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World's Largest Talking Loon: Mercer, Wis.

This water fowl weighs a ton, measures 16 feet, and is said to be the World's Largest Talking Loon. Learn all about it at HowStuffWorks.

Apparently, oversized loons are all the rage on the roadside attractions circuit. Mercer, Wis., the self-proclaimed "Loon Capital of the United States," is home to a 16-foot loon that weighs a ton and is said to be the world's largest talking loon. Named "Claire d' Loon," she was introduced to the people of Mercer, Wis., in 1981. Standing tall outside the Chamber of Commerce building, it's actually the third largest loon, and the only of the large ones that "talks," or makes pre-recorded loon calls. Located on N. Highway 51, Claire has seen its better days -- it's been shot at more than once, and the voice box is in various states of disrepair, depending on when you pay her a visit.

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