Kecksburg Acorn, Skyscraper Swindle, US Emperor

Don Wildman inspects a bizarre acorn-shaped sculpture that commemorates an otherworldly event; explores the world's smallest skyscraper that was once at the center of an outrageous scam; and investigates an engineering wonder inspired by an eccentric figure.

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Peculiar Monument
Kecksburg Space Acorn

Kecksburg Space Acorn

This peculiar monument was inspired by a mysterious object that reportedly fell from the sky and sparked a storm of controversy, panic and fear 960 1280

  

Kecksburg Space Acorn

Kecksburg Space Acorn

The quaint town of Kecksburg, PA, is home to a giant acorn-shaped sculpture with strange hieroglyphic-like markings. 960 1280

  

Murder at the Mission

Murder at the Mission

Located in San Miguel, CA, this splendid, 18th century adobe structure is steeped in history and culture. 960 1280

  

Murder at the Mission

Murder at the Mission

The serenity of this landmark belies its sinister past. These sacred grounds witnessed the horrific scene of one of the state's earliest mass murders. 960 1280

  

Skyscraper Swindle

Skyscraper Swindle

Despite its diminutive size, this building boasts a tall tale and is a monument to the greed and gullibility that came during America's oil boom era. 960 1280

  

Skyscraper Swindle

Skyscraper Swindle

In the downtown district of Wichita, TX, stands a 4-story, 40-foot-tall high-rise structure that is known as the world's smallest skyscraper. 960 1280

  

Holocaust Hero

Holocaust Hero

In the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles, there is a distinguished bronze figure that honors a remarkable hero who never sought the spotlight. 960 1280

  

Holocaust Hero

Holocaust Hero

Through an extraordinary act of courage, this brave diplomat defied the Nazi regime and helped save thousands of lives during World War 2. 960 1280

  

Emperor of the United States

Emperor of the United States

Spanning 8.5 miles, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is one of the country's busiest and longest crossings. 960 1280

  

Emperor of the United States

Emperor of the United States

This 20th century steel wonder might have never existed if it wasn't for a visionary eccentric who declared himself the Emperor of the United States. 960 1280

  

La Belle Rebelle

La Belle Rebelle

On the side of a quiet road in Martinsburg, WV, there is a small, unassuming signpost with a simple inscription underneath 2 Civil War era hats. 960 1280

  

La Belle Rebelle

La Belle Rebelle

While this unadorned marker is easily overlooked, it tells a larger-than-life tale of an enigmatic beauty who fought for her cause by using her feminine wiles. 960 1280

  

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