Bronto being delivered to the Boston Museum of Science in 1984.  Very Fellini-esque.

Bronto being delivered to the Boston Museum of Science in 1984. Very Fellini-esque.

Tattooed performer Captain Costentenus, Barnum’s circus, 1870s.  Not sure if this should strictly be considered an "object" - but what the hell.

Tattooed performer Captain Costentenus, Barnum’s circus, 1870s. Not sure if this should strictly be considered an "object" - but what the hell.

This image comes to me courtesy of my dear friend, Emily Arden Wells – designer suprema and mastermind behind the witty food blog Gastronomista.  Officially, this creation is a “Rose and Pistachio Persian Delight Jelly with Rose Fairy Floss,” but to my expert eye, at first glance, it looked like “Panna Cotta … with Wig.”

This image comes to me courtesy of my dear friend, Emily Arden Wells – designer suprema and mastermind behind the witty food blog Gastronomista. Officially, this creation is a “Rose and Pistachio Persian Delight Jelly with Rose Fairy Floss,” but to my expert eye, at first glance, it looked like “Panna Cotta … with Wig.”

On the top of my holiday gift wish list for next year: an exact replica of the now-extinct, divinely ridiculous Hoot Hoot Owl roadside pagoda ice cream stand.

On the top of my holiday gift wish list for next year: an exact replica of the now-extinct, divinely ridiculous Hoot Hoot Owl roadside pagoda ice cream stand.

One of my favorite presents of all time: A harp given by Surrealist artist Salvador Dali to Harpo Marx.  What was so special about it?  Its strings were made of barbed wire.

One of my favorite presents of all time: A harp given by Surrealist artist Salvador Dali to Harpo Marx. What was so special about it? Its strings were made of barbed wire.

Dying over this.  Image sourced, of course, via Emma Emerson at Gastronomista.

Dying over this. Image sourced, of course, via Emma Emerson at Gastronomista.

I’m utterly amused by the Harvard Club‘s peanut bar, which offers quite an assortment of nuts.  But just imagine what a temptation it must be for the poor elephant hanging in the nearby ballroom.

I’m utterly amused by the Harvard Club‘s peanut bar, which offers quite an assortment of nuts. But just imagine what a temptation it must be for the poor elephant hanging in the nearby ballroom.

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