The world’s weirdest museums
July 9, 2013, 8:39 pm
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Spam Museum

Spam Museum

From poo and pinball to parasites and pork, every day tourists around the world are mindboggled by the weird and wacky museums on offer around the world.

So I thought today would be a good day to explore some of the most zany and bizarre…

-Spam may be more e-mail killer than sandwich filler these days but visit the US state Minnesota and you can feast your eyes on a plethora of pork at the SPAM® Museum.

Home to the world’s “most comprehensive collection of spiced pork artefacts”, the attraction offers a meat-packed day of fun for all the family.



-From pork to porn, Sexmuseum, is the world’s “first and oldest” museum of sex taking visitors on a journey of the history of bonking through 4,000 years of civilisation.

Situated on the edge of Amsterdam’s red light district, expect provocative porno and plenty of sex toys. (WARNING: Don’t buy souvenirs if you’ve got hand luggage only mind, as airport security might not take too kindly to handcuffs even if they are JUST a toy.)

– Translating literally as house of the nuts, (not THOSE type of nuts), Maison de la Noix in Dordogne, France, can tell you everything there is to know about….walnuts.

This small nutty vault displays “EVERYTHING” connected to walnuts, as well as an exhibition of um.. crafts.

Cockroach Hall of Fame

Cockroach Hall of Fame

-Moving from Omega 3 to…pee, a doctor has set up a museum of toilets in New Delhi, India.
The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets shows various bog standards was inaugurated by Maneka Gandhi in 1994 – let’s hope she wasn’t a mystery plopper….

– A bug exterminator has set up the Cockroach Hall of Fame and Museum in Texas where the rank roaches are ranked and even dressed up in fancy dress – crazy.

Owner Michael Bohdan says he has a love/hate relationship with the pests – he loves them in his museum but hates them in homes.

– Even smaller and perhaps more grim, Japan dedicates a whole centre to the “world’s only parasite museum”.

The Meguro Parasitological Museum in Tokyo even sells cased bacteria on a keyring to take home to your nearest and dearest.

– Some might call her loony, but Leila Cohoon built a collection of hair after picking up a small wreath made of human hair.

Leila Cohoon

Leila Cohoon

Leila’s Hair Museum in Missouri, US, is inundated with daily calls with people wanting to part with their locks but its website does not make clear whether the retired teacher has an heir to her collection.

– Skeletons come out of the closet at the Museum of Osteology in Oklahoma, which has more than 300 on display.

Billed as “America’s ONLY Skeleton Museum’ it is hoped punters will be impressed with dem bones, dem bones dem dry…etc.

-From bones to boners (cheeky, sorry!) a penis museum in Iceland has more than 80 “parts” on display.

The Icelandic Phallological Museum claims its displays are arranged in an “organised and scientific” fashion.

Icelandic Phallological Museum

Icelandic Phallological Museum

-Crazy cat ladies will feel at home in San Francisco where a Cat Museum celebrates “5,000 years of the relationship between cats and people”.

– A museum devoted to pets is probably acceptable but dog collars maybe don’t have as widespread appeal.

However, anyone who fancies wagging down to Leeds Castle in Kent can look at five centuries of canine couture.

-Pinball is the name of the game at the National Pinball Museum in Baltimore where visitors can play the retro game as well as learn.

“It’s a scrapbook of American tradition and folklore and a looking glass of culture,” according to its bosses.

-If the thought of the dentist makes you squirm or false teeth are a sight for sore eyes then perhaps the National Museum of Dentistry isn’t for you.

What George Washington's teeth may have looked like

What George Washington’s teeth may have looked like

But if you can brave it in order to see former president George Washington’s gnashers then open wide and take a trip to Maryland, US.

-More body parts, from breast implants to stretched skin, can be seen at the Wellcome (corr) Collection in London, which displays all manner of medical wonders.

Better still it’s free so if it weirds anyone out, they can leave without being out of pocket.

-My mum hates the stuff but Colman’s Mustard has its own museum in Norwich, Norfolk.

Maybe the display of the yellow stuff should be sandwiched next to the SPAM place.

– Less likely to make some people’s mouth water, a different waterworks display is on offer at the Paris Sewer Museum.

Colman's Mustard Shop and Museum

Colman’s Mustard Shop and Museum

Yes, that’s right Le Musée des Égouts de Paris is dedicated to sharing knowledge on the history of where the other yellow and brown stuff travels to in the French capital.

– Where better than to delve into oodles of noodles than Japan?

The Instant Ramen Museum in Osaka offers a history of the slurpy snack and a full range of shapes and sizes.

– ‘Sausages, schnitzel and weiners’ is the tagline for the German Butcher’s Museum in Boblingen, Germany.

Offering a bit of competition to the Spam collection in America, the attraction offers the “curious visitor” everything they might need to know about meats.

Meat you by the hog roast!

Some meat

Some meat

-Last but not least if you’re taking a trip to Liverpool and don’t fancy The Beatles, the British Lawnmower Museum offers punters a unique experience.

Set up, surprisingly by an ex-racing champion, the museum will tell visitors everything they want to mow about grass cutters from Blighty.


Another Freecycle anecdote
February 28, 2012, 7:06 pm
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As you may or may not have seen, I occasionally exploit my daily Freecycle e-mail digests and share something I find amusing at the expense of someone else.

I felt this post was worthy of a share today.  Can anyone help make this woman’s birthday dreams come true?

From : darkfiredarling
Date : Tue, 28 Feb 2012 10:48:01 -0000
WANTED: any girly stuff suitable for a 25yr old (Telscombe Cliffs/Peacehaven)
Hi all,basically my 25th bday is next weds and I know my partner doesnt
get paid til the 20th of march so I know I wont get any pressies on the
day and that is very sad…wondering if Anyone would wanna donate any
girly stuff:make-up,perfume,handbags,costume jewellery,shoes(size
8),dvds,bath stiff or anything else that would be fun so that I can have
a lovely day. Thanks for reading Zoe

My 25th birthday is coming up this year so maybe I’ll do the same!  I could copy and paste as I’m a size 8 shoe too.

And then if I get too many replies, I’ll run a tombola.  Booby prize: bath stiff.

In other news, if you bought a copy of The Argus today, the middle spread is a piece by myself and my co-work-experiencer Ben.  Luckily for me it fulfilled the final piece of the puzzle that is my portfolio.  The rather tricky missing piece was my PA feature and I’m so glad it’s done.

It’s all about the council cutting the money they give to subsidise local football teams and the effect that has on them.  We did some case studies, so have a read if you’ve got a copy.

Also, there’s lots going on in the festival world this week, so keep checking http://www.thisfestivalfeeling.com for the festival news I upload every day.

How strange can Freecycle get?
February 22, 2012, 7:52 pm
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I posted on Valentine’s Day about the person looking for ‘Unwanted’ Valentine’s Gifts on Freecycle and today I saw the strangest offer yet:

OFFER: Beautiful dress made of condoms (Davigdor Road, Hove)
I work at a HIV/AIDS charity. Our ED picked up this dress abroad. It is
made from 7,630 condoms which failed the quality control test! The
condoms are starting to deteriorate hence we’re getting rid of it. Would
be ideal for art students looking for creative ideas! I can e-mail
pictures to those interested. Mannequin not included. Collector will
need to come weekday between 9-5.

Anyone interested?

Mixed Ape cocktail review for Kettle mag
January 31, 2012, 11:07 pm
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My cocktail review for Kettle mag can be found here:


I’m off to Sri Lanka tomorrow.  You may remember my article about my Mum and her friends knitting 46 teddies to take with us to the orphanage.  Well, I’ve come home to 86 knitted teddies lying on the lounge floor, and my mum seems to have given them a photo shoot on the sofa as well.  God knows how they will fit in our luggage!

The man who searched our bags for Loose Women yesterday was a bit bemused by the 15 we carried in.  They loved the show.

Things that keep me feeling young
January 19, 2012, 11:24 pm
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I recently wrote a ‘When I’m 24’ post stating the things that I felt were taking me that one step further away from the term ‘young person’.

However, I have managed to think of ten things that still make me feel young.

1) I still get spots – It’s clearly just a myth that you stop getting spots when you turn 20.  And I’ve only just realised.

2) I get a buzz from buying stationery – just like every new term at school.

3) When I’m staying with my boyfriend’s parents, his mum does my washing and folds it on my bed (and occasionally draw my curtains when I’ll be home after dark).

4) I got five lip balms for Christmas – at least one was shaped like a cupcake.

5) I still get a stocking on Christmas day and eat chocolate before savoury goods.

6) If I go out with my mum, she buys me a cake as a treat.

7) If the TV channel ‘happened’ to be on Tracy Beaker, I probably wouldn’t change it.

8) I can lie in for most of the day.

9) I have been on a date with at least one 18-year-old in the past two years.

10) I still rely on Christmas and birthdays to fund my spending for the year.

Night night. X

When I’m 24….

I’ve come to the realisation lately that I am rapidly moving away from the term ‘young person’.

The factors that have contributed to this epiphany are as follows.

1) I can go into any pub in my home town and spot someone who was in year 7 when I was finishing school, and is OLD ENOUGH TO DRINK.

2) I am slightly disappointed if I don’t get ID-ed.  In fact, it’s an insult when I’m the only person in a group not to be.

3) I complain about loud noise in pubs and clubs.  ‘I just want to have a conversation.’

4) I tut at young people necking on street corners and have to restrain myself on public transport from telling loud schoolchildren to be quiet.

5) I pick up litter.

6) I answer the home phone.

7) My mum doesn’t pay for the dentist anymore.

8) I am shocked at how short schoolgirls skirts are.

9) I can’t tell charity street teams I am ‘not 18 sorry’ anymore.

10) I am less conspicuous about trying makeup testers in Boots.

Top 3s of 2011
January 2, 2012, 7:36 pm
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Happy New Year!

Here’s my top 3 gigs, albums and tracks of 2011:

Top 3 Brighton Gigs
1. The Horrors – Concorde
2. Foster The People – Great Escape
3. Cloud Control/Big Deal – Audio
The Antlers – Borderline, London

Top 3 Albums
1. Skying – The Horrors
2. Feel It Break – Austra
3. Burst Apart – The Antlers

Top 3 Tracks

Aside from tracks off the fab albums I listed:

1. Cults – Go Outside
2. Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks

3. Florence and the Machine – What The Water Gave Me

For the full version of Brighton Noise’s Best of 2011 click here.