Carter’s Antique Toy Museum

Carter Toy Museum

On our recent road trip, we made lots of interesting discoveries. One of my favorites was this gem: Carter’s Antique Toy Museum in Zionsville, Indiana.

About seventeen miles from Indianapolis, it’s a building with three floors that holds a single collection of toys. But Jebus, what a collection. Entire cases of Lionel train cars, a basement full of coin-operated rides for kids, and even an animatronic tree that will give you nightmares. Also in the basement, two ancient lightgun arcade games and bumper cars–both of which you can utilize with your admission.

It’s amazing. It’s like a better organized toy version of what I assume the Ackermansion must have been like. I hope to get an interview with the owner soon, as I think he could use some help. Taxes and expenses of running the museum are just eating away at his wallet to the point where he might shut down the museum at the end of the year.

Go check out the photo album of 90+ shots that I’ve stuck over at our Facebook page and you tell me if you want to see that happen. If you’re anywhere near the place, it’s worth checking out. It’s pretty damn amazing. Here’s their official site.
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Threadless: Off With Her Head And Out With Her Brains!

Alice in Zombie Wonderland

ScottC posted this to Twitter and he was dead-on. It is sort of custom-made for me. Not only is it Alice in Wonderland, which I dig and which we’ve explored before, but it also involves zombies. And with this site, one of our few consistent editorial stances is that “If it’s undead and bleeds, it leads.” So how could I say no to Alice wielding a pair of katanas and going to town on some zombie denizens of Wonderland? The Zombies in Wonderland shirt is fantastic.

Also of note is an awesome Ghostbusters-referencing shirt that ordinarily would be right up my alley as well, but as you will quickly see, “Something Strange in Your Beverage” is on a blue shirt. Maybe on the reprint they’ll get it right.
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The Week in Stuff: June 29, 2010 – From Earth to Olympus

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How the Earth Changed History Blu-ray Cover Art
Creation DVD Cover Art

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The Week in Stuff: June 22, 2010 – Tom & Jerry & Judy & Vince & Aang

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Avatar: The Last Airbender- The Complete Book 1 Collector's Edition DVD Cover Art
Tom & Jerry Deluxe Anniversary Collection DVD Cover Art

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The Week in Stuff: June 15, 2010 – From Tiki Island to the Holy Land and All Points In Between

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Danger on Tiki Island
Ghost Hunters International DVD Cover Art
Elvis 75th Birthday Celebration DVD Cover Art

Cinematic Titanic continues their onslaught on your mind. Not only are they continuing to perform their riffmongering sessions live but they keep rolling out DVDs of the live shows, both for the people who caught them live and want the performance for posterity (like myself) and those who didn’t get the chance to catch them in person (which you should do–it really is good). And this is Danger on Tiki Island, of which I got to catch their first live performance–and it was good then. So the DVD has honed it to a razor sharpness. Not only that, but you get a backstage look at CT with the “Between the Riffs” mini-docu. This is good stuff. Snag your copy here. It’s worth it.

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Dessert Hack: White Chocolate Brownie vs. Imperial Stout

Southern Tier Mokah vs. White Chocolate Brownie and Muss and Turners

Muss and Turners is our favorite restaurant in the Atlanta area. We will “find” reasons to eat there. We will often drag out of town people to it–that’s a good reason. And just having a long day–another good reason. That’s why we found ourselves dining their last night.

I often try to look for interesting draft beers. And I spotted this one on their list: “Southern Tier Mokah, CO” The description: “Sweet Imperial Stout with strong elements of coffee & chocolate; flavor notes of vanilla and cognac.” I dig stouts. I dig chocolate. Coffee and I, as you might imagine, go way back. So this seemed like a no-brainer.

But Aaron, our server, who is wise, advised me to try a sample first before I just dove in. And as I said, he was wise. Because this is not a stout you have with a dinner. This is a stout you have for dessert. Seriously. As I told them “strong elements of coffee & chocolate” is understating it. It’s like the answer to the question of “Would you like some beer with your coffee and chocolate?” It was so sweet I don’t think I could manage a whole pint of it. He also snagged me a sample of bleu cheese and I tried it with the beer and that was amazing.

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