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Roadside News: Jan. 9, 2009

Chang and Eng at Mutter MuseumMutter Museum: Today marks the sesquicentennial (150th birthday) of a favorite Philadelphia attraction: the Mütter Museum, a wonderland of human freak pathology. It has a great calendar, too. “The milestone will be celebrated with a dance in the Center City building on Friday.” We hope that no one tips over the giant colon….

Enchanted Forest: The Enchanted Forest in Salem, Oregon — home of the huge witch head — has been ravaged by an ice storm. “When we first saw this it was devastating,” [owner] Tofte said. “But we’ll just have to work like beavers.” The attraction intends to reopen on schedule in March.

Behold the Unmelted: This is the time of year when ice sculptures and snowmen get all of the press. But freezing cold is helpful to other art as well. Behold – the first butter sculpture of 2009!

Cars of 1957: The ’57 Heaven museum in Branson, Missouri — a museum comprised solely of cars made in 1957 — is for sale (We felt that it had sold out years ago). The owner refuses to part with the cars individually. The package price: $17 million. Yup, this is the economic climate to cash out your fleet of gas guzzlers….

Thunderbox!: Community art projects, in which artists each customize a mass-produced fiberglass figure, seem to have grown stale and repetitive since their creative heyday. But Thunderbox in San Antonio, Texas, is a worthy new approach. Vote for your favorite.

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