How I wish I could visit the Science Museum of London to see these incredible wax anatomical figures, originally created circa 1810-1830.
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The womb-like interior of the otherworldly environment that is the H.R. Giger Museum Bar is a cavernous, skeletal structure covered by double arches of vertebrae that crisscross the vaulted ceiling of an ancient castle.
With its bone-colored furniture and awe inspiring interior design, the wing of the castle that houses the Museum Bar has a a truly organic feel. The cast concrete surfaces of the bar furnishings have been polished to the point that they are skin soft to the touch, enhancing the impression of being inside a once living creature, of sitting on something, perhaps less than alive, but very warm and enveloping just the same.
Has anyone been to this marvelous place? If so…please tell me about it!
Read about the bar (and see some other pictures) in this article.
For some reason, I always thought ouija boards came around before 1890 (when they were first marketed publicly). It seems I’ve been remiss in my spooky geek research. When Elijah Bond introduced the board commercially, it was simply a parlor game. Then around World War I, Spiritualist Pearl Curran popularized it as a tool of divination.
For the better part of a century, his grave was unmarked.
It wasn’t until 2007 that Robert Murch, a noted paranormal enthusiast and Ouija Board collector and historian, set out to find the grave, and Elijah Bond finally got the respect he deserved for his invention. Murch claims it took him fifteen years to locate the precise grave in the Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland – and several of those spent working closely with the cemetery owners themselves to accurately identify the grave.
Has anyone envisioned clever tombstones or urns for themselves? Maybe I’m the only one who thinks of these things…
Alnwick Garden is now on my destination list.
I’ll close this post with a monstrously sweet image by McLean Kendree.
A remote street in Lima, Peru houses the largest collection of brain specimens in Latin America.
[The] collection contains over 3,000 examples of damaged brains and fetuses, displaying abnormalities caused by an array of neurological diseases, psychiatric disorders, and substance abuse damage.
The purpose of the museum is to educate neurology students about a vast array of pathologies, but it is also open to the public.
The modestly-sized museum is packed with morbid examples of stroke, Alzheimer’s, tumors and trichinosis, but the star of the show is the Creutzfeld-Jacob disease specimen, commonly known as the human strain of mad cow disease.
I may not make it to Manitoba for the sole purpose of seeing this smiling monument, but I’d really love to drive by such a thing.
One of my favorite things about traveling is encountering local treasures such as this.
Here’s a new destination for David Lynch fans: Silencio, the Parisian nightclub inspired by the film Mulholland Drive.
The club is buried within a elegant, respectable Parisian block supposedly the burial place of Molière and once home to two influential leftist newspapers–one must descend the six flights of stairs to Silencio before they realize a transformation is afoot. Inside, the visitor will encounter weirdly wonderful spatial sequences, from browsing in the art library and smoking in the “dream forest” to standing at the “Buddhist cocktail bars with their own bijoux cinemas” and passing through a “golden tunnel of mini-mandalas” with gold leaf applied by gilders who decorate the dome over Napoleon’s tomb. All this disorientation and sensory overload are, of course, heightened by copious amounts of alcohol.
Most commercial Halloween products tend to lean toward the colorful, campy side. I love seeing *classy* products like the following.
From the Ministry of Stories:
Welcome to East London’s premier purveyor of everyday and bespoke goods for the living, dead and undead. We stock a pharmacopoeia of different types of fear, a complete range of edible human preserves and everyday household essentials like Fang Floss and Zombie Mints. So we invite clients old and new to come and discover why we’ve been the store of choice for discerning monsters for over two hundred years, and will be the same forevermore.
See more here.