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We were crestfallen when Dick Horne’s American Dime Museum closed in Baltimore in 2007. It was a unique showcase of the rare and ghastly. We thought we’d never again see priceless relics such as a Petrified Minotaur, or Abraham Lincoln’s Last Bowel Movement.
The dinosaur behemoths of yore are long gone, and now it looks like our nation’s old timey dinosaur parks also face inevitable decline and extinction.
It was an event worthy of hoopla and ballyhoo: a rare tornado, sweeping through Bridgeport, Connecticut, on June 24. No one died (and so there will probably be no evocative monument to it) but the storm did major damage to a number of downtown buildings — including the P.T. Barnum Museum. And the P.T. Barnum [...]
The Cathedral of Junk in Austin, Texas, may yet dodge the wrecking ball. Since early March, Cathedral-builder Vince Hannemann and his creation have been hammered by cudgels of bureaucratic chaos.
Salem, Massachusetts — site of the witch trials of 1692 — has a packed roster of witch attractions, including a statue, a dungeon, two witch trial reenactments, and two-and-a-half witch museums (one gives half its space to pirates).
It may not signify a cosmic shift in thinking, but it’s nice to see that the organization Americans for the Arts has chosen a flying saucer as one of the top 40 “best public art works in the United States and Canada” for 2010.« Previous Entries Next Entries »
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