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Blaze destroys 'Oddity' house that was perpetually being built

Blaze destroys 'Oddity' house that was perpetually being built

A fire Monday destroyed a west-side home that had been under construction since the mid-1990s. The three-story, white house with blue trim, which could be seen from Interstate 10, was being built by a local businessman.

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Blaze destroys house perpetually being built

Blaze destroys house perpetually being built

Flames erupt from the three-story house, which had been under construction since the mid-1990s. The house, easily visible from Interstate 10, was vacant at the time of Monday's fire. The Arizona Daily Star profiled it as a "Tucson Oddity" in 2009.

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Tucson Oddity: We've reached the end, oddly

Tucson Oddity: We've reached the end, oddly

It's hard to miss. The imposing lumberjack statue at North Stone Avenue and Glenn Street has been a roadside fixture for years.

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Tucson Oddity: We've reached the end, oddly

Tucson Oddity: We've reached the end, oddly

The mega-sized chianti bottle has stood outside the Boondocks Lounge on North First Avenue for years, drawing curious looks and certainly qualifying as one of Tucson's roadside oddities.

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Tucson Oddity: We've reached the end, oddly

Tucson Oddity: We've reached the end, oddly

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Tucson Oddity: We've reached the end, oddly

Tucson Oddity: We've reached the end, oddly

What a long, odd trip it's been.

April 22, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Oddity: Tucson library's portal is timeline of world's written languages

Oddity: Tucson library's portal is timeline of world's written languages

Patrons walk through the entrance of the remodeled Murphy-Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road, and under an arch with symbols from different languages. A handful of newer symbols were added to the glass doors during the library's remodeling.

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Oddity: Tucson library's portal is timeline of world's written languages

Oddity: Tucson library's portal is timeline of world's written languages

Ancient and modern symbols greet patrons entering the Murphy-Wilmot Branch Library.

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Tucson Oddity: Tucson Oddity: Fanciful mural greets passers-by

Tucson Oddity: Tucson Oddity: Fanciful mural greets passers-by

A detail of the mural on South Columbus Boulevard, near Broadway, includes whimsical narwhals and a mermaid.

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Tucson Oddity: Tucson Oddity: Fanciful mural greets passers-by

Tucson Oddity: Tucson Oddity: Fanciful mural greets passers-by

Sabrina Vincent's mural has a playful tone with child characters and creatures draped in assorted strands of painted yarn.

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Tucson Oddity:  Fanciful mural greets passers-by

Tucson Oddity: Fanciful mural greets passers-by

The whales wear unicorn horns on the edge of one historical Tucson neighborhood.

April 01, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Tucson Oddity: Gila monster reading a book draws looks in Tucson neighborhood

Tucson Oddity: Gila monster reading a book draws looks in Tucson neighborhood

The huge Gila monster sculpture includes a literary device - the lizard is reading a book. The art is in the Dunbar Spring Neighborhood.

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Tucson Oddity: Gila monster reading a book draws looks in Tucson neighborhood

Tucson Oddity: Gila monster reading a book draws looks in Tucson neighborhood

It's not every day that you see an 8-foot-long Gila monster lounging beside a city street.

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Tucson Oddity: South Park mosaics speak to neighborhood struggles

Tucson Oddity: South Park mosaics speak to neighborhood struggles

The three mosaic panels address concerns and problems in the South Park neighborhood, which helped create the artwork. The pieces were completed in 1998 as part of an improvement project, and some residents say the public art retains important meaning for them.

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Tucson Oddity: South Park mosaics speak to neighborhood struggles

Tucson Oddity: South Park mosaics speak to neighborhood struggles

Beautiful mosaics in brilliant, cheerful colors add a surprising artistic element to an otherwise distressed area along South Park Avenue between East 20th and East 36th streets.

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Tucson Oddity: Crooked sidewalk perplexing

Tucson Oddity: Crooked sidewalk perplexing

Residents in the Desert Palms Park Neighborhood on the east side are able to walk straight, but this sidewalk seems to taunt them.

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Tucson Oddity: Crooked sidewalk perplexing

Tucson Oddity: Crooked sidewalk perplexing

The "crooked man" in a well-known nursery rhyme, who "walked a crooked mile," probably would enjoy a stroll along a sidewalk in an east-side neighborhood.

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Tucson Oddity: Giant 'jacks' along Santa Cruz River are erosion-control devices

Tucson Oddity: Giant 'jacks' along Santa Cruz River are erosion-control devices

These steel objects, known as Kellner jacks, are believed to have been placed along the Santa Cruz River by the Arizona Department of Transportation in the 1970s to catch debris and slow the flow of the river when it floods, cutting down on erosion.

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Tucson Oddity: Giant 'jacks' along Santa Cruz River are erosion-control devices

Tucson Oddity: Giant 'jacks' along Santa Cruz River are erosion-control devices

Huge steel objects in the Santa Cruz River near San Xavier Road aren't remnants of a giant's game of jacks, though they do resemble and share the name of the beloved children's game.

February 25, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Tucson Oddity: It's a cable company; so why all the satellite dishes?

Tucson Oddity: It's a cable company; so why all the satellite dishes?

Cable companies do all they can to persuade consumers of their service's superiority to satellite providers.

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