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New York, New York

Evolution Nature Store

A terrific purveyor of natural history objects and curios
40.7235, -74.0002
Years ago, I saw a child almost plummet out the Emergency Exit (and it would need to be a dire emergency, to knowingly venture out there that high off the ground,) near this high area of the house. The door's opening set off an alarm but staff didn't even raise an eyebrow. Scary place!
Spring Green, Wisconsin

House on the Rock

A bizarre house filled with an astounding array of collections
43.0970, -90.1349
International Museum of Surgical Science
Chicago, Illinois

International Museum of Surgical Science

Museum dedicated to Surgical Science, and its assorted arts
41.9101, -87.6268
St. Louis, Missouri

City Museum

Less a museum than a bizarre fantasy world created by artists and engineers
38.6330, -90.2001
Niagara Falls, Canada

Clifton Hill

Niagara Falls nearby tourist trap, Clifton Hill is a world bright with neon and curiosities that will inspire love, hate, or a mixture of both
43.0911, -79.0741
Lightship Frying Pan at Pier 66 Maritime
New York, New York

The Lightship Frying Pan

Rummage through this sunken ship, but leave your scuba gear at home
40.7519, -74.0084
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Canton Avenue

The steepest street in the US - and possibly in the world - makes an intriguing challenge for cyclists
40.4105, -80.0301
New York, New York

Union Square Metronome

The most confusing clock in New York
40.7346, -73.9903
Chicago, Illinois

The Wieners Circle

A hot dog stand where the heads are just as hot as the dogs
41.9302, -87.6436
Chicago, Illinois

Haymarket Square

Home to a protest movement, a bombing, and a dramatic change in labor history
41.8845, -87.6441
New York, New York

Obscura Antiques and Oddities

Tucked in the back of this amazing antique store is an important piece of medical history
40.7275, -73.9801
Chicago, Illinois

Merz Apothecary

An antiquated German apothecary on Chicago's Northside -- with a branch in the Palmer House Hotel in downtown Chicago
41.9670, -87.6879
Chicago, Illinois

American Science and Surplus

A science teacher's dream
41.9769, -87.7697
New York, New York

Roosevelt Island Smallpox Hospital Ruins

Crumbling hospital from 1850s on Roosevelt Island
40.7515, -73.9596
Niles, Illinois

Leaning Tower of Niles

Half-sized replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa built to honor Galileo
42.0125, -87.7841
Three levels of shopping stacked on top of one another, built above the world's largest underground aquarium, and centered around a full-blown indoor amusement park.
Bloomington, Minnesota

The Mall of America

Equal parts record-breaking temple to consumerism and bizarre fun park, it's more then you think it is...
44.8550, -93.2421
Ashland st. Entrance at Walsh Park.
Chicago, Illinois

Bloomingdale Trail

Urban hiking on abandoned railway in the centre of Chicago
41.9142, -87.6676
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Safe House

A place to eat for on-the-run agents and espionage enthusiasts
43.0404, -87.9101
Allen Park, Michigan

Uniroyal Giant Tire

The 80 foot tire which looms over Michigan's I-94 was once a Ferris wheel in the New York World Fair
42.2706, -83.2091
Photo of one of the lions from J.H. Patterson's book "The Man-eaters of Tsavo", 1907
Chicago, Illinois

Tsavo Man Eaters

These pretty kitties killed and ate as many as 135 railway workers
41.8662, -87.6186
The world's largest bottle of catsup.
Collinsville, Illinois

World's Largest Catsup Bottle

Quirky water tower advertises the long-gone Brooks Tomato Products Co.
38.6629, -89.9823
Movie night inside the Trundle Manor.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Trundle Manor: House of Oddities

House of vintage taxidermy and Steampunk sculptures in a quiet Pittsburgh neighborhood
40.4228, -79.8805
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee Art Museum

This striking art museum holds an amazing series of curiosity cabinets
43.0385, -87.8975
Detroit, Michigan

Giant Boxing Arm of Joe Louis

Controversial tribute to the heavyweight champion boxer who grew up in Detroit
42.3287, -83.0445