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The Museum of Curiosity: Have Your Say
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The Museum of Curiosity
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What would you nominate for inclusion in the Museum of Curiosity? Send us links to your favourite, most loved weird objects. Fill out the form below - keep your submission to a maximum of 150 words.
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    toronto canada
    the good old cornish pasty

    Will New Zealand
    I would like to nominate 'Anon'. Author of some great poetry, qoutations and so much more!

    Jonathan, Kent
    I would nominate Heathrow terminal five as the ultimate symbol of human mis-ingenuity.

    Philip Binghm
    things I would like in the museum are1. the remnants of the first man who set his beard on fire2. The stereo system that made the bang big in the big bang3. The sounds of panic of the people who first saw rain

    Jim, Portsmouth
    must include "a face like a smacked-arse" because everyone uses that phrase but being able to pull that exact facial expression on-demand is very tricky.

    Cassian Wheeler
    Two nominations:1. Deja Vu... but I have a sneaking suspicion that I might have seen it already somewhere - possibly skulking in the back of the basement?2. The corpse of the museum cat (think about it...) - for added curiosity value, displayed in its own auto-icon in homage to Jeremy Bentham.And finally...3. Innumeracy

    Alex Johnson, Coventry
    I would nominate the schrodinger's cat experiment. The idea is that because of the uncertainty involved with individual radioactive atoms you can never predict whether the atom has decayed and triggered the cat's death. The cat is logically therefore neither alive or dead until you open the box and look.This is the best example of how curiosity can kill a cat

    Jenny, Canterbury
    The first person to use the word "Why?" Annoying yet opens up a world of opportunities!

    Stuart Clyens, Denmark
    My suggestion for a really weird object to display in your museum - permanently- my grandad

    Stuart Haram, Hull
    the fact that everything we know is based on human conception and creation, and the knowledge that all we know is based on what we create and name. This influences everything we think and believe, for example, we believe humans the dominant specie and the one with the highest IQ, but both of these are matched on some value we have created to emblazon the human race. So in actual fact everything we believe or think we know to be true or definite is actually false because it is based on something which either never existed or had values and properties placed on it by the human race. we judge IQ of animals by how many human skills they can do and how well, and so is actually a false measurement and is only a reflection of human egotism. i may only be young but even i can see that everything that is was created, named or given properties by the human mind. a major example is how religion was created as a way of controlling the general populous by taking advantage of the human compunction to associate themselves under one group, and therefore should only be considered as a political device. evidence of this fact can be found in close examination of each religion, it just goes to show that human conception controls all we believe, think and know.

    David S in Melbourne Australia
    I propose the wombat, which is the least appreciated but most interesting of the Aussie mammals. How can you not love a giant hamster that can run at 40km an hour and defeats those who would prey on it by running into a tunnel and letting it's pursuer crack their skull on its rock-hard arse?

    William Blakemore. New Zealand
    I'd like to nominate the emotion of Gaiety. It seems one cannot be 'gay' with out being queer these days. My revised 1954 Concise Oxford Dictionary refers to gay as; "full of or disposed to or indicating mirth, light hearted, sportive; showy, brilliant, bright-coloured, finely dressed.” What wonderful stuff. I miss the days when I could express that I was feeling rather ‘gay’ from my summers evening walk and not have others question my sexual orientation. So I nominate Gaiety so we can remember this delightful experience of emotion and well being.

    Jacob Coton, Wells
    i nominate the reaper because no-one has seen it but everyone thinks it exists

    James Reid, Northern Ireland
    Sleight of hand.Who the hell isn't impressed and baffled by a well executed conjuring trick? Prestidigitation all the way.

    Richard (Cheltenham)
    Items for display in the Museum of Curiosity Occam’s after shaveEinstein’s theory of family and friendsPythagoruses set squareSchrodinger’s cat foodNewton’s Apple coreThe Emperor’s New UnderwearThe Emperor’s old clothesWatson & Crick’s innovative staircase designsLaszlo Biro’s pencilJim Bowie’s cutlery collectionNoah’s surfboardRay Dolby’s ASBO (for all those loud parties – the neighbours wanted him to turn the noise down)Jesus’ seafood pizza recipeChairman Mao’s Little Black BookChristian Doppler angry (he was always seeing red)Christian Doppler cold (he could get a little blue)Hans Geiger’s till receiptJulius Richard Petri’s commemorative plate collectionDrinks for the cocktail bar “Brahms and Liszt”:Before you order look at Brahm’s Price LisztA Freudian Gin Slip (too much and you trip up on your own tongue)Archimedes screwdriver (don’t turn around or the liquid comes to the surface)

    Hamish, Norwich
    I liked the suggestion of Tolkiens wedding ring, so how about Robert Plant's Staircase?Or maybe Top Gear's insurance history!

    Jim Grover, cyberspace
    "Pictures in Your Dreams", being a gallery of empty frames and tags describing images that don't exist but should, and a catalogue for "Books Unwritten - Reviews Published", which is pretty self-explanatory empty pseudobibliophiliac library.

    Harriet Southampton
    We are always being told about somthing being absolutely the last straw, so i nominate the very first straw.

    Stevyn Colgan, Earth
    I'd include the colour indigo. It was completely made up by Isaac Newton when he split light using a prism and was annoyed to find six colours instead of the expected seven (he was an alchemist as well as a scientist and believed in the divine seven - seven musical notes, seven bodily orifices, seven celestial bodies(known at the time) etc.) What a brilliant solution. Tweak the results - Invent a colour! (p.s. Look closely at the cover of Pink Floyd's 'Dark side of the Moon' ...)

    samivel
    I'd like to put in the line-up for this sseason's FA Cup semi-finals, as it'll probably be a very long time before 4 such unheralded teams get this far at the same time again.

    Kelsey, USA
    I'm nominating a type of jellyfish, the Turritopsis nutricula. It has the ability to reverse its aging process by transdifferentiation of cells and can repeat the cycle an indefinite amount of times, rendering it immortal.If not that, I second James's nomination of Kallisti! Fnord.

    Simon Clark, London
    How better to enter the Museum of Curiousity than through the freshly-cleansed Doors Of Perception?

    Ian Dunn, Stockton-on-Tees
    I'd like to put in the subject of "Media Studies". As a media student, I can tell you that this subject is a lot more interesting than the tabloids will tell you. Notable people involved in the subject include Theodor Adorno, John Fiske, David Gauntlett and Jürgen Habermas.

    Chris in Derby
    Can I nominate BBC's iPlayer. It's not intelligent and it's certainly not playing anything as it's just not working.

    Sharman Houghton, Fort Worth Texas
    Pliny might have nominated the dancing girls of Cadiz. I think I did Letters of the Elder Pliny at school. He wrote very long letters to Emperor Trajan whose response usually was "really". I would like to put my Latin teacher in there - she was four foot six and turned up to the Olympia Pompeii exhibition 1973 complete with toga and 1970's fur hat with fur pom poms.

    Emma-Kate, Shropshire
    I'd like to donate this small twig. It was de-leafed and sharpened to a point by an female Australopithecus about 3 million years ago to scratch that annoying hard to reach spot in the centre of her back, thereby creating the first tool.

    David Perkins - Wolverhampton
    I would like to nominate, The houses of parliament. just becouse it would fill in a bit of space make the place look more lived in. P.s thanks for a great show.

    Mark Elliott, Seville
    I'd like to nominate the whole of Seville, the only medieval city with a one-mile €90m tram. Probably it's more expensive mile for mile than an Apollo moonshot, but a lot less fun - even if the old ladies' faces do look as if they are suffering extreme acceleration. I'd also like to nominate Flamenco - to be buried somewhere in the museum's catacombs never to be heard of again

    Pkx166h
    Can I have a display with two items.One pair of Buttocks and the middle joint of an arm. Make sure they are clearly labelled so that people know what it is they are looking at. Too many people are ignorant of the difference of these two items.

    Alex, Breaston
    The totally non-English English National Anthem (God Save the Queen): it was composed for a french king (Louis XIV), brought over by a Scoto-Italian (Bonnie Prince Charlie) bloke after hearing it while staying in France and adopted by a German king who suffered from boughts of madness (George III).

    Shirley
    All the odd socks that run away before, during and after the washing process.....then they can make a giant sock installation.

    Seb, London
    I think the Museum of Curiosity should go in. Firstly, because it is a curiosity in itself an intelligent, but witty program on Radio4. Secondly, as it would be a nice example of an infinitely recursive paradigm.PS ignore the critics, this is the best new 6:30 show for years.

    Annabel Yates, Cornwall/London
    Loved your show, particularly the Santa Claus inclusion. How about Potter's collection of stuffed animals once round the corner in Jamaica Inn? As well as last week's suggestions on buried anger??

    Anna, Twickenham
    I would donate the colour 'true Cyan', which apparently can't be seen on most tv or computer monitors due to colour pollution, but can be seen if you look at the 'Eclipse of Mars' illusion.

    Eafa O'lelwort, midlands
    no museum would be complete without a toilet that you can;t find because of the unbelievably confusing signing, and a faint smell where people clearly couldn;t find it in time. just a thought

    James Day, London
    I would like to put forward Kallisti, the Golden Apple of Discord bellonging to the good Goddess Eris... You know, just to spice things up a bit... Don't ask me where I got it. I would also nominate the sound of one hand clapping.

    USA
    I want to see fossil(s) of man in different stages of evolution

    Martin, Kent
    Hmmm? I would have to place president Bush within the museum. He could stand center piece in your international section and have a list of all the bizarre, and evidently stupid, things he has ever said. Due to the enormity of this manuscript you will have to cut down the rest of the Amazon (not the internet site, although this could be destroyed; just for argument sake)to create enough paper to complete this task; but hey it would be worth it. Or for all you eco-warriors out there the statements can be placed in Pdf format. :)

    Dave, Herts
    The % symbol. This symbol implies meaning but is actually a sign that we are being misled. Somehow this meaning is now lost and we tend to accept any alleged 'fact' as long as it is supported by a statistic.

    Miles Turner, London
    Art. There doesn't seem to be a lot of it these days. Just a load of pretentious folk in expensive clothes waffling on about the how it reveals the depth of human animosity towards goldfish, or some such.

    Ana, Stevenage
    I would like to nominate the French, for many obvious reasons, just pick one.

    Mary-Lou - Brighton
    Having had great fun (& my brain stretched) at a recording of this interesting show, I had the chance to nominate a item. My idea wasn't read out - so I'll nominate it here:In the same vein as 'scarf knots' I'll add BOTTLED WATER!What an example of consumer gulibility, image over intellect and making 'money for old rope'! (Prehaps I should add 'old rope'?!)And just for laughs - I'll nominate the ubiquitous 'MISSING LINK' - coz quess what? I found it and I'd hate for us to have to look for it all over again!

    Mo Melton Mowbray
    A village post office,they are becoming an endangered species.We need to preserve one to show our grand-children

    Edd, Cardiff
    The chamelian Brookesia stumpffi of Madagascar which has the ingenious defense mechanism of a small weak vibration. This causes the preditor to stare at it as if to say "what are you trying to do?" thus loosing the prey in a fit of confusion...

    Ken, Warwickshire
    Yeast is a remarable organism. Yeast reproduces sexually and asexually; it breathes aerobically and anaerobically; it turns barley water into ale without being asked. It accepts payment for none of these services. Please find a moist corner in your museum for a fermentorium. Put it next to the bar. There is a bar isn't there?

    Tony Cooper in Sandwich, Kent
    I would like to donate our street sign in 'No Name Street. It's getting on my nerves.

    Dixe Wills
    The letter zed. Invented by the Phoenicians, mangled by the Greeks, scorned and then officially banned in 312AD by the Romans. Shoved from 7th place to last in the alphabet and ridiculed by everyone from the scholar Martius to George Eliot. Its very existence today is an inspiration to underdogs the world over.

    Ivor Helsinki
    I'm Irish & live in Moscow but today I'm in Helsinki. I propose the inclusion of mobile phones in the Museum of Curiosity - life was funnier without 'em - we trusted eachother more and could rely on the likelyhood of things going right or wrong but that we would be largely fine regardless and wouldn't have to call anyone to tell them we were.. either way... if you get my drift..

    Dave Clough, Preston
    I think you should put the name Dave in the museum. It is iconic, aramaic, and monosyllabic, and defines our times in an as yet unexamined way.And apropos of Judith Byrne's suggestion, black forest gateau should also be entered as it isn't black, contains no forests and is not a Spanish cat.Also, I have Bill Bailey's hair. You can put that in too if you like.

    Mark Le Mar
    Bill Baileys Left Thoroid

    Joe Crofts, Crowfield
    I would nominate the 'Marcel Marceau' fish. I don't know it's real name but I have seen whilst diving it in the Red Sea and Cuba, where it swims nonchalantly near it's home, repeatedly and for no apparent reason, stopping dead and vibrating from head to tail as if it just swam into a glass wall.

    Joe Crofts, Crowfield
    I nominate the sound of rhubarb growing in a forcing shed. The leaves can be clearly heard whispering 'people, people'.

    Penny Ewles-Bergeron, Naples
    The museum should include the hand gestures of Neapolitans, a rich sign language even tots in buggies copy. We've been here 2.5 years and can recognise only a few. Neapolitans use them even when talking on the phone. Give the caller a wide berth when passing in the street if you don't want to get hit in the face. A perfect museum artefact.

    Laurabeth, Northamptonshire
    I would like to put Stephen Fry into the museum, or if this is not possible then just his brain would do!

    Hannah, Cambridge
    If you fold a normal sheet of A4 paper in half 50 times it will reach as far as the sun (at certain times of the year, not quite as far other times)

    Mike Hutchinson
    Great show - interesting and fun.Following the inclusion in the museum of the innovative scarf knot, may I lay claim to being the unsung introducer to the UK of the "thumb-pinky phone"? I first started doing it in 1970 or thereabouts, and within a few years it had replaced the old practice of holding a fist to your ear. The thumb-pinky phone is my nomination to sit alongside the innovative scarf knot. Could you mention my role in spreading the meme?

    judith byrne, lancashire
    I nominate 'The Eccles Cake'...it ain't a cake and it hasn't got any eccles in it !

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