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Metropolitan Museum of Art. “Death Becomes Her”

Metropolitan Museum of Art. “Death Becomes Her”

If you happen to live in NYC or will be visiting the city between now and February 2015, you should check out the new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “Death Becomes Her” looks at the evolution of mourning garments through the 19th and 20th centuries, for example a...

Martin Luther King Jr. Living Memorial in Anchorage, Alaska

Martin Luther King Jr. Living Memorial in Anchorage, Alaska

Every third Monday in January marks the American federal holiday known as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. There are a number of monuments, memorials, streets, libraries and schools named after the African-American activist, but probably the most random (and by the far the coldest) is the Martin Luther King Jr....

Conwy’s Quay House – Smallest House Museum in the World

Conwy’s Quay House – Smallest House Museum in the World

With the imposing walls of a ruined medieval castle standing in the background, Conwy’s Quay House is not only the smallest house in Great Britain, but probably also the smallest house museum in the world. I had a chance to visit this itsy bitsy tourist attraction on a day trip...

Loretta Lynn’s The Pill Museum in Cleveland, Ohio

Loretta Lynn’s The Pill Museum in Cleveland, Ohio

This next museum makes me want to listen to Loretta Lynn’s The Pill. The Dittrick Medical History Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio has America’s only birth control museum. Opened since 2005, the museum exhibit has 650 artifacts–ranging from beaver-testicle tea believed to prevent pregnancy to sheep...

Oak Woods Cemetery on Chicago’s South Side

Oak Woods Cemetery on Chicago’s South Side

As October approaches, more and more people visit cemeteries because, you know, dead people are spooky or something. If you’ve read this blog long enough then you already know that I am a pretty morbid person. I visit cemeteries year-round. Apparently there is a name for it - a taphophile....

1.8 mile Bob Dylan Way, Minnesota

1.8 mile Bob Dylan Way, Minnesota

I wasn’t always a fan of Dylan, but I appreciate him a lot more than I used to, especially as I’ve gotten older. If you ever find yourself in Dylan’s hometown of Duluth, then make sure to walk around downtown where you can follow the 1.8 mile Bob Dylan Way....

Museum of the City of New York “Mac Conner: A New York Life”

Museum of the City of New York “Mac Conner: A New York Life”

Anyone else excited about the upcoming final season of Mad Men? It’s, like, my favourite television show ever, guys. I always think of my relative who was obsessed with Dallas and died before they found out who shot J.R., which means I have to live another 8 months or so....

Former Peanut Farmer Jimmy Carter, Georgia

Former Peanut Farmer Jimmy Carter, Georgia

In honor of Presidents’ Day, here is a statue, crafted in plaster and mesh, that pays homage to former U.S. President and former peanut farmer Jimmy Carter. Located in his birthplace and hometown of Plains, Georgia, Carter’s trademark grin is accurately showcased on the peanut. If you’re wondering how this...

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