Strange Museums #8

Logo If you're in the southeast U.S. next weekend, you won't want to miss this:

"The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum will be hosting a ceremony for the 2011 Hall of Fame Induction on Sunday, September 18th.  Each year between 5 and 10 towing and recovery industry professionals are honored in the Hall of Fame for contributions to improving the industry as well as outstanding professional and community service. The Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum is located at 3315 Broad Street in Chattanooga."

Enjoy the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum web site. Go ahead.

And see the other Strange Museums.

Slower Than Paint Drying, Actually. Silly Museums #6

Pitch In 1927, Professor Thomas Parnell heated a sample of pitch and poured it into a sealed funnel. Then, he waited.

As Atlas Obscura tells it, "Pitch is the name of a number of hard tar-like substances and in this
case bitumen was used. Though at room temperature pitch appears to be a
solid and can be shattered by a hammer, it is in fact a very
high-viscosity liquid, and Professor Parnell wanted to prove it."

Between 1927 & 2009, the pitch has dripped eight times. If you don't have much else going on, you can watch the pitch live with a video player here.

This is a screen capture of the pitch earlier today. Better run check, eh? Looks ready to drop.

If the Super Bowl's not for you, you can attend this experiment live in person at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Not in Australia? Take a tour here at EarthPhotos.com.

A Compendium of Odd Places

The Jesus Tree of Malta? The olm, the blind “dragon babies” of southeastern Europe? How about the Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz, California, an “ineffable, natural phenomenon that cannot be described or explained (I’d describe it, but I can’t. It’s the Mystery Spot, see). They’re all there, at Atlas Obscura.

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Unique Museums #9

“Out amid the green fields of sleepy Wallonia, what appears
to be a modernist yacht or a large, flat spaceship has docked on
the edges of the university town of Louvain-la-Neuve, about 30
kilometers south of Brussels,” says Bloomberg, in a story about the new museum dedicated to Hergé, the pen name of Georges Remi (1907–1983), creator of TinTin. The museum’s grand opening is today.

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Silly Museums: #9

Im_tirebouchon_02 Welcome to The Corkscrew Museum, in Menerbes, "one of the most beautiful village in France in the center of Luberon."

It's "A private collection of over one thousand pieces from all over the world,
dating from the middle of the XVIIth century to the present day."

(Photo from the Corkscrew Museum website.)

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Visit Silly Museums: #7

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Welcome to the Museum of Drinking Water, Taipei, Taiwan.

Just remember, no
photographing or filming in
the museum unless authorized, because buster, "A
violator who has incutted damage
to the building, any facility,
or collection dhall be responsible
for compensation or even chatged."

Don't make us chatge you.

(Photo from the Museum of Drinking Water website.)

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