11 Artifacts from the Museum of Broken Relationships

Ever had a broken heart? Own an object that won’t let you forget? That's what the Museum of Broken Relationships collects. Aside from the obvious remnants of failed relationships (rings, dresses, cutesy gifts), Brokenships displays some somewhat unusual items donated by those who have loved and lost. Here are 11 of the stranger exhibits.

1. Mannequin hands

The weird leftovers of a 5-year "love-hate relationship" in Berlin include a pair of wooden hands. The donor explains:
"One night I left my room and did not come back until next morning to find it was completely destroyed, sprayed all over with polyurethane foam. A total chaos. My favorite mannequin had no choice but to believe it.”

2. A tingler

What do you do when a departed girlfriend leaves behind her erotic head massager? Donate it: "One of the things one doesn’t give back to ex-girlfriends.”

3. A side-view mirror

Five years in the '80s ended badly for a couple in Zagreb: "One night his car was parked in front of the ‘wrong’ house. He paid for that negligence with his side-view mirror. I was sorry afterwards since the car was not to blame."

4. The "divorce day" dwarf

"He arrived in a new car. Arrogant, shallow and heartless. The dwarf was closing the gate that he had destroyed himself some time ago. At that moment it flew over to the windscreen of the new car, rebounded and landed on the asphalt surface. It was a long loop, drawing an arc of time—and this short long arc defined the end of love."

5. Air-sickness bags

Their long-distance relationship lasted a couple of years, but the mementos collected en route to each other survived much longer.

One Croatia Airlines, one Lufthansa, one Hapag Lloyd Express and three GermanWings. I think I still have those illustrated safety instructions as well, showing what to do when the airplane begins to fall apart. I have never found any instructions on what to do when a relationship begins to fall apart, but at least I’ve still got these bags.

6. The letter T

A Slovenia couple who met online didn't survive the first real-life encounter. "When we actually met in person the mutual interest was lost and he gave me the letter T from his keyboard, as he did not need it any longer.”

7. An animal made of plastic molecules

After a few years, gifts can get a little unusual. This donor gave the museum "an animal constructed out of different objects (chemical puzzle) with eyes glued on and a piece of paper saying who gave me this present."

8. An axe

After a few months of cohabitation, one partner left to travel for three weeks, but returned to find her girlfriend had fallen in love with someone else and was going on vacation alone.

In the 14 days of her holiday, every day I axed one piece of her furniture. I kept the remains there, as an expression of my inner condition. The more her room filled with chopped furniture acquiring the look of my soul, the better I felt. Two weeks after she left, she came back for the furniture. It was neatly arranged into small heaps and fragments of wood. She took that trash and left my apartment for good. The axe was promoted to a therapy instrument.

9. Intimate shampoo

These are things you don't remember to pack when you leave for good. “After the relationship ended, my mother used it for glass polishing. She claims it’s absolutely great.”

10. A wooden watermelon

Fifteen years is a long time to collect strange objects, like this faux watermelon. "Watermelon or just an illusion? Or both? Parallel lines do not meet. I’m fortunate to have Damyan and to enjoy real watermelon in summer. The illusion is gone. Parallel lines do not meet.”

11. Candy thong, unopened

"He never bought me flowers because flowers, he said, were for boring people. Instead I got sausages or new parts for my bicycle. I didn’t mind because I loved him. After four years he turned out to be as cheap and shabby as his presents. He cheated on me with a colleague from the office and dumped me via e-mail.”

More items are on display at the museum's Tumblr, on the website, and at the Museum of Broken Relationships itself, if you're ever in Zagreb, Croatia.

What's the weirdest remnant you have of a past relationship?

From Snoopy to Shark Bait: The Top Slang Word in Each State

There’s a minute, and then there’s a hot minute. Defined as “a longish amount of time,” this unit of time is familiar to Alabamians but may stir up confusion beyond the state’s borders.

It’s Louisianans, though, who feel the “most misunderstood,” according to the results of a survey regarding regional slang by PlayNJ. Of the Louisiana residents surveyed, 72 percent said their fellow Americans from other states—even neighboring ones—have a hard time grasping their lingo. Some learned the hard way that ordering a burger “dressed” (with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayo) isn’t universally understood, nor is the phrase “to pass a good time” (instead of “to have” a good time).

After surveying 2000 people (with proportional numbers from each state), PlayNJ created a map showing the top slang word in each state. Many are words that are unlikely to be understood beyond state lines, but others—like California’s bomb (something you really like) and New York’s deadass (to be completely serious)—have spread well beyond their respective borders thanks to memes and internet culture.

Hawaiians are also known for their distinctive slang words, with 71 percent reporting that words like shaka (hello) and poho (waste of time) are frequently misunderstood. Shark bait, one of the state’s more colorful terms, refers to tourists who are so pale that they attract sharks.

Check out the full list below and test your knowledge of regional slang words with PlayNJ’s online quiz.

A chart showing the top slang words in each state
20 States With the Highest Rates of Skin Cancer

They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing. Floridians get to soak up the sun year-round, but that exposure to harmful UV rays also comes with consequences. Prevention magazine reported that Florida has the highest rate of skin cancer in the U.S., according to a survey by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS).

BCBS surveyed 9 million of its insured members who had been diagnosed with skin cancer between 2014 and 2016 and found that Florida had the highest rate of skin cancer at 7.1 percent. People living in eastern states tend to be more prone to skin cancer, and diagnoses are more common among women.

Here are the 20 states with the highest rates of skin cancer:

1. Florida: 7.1 percent
2. Washington, D.C.: 5.8 percent
3. Connecticut: 5.6 percent
4. Maryland: 5.3 percent
5. Rhode Island: 5.3 percent
6. Vermont: 5.3 percent
7. North Carolina: 5.2 percent
8. New York: 5 percent
9. Massachusetts: 5 percent
10. Colorado: 5 percent
11. Arizona: 5 percent
12. Virginia: 5 percent
13. Delaware: 4.8 percent
14. Kentucky: 4.7 percent
15. Alabama: 4.7 percent
16. New Jersey: 4.7 percent
17. Georgia: 4.7 percent
18. West Virginia: 4.5 percent
19. Tennessee: 4.5 percent
20. South Carolina: 4.4 percent

It may come as a surprise that sunny California doesn’t make the top 20, and Hawaii is the state with the lowest rate of skin cancer at 1.8 percent. Prevention magazine explains that this could be due to the large population of senior citizens in Florida and the fact that the risk of melanoma, a rare but deadly type of skin cancer, increases with age. People living in regions with higher altitudes also face a greater risk of skin cancer due to the thinner atmosphere and greater exposure to UV radiation, which explains why Colorado is in the top 10.

The good news is that the technology used to detect skin cancer is improving, and researchers hope that AI can soon be incorporated into more skin cancer screenings. To reduce your risk, be sure to wear SPF 30+ sunscreen when you know you’ll be spending time outside, and don’t forget to reapply it every two hours. 

[h/t Prevention]


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