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Roadside News: Dec. 11, 2009

Lady Leg Lamp.Shoot Out Your Eye for Christmas: The house in Cleveland, Ohio, where “A Christmas Story” was filmed has gone interactive, according to the Chicago Tribune. The house, retro-restored to its 1940 appearance and opened for tours in 2006, previously had a hands-off policy. Now visitors are encouraged to “do what they want to” to re-enact scenes from the film for their snapshots — within reason. Don’t bring a pack of dogs to run through the kitchen, or stick the red Lifebuoy soap in the bathroom in your mouth.

Alert!: Full-size Lady Leg Lamps are on sale for $99.

Junior the Barbarian: The Frank Frazetta Museum in idyllic East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, has apparently been partly destroyed by Frank Frazetta Jr. The younger Frazetta reportedly tried to smash into the museum with a backhoe in an unsuccessful attempt to steal $20 million worth of his father’s artwork. The elder Frazetta is best known for his paintings of Conan the Barbarian and buxom warrior women on piles of slaughtered demons.

Junk Towers – Skateboarder Turf?: Los Angeles art preservationists are aghast over a proposal that would build a large skateboarding park next to the city’s Watts Junk Towers. No one, anywhere, seems to trust skateboarders — they’re not even allowed on the world’s highest pedestrian bridge. The park, however, may be unavoidable. According to the Los Angeles Times, its location was chosen in part, “because, unlike other potential sites in Watts, no gang claims the spot as part of its turf.”

When Words Fail: The National Museum of Language in College Park, Maryland, is in trouble. According to the Gaithersburg Gazette, the museum — which took 37 years to finally open early last year — is already broke. That may partly be because it’s on the second floor of an office building, and partly because it’s only open two days a week. Maybe it took 37 years to open for a reason? The folks who run the Museum of the Alphabet in North Carolina can’t be happy about this.

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