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Weird Wisconsin

August 4th, 2010 (07:59 am)

current mood: amused

My last post about our Midwest vacation got us to Madison, Wisconsin, the home of Bob's mother and his brother and sister-in-law, Charlie and Lynn. We spent two days and three nights in Madison.

While Bob and his brother spent time with their mom, Lynn and I took Jon Morgan to visit the state historical museum, which has a fun exhibit of Wisconsin Oddities, including the following items:

* the banjo-ukulele used in the first recording of the Oscar Mayer wiener song
* a 6-1/2-foot long knife with connections to feuding state legislators
* paper dresses manufactured by the Wisconsin-based Scott toilet paper company and briefly popular in the 1960s
* a medicinal salve made from skunk grease
* a permanent wave machine used by Wisconsin hair salons in the 1930s that resembles a Medieval torture device
* a parachute used to deliver bull semen to farmers in remote areas.
* 125-year-old pieces of toast, unearthed in an archeological dig in Dane County, Wisconsin.

Unfortunately, Jon Morgan was in a rotten mood at the museum and steadfastly refused to have a good time. But he did drop his guard for a few minutes and actually smiled when he got to climb into the tractor exhibit. This, of course, was in the non-weird portion of the museum. Here's a photo: