Archive for the destinations Category

Dinner INSIDE the Haunted Mansion!

Posted in destinations, food, wish list on April 10, 2013 by bettiemuldoon

Posted by proxy from Dana’s “stuff to blog” queue while she is on medical hiatus. She reads and appreciates all comments…and apologizes for not being able to respond at the moment.

Who among us would turn up their nose at a chance like this?

Haunted Mansion: “Restaurant” for a Night


Table for 34



Seriously???? I mean COME ON. Unreal.

Images and comments above all come from the post on the link below. Check it out:

Dining at Disneyland – Disney Food Blog

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Philipp Wiecherm

Posted in anatomy, destinations, science on February 2, 2013 by bettiemuldoon

Posted by proxy from Dana’s “stuff to blog” queue while she is on medical hiatus. She reads and appreciates all comments…and apologizes for not being able to respond at the moment.

German artist Philipp Wiecherm has boned up on anatomy and snowflakes. How appropriate for Groundhog day?


Philipp Wiecherm

19th Century Wax Anatomical “Half and Half” Models

Posted in anatomy, antiques, destinations, exhibits, medicine, museums, oddities, science, sculpture with tags , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

How I wish I could visit the Science Museum of London to see these incredible wax anatomical figures, originally created circa 1810-1830.


HR Giger Museum Bar

Posted in architecture, destinations with tags , on July 29, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

I have always wanted to visit the HR Giger Museum but there is entirely too much to post about there. So today I’m going to focus only on the museum bar.

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.

HR Giger Museum

Desktop Goodies 7/8

Posted in absurd, advertising, anatomy, anthropomorphic, art, Books, clothing, comics, death, destinations, humor, kitsch, monsters, photography, pinup, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

I want to go here. So badly.

Anyone know the artist for this?

I do not know this woman, but her batty glasses indicate she’s probably pretty great.

This woman, too…

A child destined for greatness.

I really want this game!

Bats and cats…oh my.

Now let’s get serious and talk about death. Great book title:

And another:

I would absolutely read this one.

Another incredible title.

Does anyone have this? I couldn’t find it anywhere, but I’m curious and intrigued.

The first? Great detective work, Dr. Donohue.

I never knew a mortuary could be so exciting.

“Man describes his sensations while slowly roasting to death”

Rather beautiful antique illustration:

Indication of slightly skewed priorities (read the fine print…she’s upset about her hair).

It may feel like slight indigestion at first, but…

Anyone know where this anthropomorphic poison comes from?



Lovely death and (a) maiden.

Come in, kiddies. A meaty, cheesy death surely does not await you in the hungry jaws of Mayor McCheese.



For the ladies…

I don’t think this ended well.

The end.

Elijah Bond’s Ouija Board Tombstone

Posted in death, destinations with tags , on June 3, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

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.

Elijah Bond’s grave is perfect.

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…


Desktop Goodies 3/4

Posted in absurd, advertising, anatomy, candy coated nightmares, craft, destinations, fashion, jewelry, lighting, monsters, postcards, undead, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Alnwick Garden is now on my destination list.

The one kind of “medicine” I’d really like to overdose on:

Amazing outfits ahead! This was taken in 1915 (probably what I would have worn if I were around in that time period):

And now an incredible “sport dress” from 1885:

So, is this pretty much the greatest sweater of all time…or THE greatest sweater of all time?

And now for the requisite skeletons that somehow make it into all of these posts. I may have actually featured this before, but I just love it so much.

Be careful when someone asks to “pick your brain.” It may be literal.

With tooth-care proofs of purchase, one could acquire this fabulous dental clock from Zonweiss (well, a rather long time ago anyway):

Mmm…I love the hazy glow of this photo…

When writing a letter to me, please address it as such:

This is how I lift my elephants, too.

I do enjoy de-contextualized slices of vintage printed work…

Absolutely a cause for celebration!

Bats: is there anything they CAN’T do?

Oddly, a few images of bats dealing with headless things grace my desktop at the moment.

This one puts me in a good mood, instantly.

I confess to a bit of library corner lust for this globe lamp:

And these rings are wonderful (yet another example, like most of these images, of lack of sourcing in micro-blogs…does anyone know who makes these?):

I’ll close this post with a monstrously sweet image by McLean Kendree.

The Brain Museum, Lima

Posted in anatomy, destinations, museums, science with tags , , , on February 21, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

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.


The Happy Rock

Posted in destinations, installations with tags , on January 4, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

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.

Meet the Gladstone Happy Rock (“Gladstone”…get it? get it? *nudge nudge*). 15 feet tall and full of joy…

One of my favorite things about traveling is encountering local treasures such as this.


David Lynch’s Night Club: Silencio

Posted in architecture, destinations with tags , on November 20, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

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.