A Town Obsessed With Sponges

Tarapon Springs is one of many strange towns in Florida. It was founded by a bunch of Greeks who made a living off harvesting sponges.  My sister and I drove 6 hours roundtrip to see it.

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This place looks like a creepy version of Disney’s 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride.

Welcome to Sponge-O-Rama!!!!
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This is a dream come true!

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The sign says the first SPONGEORAMAS Sponge Factory, but I don’t think there are others.

Inside Sponge-O-Rama is a must see movie.

IMG_0669It was pretty packed when we got there.  Luckily, the movie had just started.

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This film was made at least 40 years ago.  Not only was it boring, it was so anti-environment. IMG_3306

My sister and I were snickering like teenagers when he talked about the extremely phallic sponge.IMG_3312We were definatley the only women in our 30’s without children in this movie. I think Sponge Bob Square Pants has something to do withSponge-O-Rama’s popularity. The kids were just as bored as us…but better behaved

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More people kept coming into the theater. There were about 30 of us by the time it was over.

Photo_04-3Since you get a 10% discount on sponges after watching the movie, we shopped around.

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Then a saleswoman (who said it was against store policy to have her picture taken with me) tried to sell me this sponge by putting in on my head.IMG_0661

It didn’t work

Sponge-O-Rama may have Greek roots, but it is proud to be American. This giant flag was made out of sponges

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As I toured the Spongorama, I started noticing this mascot sponge diver man everywhere.  On the ceiling…

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in the parking lot….

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…even in the town square (although minus the stache) He was like a war hero.

IMG_0679Just then I heard a bell.  It was the guys trying to sell tourists a sponge diving tour.  We didn’t have enough money, so this wasn’t an option.

IMG_3314And then I saw the real life Sponge-O-Rama mascot in the flesh!

IMG_3315Holy Hot!!!!

I’d like to say I ripped that rubber suit off of him.  Nope.

Although I’m eztremely outgoing in every other area of my life, I’m still incredibly shy when it comes to dudes.

So I stuck with the safest option

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For more pictures from this fascinating Greek town, stayed tuned.IMG_3316To  see my plan to go on tour this summer to visit the strangest places I can find in this country, click below

2 Comments Add yours

  1. bobhamlett says:

    Melanie:

    I check your website everyday. I am very proud of you. But as a parent: “BE CAREFUL”

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