Friday, May 4, 2012

Friday Favorites #8

Happy Friday, all!

I have so much to say today, but I won't Mount St Helen's it all up on you in one shot.
So I'll just mention that...
1) I've got a guest author giveaway coming up next week and
2) I'm running around like crazy trying to find Cinco de Mayo decorations.

**note to all party stores: when Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday, stock up on supplies.**

Nuff said.

Okay then. It's time for Friday Favorites!!

This Friday Favorite is a TV show. I don't watch a lot of TV, so this is huge for me. It's brought to you by the lovely people at the Travel Channel. :-)

Mysteries at the Museum

From the website:
Each hour of this series will take viewers on a captivating, revealing and at times shocking tour of America's past, revisiting its most crucial events by reexamining what has been left behind. The series casts its net wide, exploring the corners and backrooms of institutions dedicated to a variety of popular and entertaining subjects — invisible spies, cold-blooded assassins, dinosaurs, the paranormal, the Old West, the Cold War and more. We'll tackle some of history's most enduring mysteries — both familiar tales and little-known episodes that have never been told before on television.

This show is cool and educational. They start each show by showing a well known museum or sometimes a real obscure museum and then highlighting a particular item in it. The item itself may be neat, but usually the curator has an interesting or controversial story behind the artifact. I am literally glued to the set whenever it's on.

I've learned so much cool trivia that I feel like Cliff from the show Cheers. LOL

One of my favorite episodes was when they highlighted the original Siamese twins: Chang and Ang.
A museum in Philadelphia has their liver on display.
The show went on to talk about their lives and how they always wanted to be surgically separated. The brothers ended up falling in love and marrying two sisters. 
Chang and Ang were going to have the surgery (no knowing if they could survive) but the wives protested. So they had to build an extra large marriage bed instead and stayed joined together. They had 21 children between them!
It wasn't until the brothers died (when they were in their 60's) that doctors learned that the brothers shared a liver so if they had had the surgery back then to separate them, they would not have survived.

Interesting, huh?
I feel like a history buff this week.

Anyhew, have a great weekend and a taco on me for Cinco de Mayo!

Have you ever watched Mysteries at the Museum? Ever hear of it?

17 comments:

Jessica R. Patch said...

Never watched it, but I love stuff like this! Very cool! And thanks for not shooting your geyser off at me this morning! LOL You're too funny!

Connie Keller said...

I've never heard of the show, but it sounds great. I'll have to see if it's streamable (no cable at our house).

Liza said...

Now that is an intriguing piece of trivia...though it brings up some pictures I'd rather not consider... :)

Old Kitty said...

Not heard of this show but have heard of Chang and Ang! Yay!

Have a great Friday! Take care
x

Linda G. said...

I've always been fascinated by the story of Chang and Ang. Must have been a very interesting marriage bed!

Bossy Betty said...

I went to a museum in Mount Airy, NC dedicated to Chang and Ang. No liver there, but some interesting stuff!

Cindy R. Wilson said...

I've heard of this show, but haven't seen it. I think I saw something about Chang and Ang a long time ago and always wondered why they didn't get surgery to separate themselves. Interesting!

Wendy Paine Miller said...

I read a great book called THE GIRLS that mentions these twins.

Hope you have a great weekend!
~ Wendy

Lydia Kang said...

I was always fascinated by Chang and Eng. They were really accepted into their little American town and had happy marriages. Amazing!

Linda Kage said...

Wow, that show does sound fascinating. I was picturing a boring version of Nicholas Cage's National Treasure movie. But the Siamese twin thing was wicked awesome with a touch of eww. Love it!!!

But seriously, how do you put a liver on display? Do you like pickle it in a jar or something? And I won't go into all my ponderings about the creation of those 21 kids! Hmm. Head scratch!

Nancy said...

We are regulars of that show. I have to admit that some of the stories are creepy. I do learn a lot and I enjoy the history of each subject.

I knew about the Siamese twins, but didn't see that episode. It is a wonder that the wives saved their husbands lives by being satisfied with what they had. Amazing, just amazing.

Shelley Munro said...

This show sounds fascinating. I always enjoy shows where I learn things, especially if plot bunnies start leaping around too.

Southpaw said...

Very interesting. And I totally agree about the stocking of party goods.

(Psst, did you know you have word verification on?)

Susanne Drazic said...

Had not heard of the show, but will check it out.

Chelle Sandell said...

I'll definitely have to check it out. Little Man and I love to find shows like that. I think we're having friends come over to play dominos tonight so I'll have to think of a fun menu. I know we'll have a few margaritas. ;) Have a great time!

Nas said...

Now you made this show so tantalising that I have to google and try to watch online! Thanks for sharing about it!

Sandra Cox said...

Oh my gosh, that's fascinating.