Australia has a passion for Big Things.
We have a Big Prawn, Penguin, Merino, Bull, Pineapple, Banana, Mango (yes, I know, there is a disproportionate amount of fruit…), Koala, Pie, Kelpie, Guitar, Peanut, Blue Heeler, Rocking Horse… I could go on and on, there are at least 150 of them scattered around the country. If you’re at all interested in this phenomenon, I suggest you have a look at the article about it on Wikipedia, here.
Australia also specialises in very, very odd place names. I won’t bore you with another list. Suffice it to say that the other day we had a close encounter with a Big Thing in an Odd Place.
The inhabitants of Mooball, in northern New South Wales have decided to celebrate their Odd Place’s oddness. Every telegraph pole in town has its bottom section painted white with big black patches, like a Friesian cow. Moo…Cow, geddit? The village’s café is entirely covered in black and white patches. So is the jeep outside. The joke goes on and on, all over town.
Directly across the road from the Moo Moo Café is Mooball’s Big Thing. We saw it, we screeched to a halt and we had to take a photo! Here is Miss Scarlett, a very big bike herself, suffering a bad case of hero worship. Mooball’s big thing is a Big Bike. And the crazy thing actually goes. Not fast, but it moves, the wheels turn and it makes motorbike type noises. Someone spent a lot of time, energy and money creating this Big Bike, which has appeared in countless photos.
As we were leaving, a coachload of tourists arrived and immediately started photographing everything. I suspect they may have been on a Big Thing tour…. yes, they do exist.
What’s the best Big Thing you’ve ever seen? It doesn’t have to be in Australia, I’m sure other countries must have some of these oddities.