Monday, September 28, 2015

Spam Museum

Lil Dude Troll heard about the Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota and just had to go. Yes, Spam, king of the mystery meats, has its very own museum. Visitors by the thousands come each year to what is billed as "the world’s most comprehensive collection of spiced pork artifacts."

After touring the fascinating museum and learning all kinds of things about Spam, such as the fact that 44,000 cans of it are produced each and every hour, you can shop for Spam-branded items in the gift shop. From cans of Spam to Spam-logo'd tennis balls to Spam-branded bowling shirts to glow-in-the-dark Spam-branded underwear, it's all there for purchase. 

Lil Dude says if you happen to be anywhere near Austin, Minnesota, you should take a couple of hours to check out this free and funner-than-expected product museum!

(The Spam Museum closed Sept. 28, 2014 in preparation for a move into an all-new, larger facility. Planned re-opening is scheduled for Spring, 2016. The gift shop remains open at the old site for your shopping pleasure)

Spambassador loved Lil Dude. She
threatened to take him home and keep him! 

Old advertisements for Spam. "Burns & Allen
Go Spam In A Big Way!" 
More old advertisements for Spam. Wife
telling husband, "Get up! It's Spam and
eggs, my Dear!" 

Interesting Spam facts.
Lil Dude rides the Spam assembly line.
Cool Spam T-shirts in the gift shop

Get your Spam magnets here!
Who wouldn't want to eat off Spam dishes?!

Sir Spam
Don't forget your Spam Town bumper sticker!

Bring home some Spam!
Spamburger, it's whats for lunch!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Trolling Mall of America

On an overcast day in May, Lil Dude Troll made it to Minnesota for the very first time. Stopping off at the welcome center to get specific directions to his destination, Mall of America, he met one of the nicest, friendliest, most helpful welcome center ladies he has ever met. What a wonderful way for a weary traveler to be greeted!

The largest indoor mall in the United States is Mall of America. Located in Bloomington, Minnesota, over 42 million shoppers come each year to spend their money. That many visitors is about 8 times the total number of residents in the whole state of Minnesota!

Including parking space, the mall has a gross area of 4,870,000 feet (96.4 acres, enough room for 7 Yankee Stadiums.) Of this area, there are over 2,500,000 square feet of retail space. With more than 530 stores open, you can find pretty much anything you might be shopping for.

One of the big attractions is Nickelodeon Universe, a huge theme park in the middle of the mall. With several roller coasters among the many carnival-type rides, an 18 hole miniature golf course and lots of kid-friendly activities, it is the largest indoor theme park in America.

Miles and miles of aisles!
If you go, Lil Dude says you should plan to spend a full day or even 2 so you can cover everything this mega-mall has to offer!

Even if you can't afford anything in there,
it's still a must just to look around! 
Don't get lost in the jungle store, Lil Dude!

Amazing things in the Lego store... this giant Lego robot!

Lil Dude had no idea there were many more
Peeps items than just the yellow marshmallow
baby chicks you find every Easter. There's
a whole store full of stuff! 
My name is Forrest Gump Troll. People call
me Forrest Gump Troll. 

The mall is so big, even Dora comes to
explore it!
Kids love Nickelodeon Universe!

When you get tired of trolling the mall
and you're feeling hungry, there's Bubba
Gump's and lots of other restaurants, but... can't go wrong with a
good old-fashioned burger
and fries from Johnny Rocket!