Showcasing the weird and bizarre

Photo by internets_dairy
The BBC reports that a new Ripley's Believe It Or Not! opens in London (Piccadilly Circus) today. Mark Lawson visited the 'museum'* for Radio 4's Front Show. You can listen to the audio and watch a slide show of exhibits here.

Watch out for the rather disturbing take on gallery interactives... (Hey, you can't fault them for their committment to audience participation and active learning!)

* Ripley's refer to their sites as 'museums' rather than, perhaps, the more appropriate curiosity or, dare I say it, freak show. I wonder why? For the validation and respectability the term confers? Or simply because they recognise what museum visiting is really about: curiosity and titillation?


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