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27 Crazy Things You Never Knew Existed In Louisiana

Wacky things that make the less beaten path look so good.

Kris Norton

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1. Nicholas Cage’s Pyramid Tomb

27 Crazy Things You Never Knew Existed In Louisiana

Source: Zimbio

Nicholas Cage has always been well known for his bizarre movie choices and off-screen behavior. The eccentric National Treasure star already has his grave and location picked out for when he dies – and it’s a pyramid-shaped mausoleum found in a New Orleans cemetery.

2. The Cats Of Jackson Square

27 Crazy Things You Never Knew Existed In Louisiana

Source: Flickr user Allson Domzalski

The freaks might come out in Jackson Square at night, but so do the cats. New Orleans’s feline population runs rampant. The locals are long-since used to them, but the visitors always seem to be taken aback by just how many of them there are. Welcome to NOLA!

3. Praline Bacon At Elizabeth’s Will Help You Die Happy

27 Crazy Things You Never Knew Existed In Louisiana

Source: Elizabeth’s Restaurant Facebook

Pralines are great. Bacon is even better. But when you put them both together, you get something almost supernatural: praline bacon. You can find this delicious treat at Elizabeth’s Restaurant in NOLA.

4. Where The Odd Fellows Rest

27 Crazy Things You Never Knew Existed In Louisiana

Source: Atlas Obscura

New Orleans has more than a few notable cemeteries, but one that doesn’t get nearly as much press as the big ones is Odd Fellows Rest, the burial ground for the members of an old secret society.

Built in 1847, the Grand Lodge of the Order of Odd Fellows has been reported to be similar to the Masons.

5. Don’t Disturb The Gates Of Guinee

27 Crazy Things You Never Knew Existed In Louisiana

Source: Atlas Obscura

If you believe in Voodoo, then you know that the souls of the dead are said to dwell in the underworld of Guinee. And many believe that the Gates to Guinee can be found right here in New Orleans scattered across seven different spots in the city along Canal Street.

6. Ride Free At The Angolo State Prison Rodeo

27 Crazy Things You Never Knew Existed In Louisiana

Source: Virtual Tourist

Something different to check out the next time you’re in the Baton Rouge area is the Angolo State Prison Rodeo. This is a traditional rodeo event that includes both bull and bronco riding and has goods for sale that have been produced by the inmates of the Angolo State Prison.

7. Check Out This Blaze Of Bonnie And Clyde Glory

27 Crazy Things You Never Knew Existed In Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Everyone knows the gist of Bonnie and Clyde’s story but few know all the details. But if you visit Gibsland, you can learn all there is to know. Adjacent to the place where the duo were gunned down by police is a museum that tells the whole story the way it’s meant to be told.

8. Put Your Finger In The Bullet Hole Of The Huey Long Shooting

27 Crazy Things You Never Knew Existed In Louisiana

Source: Sodahead.com

Come to the Capitol of Louisiana in Baton Rouge to stand at the exact spot where Senator Huey Long was shot. The spot in the Capitol showcases the site with a plaque, photos of Long, the shooter, the gun, clothing, and of course, the bullet hole itself which you can poke your finger inside.

9. See The Half Dog Half Alligator In Abita Mystery House

27 Crazy Things You Never Knew Existed In Louisiana

Source: Atlas Obscura

The Abita Mystery House is filled with the most uniquely bizarre creations straight from Preble’s brain and fingertips, including the likes of Darrell The Dogigator, the half alligator half dog sculpture.

10. Chow Down On Donut Sliders Like There’s No Tomorrow

27 Crazy Things You Never Knew Existed In Louisiana

Source: District Donut Sliders Brew Facebook

Why donut sliders aren’t a thing everywhere is the biggest mystery of all. But here in New Orleans, District Donut Sliders Brew makes sure that no one ever has to ask that question.

These sweet and savory creations sometimes look more like a work of art, but once you take a bite, you realize that you’re eating an entire meal in one delicious little pastry.

11. The Best Punch Buggy In All Of Louisiana

27 Crazy Things You Never Knew Existed In Louisiana

Source: Abita Mystery House Facebook

This folk art style car almost looks more like a painting than it does an automobile. The awesome little Volkswagen is privately owned, created and driven by local artist Kelly Israel.

It is not on display and it is not up for sale, you just have to be lucky enough to spot it going down the road once in a while.

12. See How Large Mike The Tiger Is Living

27 Crazy Things You Never Knew Existed In Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

The LSU mascot’s name is Mike The Tiger. The catch is that he’s a real tiger. And he’s living the pampered life on campus in one of the most impressive tiger habitats in the country.

His home is 15,000 square feet and comes complete with a waterfall, swimming pond, and tons of well-landscaped foliage.

13. Visit One Of The Most Haunted Homes In America

27 Crazy Things You Never Knew Existed In Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

The Myrtles Plantation is said to be one of the most haunted houses in the entire country that comes with a seriously dark past involving the poisoning of two children. It’s also said to be located right on top of an Indian burial ground. Talk about a double-whammy.

The plantation is still open and functions as a bed and breakfast for paranormal enthusiasts.

14. And Crawfish Jelly

Oh my word. #crawfish #jelly #onlyinlouisiana

A photo posted by Olivia (@olivia_maybe) on

Why? Because this is Louisana. That’s why.

15. It’s The Britney Museum, B#@$!

27 Crazy Things You Never Knew Existed In Louisiana

Source: Tinypic

The people of Kentwood, Louisiana are proud to call Britney Spears one of their own. The Kentwood Welcome Center and Museum features a wing dedicated solely to the singer herself, complete with her albums, some awards, and some of her own clothes.

16. Explore The Abandoned Six Flags

27 Crazy Things You Never Knew Existed In Louisiana

Source: Atlas Obscura

The local Six Flags amusement park of New Orleans stands as proof of Hurricane Katrina’s lasting devastation. It was flooded out and destroyed by the storm and has yet to ever be repaired, leaving an abandoned and incredibly creepy park in its wake.

17. Try A B.L.F.G.T. From Emeril’s

27 Crazy Things You Never Knew Existed In Louisiana

Source: Pinterest

B.L.T.’s are already awesome. But throw an F and a G in the mix and you have yourself a work of pure genius. Emeril Lagasse’s famous eponymous restaurant in New Orleans has a glorious bacon, lettuce, and fried green tomatoes sandwich.

18. For The Love Of Tobasco

27 Crazy Things You Never Knew Existed In Louisiana

Source: Dixie Dining

Avery Island is full of surprises. It’s a salt dome surrounded by wildlife filled marshlands and swamps. But hot sauce lovers will perk up at the news that this is where you can tour the factory where Tabasco Sauce is made and see the fields where the spicy peppers grow.

19. See Where Hitler’s Horse Is Buried

27 Crazy Things You Never Knew Existed In Louisiana

Source: Groundspeak

La Branche Plantation in St. Rose is the place to go if you’re a history buff and irreverence is your thing. This plantation is home to the grave of Adolf Hitler’s horse, Nordlicht. It also claims President Zachary Taylor’s bathtub as one of their exhibits.

20. Visit Jayne Mansfield’s Crash Site

27 Crazy Things You Never Knew Existed In Louisiana

Source: booknotesplus.wordpress.com

Jayne Mansfield was a bombshell actress whose career and life were sadly cut short when she was killed in a car crash at the age of 34. You can visit the scene of the accident which is marked with a cross and is frequently adorned with photos and gifts in Slidell.

21. Check Out The Frog Capital Of The World

27 Crazy Things You Never Knew Existed In Louisiana

Source: Rayne Frog Festival Facebook

Kermit might call Mississippi his home, but the frog capital of the world is located in Rayne, Louisiana. Along with a ton of frogs, you can also find the Frog Festival, where you’ll get to enjoy bucket loads of frog legs and crawfish boil. 

22. Taste The Best Strawberries On The Planet

27 Crazy Things You Never Knew Existed In Louisiana

Source: Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival Inc. Facebook

The town of Ponachatoula used to grow so many strawberries from local farmers, it earned its name as the Strawberry Capital Of The World. These days, production isn’t quite as high as it was, but they’re still turning out some of the most unbelievable strawberries you’ve ever tried.

23. Who Needs A Moon Pie When You Can Get A Sammy

27 Crazy Things You Never Knew Existed In Louisiana

Source: The Creole Creamery

The Creole Creamery boasts some of the most fantastically Louisiana flavors you will ever find including the likes of Creole Tomato Sorbet. And their famous and freshly made sammies ice cream sandwiches might even have you turning down those Moon Pies.

24. Mix It Up With Some Banana Beignets

27 Crazy Things You Never Knew Existed In Louisiana

Source: Yelp

There are only a few places in New Orleans where purists say that you should get a real beignets. But if you’re a little more open-minded and just want to find something different and delicious, try the sweet banana beignets at Palace Café.

They’re served with a classic Foster sauce of brown sugar, butter, rum, cinnamon, and a banana liquor, making the perfect food for Sunday brunch when you’re on Canal Street.

25. Vending Machines Get A Little Different

27 Crazy Things You Never Knew Existed In Louisiana

Source: Twitter

You might be used to vending machines carrying potato chips and Skittles. But here in Louisiana, prepare for a Big Az Burger, some boudin, and a disposable bowl of shrimp stew.

26. Three Days Of Playing In The Mud

27 Crazy Things You Never Knew Existed In Louisiana

Source: Brandy Rothacher Facebook

Oversized trucks, quads, or just jumping in puddles like you did when you were a kid – whatever your preference, you can do it at the Louisiana Mud Festival. And yes, it really goes on for three days.

27. Bad Breath Got Ya Down?

hmmm… #seemslegit #onlyinlouisiana

A photo posted by Denny Gallaway (@denden1982) on

 

Just pop an Alligator Poop mint. Problem solved!

What’s the craziest thing that exists in Louisiana in your opinion? Tell us in the comments below!

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posted on: April 7, 2015
178,353 views, 10 comments

10 Comments

  1. Kate

    For the love of god, it’s ANGOLA. Begins and ends with an A.

  2. Evan

    District sells donuts, sliders, and brew. Not donut sliders. Donut sliders are not a thing anywhere.

  3. jon

    It’s the Angola state prison. Not Angolo

  4. Kris

    Actually Six Flags was recently used as the backdrop for the new movie Jurassic World. They shot a lot of scenes there.

  5. Gini

    This goes to show if you aren’t from Louisiana, (which the journalist wasn’t) all this may seem crazy. But if you are from here its just the way it is. Let’s face Louisiana & everyone who lives here is just a little different from the rest of the world. And that’s not a bad thing. :-)

  6. Jamie

    Can you really walk through 6 flags?

  7. sue

    Must be someone NOT from Louisiana posting this….too much miss information.

  8. Brian Pontiff

    Jane Mansfield was NOT killed near any trees. She was nearly decapitated ON the old Hwy 90 bridge over the Rigolese pass. Yeah, I know I misspelled RIGOLESE, so, sue me !

  9. cscott

    i would like to know about the six flags also im sure its not open to the public just to go in

  10. Sam Breaux M.

    Dear Ms. Norton,
    Good job! This is a very well-rounded (for lack of a better term) list of the places, people and things that makes Louisiana the most unique state in the union. I appreciate that your list included some things unbeknownst to a lot of native-born Louisianians, namely the location of Hitler’s horse’s remains! (I’ll have to find out how that came to be, for sure!)
    Thank you!
    Sincerely,
    Sam —grandchild (many times over) of Odd Fellow’s Rest “residents” 😉

    P.S. Don’t pay attention to those a**holes criticizing your spelling or other anything else about your article.

 

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