If there are to be various World's Largest things then surely they would feel right at home in Texas. While, I've so far been able to stop myself from beginning a blog entry with the phrase, "They say everything is bigger in Texas," it's getting harder and harder with the amount of great big stuff that populates the Lone Star state. And with that, we head inside Pinballz Kingdom in Buda, TX to check out another great big thingamajig.
Now it's always tricky when you get into the "World's Largest" this and the "World's Largest" that. Caveats tend to abound. Many people play it safe by claiming they have the largest thing in the state or the country or they can even get cute and claim to have the second largest such-and-such. But when signage is involved, you know they mean business:
There's a lot of great pinball machines out there but there's only one that can claim to be the "World's Largest." OK, so these were commercially produced so there's technically more than one of them out there but I this is the one in Central Texas. Behold...the "Hercules":
The place is full of tons of retro (and newish) pinball and arcade games but this one is the arcade's pride and joy and is positioned right in the center of the action. In the interest of full disclosure, the Folks at Guinness claim that this machine in Italy is the real World's Largest but that location probably doesn't have the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game like Pinballz does so I'll head to Buda the next time I want to sink some quarters.