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JC Penney Museum & Boyhood Home, Hamilton, Missouri

JC Penney Museum & Boyhood Home, Hamilton, Missouri

On this date in 1902 James C. Penney (aka J.C. Penney) opened his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming. Today “The Mother Store” of the 1,106 department store chain is a national historic landmark along with Penney’s small house, where he lived from 1902-1909. Today these buildings are open for tours...

Frances Kuyper’s Mini Cake Museum, California

Frances Kuyper’s Mini Cake Museum, California

I just learned that today, the 19th of June, is Museum Cake Day. Uh…don’t ask me why this shit exists…who associates cake with museums? I know I don’t. Cheap wine, maybe but not cake. Anyway, this seems like the perfect time to remember the Frances Kuyper’s Mini Cake Museum, unfortunately...

The Museum of the Odd – Lawrence, Kansas

The Museum of the Odd – Lawrence, Kansas

Only a few days after I told you about the Museum of Animated Carvings, we’re already back in Kansas. In the town of Lawrence, wanna-be blues musician “Honey Boy” (more like “White Boy”) Walker has filled the first floor of his home with such weird collections, including over 500 sock...

Franz Gsellmann’s Weltmaschine: the World Machine

Franz Gsellmann’s Weltmaschine: the World Machine

In the hills of southern Austria is a farmhouse outbuilding that is home to the Weltmaschine (the World Machine). What is this, you ask? The creator of the machine, Franz Gsellmann, grew up hoping to become an engineer, which never happened because everybody knows dreams don’t come true. But after...

Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

Supposedly Roald Dahl‘s books continue to sell at the rate of 12 a minute every day of the year. That’s a lot of freaking books! Gipsy House in Great Missenden, England where the author lived from 1954 until his death in 1990 still remains in his family. So Dahl’s pocket-sized...

The Rainbow Land Museum – Rainbow Brite

The Rainbow Land Museum – Rainbow Brite

As an only lonely child of the 1980s with a parent who literally worked around the clock, let’s just say, I grew up watching a lot of television. But that’s probably the exact same childhood of anyone born after, say, 1965. One of my earliest memories of being at a...

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