S. Watson’s American Museum of Living Curiosities
British Library, via Museum of Hoaxes

It will be my pleasure to host the April edition of the Cabinet of Curiosities blog carnival created by Tim at Walking the Berkshires. According to Tim, here’s what you’re in for:

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.

Vertebrate species missing major organ systems? Perfect!

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:

Cabinet of Curiosities #1
Cabinet of Curiosities #2
Cabinet of Curiosities #3
Cabinet of Curiosities #4 (at Archaeoporn)
Cabinet of Curiosities #5


  1. #1 Eric K
    April 8, 2008

    Does that say “Australians” over those two fellows’ heads?

  2. #2 Jessica Palmer
    April 8, 2008

    Yes, it does. Museum of Hoaxes has no idea what the heck they were thinking, either. Obviously, Australians don’t wear tights under their pseudo-Tyrolean pinafores – they wear lederhosen.

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