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Stephen Huneck’s chapel on “Dog Mountain” in Vermont

Stephen Huneck’s chapel on “Dog Mountain” in Vermont

After a near-death experience in 1998, folk artist Stephen Huneck built a chapel on “Dog Mountain” in Vermont. He wanted to celebrate the spiritual bond humans have with dogs. On top of the white steeple is a Labrador Retriever with wings, while the interior is decorated with carved wooden dogs...

Fairmount Historical Museum, Indiana

Fairmount Historical Museum, Indiana

A fat, pessimistic, and sarcastic cat who loves lasagna, Garfield the comic strip was first published on this date back in 1978. In celebration of its 34th birthday, I’ll relive the time I visited the Fairmount Historical Museum. You probably didn’t know the cartoon is set in Muncie, Indiana. The...

Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park

Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park

Forget about Stephen King’s Pet Sematary (even though I do like the movie adaptation’s title track by the Ramones) for a minute and turn your attention to Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park, the final resting place for dead pets of the stars. One of the oldest of its kind on...

Anne Murray Centre, Canada

Anne Murray Centre, Canada

Yesterday I told you about the brand-new ABBA Museum in Stockholm, but that’s not the only random music museum in existence. Even though Canada is the home of respectable musicians like Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell (let’s forget about Avril Lavigne, Céline Dion, Nickelback, and the rapper called...

Chiesa dei Morti – Church of the Dead, Urbania, Italy

Chiesa dei Morti – Church of the Dead, Urbania, Italy

This next one isn’t necessarily a museum, but it’s definitely an interesting historical place to visit if you ever find yourself in Urbania, Italy. Well, it’s, like, the only attraction in town but don’t let that stop you. Since 1833, eighteen mummies from the Medieval period stand in individual glass...

Museu de Carrossess Funebres, Barcelona, Spain

Museu de Carrossess Funebres, Barcelona, Spain

I know of a few funeral museums but I never thought there would be one dedicated to a topic so specific like funeral carriages. Like life (or death), getting to this museum in Barcelona is a bit of an adventure. First, you have to report to the city’s Municipal Funeral...

Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville, Tennessee

Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville, Tennessee

If he was still with us, today would have been Johnny Cash’s 82nd birthday. Considering Valentine’s Day was nearly two weeks ago, let’s honour Johnny’s memory (and his wife June’s, who died four months before him) with a Valentine he gave her back in 1998. It’s on display at the...

Anchorage’s Earthquake Park, Alaska

Anchorage’s Earthquake Park, Alaska

Lasting nearly three minutes with a magnitude of 9.2, the Good Friday Earthquake of 1964 is the world’s second largest earthquake in recorded history. And Jesus Christ wasn’t the only person to die on this day, across Alaska 143 people lost their lives. Over 200 miles of railroad tracks were...

The Hanging Coffins Of Sagada, Philippines

The Hanging Coffins Of Sagada, Philippines

I don’t know how often you think of death, like exactly what will happen to your body when you die. Will you be buried or cremated? Or will your coffin be placed on the side of a cliff? Apparently this is a common practice of the Bo people of southern...

16-foot-tall bronze statue of Vladimir Lenin, Seattle

16-foot-tall bronze statue of Vladimir Lenin, Seattle

Nearly one hundred Vladimir Lenin statues have been toppled in the Ukraine since anti-government protests began in December. A Lenin statue that doesn’t appear to be going anywhere is the most random one of all. On the corner of N. 36th Street and Evanston Avenue N in the Fremont neighborhood...

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