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Tired of the mundane and craving an adventure, on Saturday, May 22nd, 2010, I embarked on the ultimate American road trip through all fifty states. After nearly a year and a half on the road, on a budget of less than 50 bucks a day, this is my story...

Squirrel & Chipmunk and other Wildlife Museum Bizarre - Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

RODENT RESURRECTION!

Today I visited the most morbidly fascinating wonderment I've ever been to!
Location: Basement of Cress Funeral Home, Madison, WI

"A menagerie of dead animals emerges from the darkness. The rumpus room walls are covered with literally dozens of giant fish -- muskie, arctic char, grayling, lake trout, whitefish, dolphin, flounder, a 500 pound blue marlin -- some posed in mid-thrash as they chomped Sam's fateful hook. A barracuda, for some reason, wears a top hat and cutaway coat. The mammals, many in elaborate display cases, fill the floors, the wall space not occupied by fish, and every available flat surface.

A squirrel rocks back and forth in a chair while smoking a pipe and reading a book, muskie spin eerily in wood-framed seascapes. The elaborate dead "Squirrel Bar" has white, brown, and black squirrels sharing brews and cigars and good times -- forever. In "The Woodland Fair" diorama, chipmunks populate "Lou's Bar & Grill," ride a merry-go-round, eat cotton candy. Half-naked 'munks dance on-stage at the "Topless Girlie Show." A squirrel rides an animated bucking bronco amid a tableau of colorful plastic dinosaurs. A pack of rare albino squirrels straddle Playskool tricycles and spin on a Ferris wheel.

How did all these dead animals end up here? Road kill. And accidents. All the chipmunks came from local golf courses. Killed by golf balls."


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Watch the Chipmunk Ferris Wheel:
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CLICK HERE to tour the museum without leaving your seat! Video taken by yours truly. Enjoy! (sorry, you have to tilt your head at most of this, because I didn't realize the video didn't auto-rotate - OOPS!)

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