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10 Cool and Strange Items at The Smithsonian

10 Cool and Strange Items at The Smithsonian

Established in 1846, The Smithsonian Institution, is a group of museums and research centers administered by the United States government.

The following is just a very small sample of some of the interesting and strange items acquired by the institution.



wooly mammoth preserved

These jars contain preserved muscle tissue taken from the left hind leg of a
woolly mammoth uncovered in 1901 by palaeontologist Eugene Pfizenmayer





owney the postal dog

Owney the Postal Dog: a stray mixed breed terrier adopted as the first
unofficial postal mascot by the Albany, New York, post office about 1888.



Abraham Lincoln's watch

Araham Lincoln's Gold Watch. Gift of Lincoln
Isham, great-grandson of Abraham Lincoln, 1958



hans langseth's beard

Hans Langseth's Beard: The longest beard ever measured at 18 feet 6 inches long.



kermit the frog

Jim Henson's Kermit The Frog Puppet



The Saint Augustine Monster

The Saint Augustine Monster: an unidentified organic mass discovered by two young boys on Anastasia Island, Florida in November, 1896.



giant squid

This Giant Female Squid was caught in a fisherman's net off the coast of Spain in 2005. It was probably 2-3 years old and, when alive, 11 meters (36 feet) long with tentacles that extended 6.7 meters (22 feet). It weighed more than 150 kilograms (330 pounds).



Dorothy's slippers

Dorothy's Ruby Slippers: Sixteen-year-old Judy Garland wore these sequined shoes
as Dorothy Gale in the 1939 film classic The Wizard of Oz.



coelacanth
Coelacanth Fish: It was believed that the coelacanth was extinct until 1938 when the first live one was caught off South Africa.



bubble boy suit

David Vetter's Bubble Suit: David Vetter, known as The Bubble Boy, was a Texas
boy who was born with Severe Combined Immune Deficiency, a disease which
required him to live in a sterile, plastic isolation unit. NASA scientists
designed and created a special suit for David, which resembled astronauts' space
suits.


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