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Marx generator, Moscow region, Russia

Marx generator, Moscow region, Russia

Hello, Obama! ;) I don’t know if this is creepy or cool or what…but it’s definitely not something you see on a daily basis, that’s for sure. Although some people might think it’s a Tesla coil, this machine, constructed in the 1970s by the Russian Electrical Engineering Institute, is actually...

The country’s largest Mexican art collection, Chicago, Illinois

The country’s largest Mexican art collection, Chicago, Illinois

Every year the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago has a Day of the Dead exhibit (check out last year’s photos here). The only Latino museum accredited by the American Association of Museums, it has the country’s largest Mexican art collection. So it’s fitting the museum also has one...

Fort Worth Museum of Science And History, Texas

Fort Worth Museum of Science And History, Texas

It's time to let you know about one more perfect place. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History first started out as the Fort Worth Children's Museum in 1941 on Summit Street. The building the current Fort Worth Museum is housed in opened in 2007. During this time, the...

Lawn Sprinkler Museum by Bob Bosley

Lawn Sprinkler Museum by Bob Bosley

125 years ago today David Kalakaua, the last king of Hawaii, was forced at gunpoint by the Americans to sign the Bayonet Constitution giving America more power in Hawaii while stripping Hawaiian citizens of their rights. God, those Americans really hate the monarchy, don’t they? So because of this historical...

Vibrator Museum in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Vibrator Museum in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Once upon a time I told you guys about the Sex Machines Museum in Prague. Well, there is a similar place closer to home (at least for me) in Ann Arbor, Michigan called the Vibrator Museum. Unfortunately, you cannot visit it personally, right now the collection is just an on-line...

Grave of Frances Pearce Stone, Victorian Cemetery

Grave of Frances Pearce Stone, Victorian Cemetery

Once upon a time I told you about the mysterious statue of six-year-old Inez Clarke (1873-1880) in Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery. Well, just a bit north is another Victorian cemetery called Rosehill where another beautiful monument can be found. It is the grave of Frances Pearce Stone. Depicting a reclining mother...

Day of the Dead exhibit – Latino museum

Day of the Dead exhibit – Latino museum

I skipped last year (I guess I must have been temporarily dead) but I try to always go to the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, which has an annual Day of the Dead exhibit (check out 2013 photos here and 2012 photos here). It is the only Latino...

National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago

National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago

I always try to go to the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, which has an annual Day of the Dead exhibit (check out past photos from 2012, 2013, and 2015). It is the only Latino museum accredited by the American Association of Museums and also has the country’s...

Greensburg Rabbi Sara Perman’s Dreidel Collection

Greensburg Rabbi Sara Perman’s Dreidel Collection

This evening Jews will light their menorahs for the first night of Hanukkah. Also known as the Festival of Lights, the Jewish holiday begins at sundown on the 16th of December and ends eight days later on the evening of the 24th. Even though my half-Jewish mother is not religious...

Eastland Disaster – the shipwreck on the Great Lakes

Eastland Disaster – the shipwreck on the Great Lakes

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Eastland Disaster, the largest loss of life from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes. Western Electric employees, families, and friends were to cross Lake Michigan from Chicago to Michigan City, Indiana, for a picnic. But the SS Eastland, docked at the Clark...

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