S. Watson’s American Museum of Living Curiosities
British Library, via Museum of Hoaxes
What I have in mind is show and tell for grown ups. As with the Wunderkammer of old, the curiosities in this virtual cabinet will include oddities and marvels of natural history, cryptozoology, archeology and ethnography, historical or religious relics, artifacts, mementos, talismans, specimens and ephemera: in short, a carnival that plays P.T. Barnum to your unique and marvelous accumulations, or to what you virtually stumble upon in your travels through deepest blogistan. Animate the inanimate. Astound and astonish. Maybe you do not actually possess the most valuable vomit in the world, but if you can blog engagingly about ambergris it belongs in our virtual Cabinet of Curiosities.
The Sixth Edition of this traveling Wonder Cabinet will visit bioephemera April 21. If you have read or written a post that you think fits the bill, please send me your submissions (via this form, or email directly to me). And for inspiration, consider sampling the first five installments: