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People are strange

Posted by Courtney Hollands  March 16, 2010 03:30 PM

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Thank goodness for that. Celebrate the quirky and esoteric on international Obscura Day this Saturday (March 20).

Joshua Foer and Dylan Thuras, founders of Atlasobscura.com, are behind this decidedly-not-a-Hallmark holiday. Check out creepy, crawly, and utterly fascinating spots around the world. Sadly, local tours of the Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain, the Warren Anatomical Museum, and the Martini Junction in Needham, are sold out.

However, if you're willing to road trip for weirdness, spots are still available to see the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine. Come again? You know, cryptozoology — the search for animals that are considered legendary or nonexistent, like yeti or P. T. Barnum's Feejee Mermaid. You'll see footprints, fossils, drawings, models, and more, at Loren Coleman's museum.

A delightfully strange Saturday, don't you agree?

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