Illinois is full of a lot of interesting things providing a plethora of selfie opportunities.

In Casey, Illinois there are eight "world's largest" items in the tiny town. One of them is this massive mailbox.

Big Things Small Town via Instagram
Big Things Small Town via Instagram
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This monstrosity alone attractions from all over the state.

A Few Fun Notes: 

  • The flag on the mailbox actually works.
  • Visitors can walk inside the physical mailbox for a bird's eye view.
  • Visitors can send a postcard from inside the attraction for free.

Here's a look at all the "world's largest" things in Casey, Illinois.

HOLY %^&*

Hidden in Chicago, Illinois is a poop fountain.

Dakota Kridler, Facebook
Dakota Kridler, Facebook
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This is not a joke. Well, it kind of is in that the artist who made this did so as a tribute to all the dogs that poo in his flower bed in front of this Chicago home. (You can read more about it here.)

This next hidden gem is perplexing.

THE SECRET MERMAID

Google Street View
Google Street View
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Sometime before 2000, four sculptors combined their skills to create a mermaid out of a random rock in Chicago's Burnham Park. The mermaid was carved into the rock in a way that it was only on one side. The entire rock was not sculpted.

in 2000, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers discovered the work of art while doing some restoration work to the area. When the media learned of this there were all sorts of speculation about where the mermaid came from.

The artwork was removed at some point and then brought back for the public to enjoy.

WHERE IS IT, EXACTLY?

This is the perplexing part. It used to sit near the water at Oakwood Beach but, when looking at Google Stree View (last updated 2021), the mermaid appears to be missing?

Where the heck is it?

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

This Abandoned Illinois Animal Hospital Is Littered with A Whole Lot of Strange

This animal hospital has sat deserted since at least the early 2000s.

Ummm, can anyone explain why these toys are tethered to an abandoned motel south of Rockford???