Quirky Capitals of the World

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One of the hallmarks of a great road trip is stopping in a sneeze-and-you-miss-it town only to discover–usually thanks to a giant sign–that the town is the “slurpee capital of the world.”

There are cities or regions whose claims to fame are unsurprising, like Las Vegas for weddings, Kentucky for Bourbon, Austin for live music. But the real gems are the small towns who pride themselves on their off-beat capital status.

Avon, Ohio claims to be the Duct Tape Capital of the World and Fort Payne, Alabama proudly states it is the Sock Capital of the World.

But the state of Wisconsin takes the cake for quirky capitals. It is home to the world capital of Ginseng (Wausau); Trolls (Mt Horeb); Jump Rope (Bloomer); Inner Tubing (Somerset); Swiss Cheese (Monroe); Bratwurst (Sheboygan) and Toilet Paper (Green Bay).

Has anyone notified the Swiss and Germans of Wisconsin’s cities’ claims of cheese and bratwurst domination? There are probably a couple towns that could challenge Wisconsin for these quirky capital titles…

Read more at Lonely Planet.

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