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Museum of Clean

7 Offbeat Museums Worth Visiting

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Unleash your inner oddball! The summer nights may be dwindling, but you still have time to visit these far-out museums.

1. Museum of Clean: Pocatello, Idaho

If the hoarder in your life needs an intervention, look no further than the Museum of CleanAt 75,000 sq. feet, the museum is half a city block dedicated to teaching us how to tidy our lives. Originally a museum of cleaning supplies, the museum encourages people to declutter and live simply. The main attraction for neat freaks? A collection of almost 1000 vacuums (above). The exhibits, by the way, are spotless.

2. The House on the Rock: near Spring Green, Wisconsin

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Put this on your list of things to see right now—it is the capital of kitsch. Possibly the largest collection of oddities in the world, the House on the Rock is every roadside attraction packed into one. The complex is colossal; it can take hours to navigate. You’ll see the world’s largest carousel, a gaudy whirling wheel with 269 animals and 182 chandeliers (above). The main attraction, though, is the infinity room, a 218-foot cantilever over the Wyoming Valley. 

3. Museum of Bad Art: Brookline and Somerville, Massachusetts

Museum of Bad Art

Marketed as “art too bad to be ignored,” the Museum of Bad Art owns over 250 terrible pieces that were salvaged from thrift shops and trash bags. MOBA currently runs out of two locations, with 25 works usually exhibited at once. If you love art and have a sense of humor, you’ll love the collection of watered-down watercolors and fudged paint-by-numbers. 

4. The American Sign Museum: Camp Washington, Ohio

The American Sign Museum

If the hum of neon makes you nostalgic, a trip to the American Sign Museum will send you daydreaming down memory lane. It displays over 500 signs from the late 1800s to the 1970s, showcasing colorful relics that dotted Main Streets of yore.

5. World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things:  Lucas, Kansas

Erika Nelson loves roadside attractions as much as she loves superlatives. Since 2002, she’s traveled the country looking for the world’s largest objects (like the 8-ton ball of twine in Cawker City, Kansas, or the world’s largest ketchup bottle in Collinsville, Illinois). After visiting the attraction, she makes a small model and adds it to her traveling museum. Her goal? To get more Americans to appreciate the country’s unique roadside stops and shops instead of the generic malls and restaurants we’re so used to visiting.

6. Museum of Jurassic Technology: Los Angeles, California

Museum of Jurassic Technology

This place will make your brain hurt. But go anyway. Just don’t be disappointed by the lack of dinosaurs or cavemen. The Museum of Jurassic Technology is a confusing, amusing labyrinth of curios—a house of wonders parodying the museums of yesteryear. Like the Cabinet of Curiosities popular during the Renaissance, the exhibits are unclassifiable. It’s art. It’s history. It’s science. It’s satire. It’s fact-filled tidbits wrapped in absolute bologna. 

7. National Mustard Museum: Middleton, Wisconsin

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Barry Levenson was depressed. His beloved Red Sox had just lost the 1986 World Series, and he couldn’t cope. To distract himself from the loss, he did what any fan would do—he started a mustard collection. Now his museum displays over 5500 kinds of mustards from over 70 countries. The gigantic store houses all things mustard and is home base to the condiment’s unofficial university: Poupon U.

From the morbid Mütter Museum in Philly to the Musée Mécanique in San Francisco, there are hundreds more wacky museums in the States. Give us your recommendations in the comments!

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5 Things We Know About Stranger Things Season 2
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Stranger Things seemed to come out of nowhere to become one of television's standout new series in 2016. Netflix's sometimes scary, sometimes funny, and always exciting homage to '80s pop culture was a binge-worthy phenomenon when it debuted in July 2016. Of course, the streaming giant wasn't going to wait long to bring more Stranger Things to audiences, and a second season was announced a little over a month after its debut—and Netflix just announced that we'll be getting it a few days earlier than expected. Here are five key things we know about the show's sophomore season, which kicks off on October 27.


The first season of Stranger Things consisted of eight hour-long episodes, which proved to be a solid length for the story Matt and Ross Duffer wanted to tell. While season two won't increase in length dramatically, we will be getting at least one extra hour when the show returns in 2017 with nine episodes. Not much is known about any of these episodes, but we do know the titles:

"The Boy Who Came Back To Life"
"The Pumpkin Patch"
"The Palace"
"The Storm"
"The Pollywog"
"The Secret Cabin"
"The Brain"
"The Lost Brother"

There's a lot of speculation about what each title means and, as usual with Stranger Things, there's probably a reason for each one.


Stranger Things fans should gear up for plenty of new developments in season two, but that doesn't mean your favorite characters aren't returning. A November 4 photo sent out by the show's Twitter account revealed most of the kids from the first season will be back in 2017, including the enigmatic Eleven, played by Millie Bobby Brown (the #elevenisback hashtag used by series regular Finn Wolfhard should really drive the point home):


A year will have passed between the first and second seasons of the show, allowing the Duffer brothers to catch up with a familiar cast of characters that has matured since we last saw them. With the story taking place in 1984, the brothers are looking at the pop culture zeitgeist at the time for inspiration—most notably the darker tone of blockbusters like Gremlins and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

"I actually really love Temple of Doom, I love that it gets a little darker and weirder from Raiders, I like that it feels very different than Raiders did," Matt Duffer told IGN. "Even though it was probably slammed at the time—obviously now people look back on it fondly, but it messed up a lot of kids, and I love that about that film—that it really traumatized some children. Not saying that we want to traumatize children, just that we want to get a little darker and weirder."


When you watch something like The Americans season two, it's almost impossible to catch on unless you've seen the previous episodes. Stranger Things season two will differ from the modern TV approach by being more of a sequel than a continuation of the first year. That means a more self-contained plot that doesn't leave viewers hanging at the end of nine episodes.

"There are lingering questions, but the idea with Season 2 is there's a new tension and the goal is can the characters resolve that tension by the end," Ross Duffer told IGN. "So it's going to be its own sort of complete little movie, very much in the way that Season 1 is."

Don't worry about the two seasons of Stranger Things being too similar or too different from the original, though, because when speaking with Entertainment Weekly about the influences on the show, Matt Duffer said, "I guess a lot of this is James Cameron. But he’s brilliant. And I think one of the reasons his sequels are as successful as they are is he makes them feel very different without losing what we loved about the original. So I think we kinda looked to him and what he does and tried to capture a little bit of the magic of his work.”


Everything about the new Stranger Things episodes will be kept secret until they finally debut later this year, but we do know one thing about the premiere: It won't take place entirely in the familiar town of Hawkins, Indiana. “We will venture a little bit outside of Hawkins,” Matt Duffer told Entertainment Weekly. “I will say the opening scene [of the premiere] does not take place in Hawkins.”

So, should we take "a little bit outside" as literally as it sounds? You certainly can, but in that same interview, the brothers also said they're both eager to explore the Upside Down, the alternate dimension from the first season. Whether the season kicks off just a few miles away, or a few worlds away, you'll get your answer when Stranger Things's second season debuts next month.

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Everything That’s Leaving Netflix in October
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Netflix subscribers are already counting down the days until the premiere of the new season of Stranger Things. But, as always, in order to make room for the near-90 new titles making their way to the streaming site, some of your favorite titles—including all of 30 Rock, The Wonder Years, and Malcolm in the Middle—must go. Here’s everything that’s leaving Netflix in October ... binge ‘em while you can!

October 1

30 Rock (Seasons 1-7)

A Love in Times of Selfies

Across the Universe

Barton Fink


Big Daddy


Cradle 2 the Grave

Crafting a Nation

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest

Daddy’s Little Girls

Dark Was the Night

David Attenborough’s Rise of the Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates (Season 1)

Day of the Kamikaze

Death Beach

Dowry Law

Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief

Friday Night Lights (Seasons 1-5)

Happy Feet

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison




Love Actually

Malcolm in the Middle (Seasons 1-7)

Max Dugan Returns


Million Dollar Baby

Mortal Combat

Mr. 3000

Mulholland Dr.

My Father the Hero

My Name Is Earl (Seasons 1-4)

One Tree Hill (Seasons 1-9)


Picture This

Prison Break (Seasons 1-4)

The Bernie Mac Show (Seasons 1-5)

The Shining

The Wonder Years (Seasons 1-6)


October 19

The Cleveland Show (Seasons 1-4)

October 21

Bones (Seasons 5-11)

October 27

Lie to Me (Seasons 2-3)

Louie (Seasons 1-5)

Hot Transylvania 2

October 29

Family Guy (Seasons 9-14)


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