The World's Largest Shuttlecocks on a Missouri Road Trip

Is there a contest out for worst song lyrics ever?

Missouri Road Trip: Day 2

FYI, Missouri radio plays three songs:

  1. Lady GaGa’s Love Games (I want to take a ride on your disco stick…)
  2. 3OH!3’s Don’t Trust Me (do the Helen Keller and talk with your hips…)
  3. Miley Cyrus’s The Climb


After the hot dog eating contest Brian and I hit the road for some more awesometacular adventures! We explored Kansas City (both in Missouri and Kansas) a bit, first hitting up the World’s Largest Soccer Ball! FYI, it’s on a creepy little road that if you go just a bit too far on seems to all of a sudden turn into an abandoned highway. That’s probably not what it is but it’s what it seems like. You’re all of a sudden on a bride overpass of the highway. Creepy, cool. After that we tried to stop at a Sinclair station for gas, but alas it was closed down.

World's Largest Soccer Ball on a Missouri road trip.

Next was the garment district where, just like in New York City, there was a giant needle and button!

Giant Needle and Button on a Missouri road trip.

At this point I was getting hungry, and Brian was feeling good to eat again, so we stopped off at the Town Topic, another of the top picks from Hamburger America! It was a great little place and the ladies at the counter seemed kind of disgusted that Brian had just eaten in a hot dog eating contest and kind of happy that we said that we’d saved room for their burgers! The burger was delicious and you can never go wrong with a place that serves tater tots!

Lunch at Town Topic on a Missouri road trip.

From there we found a giant old-fashioned Iron and headed off to find one of the coolest things EVER: The World’s Largest Shuttlecocks at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art! FYI, if you try to climb them an automated voice recording will tell you not to. Not that we would ever ever do such a thing.

The World's Largest Shuttlecocks on a Missouri road trip.

The World's Largest Shuttlecocks on a Missouri road trip.

We then left Kansas City and made our way south to see the World’s Largest Coal Shovel. FYI, a coal shovel looks nothing like a, say, snow shovel. But it was huge and metal and very impressive! We found a giant mushroom, although it was on the opposite side of the road, and a miniature church that definitely wasn’t the smallest I’ve seen but was cute and small none the less and was situated in a park.

World's Largest Coal Shovel on a Missouri road trip.

Giant mushroom on a Missouri road trip.

Small church on a Missouri road trip.

At a gas station we found a crapduster with a spinning propeller…

crapduster with a spinning propeller on a Missouri road trip.

Then we stopped for a treat at a Superman museum that doubles as an ice cream parlor! I have to say it was pretty awesome. Not only was the ice cream delicious, and the “museum” spectacular, but the service and customers were polite and friendly. It felt like a real neighborhood haunt where everyone in the whole place will come together to chat!

Superman museum and ice cream parlor on a Missouri road trip.

Superman museum and ice cream parlor on a Missouri road trip.

We next found our way to a pair of giant hands. FYI, there is a parking lot for it. FYI2 there is a staircase for it. FYI3 we found neither before parking on a side street and climbing up the side of the hill they live on. But they were giant and kind of cool.

Giant praying hands on a Missouri road trip.

Finally we made our way in the dark down some gravel farm roads and found a tiny church behind a gate. And that may very well have been the smallest church I’ve ever seen.

Tiny church on a Missouri road trip.

By then it was dark and a bit too late to continue for much longer, so we made our way to Springfield, Missouri, where there were apparently three conventions and therefore no hotel rooms but we managed to find a place to lay our heads for the night before finishing our Missouri road trip the next day.

Read more from my Missouri road trip:

Road Trip Day 1

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier in Kansas City, Missouri

Road Trip Day 3


Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

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