George the Giant’s Strange Museum of Oddities and Wonders

I found out at the last minute about a weird "pop-up" museum that was opening for a few days in Bakersfield, CA: George the Giant’s Strange Museum of Oddities and Wonders. It was a four-hour drive from San Diego, but I figured I had to see it. So my wife and I did a road trip on Saturday to check it out.

It was an excellent collection of oddities, but the best part might have been the live displays in which George demonstrated sword swallowing and drove a long spike into his nose. He also performed the 'blade box' trick with an assistant.

George hopes to be able to return with his Strange Museum next year. So if you're in the Bakersfield area next October, check it out!

By the way, you might have seen George in the movies. He played the character of Colossus in Tim Burton's Big Fish.

Alligator Boy

Fiji Mermaid

Blade Box trick, part 1

Blade Box trick, part 2: inserting the blades

Blade Box trick, part 3: how it works

"Forensic Research Sample"

Two-Headed Calf

Nail in the nose

     Posted By: Alex - Mon Oct 22, 2018
     Category: Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature | Human Marvels | Magic and Illusions and Sleight of Hand

If that's really Barnum's original Feejee Mermaid, it's quite a prize.
Posted by Dr. Fian on 10/24/18 at 08:45 AM
Dr. Fian -- I'm pretty sure it's not the original. Though it does actually look more like the original than some other Fiji mermaids I've seen, such as the one at Harvard's Peabody Museum, also claimed to be the original.
Posted by Alex on 10/24/18 at 09:41 AM
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