I bet you’ve done it. Or if you haven’t, you know someone who’s done it. Or you know someone who’s been a victim of it.
You’re at Epcot and you stop at Club Cool, over in Future World. You grab cups and tell you friend/family member/whoever to, “Try the Beverly…it’s delicious!” They take a sip and…
Hilarity ensues. End scene.
Yeah, it’s pretty gross.
So what IS it about Beverly that most people just…hate?
Well…there are a bunch of reasons. It could be that it was never really made for American palates. Or that it wasn’t intended to drink quickly, but to slowly savor. Whatever the reason, it’s the soda at Disney that people love to hate, and Rob Plays has given us the whole, nasty history of it in the following video…
When I visited Washington D.C. in August, I had some free time from when I arrived until the plans I had for dinner. I didn’t think much about what to do during the day, because I was going to be in Washington. There’s tons of things to do. Worst case would be walking around the monuments and through the Smithsonian museums. I remembered the one museum I have never seen, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, is now open. Why not go to check it out?
When I arrived, I realized that just walking into the museum wasn’t going to happen. There was a huge queue already outside and another queue where people were handing in tickets. In fact, the museum is so popular that you need to make a reservation time entry way in advance.
Here’s how to make a reservation if you want to visit the museum.
Yup, The Museum of Sex. And yup, it’s a real place, with an address on 5th Ave in Manhattan. Now, I won’t sink to the childish depths of saying their exhibits will arouse your attention or you can really learn the ins and outs of this unusual museum or that they mount very explicit exhibits…mainly because others already have (by the way, those three are from Huffington Post. Because of course they are). But if was willing to sink to those depths, you know I would have. Or I would have at least said how exciting the museum is. 😉
Anyway, back to a serious note, here’s more about it…
Joe and I have been to a lot of museums in our travels and we’ve done a lot of the biggies. The Museum of Natural History. The Louvre. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The British Museum. The Museum of Natural History. Bits and pieces of the Smithsonian. We have tentative plans to visit the Field Museum when we go to Chicago this fall. Joe’s been to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in NY and Museum of Popular Culture in Seattle. We’re both big fans of museums of science and industry in any big (or not so big) city we visit. We’ve even done some off-the-beaten track museums like the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, the Ghibli Museum in Japan and Alexander Hamilton’s home in Harlem, which has been turned into a museum. But this one we just found out about just sounds fascinating!
La Cité du Vin (City of Wine) is a museum & theme park dedicated to WINE! It’s located in Bordeaux, which make perfect sense, when you consider that Bordeaux is the wine capital of the world. And just like the science museums of your past (or maybe your present), they focus on an immersive, sensorial approach. And I’m ready to buy tickets right now!
I only had one day to spend sightseeing in Seattle. I did the obligatory trip to the Pike Place Market and saw them throwing fish and then I had the rest of the afternoon available. I was going to go on a ferry but it was cold, raining and windy (even for Seattle standards). Looking for other things to do, I asked our wonderful group of readers for suggestions before the trip. Here’s one of the replies.
Now the name sounded interesting but I didn’t know if I’d have the time to visit. When I saw that the weather would be bad, I read more about the museum right before my trip. I almost fainted as it looked like I found Geek Nirvana.
The museum is a little bit outside of downtown Seattle, right near the Space Needle. I took a $5 UBER ride to get there and when I arrived I thought the building looked familiar. As it turns out, this building was founded in 2000 as the Experience Music Project (I remember watching when that museum opened on MTV, back when they showed music videos and music news).
The Museum of Pop Culture name was adopted in 2016 as the museum’s theme shifted from just music to cover all mediums of pop culture for mega fans everywhere, and I loved every second of it.
Let me say that there was no doubt I was going to visit when I checked the website and I saw that I was able to catch the last weekend of a limited time exhibit, “The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited”
This exhibit, which was an additional $8 over the normal admission price, was worth every penny. They didn’t waste any time giving people what they came there to see. Here’s the first thing you saw when entering.
I mean, that’s not fair. How can you top having Kermit at the entrance. It wasn’t hard as Jim Henson’s influence on pop culture spanned several decades. From Sesame Street:
to The Muppet Show;
and feature films Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal
I was emotionally exhausted and that was only the first exhibit. I headed onto another area, Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds (which has been extended until May 28, 2018)
They covered the whole Trek Universe from TOS;
And even things from Enterprise and all generations of the Star Trek movies like the new Khan costume (minus Benedict Cumberbatch)
They even had a booth where you could record your best James T. Kirk “KKHHHHAAAANNNNN” scream.
If you were wondering how all of Trek fits together, they had a timeline for you.
This is where I need to mention that these exhibits weren’t just rooms filled with memories of my past, as if that wouldn’t be enough. These were museum quality displays giving explanation into context and importance to items they were presenting. There was a story line to follow and it was really interesting just to walk around and read the history behind the things I loved.
If this wasn’t enough Pop Culture overload, when Michael Jackson’s Thriller played on the mega big screen about 100 people stood there and watched the whole thing.
I was only done with less than half of the museum. My brain almost exploded.
From now on, just pictures.
They had an area called Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction.
There was also an area devoted to Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic
and one devoted to horror movies called Scared to Death. Not my forte but I braved it and survived to tell the tale.
This was not all of the exhibits. There’s tons of things I didn’t take pictures of. I already felt like “that tourist” who took pictures of EVERYTHING. There were video exhibits everywhere. You could spend hours (or a whole day if that’s your thing, and it could easily be my thing) and not see everything. I mean come on, this was their loading bay door.
The museum is constantly rotating in new exhibits. This is the next one coming soon, just in time for Infinity War for all you Marvel fans.
I’m so thankful that one of our readers turned me on to this. I probably would have missed it otherwise and kicked myself in the rear for the rest of my life.
I did manage to get one selfie when I was there. How could I help not getting a picture with Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker.
By now, you’ll know if you will give your right arm to visit here or if you’re just, meh. I’m telling you, this was one of the best times I’ve EVER had at a museum.
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