Museums Are Neat

Short list of things I like*:

  • Museums
  • Rocks
  • Google-ing shit

1877 photo features Ponca tribal leaders Big Elk, Standing Buffalo Bill, White Eagle, and Standing Bear. Standing are John Baptist LeClair and Charles LeClair.

That list set me to brainstorming a blog post that would forward a perfect pairing of objectives.  Said post must be marginally interesting while seeding the reader with an unstoppable urge to visit a local museum.  But what if there isn’t one in their town?  What is the smallest town in the United States? (Sorry international paleopals, I had to limit the search somehow.)  How far would you have to ride your speedy Schwinn two wheeler to get to a museum from there?  Out of five candidates for smallest city in the US, let us select Gross, Nebraska for closer examination.  The total population of 5 lives in a single household, making the theoretical travel arrangements slightly more managable.  As it turns out, the Ponca Tribal Museum and Library of Niobrara, NE is open Monday through Friday, 8-4.  Google tells me it is only 38.1 miles away from Gross, NE, a three and half hour bike ride away.

If you instead live in or around the 6th largest US city, Houston, TX, why don’t you come out to Dino Days at the Houston Museum of Natural History this Saturday, November 6 from 11-3.  “Discover how bone models are made, dig deep in our Fossil Dig Pit, and meet some living dino relatives and answer some tough Triassic Trivia! Bring your little paleontologist and together you can discover the world of the dinosaurs.”  There will also be a micropaleontology booth where learned foraminifera lovers can tell you all about our tiny calcareous friends.

*Short list of things that displease me:

  • Crappy burritos
  • Monkeys
  • Justin Bieber  (That one’s a fib, I have no real opinion of him; just trying to up the search engine optimization quotient.)
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2 Responses to Museums Are Neat

  1. RyanNo Gravatar 4 November, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    Oh the automatic related media links…

  2. Stephen DavisNo Gravatar 4 November, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    A clever dude on YouTube took a Justin Bieber song and slowed it down by 800% while preserving the pitch. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QspuCt1FM9M) It turns out that when slowed down to a ridiculous point, Bieber becomes a hauntingly beautiful work of minimalist ambient music.

    As for museums and rocks, they rock. My uncle is a contributer and volunteer at Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History and specializes in the Hall of Minerals. I spent hours in there last year geeking out on rocks. If the Morton family (http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=27404) in Gross, NE decided to pedal their way to the Peabody, it would only take them 145 hours to bike across 1,704 miles. There are probably a few other museums they could hit on the way, too….

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