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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Guy T. Koepp » Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:46 pm

Gator nutsac? =)
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Sun Apr 11, 2010 3:25 pm

Thanks to everyone who responded--even Guy. The correct answer is, in fact, chocolate mango bread--and it is heavenly. Stay tuned next week for more, "What the heck is Erik eating?"

Cheers. :mickey:
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby bean.zilla » Sat Apr 17, 2010 10:21 am

I was looking for info on Dollywood and found your previous Erik & Smisty adventures. I read the entire thread and this one during a boring few days at work and laughed so much. Thanks for the entertainment and the good info - my sister and I are planning a trip to go to Dollywood and decided to extend our stay to go to some of the other places you featured :) I can't wait to see the next Oddventure post!

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Sat Apr 17, 2010 4:15 pm

^ That's awesome. Just out of curiosity, which places did we inspire you to go?
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Sat Apr 17, 2010 5:42 pm

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum in St. Augustine was the first Ripley's "Odditorium," and was selected by Robert Ripley himself as the idea location to display his artifacts. Sadly, his attempts to purchase the building failed. But, one year after his death, his heirs succeeded. Believe it or not!

No, seriously, I don't really care. Anyway....

It should be noted that last year, Misty and I visited Gatlinburg's Believe It or Not! Museum--so much of this experience will necessarily be compared and contrasted to that one. The short version? About half the exhibits here are unique, while the other half are the same or similar to those in Gatlinburg.
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Castle Warden (aka, Ripley's) is located adjacent to the downtown area of St. Augustine.
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Outside the building is this wonderful chestnut.
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The entrance lobby and ticketing. Featuring The Attendant With Super Dry Hands!
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A little more backstory on the building.
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Run away!!!
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A 1/12 replica of the original Ferris Wheel dominates the center of the building.
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I think this supposed to be some sort of 'forced perspective' demonstration, but it doesn't really work.
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The room of tiny things.
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He "put his skills to good use"? Obviously, this is some new definition of the word 'good' that I was not previously aware of.
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Typical Ripley's weirdness. And some guy. We'll call him Steve. Though he will not reappear, I feel he does nevertheless deserve a name for his presence here.
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Smisty looking way too happy about the cat o' nine tails.
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A recreation of a cow that supposedly had six legs, but is shown with only four. Hmmm.
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Busts and statues of weird people. Although I feel really judgmental typing that.
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NOT a weird person.
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The exit. But not really. We're like, midway through here. Ripley's is weird.
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These are jade carvings. They're kind of cool, I guess.
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Ladies and gentlemen, a mummified cat.
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The building is three stories tall. Here we are at the top. Note the tourist taking a photo of his wife, just like in Gatlinburg.
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This moose broke into someone's cabin in Alaska while they were eating dinner, got stuck because it couldn't pull its antlers back through, and starved to death. Not explained: What the residents were doing while the moose was starving to death. It takes a while, guys. You live in Alaska. I'm sure you have a gun. Shoot the thing, then board up your window. Idiots.
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This monk wanted to continue to be of service to his monastery after he was dead, so they turned him into a candlestick. Gee thanks, fellas.
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He really enjoyed killing pigs. Um...believe it or not...?
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This one features a small theater where you can watch old episodes of the Ripley's TV show.
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Smisty examines some rubber molds of famous peoples' faces, in this random (but classy) exhibit.
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If you like spinning tunnels, then St. Augustine's is the Ripley's for you! Sure, Gatlinburg has one--but this one has two!
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There's also a pirate exhibit that I'm pretty sure used to be at Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg.
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I'm sure there are much better captions for this, but all I can think when I look at it is: "Fry! You have no nose! Your nose is gone! You have no nose on your face!"
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Just like in Gatlinburg, you are invited to make funny faces in this mirror...
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...only to discover further on that you were being watched by other guests. Wackiness!
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Oddly, the exit gift shop is called the Cargo Hold, just like at Ripley's Aquarium. There's not really a nautical theme here, though.
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If the inside is about the same, or even slightly inferior to Gatlinburg's--then it must be said that where this one really excels is outside the building.
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The coolest thing is this house made from a redwood tree log. (Which, in all actuality, you can see for free, since it's in the parking lot.)
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I love small spaces anyway, so this is right up my alley.
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Can we live here, Smisty???
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Also outside, surrounded by tall shrubbery to protect the delicate eyes of your precious snowflakes, is this full-size replica of The Statue of David. Though I'd seen images of this many times, I really had no concept of just how big the thing is.

Well, I mean, not its thing. The thing itself. The statue. Its thing is obviously very small. Which is odd because the hands and feet are massively oversized. Which just makes it seem that much smaller, even though it's actually huge, relatively speaking.

Um...the end.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby deathbydinn » Sat Apr 17, 2010 9:03 pm

Woah, those are some really weird Ferris Wheel cars, it looks like you have to lay down! And that tree house is awesome! Does it have a kitchen and bathroom or just the bed and tables?
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:46 am

deathbydinn wrote:Woah, those are some really weird Ferris Wheel cars, it looks like you have to lay down! And that tree house is awesome! Does it have a kitchen and bathroom or just the bed and tables?


The Ferris wheel is a scale model, so you can't actually ride it. Full-sized, each car would be big enough for 60 people to stand upright in.

The log house definitely has a kitchen. I don't remember a bathroom, but it may simply have been closed off.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby bean.zilla » Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:49 am

Electerik wrote:^ That's awesome. Just out of curiosity, which places did we inspire you to go?


I want to go to Dixie Stampede. I also think Hauntings, MagiQuest, and one of the miniature golf courses look fun - just have to choose which golf course!
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby redfoot12 » Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:12 am

I went to college in St. Augustine and always wondered what the Ripley museum was like. Now I know!

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Emiroo » Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:13 am

Great to see a new report Erik. I'd love to see a TR featuring the craziest/crudest t-shirts you can find. That's one of my favorite parts of going to Florida; browsing the shirt shops. And of couse, the sketchier the shop, the crazier/cruder the shirts!

And am I the only one who is irked that every coin-op fortune teller is now generically called Zoltar? IT'S NOT THE REAL ZOLTAR! This is the one and only Zoltar:

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