Monday, August 18, 2008

do come a knockin'

Serendipity is the act of making a fortunate discovery by accident. As a fan of world's largest things, a most serendipitous thing occurred to me today.

My wife and I happened to stop off for a visit with Jere's cousin Tom on our way to Branson this morning. While there, we happened to notice a sign for the World's Largest Rocker, just four miles farther down historic Route 66. If our visit with Tom had been any longer or any shorter, we would have missed history in the making.

As luck would have it, we arrived at the World's Largest Rocker just as it was about to rock for the first and only time. Dan and Carolyn Sanazaro, owners of the Fanning 66 Outpost chose today to record the event for the Guinness Book of World Records. The chair was erected on April Fool's Day of this year. For safety reasons, it is normally welded into place. If Guinness is to recognize it as a rocking chair, it has to be capable of actually rocking. After cutting the chair's runners free, a group of men set the giant seat in motion. Our camera was there. The folks at Roadside America will be very interested.

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Blogger Tony W said...

What luck,You should play the lottery. I wander how long it took them to build that thing? You should be getting a pretty good collection of world's largest thing's photo's.
Good luck with the rest of your trip maybe nobody will call and disturb you if you know what i meen..

Anonymous Anonymous said...

frank i am glad to see having a good time.. the rocking chair was great i have never seen anything like that i hope to travel alot one day when i am old enough..thank you
kole age 6

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Frank,
It was a pleasure having you both at our store. Great write up!
Maybe we'll see you again someday.
Good luck with your travels.

Fanning 66 Outpost


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