST: What if I told you there

  • was a town full of freaks, carnies, and circus performers?

  • ALEX: Not surprised.

  • EARNEST: This place is Gibsonton, Florida.

  • And it is basically a retirement community

  • for circus performers.

  • -If you would go in there any night,

  • and you're liable to see three or four fat people,

  • a couple of giants, maybe some midgets,

  • dwarfs, Emmett, the alligator-skinned man,

  • Bill Durks, who had three eyes and two noses,

  • and they would be there.

  • This was the hangout.

  • EARNEST: Over the years, this place

  • has been home to Percilla the monkey girl,

  • and even the Lobster Boy.

  • ALEX: What if there's a freak accident?

  • EARNEST: Every accident is a freak accident.

  • MILES: Lizzie, how long have you lived in LA?

  • LIZZIE: Three years.

  • MILES: Have you ever seen the Watts Towers?

  • LIZZIE: I have not.

  • MILES: Shame on you.

  • The Watts towers, built by a guy named Sabato Rodia, AKA Simon.

  • He built this in his own backyard, bit by bit.

  • Cement, steel, rebar, glass, chicken wire.

  • Where is he getting all this material?

  • LIZZIE: Neighborhood kids brought

  • him garbage to put in these towers.

  • That's what it is.

  • It's kids going through dumpsters and being like,

  • here, sir, have some broken glass.

  • Which I think you could only do in the '20s

  • and have it be totally cool.

  • -He wasn't an engineer, but he had a really good sense

  • for how things work.

  • And he made very strong structures

  • that have withstood moderate earthquakes and winds.

  • MILES: This team of engineers from UCLA

  • was coming to go check it out, assess it, and see what they

  • can do to help keep the towers strong.

  • He spent over 30 years from 1921 to 1955

  • building this as a tribute to his adopted country of America.

  • LIZZIE: So he built a lot of this during the Depression.

  • MILES: Yeah, here's the kicker.

  • He didn't even use scaffolding to build these towers.

  • He was just doing it bit by bit.

  • LIZZIE: What was he doing?

  • Just climbing?

  • MILES: Yeah, like a maniac.

  • LIZZIE: They're beautiful.

  • Good job.

  • Miles--

  • MILES: Yes?

  • LIZZIE: I feel certain you've heard of the Playboy Mansion

  • before.

  • MILES: No.

  • Yes.

  • LIZZIE: Yes.

  • I'm sure you also know Danny MacAskill, famous mountain

  • biker.

  • MILES: Duh.

  • LIZZIE: OK.

  • He recently took a tour of the Playboy Mansion on his bike,

  • because how else do you do that?

  • MILES: I always worry about the Grotto.

  • How many germs are in that pool?

  • LIZZIE: A lot.

  • [MUSIC PLAYING]

  • LIZZIE: It's located in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles.

  • There's a gymnasium, there's a movie studio.

  • It's actually one of the few properties

  • in the country that has a zoo license.

  • They have 50 species of birds all on the property.

  • MILES: It's like an iconic piece of Americana, though.

  • Regardless of how you may feel about it,

  • everyone kind of wants to go see the Playboy Mansion.

  • LIZZIE: I want to go see it.

  • I didn't know there was a zoo.

  • JACOB SOBOROFF: All right, my favorite time again.

  • We're going to answer some of your comments and questions.

  • Luke Barnard asks,

  • "Earnest, what's your favorite episode you've ever done?"

  • Hey, Earnest!

  • EARNEST: The Star Wars episode.

  • It was the first of the big specials that we did.

  • And it was also the first time I ever

  • felt just comfortable being on camera.

  • JACOB SOBOROFF: You have so much to learn, young padawan.

  • CARLY: You sweet little man.

  • DomoAtTheArcade wants to know, Where's Alex?

  • He's probably shaving his beard."

  • ALEX: This is what you want, Domo?

  • This is what you want?

  • I miss my beard.

  • JACOB SOBOROFF: And finally, Michael Gazdecki

  • declares, "There's nothing like having

  • your hands inside a warm chicken." [SINGING]

  • Nothing like having a dirty chicken on my hand at work.

  • CARLY: Bawk, bawk!

  • JACOB SOBOROFF: That's it for today, guys.

  • Keep the comments coming.

  • CARLY: We have so much fun answering them.

  • JACOB SOBOROFF: Now play us out.

  • TOGETHER: Klaxons!

  • [MUSIC - KLAXONS, "ECHOES"]

JACOB SOBOROFF: Hey, what's up guys?

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6 of the CRAZIEST Places in AMERICA!

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    Halu Hsieh posted on 2014/11/21
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