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VOTE NOW: 2015 Worst Human March Madness Playdown – Round 2

Vote to determine the worst human

Vote to determine the worst human

UPDATE: Results for Transportation, Social Media, Unclean and Money & Commerce Conferences, round 2:

Road rage drivers are worse than slow walkers … 71-29%
Texting while driving is worse than always being late … 71-29%
Frequent selfie taking is worse than oversharing … 65-35%
Facebook game inviters are worse than people who use #blessed unironically… 65-35%
Coughing and not covering your mouth is worse than public toilet hover shitting … 59-41%
Throwing your garbage on the ground is worse than smelling like cigarettes… 82-18%
Standing too close in the ATM line is worse than being rich and pretending you’re not … 65-35%
Aggressively bad tippers are worse than people with 20 items in the 10-or-less line … 59-41%

The Shit 16 matchups will be:

Road rage drivers vs. Texting while driving
Frequent selfie takers vs. Facebook game inviters
Coughing and not covering your mouth vs. Throwing garbage on the ground
Standing too close in the ATM line vs. Aggressively bad tippers

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Now things get real.

Voting for the 2015 Worst Human competition, Round 1, in the Human Body Conference and the Food & Drink Conference is now done. LINK TO RESULTS BELOW.

We have now entered into the second round, which means voting on the next eight matchups in the following: Transportation Conference, Social Media Conference, Unclean Conference, Money & Commerce. Conference

Voting has officially begun. So, VOTE…

VOTE FOR THE WORST HUMAN - 2nd Round

Click the image directly below to see the full Worst Human bracket (current to March 29, 2015).

2015 Worst Human bracket. Click to enlarge.

2015 Worst Human bracket. Click to enlarge.

Second Round Voting Schedule

March 29

Voting begins at midnight, ends at 11:59 pm ET

Transportation Conference / Social Media Conference / Unclean Conference / Money & Commerce Conference

March 30

Voting begins at midnight, ends at 11:59 pm ET

Interactions Conference / Physical World Conference / Human Body Conference / Food & Drink Conference

First Round Recap

March 25

Transportation Conference / Social Media Conference, round one… See results.

March 26

Unclean Conference / Money & Commerce Conference, round one… See results.

March 27

Interactions Conference / Physical World Conference… See results.

March 28

Human Body Conference / Food & Drink Conference… See results.

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VOTE NOW: 2015 Worst Human March Madness Playdown – Human Body, Food and Drink

Vote to determine the worst human

Vote to determine the worst human

UPDATE: Results for Human Body Conference and Food & Drink Conference, round 1:

Smelling like pee is worse than mumbling … 78-22%
Loud chewing is worse than frequently pouting … 52-48%
Unusually toxic farts are worse than unusually white teeth … 70-30%
Dandruff is worse than disproportionately large hands… 89-11%
Garlic breath is worse than coffee breath … 52-48%
Messy eaters are worse than picky eaters… 59-41%
Only drinking bottled water is worse than not being able to hold your liquor … 74-26%
Not actually being gluten allergic is worse than being freaked out by cilantro … 96-4%

Round two matchups will be:

Smelling like pee vs. Loud chewing
Unusually toxic farts vs. Dandruff
Garlic breath vs. Messy eaters
Only drinks bottled water vs. Not actually gluten allergic

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Voting for the 2015 Worst Human competition, Round 1, in the Interactions Conference and the Physical World Conference is now done. RESULTS BELOW.

Now up, voting in the Human Body Conference  and the Food & Drink Conference.

Voting has officially begun. So, VOTE…

VOTE FOR THE WORST HUMAN - Human Body + Food/Drink

Click the image directly below to see the full Worst Human bracket (current to March 28, 2015).

2015 Worst Human bracket. Click to enlarge.

2015 Worst Human bracket. Click to enlarge.

First Round Voting Schedule

March 25

Voting begins at midnight, ends at 11:59 pm ET

Transportation Conference / Social Media Conference

See results.

March 26

Voting begins at midnight, ends at 11:59 pm ET

Unclean Conference / Money & Commerce Conference

See results.

March 27

Voting begins at midnight, ends at 11:59 pm ET

Interactions Conference / Physical World Conference

See results.

March 28

Voting begins at midnight, ends at 11:59 pm ET

Human Body Conference / Food & Drink Conference

VOTE FOR THE WORST HUMAN - Human Body + Food/Drink

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VOTE NOW: 2015 Worst Human March Madness Playdown – Interactions, Physical World Conferences

Vote to determine the worst human

Vote to determine the worst human

UPDATE: Results for Interactions Conference and Physical World Conference, round 1:

Telling you to smile more is worse than backhand complimenting … 62-38%

Nosy neighbours are worse than singing/rapping in public … 62-38%
Using words incorrectly is worse than reading over your shoulder … 52-48%
Yelling a lot is worse than commenting on your weight … 59-41%
Panicking when it snows is worse than an inability to navigate revolving doors … 79-21%
Having a large backpack is worse than not being able to use an umbrella … 69-31%
Crossfit cultists are worse than public displays of affection … 66-34%
Snickering teenagers are worse than menacing children … 55-45%

Round two matchups will be:

Tells you to smile more vs. Nosy neighbours
Uses words incorrectly vs. Yells a lot
Panics when it snows vs. Has a large backpack
Crossfit cultists vs. Snickering teenagers

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Voting for the 2015 Worst Human competition, Round 1, in the Unclean Conference and Money & Commerce Conference is now done. RESULTS BELOW.

Now up, voting in the Interactions Conference and the Physical World Conference.

Voting has officially begun. So, VOTE…

VOTE FOR THE WORST HUMAN - Interactions + Physical

Click the image directly below to see the full Worst Human bracket.

2015 Worst Human bracket. Click to enlarge.

2015 Worst Human bracket. Click to enlarge.

First Round Voting Schedule

March 25

Voting begins at midnight, ends at 11:59 pm ET

Transportation Conference / Social Media Conference

See results.

March 26

Voting begins at midnight, ends at 11:59 pm ET

Unclean Conference / Money & Commerce Conference

See results.

March 27

Voting begins at midnight, ends at 11:59 pm ET

Interactions Conference / Physical World Conference

March 28

Voting begins at midnight, ends at 11:59 pm ET

Human Body Conference / Food & Drink Conference

VOTE FOR THE WORST HUMAN - Interactions + Physical

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VOTE NOW: 2015 Worst Human March Madness Playdown – Unclean, Money and Commerce

Vote to determine the worst human

Vote to determine the worst human

UPDATE: Results for Unclean Conference and Money & Commerce Conference, round 1:

Unclean Conference / Money & Commerce Conference

Not covering your mouth while coughing is worse than not scooping your dog’s poop … 52-48%
Hover shitting on public toilets is worse than having a dirty keyboard … 93-7%
Smelling like cigarettes is worse than smelling like cologne/perfume … 66-34%
Throwing garbage on the ground is worse than walking around in public barefoot … 93-7%
Being wealthy and pretending you’re not is worse than extreme couponing … 69-31%
Hovering too close to you at the bank machine is worse than people who don’t understand bank machines … 66-34%
20 items or more in the 10-or-less checkout is worse than blocking the grocery store aisle … 66-34%
Aggressively bad tippers are worse than internet pennystock traders … 100% … nobody voted for pennystock traders

Round two matchups will be:

Coughing, doesn’t cover mouth vs. Public toilet hover shitters
Smells like cigarettes vs. Throws garbage on ground
Wealthy, pretends they’re not vs. Hovers too close in bank machine line
20 items in 10-or-less checkout vs. Aggressively bad tippers

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There’s no turning back now.

Voting for the 2015 Worst Human competition, Round 1, in the Transportation Conference and Social Media Conference is now done. RESULTS BELOW.

Now up, voting in the Unclean Conference and the Money & Commerce Conference.

Voting has officially begun. So, VOTE…

VOTE FOR THE WORST HUMAN - Unclean + Money & Commerce Conferences

Click the image directly below to see the full Worst Human bracket.

2015 Worst Human bracket. Click to enlarge.

2015 Worst Human bracket. Click to enlarge.

First Round Voting Schedule

March 25

Voting begins at midnight, ends at 11:59 pm ET

Transportation Conference / Social Media Conference

See results.

March 26

Voting begins at midnight, ends at 11:59 pm ET

Unclean Conference / Money & Commerce Conference

March 27

Voting begins at midnight, ends at 11:59 pm ET

Interactions Conference / Physical World Conference

March 28

Voting begins at midnight, ends at 11:59 pm ET

Human Body Conference / Food & Drink Conference

VOTE FOR THE WORST HUMAN - Unclean + Money & Commerce Conferences

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VOTE NOW: 2015 Worst Human March Madness Playdown – Transportation, Social Media Conferences

Vote to determine the worst human

Vote to determine the worst human

UPDATE: Results for Transportation, Social Media Conferences, round 1:

Slow walkers are worse than people who can’t walk straight … 66-34%
Road rage drivers are worse than road rage cyclists … 70-30%
People who are late are worse than people scared of escalators … 85-15%
People who text while driving are worse than people who park in handicap spots … 53-47%
Frequent selfie takers are worse than people who won’t join Facebook … 85-15%
Oversharers are worse than couples with shared Facebook accounts … 51-49%
Facebook game inviters are worse than frequent LinkdIn users … 89-11%
People who use #blessed unironically are worse than people who use #blessed ironically … 77-23%

Round two matchups will be:

Slow walkers vs. Road rage drivers
Late people vs. Texts while driving
Frequent selfie takers vs. Oversharers
Facebook game inviters vs. Unironic #blessed users

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It’s tough being good. After all, it’s been scientifically shown that people don’t actually like those Ned Flanders, do-gooder types.

Still, I’d rather take an army of cloying, selfless dorks any day over their opposites: the casually inconsiderate, the ungracious, the rude, the thoughtless and the annoying people who you interact with every day. These awful people, these worst humans, assault the senses in such a multitude of offensive ways that it’s hard to figure out what actually might be the most awful. So we’re going to try figuring out what that is.

Broken down into eight conference — Transportation, Social Media, Unclean, Money & Commerce, Interactions, Physical World, Human Body, Food & Drink — and 64 separate actions/traits/human ticks, Risky Fuel has organized a March Madness-style tournament to determine what makes… The Worst Human of 2015.

Voting has officially begun (first round below… VOTE NOW). Click the image directly below to see the full Worst Human bracket.

2015 Worst Human bracket. Click to enlarge.

2015 Worst Human bracket. Click to enlarge.

BAM… VOTE FOR THE WORST HUMAN – ROUND #1

First Round Voting Schedule

March 25
Voting begins at midnight, ends at 11:59 pm ET
Transportation Conference / Social Media Conference

March 26
Voting begins at midnight, ends at 11:59 pm ET
Unclean Conference / Money & Commerce Conference

See results.

March 27
Voting begins at midnight, ends at 11:59 pm ET
Interactions Conference / Physical World Conference

March 28
Voting begins at midnight, ends at 11:59 pm ET
Human Body Conference / Food & Drink Conference

VOTE FOR THE WORST HUMAN – ROUND #1

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Things I Ate At The C.N.E. In 2014

Coco's Fried Chicken. CNE 2014

Coco’s Fried Chicken. CNE 2014

Having recently completed my fifth annual tour of the Canadian National Exhibition‘s weird fair food offerings I can say with a certain amount of humility that this one nearly broke me.

For the first time ever I went to the Ex on three separate occasions. And though each time was during the “after 5 p.m.” weekday special — so I wasn’t there for a full day — these three trips came on three consecutive days. And as shocking as it may seem, three straight days of eating carnie stunt food tends to cause a certain amount of physiological rebellion within the human body.

To find out how this all turned out, read below…

First wave attack, Tuesday, August 26

Quench Lemonade. CNE 2014

Quench Lemonade. I started out with a fountain lemonade (part of my ongoing Ex campaign to not drink pop). It was fine, standard lemonade with maybe 20% too much sugar. The mushed lemon half thrown in certainly added a nice touch. 5.7/10

Just Cone It, Olympus Cone. CNE 2014

Just Cone It’s Olympus Cone. As a sucker for all forms of Greek food and as someone who decided he wanted to avoid the Bacon Nutella Pizza Cone, I went with the Olympus — a combination of tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, feta and olives — instead. Problem number one was that before I took a bite the biggest piece of feta fell off the top of the cone on to the ground. Burn. Then, when actually eating the thing the watery juices spilled on my hands. On top of that the cukes tasted old and gross. 4.9/10

Orange Sorbet. CNE 2014

Orange Sorbet. This was Sarah’s. I helped finish it off. Classic orange sorbet. 6.5/10

Note: This Sorbet came from Eative and their weird sci-fi dry ice gastro-something station. I didn’t get to see any of that stuff. I just ate the leavins. (Thanks, Tara.)

Water Bottle Refill Station. CNE 2014

Water Bottle Refill Station. One of the great new institutions at the Ex is the prominent water bottle refill station right beside the eastern entrance of the Food Building. We actually refilled the lemonade cup multiple times to create lemon-bammed water. 8/10

Miami Ice's Monkey Junk. CNE 2014

Miami Ice’s Monkey Junk. Being a little naive to wordplay sometimes, when I bought this I failed to realize that “Monkey Junk” meant “frozen banana smoothie popsicle.” Is that racist? Or has everything-is-racist sensitivity made me incapable of seeing it simply as “monkeys like bananas, this has bananas, therefore we’ll call it ‘Monkey Junk’?” Either way, by the time I got to the melty end of this it was kinda awful. 4.8/10

Fran's Thanksgiving Turkey Waffle. CNE 2014

Fran’s Thanksgiving Turkey Waffle. Fran’s first year at the Ex was impressive. For stunt food the Thanksgiving turkey waffle was a solid meal. The portion size was huge and the service at the Fran’s booth was beautiful in its ruthless efficiency. About the only thing wrong with this meal — which was basically an open-face turkey sandwich with waffle instead of bread — was the cranberries. Nobody actually likes cranberries. They should die. 7.8/10

Second wave, Wednesday, August 27. One of my main goals on this night was to check out classic Can-Rockers April Wine. This cut into my eating time…

Reese Flurry. CNE 2014

Reese Flurry. I’ve always loved soft serve ice cream and this was no different. That said, by the time you get to the bottom of this the remaining Reese’s Pieces are reasonably frozen and therefore not much fun to chew/bite. 6.8/10

Miller Genuine Draft. CNE 2014.

Miller Genuine Draft. I had two of these. They were normal beers from the Big Beer Industrial Complex. 6.2/10

Iron Skillet Sirloin Tips. CNE 2014

Iron Skillet Sirloin Tips and Garlic Mash Potatoes. These were very hit-the-spot tasty bits of steak ‘n’ potato. The best part being that the Iron Skillet folks weren’t scare of seasoning, which is a risk at some of these food stalls during the Ex. 7.9/10

El Gordo from Chunky Cheese Gourmet Grilled Cheese. CNE 2014

El Gordo from Chunky Cheese Gourmet Grilled Cheese. Featuring Monterey Jack, sundried tomatoes, chicken breast pieces, salsa, chipotle spread and jalapeno peppers, this was one totally alright sandwich. It’s relative quality was a good salve because they also sold something called the Elvis sandwich — an abomination featuring peanut butter, cheese, bananas and some other crap — which I couldn’t bring myself to try. 7.5/10

Hula Girl Expresso's Crobar. CNE 2014

Hula Girl Expresso’s Crobar. This was the croissant/chocolate bar hybrid that was one of this year’s alpha stunt foods. I’d consider it more “turnover” and less “croissant,” and there was nothing approaching the volume of a full chocolate bar in there (it was more like three squares of a Caramilk bar), but it was still quite tasty. 7.2/10

I wanted to try the Deep Fried Cheesecake, but it was sold out. So then I tried to get a Deep Fried Cola and that was sold out, too. Left with little else on the novelty food spectrum I went with…

Bacon Nation Sundae. CNE 2014

Bacon Nation Sundae. This is a normal soft serve ice cream sundae with caramel and chocolate. Except the bottom of the cup is filled with bacon bits and the garnish is two slices of bacon. The bacon slices weren’t so odd. After all, if you order something like a Grand Slam breakfast there’s often some collateral pancake syrup-to-bacon damage on those plates. But the bacon bits, man, that was… wrong. By the bottom of the cup it was just chocolate syrup and bacon bits in an unholy and inedible combination of the sort that’d make drinking fracking detritus seem relatively desirable. 3/10

Third wave, Thursday, August 28. Finally, on the third day I spotted a modest lineup for this year’s alpha food event, Coco’s Fried Chicken…

Coco's Fried Chicken Honey Butter Buttermilk Biscuit. CNE 2014

Coco’s Fried Chicken Buttermilk Biscuits With Whipped Honey Butter. Not bad. Not Popeye’s. 6.8/10

Coco's Fried Chicken Cocoa Chicken. CNE 2014

Coco’s Fried Chicken Cocoa Chicken. Chocolate chicken? What the fuck? Well, sorry to disappoint you, but it basically tastes like normal fried chicken. With maybe a bit of cumin. There was nary a hint of chocolate beyond the appearance. Sidenote: The fries were really good… Coco’s has their fry game down. Sidenote #2: Do NOT get the “chocolate ketchup” dipping sauce. Imagine licking the toilets on the Carnival Triumph cruise ship… that’s what it tasted like.  Chicken 7.5/10, Fries 7.8/10, Chocolate Ketchup 1.2/10

Wild Child Kitchen's Booster Juice. CNE 2014

Wild Child Kitchen’s Booster Juice. Having been thumped by the massive Cacao Chicken I needed a pick-me-up and for this I went to the hippies at Wild Child. I got something good from them last year so this year I decided to try the Booster Juice — beets, apples, carrots, ginger, lemon. The look of the Booster is great. Think “what True Blood prop juice must be made of,” but the actual drinking of the Booster? Let’s just say there’s such a thing as too much beet. And however much beet was in this drink was exactly too much beet. The slurry at the end of this — a combo of beet pulp and ginger — was undrinkable. 4/10

Special mention. The exact time required for the Wild Child Booster Juice to make its way through the entire human body is four hours. And when it does leave the human body it does so in spectacular, porcelain-staining, technicolour fashion.

Cherry Slushy. CNE 2014

Cherry Slushy. I got this to slink back into my comfort zone after the trauma of the Booster Juice. 5.9/10

My desire to try the churros was 100 per cent influenced by Clone High

I Love Churros' Chocolate Churros. CNE 2014

I Love Churros’ Chocolate Churros. A Spanish alternative to the classic sugar doughnut, these churros started out amazing. They were straight out of the deep fryer and their texture — a crispy, sugar-sprinkled exterior combined with a slightly doughy interior — made for magical mouthpleasures. Until I got to the bottom of the first one, that is. The chocolate syrup that had been pumped into the center of the churro had pooled at the bottom and become super-heated. So when I bit into it I got a gusher of scalding chocolate syrup in my mouth, essentially burning my tongue to the point where today I taste nothing. Also, after finishing these I almost randomly barfed without any notice or provocation. I blame that on the cumulative effects of the three days, not on the churros, though. 6/10

Additional reading:

Things I ate at the CNE in 2016. Bug Bistro’s Bug Dog and Fran’s Blueberry Milkshake with a slice of real blueberry pie.

Things I ate at the CNE in 2015. Including Frosted Flakes Chicken On A Stick and The S&M Burger.

Things I ate at the C.N.E. in 2013. Including Nutella Jalapeno Poppers and the S’more Dog.

Things I ate at the C.N.E. in 2012. Including the Chocolate Eclair Dog and Bacon Nation Nutella BBBLT.

Things I ate at the C.N.E. in 2011. Including the Krispy Kreme Hamburger and Deep Fried Twix.

Things I ate at the C.N.E. in 2010. Including Deep Fried Butter and Taco In A Bag.

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Weird Niagara Falls: Spaceship Restaurants, Giant Frankensteins And More

Weird Niagara

Weird Niagara

For a tourist destination overflowing with natural beauty, immaculately cultivated gardens and classy, upstanding attractions like an aviary and a butterfly conservatory, Niagara Falls doesn’t exactly have the most pristine reputation.

It’s not entirely undeserved.

In a country where nature and its wonders are generally regarded with respect, reverence and stereotypical Canadian politeness, the response to Niagara’s thundering falls has always seemed a bit garish. For over a hundred years, people have been throwing themselves over those falls in various contraptions, or traipsing across them on tightropes. And for over 60 of those years, entrepreneurs have been building wax museums, haunted houses and arcades right next to the water in a less than subtle attempt to capitalize on the bustling tourist trade that the Falls — and its daredevils — inspired.

But anyone who outright dismisses modern day Niagara Falls as a tacky tourist trap is missing the point, and a lot of fun. The Clifton Hill area of town, ground zero for strange and ridiculous amusements, has developed its own charm over the years and a number of its most notorious attractions have proven themselves to be genuinely cool despite — or maybe even because of — their kitsch factor.

Here are five of the best:

House of Frankenstein

House of Frankenstein

5. The House of Frankenstein

Perched at the top of Clifton Hill, this haunted house provides a mix of modern and old-timey scares.

Why it’s notorious:

It’s one of five haunted houses within screaming distance of the Falls, and one of three right on Clifton Hill. The large stature of Frankenstein eating a cheeseburger that straddles the attraction’s roof and the neighbouring Burger King, a rather bizarre but inspired example of corporate synergy, has become a favourite symbol of the city’s tackiness among travel and food writers.

Why it’s actually cool:

It has the most genuine old school carnie atmosphere in town. There are many venues on The Hill that pipe audio tracks onto the street and promise cheap thrills and frights to passersby, but while others merely list their spooky offerings or devolve into music, Frankenstein’s spiel sounds genuinely scary and enticing. With lines like, “When you climb the 13 haunted steps, you are on your own” and “finish this journey of terror… or be lost in the clutching darkness forever!” blasting from its gargoyle-laden facade, this house does the carny tradition of barking or “outside talking” proud. And the inside, which is renovated every February to keep repeat chill-seekers on their toes, almost lives up to the hype.

The Skywheel

The SkyWheel

4. The SkyWheel

Located in the heart of Clifton Hill, this 175 foot tall ferris wheel with climate-controlled gondolas offers a unique sight-seeing experience year-round.

Why it’s notorious:

It’s a giant ferris wheel in the middle of town.

Even among its over-the-top surroundings The SkyWheel seems a little out of place. In context of the unassuming residential parts of the city, it looks particularly odd.

Why it’s actually cool:

The view! At the very top of the wheel, there’s a little something for everyone. The spectacle of Clifton Hill, the glam Fallsview area, the normal city beyond tourist town and, of course, the Falls themselves all get their due on this short-but-sweet ride. Clocking in at about a dollar per minute, The SkyWheel isn’t the most cost-effective deal on the strip in terms of actual time, but that view really is worth every penny. And, when it’s gussied up in glimmering lights at night, the wheel itself isn’t too shabby-looking, either.

Great Canadian Midway

Great Canadian Midway

3. The Great Canadian Midway

Right next to The SkyWheel, this arcade is the all-ages answer to Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino.

Why it’s notorious:

Loud, gaudy and chock full of silly games and rides, the Midway is quite possibly the most absurd attraction in Niagara Falls, which would put it high in the running for most absurd worldwide.

Why it’s actually cool:

The people behind The Great Canadian Midway have crafted an atmosphere that’s undeniably fun and contagious. And while that might seem like a simple task, the other arcades on The Hill (the arcade formerly known as Dave & Buster’s and Adventure City) suggest otherwise. All of three places boast many of the exact same games and amusements, but Busters and Adventure City come off as crowded and almost maudlin affairs, sprinkled with intermittent people having perfunctory fun.

Something about the GCM’s high ceilings, neon lights, sounds, staff and the unparalleled collection of old school Skee-Ball machines makes it stand out. It’s a favourite among kids, tourists, people who want the gambling rush without the risk and anyone who wants to feel like a kid again and, when you’re amongst them, it’s hard not to get caught up in the unabashed and unironic fun.

Ripley's Believe It Or Not at Niagara Falls

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not at Niagara Falls

2. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not

A Clifton Hill mainstay sine 1963, this wacky museum features a constantly changing and expanding collection of strange and, well, unbelievable objects and information.

Why It’s Notorious:

It’s a large collection of gimmicky and bizarre minutiae in a building that’s been renovated to look like a toppled skyscraper mounted by King Kong. It also seems to derive a disproportionate amount of its fame from being “that place with the two-headed calf.”

Why it’s actually cool:

The collection is actually pretty fascinating. And, with over 700 artifacts, including tramp art, shrunken heads, human hair wreaths, and interactive exhibits, it’s a steal at just $13.99 per person. In a city filled with not-so-cheap thrills, Ripley’s is the kind of place where you can spend a whole afternoon and still discover something new. It’s also chock full of local lore, including video, facts about some of the most infamous falls daredevils, and a haunting display about the hermit who lived on Goat Island.

The Flying Saucer Restaurant in Niagara

The Flying Saucer Restaurant in Niagara

1. The Flying Saucer

Located just up the road from Clifton Hill, at 6768 Lundy’s Lane, The Flying Saucer is a classic ‘70s diner with a not so classic theme.

Why it’s notorious:

It’s a diner shaped like two giant UFOs.

Why It’s Actually Cool:

It’s a diner shaped like two giant UFOs! How could that not be cool? The thing that really elevates The Flying Saucer to the next level, though, and makes it the king of cool kitsch in Niagara Falls is the complete dedication to its theme. Sitting inside the diner, with its USS Enterprise-meets-disco decor and its menus designed like tabloids, it’s clear that the place was not the work of someone who halfheartedly slapped a space theme on the place to attract more tourists. It is a sparkling silver monument to geekery at its finest. The food and prices aren’t half bad, either.

This story was originally published Feb. 15, 2012 on AOL Travel (RIP).

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