The weirdest thing keeping Austin weird. Austin loves its motto: Keep Austin Weird. Austin is certainly doing a good job with that goal but nothing does it better than the Museum of the Weird downtown on 6th street. The original owner started in this location with comic books and oddity antiques but sales were not great.  As a collector of oddities himself, he started to decorate the store with items from his collection:  2-headed calves,…

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Uncommon Objects, Austin Texas

October 17, 2014

Oddities, oddities, everywhere! With the success of the TV show Oddities, shops like Obscura in NYC, specializing in bizarre memorabilia, medical quackery, extreme taxidermy, ancient mystery artifacts, off the wall antiques and unusual articles are on the rise in popularity.  Austin’s answer to this curiosity shopping longing is Uncommon Objects in the SOCO section of the city. Both antique mecca and part museum, Uncommon Objects boasts a fair amount of square footage dedicated to any…

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Peter Pan Mini Golf, Austin Texas

October 15, 2014

Psychotic Wonderlandesque sculptures meet middle America mini-golf. Imagine if a young JM Barrie (author of Peter Pan) and a middle aged Lewis Carroll (author of Alice in Wonderland) took a time machine into the future and ended up in Austin, Texas post WWII. Of course, both men would be swept away by all they witnessed in the modern world.  What if someone introduced them to miniature golf and they agreed it was the pinnacle of…

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The Gorilla and the Giant Rooster: Austin Yard Art

October 13, 2014

Keeping it weird in the lawn. Austin is a place that encourages artistic expression in a multitude of forms. A variety of landscaped expressions can be found in the yards of private home owners throughout the capital city of Texas.  Search long enough and you will find some that are Instagram worthy. A couple of our favorites are the life-sized silverback gorilla and the giant rooster. So if you happen to be driving by and…

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Nau’s Enfield Drugstore, Austin Texas

October 12, 2014

I asked the waitress, “What’s most popular thing on the menu?” She said, “Nothing.” I laughed out loud. There are a lot of places that try to capture the 1950’s diner vibe. Some do a good job but Austin has one that is an original. Nau’s Enfield Drug, located in West Central Austin, originally opened in 1951. Like most drug stores of its day it also operated a soda fountain and grill. And unlike today’s…

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Wonderfully Weird Austin

October 11, 2014

Keep Austin Weird. No problem. Austin may be the only city in the United States that has the word “weird” in their city slogan. Adopted in 2000, “Keep Austin Weird” is more than a tagline for this off-beat city which also happens to be the capital of the country of Texas. The slogan is a promise that Austin lives up to with flying colors.  With UT, the largest university in Texas, at its core, one…

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Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, Seattle

October 9, 2014

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop is not just the title to a Charles Dickens novel. Sitting on Pier 54, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, easily the strangest place in the city, has been a Seattle staple since 1899. The shop is more a museum of the weird items from around the world than a store, but you can also find joke items, a penny arcade, gags, tons of taxidermy, shrunken heads, and relics like a vampire hunting kit, a giant…