Signs of the City: New York

Take a look at the signs from the Big Apple, including the billboards and signs in Times Square, Coney Island and NYC subway system.

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Liverpool

Liverpool

It all started in Liverpool where John Lennon formed a band called the Quarrymen with Paul McCartney and George Harrison. 960 1280

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Cavern Club

Cavern Club

After the Quarrymen, the lads formed The Beatles, and from '61 to '63 they played 292 shows at Liverpool's Cavern Club. 960 1280

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The Ed Sullivan Show

The Ed Sullivan Show

Over 40 percent of the US population saw The Beatles' historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. Left to right: Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Sullivan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney. 960 1280

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Abbey Road Studios

Abbey Road Studios

The Beatles recorded virtually all of their groundbreaking singles and albums at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London. 960 1280

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Penny Lane

Penny Lane

In 1967 John and Paul wrote the double-sided single "Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever," inspired by childhood haunts. 960 1280

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Abbey Road

Abbey Road

Beatles fans pose for photos imitating the iconic "Abbey Road" album cover. 960 1280

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Dakota Building

Dakota Building

John Lennon and Yoko Ono moved into NYC's Dakota building in 1973. John was murdered outside the Dakota on Dec. 8, 1980. 960 1280

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Strawberry Fields

Strawberry Fields

Strawberry Fields is a 2.5-acre section in New York City's Central Park dedicated to the memory of John Lennon in 1985. 960 1280

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Imagine

Imagine

The focal point of Strawberry Fields is a mosaic of a single word, the title of Lennon's 1971 song "Imagine." 960 1280

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The Imagine Peace Tower is a memorial to John Lennon from Yoko Ono, located on Videy Island, Reykjavik, Iceland. It consists of a tall "tower of light", projected from a white stone well which has the words "Imagine Peace" carved into it in 24 languages. The tower is lit every year from 9 October, Lennon's birthday, through 8 December, the date he was shot. Iceland was selected for the project because of its beauty and eco-friendly use of geothermal energy. 960 1280

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Burlingame Pez Museum

Burlingame Pez Museum

Among the collection of vintage Pez dispensers, the world's largest Pez-dispensing machine resides at the Burlingame Pez Museum. The San Francisco Bay area museum also has an online store offering Pez dispensers of all kinds for candy enthusiasts to begin their own collection at home. 960 1280

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Southern Food & Beverage Museum

Southern Food & Beverage Museum

Dedicated to documenting the culinary history of the American South, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum in New Orleans showcases exhibits on Louisiana’s multilayered cuisine, the importance of sugarcane in the South's growth and the art of barbecue, among others. 960 1280

Werner Krug  

The International UFO Museum and Research Center

The International UFO Museum and Research Center

The International UFO Museum and Research Center is located in -- where else? -- Roswell, NM. With an extensive research library open to anyone looking to learn all they can about UFOs, the museum’s mission is to educate the public on UFOs. 960 1280

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Museum of Sex

Museum of Sex

The Museum of Sex, or MoSex, is definitely Fifth Avenue’s most … innovative establishment. Opened in New York City in 2002, the museum has drawn visitors from all over the world seeking an open discourse on sexuality -- and the museum's collection of sex-related art, photography, costumes, inventions and historical artifacts does not disappoint. 960 1280

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Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum in Japan is sure to inspire nostalgia for your good ole college days. With exhibits on ramen history and a replica of a section of Toyko in 1958 -- the year instant noodles were invented -- the museum makes it difficult to leave without craving the noodle dish. Thank goodness there's a ramen food court at the museum, too. 960 1280

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Museum of Bad Art

Museum of Bad Art

The Museum of Bad Art, or MOBA, prides itself on collecting and preserving art that’s "too bad to be ignored." Art is subjective, you say? A visit to one of the museum's 3 Boston-area galleries should change your mind. 960 1280

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Giant Shoe Museum

Giant Shoe Museum

Seattle's Giant Shoe Museum started out as a place to display one man's collection of novelty shoes. But when the museum acquired the world's tallest man's shoe, it became what it is today -- a photo op for tourists wondering just how tall the world's tallest man was. 960 1280

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Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

Dedicated to educating the public on the history of toilets and helping toilet manufacturers improve their skills by showing them the mistakes of the past, the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets is on a sanitation crusade. Don’t worry if you can't make it to New Delhi to visit this unique repository of toilets -- the entire museum is online. 960 1280

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The Collection of Questionable Medical Devices

The Collection of Questionable Medical Devices

The Science Museum of Minnesota's collection of Questionable Medical Devices includes a Psychograph. Invented by a Wisconsin man named Henry Lavery in the 1930s, the Psychograph was designed to read the bumps on a patient's head, measuring the strength of their personality traits. The Psychograph would generate a report, ranking the patient's talents and personality characteristics, based on the size and shape of their skull. 960 1280

Science Museum of Minnesota  

The Fan Museum

The Fan Museum

Dedicated not only to fans, but also to fan-making, the Fan Museum in London is one-of-a-kind place located within the World Heritage Site of Maritime Greenwich. The museum features a collection of more than 3,500 fans dating back to the 11th century, as well as an orangery, or an 18th-century greenhouse, where afternoon tea is served each Tuesday and Sunday. 960 1280

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National Mustard Museum

National Mustard Museum

Middleton, WI, is the proud home of the National Mustard Museum, free to the public and filled with more than 5,400 kinds of everyone's second favorite condiment: mustard. Every Aug. 4, also known as National Mustard Day, the streets of downtown Middleton come alive with free hot dogs, mustard custard and condiment mascots. 960 1280

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Kansas Barbed Wire Museum

Kansas Barbed Wire Museum

An entire museum is devoted to the "devil's rope" in the barbed wire capital of the world: La Crosse, KS. The Kansas Barbed Wire Museum celebrates the invention that tamed the West, according to the museum’s founders. Displays demonstrate barbed wire's significance during warfare and in keeping cattle and bison from roaming freely. 960 1280

Kansas Barbed Wire Museum  

Chicken Art Museum

Chicken Art Museum

Chickens are an important symbol in Korean culture -- they're thought to act as messengers between heaven and earth, exorcise evil spirits and bring prosperity. So it comes as no surprise that there’s a museum in Seoul, South Korea, devoted to chicken-inspired art. The Chicken Art Museum features chicken sculptures and paintings from cultures worldwide. 960 1280

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Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Disney's The Little Mermaid comes to life at the Voyage of the Little Mermaid attraction at Hollywood Studios in Orlando. The live-action show tells an abridged version of the Disney film complete with actors, a 12-foot Ursula and, of course, water. 960 1280

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Mermaid Beach

Mermaid Beach

On the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia, sits Mermaid Beach, famous for its "millionaire's row" of extravagant beachfront property. It's not named for other, more mythical inhabitants, though. It was named for the explorer John Oxley's HMS Mermaid which he sailed in 1823 when he discovered the nearby Tweed and Brisbane rivers. 960 1280

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International Mermaid Pageant

International Mermaid Pageant

A relatively new affair with its inaugural event in 2011, the International Mermaid Pageant at the Silverton Resort in Las Vegas consists of 2 parts: a mermaid round where contestants show off their best mermaid attire, and a regular pageant round, which is a little more familiar to most of us. 960 1280

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Dive Bar

Dive Bar

Dive Bar in Sacramento, CA, is actually the total opposite of a typical dive bar, with its chandeliers and leather, high-back chairs. Dive Bar features a (human-sized) aquarium behind the bar, where mermaids and mermen make occasional appearances. 960 1280

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MerPalooza

MerPalooza

Your go-to for all things mermaid, Vegas' MerPalooza is the biggest (only?) mermaid convention. With mermaid and pirate awards, over 70 vendors (including tail-makers) and a panel of speakers, MerPalooza is a must-see for mer-enthusiasts. 960 1280

Silverton Casino Hotel  

Silverton Casino Hotel

Silverton Casino Hotel

Home to the International Mermaid Pageant, the Silverton Casino in Las Vegas continues the mermaid appreciation year-round with its Mermaid Restaurant & Lounge and an 117,000-gallon aquarium that has been dubbed Vegas’ best free attraction, with mermaid performers and an interactive fish feeding show. 960 1280

Silverton Casino Hotel  

Mermaid's Casino

Mermaid's Casino

On the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, the Mermaid's Casino is a throwback to the classic days of Vegas -- it’s one the few remaining casinos with machines that pay out in actual money (as opposed to the vouchers at newer casinos). The casino also serves deep-fried Oreos and Twinkies, so watch your mer-figure. 960 1280

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Weeki Wachee Springs

Weeki Wachee Springs

A Florida state park, Weeki Wachee Springs is famous for its mermaids. The daily underwater spectacle features a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, and is just one of the attractions offered at the park. 960 1280

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park  

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid is an iconic statue in Copenhagen, Denmark, that was inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. At only 4 feet tall, the bronze statue was unveiled in 1913. 960 1280

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Mermaid Inn

Mermaid Inn

The New York-based Mermaid Inn has 3 locations: the East Village, the Upper West Side and an oyster bar in Greenwich Village. All seafood, all the time, the small restaurants make it easy, and trendy, to eat like a mermaid. 960 1280

The Mermaid Inn  

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