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#3.
The Beer Can House

Somewhere in Houston, Texas lays the Beer Can House, which in a stirring tribute to both recycling and alcoholism, is adorned with over 50-thousand crushed beer cans.

So Who the Hell Built This Thing?

We know what you're thinking, and no, the Beer Can House was never a frat house, believe it or not. The house was actually created by upholsterer John Milkovisch. The whole project started when Milkovisch decided to replace his lawn with cement slabs which he covered with marbles, metal and all sorts of other random junk, because in his words, he just "got sick of mowing the damn grass."


One must prioritize.

With his property now officially an eyesore, he decided to really go for broke. According to friends, Milkovisch lived on the route the beer truck drove to get to the grocery store where, like a middle-aged beer-bellied kid, he'd run out like he'd seen the ice cream truck and clean it out, stocking eight to 10 cases in his garage at all times. Perhaps it was the influence of all those beers that made him think sticking the empties on the walls was a good idea, but it turned out fine for Milkovisch as the house is now considered a beloved local landmark.

Basically what we're saying is that if there's ever a vote on who the awesomest guy ever was, John Milkovisch ought to at least be on the ballot.


And he looks exactly like you'd imagine him.

#2.
The House on the Rock

Near the unassuming small town of Spring Green, Wisconsin lays one of the oddest houses in America. For starters, it's perched on top of a 60-foot tall column of sheer rock, and inside you'll find a seemingly randomly assembled collection of bizarre themed rooms. There's a room full of strange automated instruments, a recreation of an early 20th century town, a large carousel and more.

So Who the Hell Built This Thing?

The house's creator, Alex Jordan Jr., was famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright's biggest fan. Jordan traveled to meet Wright so he could show him the plans for a building he had designed, hoping to get his idol's approval, and well, Wright basically straight-up told Jordan he was the shittiest architect in history, dropping the following awesome line on him...

"I wouldn't hire you to design a cheese crate or a chicken coop. You're not capable." There's only one thing to say to that. Ouch.


Frank Lloyd Wright: The Don Rickles of the the architecture world.

Well, after that, Jordan turned in his Frank Lloyd Wright fan club badge, and decided he was going to make Wright eat his words by building a house on top of a rock spire he spotted while driving home in a huff from the fateful meeting. 80-years later, Wright is America's most respected architect and Alex Jordan is one of seven crazy people mentioned in a Cracked article. You sure showed him Alex.


Not even Alex Jordan's hat could compare to FLW.

#1.
Le Palais Ideal

Somewhere amongst the French countryside, near the town Chateauneuf-de-Galaure, lays Palais Ideal ("The Ideal Palace"), a huge, incredibly ornate palace built out of small stones, and decorated with imagery from the Bible, as well as from India and many other cultures from around the world.

It may seem like a monument from some sort of long-lost civilization, but it was actually built by some mailman, just for the hell of it.


Mailmen need insane hobbies too.

So Who the Hell Built This Thing?

Remember in The Shawshank Redemption where Andy dug a hole in the concrete and smuggled the fragments out of his cell in his pants pockets? Well imagine instead if Andy had done the opposite: picked up tiny stones in the yard and built a prison out of it. That's what Ferdinand Cheval did.


Just like Andy, if his plan had been retarded.

He was the mailman who, one day, tripped over a stone while on his route. Cheval found himself fascinated by its shape and, apparently having stunning amounts of spare time, decided to create the Palais.

From that day on, and for the next 33 years, Ferdinand Cheval would collect stones along his route, at first stuffing them into his pockets, before upgrading to a basket and eventually a wheelbarrow. Fortunately the backhoe wasn't invented yet because we're sure Cheval would have taken one on his route if he could.


Clearly not the kind of man you say "no" to when he asks to pick stones off your sidewalk.

After collecting the stones, Cheval would then painstakingly piece together his ideal palace, usually working at night by the light of an oil lamp. Cheval wanted to be buried there, but unfortunately that was against French law. Since Cheval was a mailman, and thus possessed that unique postal worker combination of insanity and love for pointless rules, he decided not to fight it and instead spent the next eight years building a mausoleum using the same techniques he had used for his palace. He made sure the mausoleum didn't get all musty before he moved in either, promptly dying less than a year after he finished it.

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