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9 buildings shaped like what they sell

April 11, 2011, 1:02 p.m.
The Big Chicken, Marietta, Georgia

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The Big Chicken, Marietta, Ga.

When greasy spoon Johnny Reb's needed a quick fix for dwindling business, owner Tubby Davis turned to Hubert Puckett to design and build a 56-foot sheet metal chicken structure with rotating eyes, a beak that opens and closes, and a head comb that sways in the wind. The giant bird became iconic, with locals using it as a landmark when giving directions. Kentucky Fried Chicken took over the joint in 1974, and after repairs in the 1990s the famous chicken is still standing.