The World’s Largest Objects

Go big or go home!

Go big or go home! We say, "go big" and travel to see some of the world's largest objects. You will be nothing short of amazed at the sheer size of some of these things as you try to take in the enormity of it all. If you are looking for big time fun, you've gotta live large!

World's Largest Coffee Pot - Old Salem Coffee Pot

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Talk about the jitters! This North Carolina roadside attraction is so much more stimulating than a cuppa Joe. Old Salem Coffee Pot (AKA the "Mickey Pot") has been around since 1858 and stands at over 7 feet tall. With the capacity to hold close to 12,000 cups of coffee, Old Salem Coffee Pot could put Starbucks out of business. As you may have guessed, the pot does not actually get filled with coffee; it was built to attract customers to stop inside brothers Samuel and Julius Mickey's tin shop. If you thought your "venti" was plenty, seeing this giant pot will perk you up more than caffeine ever will.

Old Salem Rd. Winston-Salem, NC 27101

World's Largest Pizza (delivery) – Mallie's Sports Grill & Bar

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Pizza Hut may be your usual go-to when your stomach grumbles for a cheese or pepperoni pie, but when you are really hungry, even their largest pie won't satisfy. Lucky for pizza lovers in Michigan, Mallie's Sports Grill & Bar will deliver a 100 pound pie that is 6' x 6' in size. And it comes to your door via truck. You will surely need plenty of napkins…and money. The tremendous pizza will cost you $300. And all that dough, sauce, and cheese is sure to put a dent in your diet, but there's always your "cheat day." If pizza's not your thing, Mallie's is also the home of the world's largest burger – a 1,793 pound patty that is no doubt a vegetarian's worst nightmare.

19400 Northline Rd. Southgate, MI 48195

World's Longest Piano – The Alexander Piano

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If you travel to New Zealand, be sure to make it to Dunedin so you can "tickle the ivories" on the world's longest piano, the Alexander Piano. Nearly 19 feet long, this grand piano is the grandest of them all. And along with its impressive size is the equally extraordinary builder, Adrian Mann, who began the feat of creating this musical mammoth when he was only 15! It took five years to build and has made its way to various cities to be viewed by piano pros and lovers of all things large. Now the Alexander Piano is back in Mann's workshop, still on display for interested music enthusiasts. "We're all in the mood for a melody…"

King Edward Court, Room 21, 291 Stuart St. Dunedin, New Zealand

World's Largest Grapevine – The Great Vine

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If you "heard it through the grapevine," then you know the world's largest is located in Hampton Court Palace in East Molesey, England. The Great Vine is just that…great. Not only due to its dramatic size, but its long history – it is close to 250 years old. Planted initially for King George III, this divine vine's longest rod is approximately 120 feet. And for the past two and a half centuries, The Great Vine has been producing grapes, perfect for sweet wine production with about 600 pounds of the juicy fruit picked each harvest season. Raise a glass (a big one) to the huge things of history!

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, England

World's Largest Slinky

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When was the last time you played with a Slinky? If you recall, the coiled toy was a blast to flip-flop around or watch in wonder as it made its way down a staircase. But you had a regular size Slinky, not the super-size spectacle you will find in Richmond, VA at the Virginia Historical Society as part of an exhibition called "Toys of the '50s, '60s, and '70s.". This sizable Slinky is 4 feet high and reaches 100 feet in length when stretched. According to Atlas Obscura, "It took about a month for Allen W. Jessee to build the slinky, displayed in VHS's lobby, out of medium-density fiberboard, a compressed wood product that actually keeps the sculpture relatively light at 150 pounds." Bring out your inner child and see the Slinky you wish you could have played with as a kid.

428 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220

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Like so many out there I haven't been traveling. With everything going on these days I've been staying home, which I love, but it does have me itching to travel. The international section of Netflix just isn't satisfying my travel bug like it used to (trust me, if it's been recommended I've watched it).

I was looking for another way I could travel without leaving home so I did the rounds of take-out food: Chinese, German, Italian, and Mexican. This was fun and tasty but a pricey way to explore the world.

A friend of mine suggested taking a prepping approach to travel and try Rosetta Stone: a language learning program that offers an annual plan with access to 24+ languages.

I've always wanted to learn a new language but have had trouble committing. I was a bit wary about starting Rosetta Stone but ultimately decided to give it a shot.

The Unlimited Languages plan works out to be $7.99 a month for 12 months (what a deal). While I was determined to learn Spanish in anticipation of my dream trip to Spain, this plan allows me to switch to any of the other 24+ languages.

I was excited to get started and use the app. I figured with all of the extra time I had until I could actually go on my trip, I'd aspire to be near fluent by the time it happened.

Jumping right in, I took a ton of lessons through their app and really binged the language. I loved the focus on conversational language, phrases, and vocabulary but after about a week I had burned myself out a bit.

I ended up pulling back and doing 10-minute lessons a day. This was manageable and easy to incorporate into my schedule whether it was by doing a lesson over my morning coffee or winding down right before bed. Learning in bite-sized amounts helped me digest the information and really process what I was being taught.

After a couple of weeks, I was getting really comfortable with Rosetta Stone and was actually enjoying the learning process… even though I wasn't a big fan of language when I was in school. What really set this experience apart for me was the Phrasebook and Seek & SpeakⓇ features.

Phrasebook teaches short, useful expressions that I know will come in handy on my trip. Seek & SpeakⓇ definitely brought the fun back into learning for me, as it has you do a scavenger hunt for everyday household items and take photos of them. Once you do this it gives you a translation of each item (I've never enjoyed looking for cucumbers in my fridge before).

Watching so many telenovelas I knew how important the accent is (in any language) but difficult without an in-person instructor. Rosetta Stone realizes that too and uses TruAccentⓇ. The speech engine within the program gave me instant feedback so I knew that my pronunciation was on the right track and it made me more comfortable speaking aloud.

Rosetta Stone turned out to be a great choice for me. Now I'm daydreaming about traveling and feel like when the time comes I'll be ready to. I'm so confident in my learning that I've branched out and have done some lessons in Italian and French! I'm thinking, after Spain… maybe Rome and Paris? My destinations list is endless now!

Honestly, with Rosetta Stone, I feel more inspired than ever to travel and all this inspiration is happening right in my home. I can't wait to take what I've learned on the road but until then the preparation is still incredibly fun and useful.

Update: The folks at Rosetta Stone are extending a special offer to our readers: Up to 45% off Rosetta Stone + Unlimited Language Access!

COVID-19 has many workers looking to leave the expensive cities they'd previously rented in and gazing out towards greener pastures.

Digital nomadism has been a thing for a long time, and in normal times, remote workers might look to distant shores for places to settle. But where does the landlocked digital nomad, constrained to the continental US by COVID-19, go?

For this list, we've compared a variety of "best of" lists and balanced factors including price and location to present you this non-definitive list of the best places to work from home in 2021.

1. Tacoma, Washington

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Tacoma, WA

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Having visions of settling in the Pacific Northwest? Tacoma, Washington is a more affordable alternative to Portland/Seattle with the same wild coastal charm. With great Internet, a wide variety of things to see and do, and decent prices, this city has the added benefit of being near Mount Rainier and the ocean. East, Central, and South Tacoma offer a good balance of safety and affordability.

2. Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona

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This city tops Smartasset.com's list of best places to work from home thanks to its high percentage of remote workers. Located in the northeast part of Phoenix, this warm, sunny place is perfect for working from home while the nearby mountains and trails offer opportunities to decompress in the arms of nature. Gilbert and Tucson are other great options in the state.

3. Boulder, Colorado

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Boulder, CO

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Colorado offers a lot of great options for remote workers. Boulder is an excellent pick for working-from-homers, as well as plenty of pristine natural escapes for those looking to get in touch with nature. Manitou Springs is another great option for anyone looking for a bit more of a small-town feel.

4. Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Chattanooga, TN

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Chattanooga tops broadbandnow.com's list of best cities to work from home thanks to its fast Internet, its good wellness index, and its lower than average cost of living. Plus, there's no income tax, so what are you waiting for? Get on that Chattanooga Choo-Choo and get to Tennessee living.

5. Kansas City, Missouri

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Kansas City tops Business Insider's list of best cities to work from home. It offers a very low cost of living and fast WiFi speeds, and according to one resident, ""Kansas City is just like Chicago, New York, and L.A., except without the [jerks]."

6. Raleigh, North Carolina

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Raleigh

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With plenty of history and culture abounding, Raleigh, SC is a great pick for remote workers, and offers many great opportunities for the laptop-bound; the nearby Cary ranked second on SFGate's list of best places to work from home. For a more coastal feel, try Southport, another smaller North Carolina city.

7. Austin, Texas

Austin is booming with tech and industry opportunities, but remains relatively affordable. Laid-back, lush, safe, affordable, and vibrant, Austin might just be your next destination. If the Lone Star state appeals to you, Pasadena, Texas is another great choice.

8. Lancaster, California

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Lancaster, CA

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Still California dreaming on those winter days? California rarely appears on these sorts of list because it is extremely pricey, but Lancaster is definitely cheaper than the neighboring LA, which sits about an hour south of this city. In Lancaster, you'll find clean air, a bustling cityscape, and a variety of outdoor experiences including the annual California poppy festival. If you're looking for a more San Francisco state of mind, Fremont is another good option.

9. Madison, Wisconsin

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Madison, Wisconsin

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Madison ranks first on moneycrashers.com's list of best places to work from home thanks to its charming blend of rural and city life. Though slightly above the US's average cost of living, it's still lower than most other major cities, and plus it offers a huge variety of locally sourced organic food thanks to its proximity to farms, if that's your thing.

10. Maui, Hawaii

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Maui, Hawaii

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Hawaii sounds like a pipe dream, but Maui is a great place to live for remote workers who want to go off the beaten path a little bit. If you're dreaming of beaches and palm trees while you Slack, Maui is a possibility. Hey, you only live once.

At the start of this year, I made it my mission to try out all my local restaurants' varying cuisines. My partner and I realized there were so many great places to eat nearby that we'd never been to. We had it all mapped out - we'd go to a restaurant every Friday night. We were both excited. Then lockdown hit, and restaurants started to close.

I was still determined to test new cuisines on my own. But when I checked out a few recipes, they were so complicated and like nothing I'd ever made before. I was ready to give up until a friend recommended HelloFresh, a delivery box that delivers ingredients to your doorstep every week.

All the recipes looked so delicious. But how easy would it be? And would it be worth it? But when I saw how affordable HelloFresh was, it piqued my interest. Plus, having the ingredients for my chosen recipes at my door would be convenient, and I'd avoid the grocery store.

The meals take approximately 30 minutes to cook as everything is pre-portioned, and there's very little prep involved. This would make things ten times easier. I can even skip a week or cancel my subscription at any time, so I thought I might as well try it out.

Here are the top 5 favourite international recipes from HelloFresh:

1. Coconut Chicken Curry

Thai cuisine was entirely new for me, so I didn't know what to expect, but this dish did not disappoint. The high-quality chicken was juicy and the sauce super flavoursome. I was surprised at how simple it is to cook with HelloFresh!

2. Mexican Black Bean Tacos and Tomato Pepper Salsa

When I order Mexican, I go with a burrito. So I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy the Tacos, but these are so yummy and have the perfect amount of spice. They're much easier than I expected to prepare. HelloFresh makes it super simple without sacrificing flavour.

3. Chinese Salt & Pepper Chicken

The Chinese food I usually eat is from the greasy take-out down the street. Don't get me wrong, it tastes fantastic, but I hope that HelloFresh would help me find healthier alternatives. And this dish is a perfect example. It still has a salty and spicy taste that you'd want from a Chinese meal, without being greasy.

4. French Sheet-Pan Turkey Almondine

I don't know much about French cuisine (other than baguettes), and I don't eat Turkey very often. So, I'll admit I was apprehensive about whether I'd like this dish. But it's so tasty. The Garlic Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans went so well, and the Almondine sauce makes the Turkey juicy and tender.

5. Korean Gochujang Sugar-Glazed Shrimp

I was super excited to try this dish as I love Korean food but never cooked it myself. It's surprising how simple it is to cook, and - as usual with HelloFresh - it took less than 30 minutes! Its sweet and fresh flavours are delicious and did not disappoint.

If you're interested in sampling or learning to cook new international cuisines, I'd highly recommend HelloFresh. Their menu has so much variety (25 recipes a week to choose from!), the food is delicious, the service convenient, and eliminates dinnertime stress. It starts at just $9.69 per serving!

I'm so glad I took the plunge. Check out HelloFresh; you won't be disappointed.

Update: The folks at HelloFresh are extending a special offer to our readers! Follow this link to get 6 free meals including free shipping