So… after we went to the Alligator Farm, we took our happy selves to the Ripley’s museum on the main land. It’s on San Marco Avenue and right outside the gates is a Chinese statue.
Since I was a wee girl I loved Ripley’s Believe it or not. I used to check out books by Robert Ripley from the library. This was really a dream come true. I love love love oddities and strange artifacts from around the world. Jesse had never seen me fangirl that much in a long time. How about some pictures?
This is a vampire killing it from around 1840. The little plaque says: Stories involving people rising from the dead, drinking blood, and changing into bats have persisted in Europe for hundreds of years. Known as “vampires”, these ghoulish creatures can only be warded off or killed in a small number of ways according to legend. Travelers often carried a vampire killing kit like this set, which contains everything one would need to vanquish a vampire.
Soon we entered a more gory part of the museum and one of my favorites: Torture devices and the like.
This Iron Maiden is from medieval Germany. They had it set up with a holographic image of a woman inside the damn thing. Fucking scary! But it’s gorgeous.
For those who can’t see the tiny print on the plaque it says: In the middle ages people who committed minor offenses were often forced to wear iron masks, called branks. These branks came in many shapes and were intended to humiliate the wearer as well as cause discomfort. Yeah… wear that on your face for a while.
Used throughout history as a form of torture, flails were the weapon of choice to extract confessions during the Spanish Inquisition. Don’t you just want to hit someone you can’t stand with one of those?
Wanna see something creepy?
This is a Haitian Wax Voodoo Doll that was originally own by Emperor “Papa Doc” Duvalier of Haiti in the 1960s. Oh my gods it’s creepy.
Here’s some cool magick for you:
Attached to the sides of barns throughout Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, symbolic circular hex symbols are used by the Pennsylvania Deutsch farmers to ward off evil spirits, fire, lightning, and sickness. Looks like they brought some of that good ol’ timey magick from Germany with them. You see them on many of the barns built around the south as well.
Okay, so that’s all the picture that were decent enough to put on here, but there is SOOOO much more to see in the museum. I want to go back as soon as we get the chance. If you love this kind of stuff, I suggest you find a museum near you and GO!! You will have so much fun and love every second of it. I promise.