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And now for something truly terrifying

Article: And now for something truly terrifying

Halloween is a week today, so we guess you’ll be thinking one of two things: Either, “What’s a cute Halloween couples costume for me and my sweetie?” Or, “Which fake monster vagina should I have sex with on Halloween – the zombie vagina or the vampire vagina?” No?

Well, just in case you change your mind, it turns out that The Alien Fleshlight has released four special edition, Halloween-themed toys, called the Fleshlight Freaks series. You know the Fleshlight, right? The basic model is spooky enough; It looks kind of like a flashlight filled with Play-doh, only you’re supposed to stick your dick in it. Anyway, if that model is a bit ho-hum for you, you can now experiment with vaginas belonging to these fictional beasts…

Vintage Vibrator Museum

Article: Vintage Vibrator Museum

Believe it or not, sex toys weren’t invented by “Sex and the City.” In fact, the first evidence of sex toys dates back 30,000 years, and there are records and depictions of sex toy use in ancient Greece and Rome. There’s nothing quite that antique in Babeland’s Vintage Vibrator Museum, but you’ll find plenty of examples from the early 1900s.

Moscow sex museum gives the finger (amongst other body parts) to the Kremlin

Article: Moscow sex museum gives the finger (amongst other body parts) to the Kremlin

photo via the Los Angeles Times
It’s one thing to open a sex museum somewhere like New York City or uber-permissive Iceland, but in Moscow? A stone’s throw from the Kremlin? Now that takes balls. The new Museum of Eroticism, the largest sex museum in Europe, is the brainchild of Alexander Donskoy, the one-time mayor of a small town near Moscow who was sent to prison and barred from politics soon after he decided to run for the presidency back in 2008 (coincidence? he thinks not).

The Museum of Broken Relationships

Article: The Museum of Broken Relationships

The Museum of Broken Relationships sounds like a catchy name for a blog or something Carrie Bradshaw might muse about in one of her deep, metaphor-heavy voice-overs. But it’s way more awesome than that: It’s an actual museum. In Croatia. See? Totally awesome. We wrote about the concept a few years back when it was just a traveling collection of items, but now the permanent collection is set up in a sleek white exhibition space in Zagreb. And this year the museum won an award for most innovative museum in Europe (and that’s saying something, given that Europe also boasts the world’s only Phallological Museum).

Museum update: Indianapolis Museum of Art makes a boo-boo

Article: Museum update: Indianapolis Museum of Art makes a boo-boo

Late last month the Indianapolis Museum of Art announced the firing of 56 security officers. This is only the latest in a long line of museum closures and firing sprees, but IMA is unique in that it plans to fill the now vacant positions with students at a slightly lower salary. Before we get to that, let’s take a look at IMA’s security program as it stands now. Even with the 56 security officers, the museum was unable to meet their objectives, like “responding to potentially serious incidents that arise on the IMA campus” and reducing costs. From their website: “The IMA has a reputation for being a safe place. Regrettably, we’d seen some incidents that could threaten that reputation. We’ve had numerous car break-ins, and we had been unable to curb that problem.”

Month at the Museum

Article: Month at the Museum

Your new home: The Museum of Science and Industry
Remember reading From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler as a kid and how badly it made you want to sneak into a museum and stay overnight? The only question was whether it would be the art museum, the science museum, the natural history museum or the aquarium. If the science museum was your pick and the dream is still alive, you’ll be very envious of the winner of Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry’s “Month at the Museum.”

Global warming and art: what a difference five years makes…

Article: Global warming and art: what a difference five years makes…

Five years ago, activist, writer and professor Bill McKibben published an essay at Grist calling for artists to step up and address one of the most pressing issues facing humanity: climate change (The Day After Tomorrow and State of Fear just weren’t doing it for him). We don’t know if artists responded directly to McKibben’s call; we do know that we’ve seen much more creative work on global warming since then. Visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers have all engaged the subject, creating some compelling, thoughtful work.

Last week, Grist commemorated McKibben’s essay by launching a series on artistic creation that addresses climate change.

To Suzanne Valadon on Mother's Day

Article: To Suzanne Valadon on Mother's Day

Just below Sacre Coeur in the 18th Arrondissement of Paris, there is a small blue marker that reads, “Place Suzanne Valadon.” Unknown by name to many Americans, Valadon is instantly recognized by sight as the model for countless paintings by Renoir, Degas and Lautrec.