There’s not much that I think makes me squeal with delight. When it does happens, picture a kid in a candy store with Powerpuff Girls dilated pupils. Travel Nerd’s picks of the The World’s Top 10 Weirdest Museums did just that! I’m now feeling like I should be smoking a cigarette. Thank you, TravelNerd… thank you.
Favorites on their list are the Icelandic Phallological Museum [snicker], Museum of Enduring Beauty, Currywurst Museum, International Museum of Toilets. Well, pretty much the whole list… minus the Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments. Some of the things on the website creeped me out a tiny bit.
Now, I just need to make more jewelry [cough cough: please support the handmade cause] then I’ll hopefully be packing my belongings and heading out to explore the little oddities. For now, I’ll dream.
The museum contains a collection of more than two hundred and fifteen penises and penile parts belonging to almost all the land and sea mammals that can be found in Iceland. The museum aims to do more than titillate (or in my case cause one to burst into fits of giggles), but to advance the “ancient science” of phallology, which examines how male genitalia have influenced history, art, psychology, and literature.
Open 12-6 daily.
Opened in 1996 in Malacca, Malaysia, the museum aims to create awareness of viewpoints held by various cultures in different time periods. Among the concepts of beauty exhibited are skin tattooing, stretching lips by the insertion of round discs, molding heads into oval shapes and foot binding.
This makes me think of how in “these here United States” some people go to lengths for a tan, while just the other day I was reading about how others in China were masking themselves to prevent their skin from being darkened by the sun. What’s good for the goose isn’t always good for the gander. I’m happy being chocolate. Too bad I don’t taste that way since I really enjoy a good chocolate candy bar.
Currywurst is apparently Germany’s fast food of choice, “sliced pork sausage swimming in a curry-tomato sauce“. At the Currywurst museum, you can learn more about the history of this dish.
Open 10-8 daily.
“As long as man did not have an established abode, he did not have a toilet.” Located in New Delhi, India, the museum shares the story of ancient toilets and hygiene gear from early 2,500 BC to the modern toilet of the stars or the incredible additions of the royal families. Founded by Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, it was created with the purpose of educating and providing information about the historical trends, designs, materials and technology of the past and present, as well as help the manufacturers of toilet equipment and accessories in improving their products by functioning as a technology storehouse.
Open 10-5 daily.
Opened to the public April 5, 1992, the museum was founded by Barry Levenson who started collecting jars of mustards in 1986. “If you collect us, they will come”, is the voice he’s said to have heard. The National Mustard Museum houses more than 5,300 mustards from the 50 states and more than 70 countries and is located in Middleton, Wisconsin.
Open 10-5 daily.