Lucille Ball's Hometown Gets A New Comedy Museum

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Lucille Ball’s vision for a national comedy hub is finally becoming a reality. America’s first comedy museum, dubbed the National Comedy Center, is set to open this summer in Jamestown, New York, where the late I Love Lucy actress grew up, Variety reports.

The opening of the center will coincide with the 27th annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, which will be held from August 1 to August 5. The idea for this center, which is set up as a non-profit cultural institution, has been swirling around for decades. Before Ball’s death in 1989, she reportedly envisioned “a destination for the celebration of comedy,” according to the center.

The comedy center
National Comedy Center

Organizers and supporters are quick to point out that this won’t be a hall of fame. “It’s an experience versus a hall of dead guys, and that’s what we need,” comedian Lisa Lampanelli says in a promotional video. Housed in a former railroad station and trolley garage, the center will tell the history of comedy through 50 interactive exhibits.

Visitors will be given a sense-of-humor profile test when they first arrive, and the results will be imprinted onto radio-frequency ID wristbands in an effort to create a more personalized (and hopefully, funnier) museum experience. Comedic milestones will be featured on a large touchscreen, and personal archives from some of the world’s foremost comedians—like the Marx Brothers, Charlie Chaplin, Jerry Lewis, and George Carlin—will also be on view.

The center will explore more complex themes as well, such as the relationship between humor and healing and comedy’s role in politics. Big names like Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin, Fran Drescher, and former Saturday Night Live members Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman, and Garrett Morris will all be performing at the center’s grand opening. Lewis Black will also lead a discussion on comedy and censorship.

Jamestown is home to the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, so visitors to the National Comedy Center can make a trip out of it. To purchase tickets, visit the National Comedy Center’s website here.

[h/t Variety]

Hundreds of Kangaroos Roam the Green at This Australian Golf Course

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Anglesea Golf Club has all the makings of a regular golf club: an 18-hole golf course, a mini golf course, a driving range, a clubhouse, and a bistro. But the kangaroo mobs that hop around the holes add an element of surprise to your otherwise leisurely round of one of the slowest games in sports.

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Anglesea Golf Club

According to Thrillist, the kangaroos have been a mainstay for years, and the club started giving tours a few years ago to ensure visitors could observe them in the safest way possible. For about 25 minutes, a volunteer tour guide will drive a golf cart with up to 14 passengers around the course, sharing fun facts about kangaroos and stopping at opportune locations for people to snap a few photos of the marsupials, which are most active in late afternoon and early morning. Kangaroos are friendly creatures, but Anglesea’s website reminds visitors that “they can also be quite aggressive if they feel threatened.”

Post-graduate students and academic staff from Melbourne University’s zoology department have been researching Anglesea’s kangaroo population since 2004, and some of the animals are marked with collar and ear tags so the researchers can track movement, growth, survival, and reproduction patterns throughout their life cycle.

One of the reasons kangaroos have continued to dwell on land so highly trafficked by people is because of the quality of the land itself, National Geographic reports. The golf course staff regularly sprinkles nitrogen fertilizer all over the green, which makes the grass especially healthy.

Kangaroos graze on Anglesea Golf Course
Anglesea Golf Club

If you decide to plan a trip to Anglesea Golf Club, you can book a kangaroo tour here—adult tickets are $8.50, and children under 12 can come along for just $3.50 each.

[h/t Thrillist]

From Downton Abbey to Friends: How Much Your Favorite TV Homes Would Cost In Real Life

If you've ever wanted to live like the lords and ladies of Downton Abbey, you'd better be prepared to shell out some serious cash. With 61 bedrooms to accommodate the Abbey's many residents—not to mention the regular procession of notable house guests (and the occasional group of convalescing soldiers)—£137 million, or $173.9 million, for Downton Abbey's grand estate almost seems like a steal.

If you're really serious about buying Tony Soprano's spread, you can: the North Caldwell, New Jersey home hit the market earlier this year with an asking price of $3.4 million (despite the fact that, as global construction supplier Burton Roofing points out, comparable houses in the area tend to sell for about half that price).

But living like the characters in your favorite TV series doesn't have to cost a fortune. To prove it, Burton Roofing crunched the numbers to determine just how much your favorite television homes would cost in real life, in case you want to start socking away for that down payment. (If you're thinking about taking up residence in Walter White's cozy Albuquerque abode from Breaking Bad, just be prepared to budget in a little extra for what it will take to clean all those fan-thrown pizzas off the roof.)

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