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Reptile Gardens’ Bewitched Village and Bird Brain

Sunday, May 30th, 2021

From 1965 to 2005 Reptile Gardens in Rapid City, South Dakota, was a showplace for performing animals.

Maxie: A Goose Built For A Gander

Sunday, April 11th, 2021

Debbie Jackson and Denise Cummings drove to Sumner, Missouri, to see Maxie, the World’s Largest Goose, built in 1974 by their father.

In Pursuit of Prehistoric Photo Ops

Monday, March 29th, 2021

Admit it. If you could travel back in time, just once, it wouldn’t be to kill baby Hitler or buy Apple stock. It would be to ride a dinosaur. Selfie that thunderlizard!

Sad Solo Shrines: Desirable Distancing Destinations?

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Americans hear the latest bell chime that marks the end of certain pandemic restrictions. They copiously salivate, imagining road trips across every quarantine zone.

The Do Nothing Machine

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

The most oddball exhibit at the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum, Carlsbad, California, is its Do Nothing Machine, a gear-punk marvel of inventor obsession.

Brawny Men of San Francisco Bay

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

“The problem is that it doesn’t fit in his hands… you’d have to break the thumb off,” laments Bruce Kennedy as we ponder his wondrous and mysterious giant ax.

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