3100 Tower Boulevard, Durham

Depending on your particular circle of friends, you either refer to the lonely skyscraper officially called University Tower as “The Pickle Building,” “The Green Weenie,” or “The Dallas Phallus.” That last nicknameour favoriteis a dig at Texas developer Tommy Stone, who apparently never got the news that his seventeen-story building looked like a big ol’ green glass dildo. But hey, it’s been there since 1985 and shall likely remain forever, producing strange feelings within us every time we cruise off Chapel Hill Boulevard onto 15-501. So let’s cherish it for the classic conversation piece that it is, even though the conversation usually begins with, “Good Lord, that’s ugly!”