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ReadThisThing (Apr 2nd, 2018)

Imagine winding down the switchbacks of a rural mountain road into the tiny town of Buena Vista, Virginia. You glide down sleepy Main Street, passing renovated Victorian-style homes and small businesses, when suddenly you spot three eight-foot-long ants affixed to the facade of an old three-story brick building. Blinking, you spy giant cartoonish grasshoppers peering down from nearby fire escapes and rooftops. A mosquito clinging to a pharmacy sign. A giant spider perched in a park tree. A praying mantis gazing at the doors of a church.

The king of the April Fools' prank, Mark Cline didn't have good enough grades to get into art school, but realized he had a talent for sculpting. He's put his gifts to use creating and displaying the oddest of oddities in his Virginia town.

Read: Inside the World of Virginia’s Roadside Attraction King

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