Ok, Kids …

Put the books away. Reach over and turn off the news. Comfy? Why not go get something to drink, maybe a snack – and then come and sit with me.

I once lived in Pennsylvania for several years. I never heard of this place when I lived there or I certainly would have scheduled a trip. I stumbled across information about this place, many years ago now, and I take a look every now and then just to keep up with any additions.

It was Halloween season when I happened on this place on YouTube. The video had some catchy, typically Halloween-ish title and so I viewed it. I’ve been a fan ever since.

Trigger warning – no, not the snowflake kind, the stomach kind. Some of these things bring out our natural gag reflex at the same time completely capturing our imagination and wonder. What a brilliant concept this place was and I’m so glad it has withstood the passage of time and that it is even more popular today.

Oh; in case you’re wanting more – and want to laugh, too – look up this place and choose any video that mentions Mike Rowe in the title. He’s a natural, low-key comedian and he cracks me up; add that to the displays here and it’s a match made in heaven.

Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, I introduce you to the Mutter Museum.

15 Responses to Ok, Kids …

  1. 39 Pontiac Dream says:

    ‘Put the books away. Reach over and turn off the news. Comfy? Why not go get something to drink, maybe a snack – and then come and sit with me.’

    Very reminiscent of the start of If On A Winter’s Night, A Traveller…by Italo Calvino. If you haven’t read it, pick it up and you’ll see what I mean. A very good way to introduce a story and a damn fine novel to boot!

    Thanks for the virtual tour. Time well spent and certainly one of the places to add to our tour of the US when/if we eventually get over there. Tina’s interested too but she’s very squeamish about eyeballs – I’d have to walk 10 paces ahead of her to ensure she doesn’t have an unexpected shock!

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  2. audremyers says:

    I’ll look it up, 39. Nothing new under the sun, I guess.

    Do check out the videos with Mike Rowe; he’s quite funny and the curator is – or tries to be! – very deadpan.

    Hugs for Tina.

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    • 39 Pontiac Dream says:

      I will do.

      As an aside, I have an article going up on Going Postal in the next few days. I doubt you’ll be interested in it – identity politics in the new Woke gaming environment – but I can link it here if you want to give it a read. I wrote something similar for them back in February (under 39 Pontiac Dream) and this is a quasi extension of that article, linked in with a review for The Last of Us 2.

      I may pop it up on TCW and see if some are interested there but I doubt it – I reckon Tina and I are the only gamers on there!

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      • audremyers says:

        Let me open a door for you here. I’m sure I’m not the only person who is uncertain what, exactly, a ‘gamer’ is. I play what I refer to as ‘flat’ games – mahjong solitaire, jigsaw puzzles, that sort of thing. When I hear ‘gamer’ I think of shady guys in dark rooms ‘playing’ games of death and destruction and iffy kind of politics. Educate us, 39; what do we need to know? I suspect if I had a better understanding of what ‘gaming’ is, I’d have a greater interest in post regarding ‘gamers’. Thanks for your help.

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        • 39 Pontiac Dream says:

          There’s nothing insidious or complicated about it, Audre. It’s just someone who likes to play games. 🙂

          In the field I’m talking about though, it’s people who enjoy video, computer and/or console games. Though there’s a massive market in FPS (first person shooters), we tend to like a variety of games from puzzle (Abe and Little Nightmares), open world (GTA and Red Dead) to survival horrors (Resident Evil, The Last of Us, Silent Hill) and silly family games like the Lego/Travellers Tales games.

          The thing about gaming is that it was one of the last industries across the West that hadn’t been indoctrinated by identity politics and political correctness. Until recently. The game, for the review, I mentioned is a hotbed of identity and re-education; one of the last Tomb raider reboots opened with a message about how the game had been created by a diverse range of identities and ethnicities and the mainstream gaming journalists are all on board with the propagation of it. The majority of gamers aren’t and Naughty Dog – the company behind The Last of Us 2 – will feel it in future productions. We like our escapism and we just want to be entertained not lectured to.

          You’ll find out more from my article on what I think of this insidious crawl into an industry that only wants to play games not be preached to.

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  3. audremyers says:

    Well! That’s not scary at all! I’m going to assume that most gamers are just like you. I never got into videos and things about gaming because I didn’t want to give a ‘click’ benefit to something I was so unsure of. Now I’m excited to read your article – let me know when it posts.

    Just FYI; I also like hidden object games and now, even I have noticed, the characters are predominately female. Of course, the characters have nothing to do with the games themselves, they act as an introduction which really has little to do with the objects being searched for! But yes; a proliferation of female characters.

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    • 39 Pontiac Dream says:

      It’s been that way for some time with hidden object games but I tend not to mind so much if the puzzles are good and varied. The Mystery Case File games are quite fun in that regard.

      I remember someone posted a while ago that gaming was for kids. Obviously, that person hasn’t been involved in gaming for the last 20 years because some of the things in modern gaming, I wouldn’t let a 16 year old watch, never mind play. Apart from graphic violence, there’s some very unsavoury things (particularly in the last GTA) that no kid should watch.

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      • audremyers says:

        Yeah – I’m not somebody who thought that kids should be ‘gamers’, but my understanding wasn’t up to snuff. Still it’s a wise parent who sneaks around to find out what the kids are doing online. I would have no shame of sneaking around my child’s room for hints of what’s going on that they don’t talk about. They don’t know what we do and we don’t want them to find out the hard way. I’m quite serious when I say I thank God that I don’t have teenagers today; frightening.

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        • 39 Pontiac Dream says:

          The best games are the old ones. Modern games are too easy, with autosaves every 5 seconds. The old ones, like the original Tomb Raiders, were hard. Graphics have got better but only 1 game out of 10 nowadays will be good to outstanding.

          I don’t have kids and in this environment, I’m glad I haven’t but if I did, I doubt I’d be gaming so much. Probably not commenting either.

          Anyway, must be off. I really enjoyed your article today and the virtual tour. Enjoy your day and say hi to Lon for us. And Tina returned your hugs! 🙂

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  4. the unit says:

    Glad they got more room on the shelf for more skulls. Gonna need it. 🙂
    (Oh, did hear from the curator that some that are usually there are off being studied, causing the space.)
    When they come back and you need more room, then add a shelf.

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