Around Town: Wednesday, March 2

When Erika Nelson transformed a vehicle used to transport elderly people in Anderson County, Kansas, into "the world's only traveling roadside attraction," she couldn't possibly have been of sound mind. The maxi-van's makeover resulted in an exhibit called The World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things -- we swear we're not making this up -- which celebrates replicas of the inane small-town claims to fame that plague the Midwest (and, may we say, Kansas in particular). Some examples: the Largest Ball of Popcorn, found in Sac City, Iowa; the Biggest Cow Hairball, at home in Garden City, Kansas; and Tipton, Missouri's ultimate testament to cocaine -- oops, billiards -- the World's Largest Eight Ball. It's the town's water tower. We've seen it. Catch the mobile museum as it lumbers through town today on a tour stop to visit -- what else? -- the World's Largest Shuttlecocks at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (4525 Oak).

See www.worldslargestthings.com for more information.


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