When you travel to a new place, it's always good to check out some of the local museums. And when you've had your fill of art, science, and history, it's also good to check out some of the lesser known museums - places that are full of oddities, peculiarities, and downright weirdness. Below are 15 of the world's weirdest and wackiest museums, compiled for your wide-eyed, slack-jawed viewing pleasure. If a trip around the globe isn't in the cards for you any time soon, you can check out this list and pretend you're on a wonderfully weird world tour.
1. ABBA The Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
It's a whole museum dedicated to to the musical group ABBA. No way! You can't believe it. If you're a big fan of ABBA, you can't possibly pass up the opportunity to explore this place of musical history. The creepy looking dolls of the members of the group behind a glass case will give you nightmares, but that hasn't changed your opinion that ABBA is awesome with such hits as Dancing Queen and Mamma Mia. What are you waiting for?
The ABBA Museum is not just about showing off their hits. The museum also has paraphernalia like the helicopter on the cover of one of their albums "Arrival." It also had holographic images of the band members. Can you say amazing? There's also a phone where ABBA members have promised to speak to visitors. The museum really gets into the band members personal lives like their divorces because this museum is not just about the highs of their lives but the lows as well, so fans can get an idea of who ABBA really was.
2. Paris Sewer Museum, Paris, France
Talk about something you won't believe until you see it. It's a sewer museum. Who would want to go to a sewer museum? Well you do as you explore the sewers of paris and learn about their history. Ok, now you have to come to Paris. It's been open for people to explore since 1867.
The Paris Sewer Museum is located at the Pont de l'Alma in the 7th arrondissement in France. You can get there by metro on line 9 at Alma-Marceau Station, by RER train line C, and by bus on lines 63 and 80. Tours were offered twice a month by boats and wagons. The sewers came to life in the 14th century by developer Hugues Aubriot. The new design was created by Eugene Belgrand in the 19th century. You learn about what the sewer worker did underground as well as the methods of water treatment.
3. Spam Museum, Austin, Minnesota (USA)
You buy Spam and you eat Spam but never in your wildest dreams did you ever think a Spam Museum existed. Of all the foods to dedicate a museum to, they choose Spam. Why? You'll learn the story of Spam and how it came to be. You'll even be able to taste dishes with Spam incorporated creatively. There's even a gift shop if exploring this museum was not enough for you.
The Spam Museum has been open for over 12 years to people all over the world. It first opened in 2002 for Spam enthusiasts. As you tour the place you will discover entertaining videos about Spam as well as a towering wall of Spam. It even has its own radio station and live cooking demonstrations of the different ways of preparing Spam. You also can become interactive with this meat as you attempt to put it into the can on an assembly line. It is scheduled to reopen on May 2016, but this museum is so worth the wait.
4. House Of Marbles, Bovey Tracey, Devon, England
Marbles, really? A museum full of marbles. You're just trying to get this through your head. It's an old school museum that also has chess sets, spinning tops, and so much more. The House of Marbles will bring out the child in you as you buy games that remind you of more simple times in your life. What can be better then letting go of being an adult and becoming a child again?
The House of Marbles is dedicated to producing high quality toys, marbles, games, and so much more to their customers. You can enjoy the museum of marbles as well as browse the gift shop to bring home memories from your time in Devon. There's also a coffee shop and a restaurant where you can relax after your time at the marble museum. The collection of marble runs and the giant floating marbles will amaze and excite your inner child. Marbles aren't the only thing you can experience at the House of Marbles. Glass Making, the Pottery Museum, the Game Museum, and the Games Garden are places you can also explore.
5. Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum, Riga, Latvia
The name makes you wonder what kind of museum you're about to step into. Well you're stepping back in time that's for sure. Latvian Houses and other sites in this forest date back to the 17th century to the 1930's. It's a physical place where the history is right before your eyes. You love history! You're in a forest near Lake Jugla.
The Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum started in 1924 and was inspired by open air museums in Scandinavia. Four regions were planned on being established by a farm. Courland, Zemgale, Vidzeme, and Latgale were regions that would represent different crafts of the Latvia. 1932 was when the museum was finally opened to the public. By 1939 40 buildings stood in the museum and today 118 are on display. The Latvia groups are represented with over 3,000 item and 114,000 collections.
6. Sulabh International Museum Of Toilets, New Delhi, India
Yes you've heard this museum correctly. It's a museum of unique looking toilets. Why would you go to a place to look at toilets? Pure curiosity is all you can think of. How many different ways can toilets possibly look? Plus the invention has been a big part of your life and you just want to thank the toilets for everything they've done for you over the year
The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets is a place where you can learn all about the history of sanitation and hygiene of toilets. Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak is the founder of this fine establishment. You can tour the museum and see the history of toilets unfold from the past in 2500 BC to the present. The facts, pictures, and objects tell an interesting story. Ancient, Medieval, and Modern are three sections the museum is divided into in order to see the progression of toilets throughout history. People from all over the world have visited this museum, even dignitaries, so why haven't you?
7. Cat Museum, Kuching, Malaysia
Cats are so cute and cuddly and now they are a part of the museum world. Awesome, right! The cat is considered a lucky animal in Malaysia and as you enter the huge cat head into the museum, you'll begin to understand why there are more than 2,000 exhibits to explore. You better prepare yourself. You'll learn all about mummy cats in Egypt to the ever popular Hello Kitty. Once you exit through the huge kitty, you'll learn more about cats then you've ever thought you could and become an even better cat lady.
The Cat Museum was inspired by the owner's love of cats. It has inspired cat lovers from all over to come and learn what they didn't know about their favorite feline. You'll learn about the Malayan cat and how it came to be. You will also look through the World art, craft, and photography of different cats all over the world. You will even see some of the world's famous cats like Puss in Boots and Garfield. You won't be able to get over the cuteness as well as the history of this prominent feline.
8. Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and Tours, London
It's a tennis museum. If you're a fan of tennis, then it's understandable why you would step foot into this museum. You'll see impressive displays with tennis memorabilia and historical films that will keep you watching until it's over. Tennis racquets, balls, outfits, trophies, and so much more significant objects hold so much history where some of them date back to 1555. Wow, that's amazing! No wonder sports fans from all over visit this museum.
The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum was established in 1977 at the AELTCC Wimbledon SW 19. It is also one of the largest tennis museums in the world. You have the chance of exploring the CentreCourt 360 where you can see the atmosphere of Centre Court. You can also take a tour and see behind the scenes of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. The Kenneth Wimbledon Library is available for visitors to make an appointment and see the collection of books, periodicals, videos, and DVDs that have to do with tennis. At the end of the day you can visit the souvenir shop where you can purchase tennis rackets, DVDS, books, and more.
9. One Direction Museum, Mullingar, Ireland
A museum dedicated to a boy band. It's every fan girl's dream. What a useless way to spend time even contemplating to build? Well it hasn't been built yet, so there's still a chance to think of something better to build in its place. It was a plan to be created in honor of one of the band members Niall Horan, who was born in Mullingar. Wow, what a great idea, not!
The One Direction Museum has plans to be built. A building has all ready been chosen apparently. The address hasn't been given out either. Niall Horan thinks it's a great idea. It's not only a stupid idea, but it's a strange idea. He hasn't been in One Direction long enough for a museum to be built in his honor and what has he done that is so great?
10. Barbie Doll Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
Plastic dolls align the walls of this museum. It's a museum dedicated to a plastic toy, a PLASTIC TOY! Barbie is a classic doll who can be anything she wants to be as long as the manufacturers make her that way. It's the perfect place to take your daughters and learn the history of Barbie. You'll teach them that they can be anything, and you'll buy them a Barbie before the day is done. She's a great role mode for girls.
The Barbie Doll Museum is a privately owned building. It is also a place where you can remember when you were a little girl playing with Barbie dolls. The nostalgia is so overwhelming! All over the world people visit this museum to see the history of Barbie throughout the years. From 1959 to the present you can tour the walls and displays of Barbie. It's truly the evolution of Barbie!
11. UFO Museum and Research Center, Roswell, New Mexico
They are among us. You'll learn exactly what happened with the UFO's in Roswell or will you? The facts will be presented to you along with cool, visual displays. One exhibit you can't let pass you by is the "Flying Saucer," which occurred in Roswell in 1947. Your experience at the UFO Museum will make you wonder whether aliens really do exist. What else exists out there?
The International UFO Museum and Research Center is located at 114 North Main Street. From 9AM to 5PM your life will change forever on your perception of aliens. In the 1990's Walter Haut, who had been a part of Roswell, decided to find a home for the UFO Museum. People want to know what happened at Roswell, and this museum provides them with what they need to know. Don't be afraid to ask questions. The guides are more than happy to answer your questions about Roswell and aliens.
12. British Lawnmower Museum, Southport, England
Just when you think there can't be anymore museums dedicated to unusual objects, the lawnmower museum is born. A lawnmower! There's not only one but two museums dedicated to this grass eating device. Why two? What could you possibly learn from one that you can't learn from the other museum? If you're an avid lawnmower, the British Lawnmower Museum is the perfect place for you to learn about how this device has changed overtime and what celebrity owned what lawnmower.
The British Lawnmower Museum is located at 106-114 Shakespeare Street, Southport PR8 5AJ. You can visit over 300 exhibits of lawnmowers over the last 200 years. Prince Charles and Princess Diana are just some of the celebrities that lawnmowers are named after. Why would royalty be named after lawnmowers? The museum has a collection of lawnmowers that are restored from all over the world. They even have patents and blue prints dating back from 1799.
13. Museum Of Bad Art, Massachusetts
Do you love bad art? Well the Museum of Bad Art is a great place to decide whether you think the art is bad or not, and it's a great way to spend your time and critique art like a professional. How would anyone know the difference between good or bad art anyway? This museum started off with a few pieces of art and grew to show more than 500 pieces of artwork that are bad. So get started you have a long day ahead of you. Let the bad art begin!
The Museum of Bad Art was established in 1994 in Dedham, Massachusetts. It is a privately owned museum to celebrate artist's work that would be seen no matter how bad it is. 25 to 35 works of art are shown at one time. To even been considered bad art the works provided have to be original, have serious thought put into it, have flaws, and not be boring. Of course the museum has been said to be a place of anti-art but this is not the case says the co-founder of the museum Marie Jackson. They have some stand out pieces like Lucy in the Field with Flowers, Sunday on the Pot with George, and Juggling Dog in Hula Skirt that are popular among visitors.
14. Comic Strip Museum, Brussels, Belgium
Comic books are your life, and they've finally answered your prayers by building a museum in Belgium. You'll learn about the journey of comic books and why they are still successful today. When you want to read your comic books, there's a reading room in the museum where you can relax and get lost in the world of your favorite comic book characters. Doesn't that sound nice? This is clearly a great idea for a museum. It makes sense!
The Comic Strip Museum was made in 1984. It is located at Rue des Sables 20, 1000 Brussels. With more than 700 comic strips to see you'll be reading for a while. Ninth Art and Art Nouveau combine to make this museum a true masterpiece of art. Tintin, Spirou, Bob and Bobette, the Smurfs, Lucky Luke, Blake and Mortimer are just some of the comic strips you will see on your visit. From 10AM to 6PM everyday you can admire the hard work and creativity that went into each and every comic strip.
15. The Lunchbox Museum, Columbus, Georgia (USA)
Lunch boxes are still relevant today, and you don't care what anyone says. If this isn't an unusual thing to build a museum around, then you don't know what is. It's a sea of metal lunch boxes that greet your eyes as you walk right in. The Lunchbox Museum is also the home of the largest lunchbox. It will make you feel like a child again. Seeing your favorite characters on lunch boxes will make you smile.
The Lunch Box Museum is located at River Market Antiques and Art Center in Columbus, Georgia. You can touch the lunch boxes and let nostalgia take over your brain. The Knight Rider and Superman are just some of the iconic lunch boxes you will find at this museum. From 10AM-6PM on Wednesday through Saturday and Sun from 11AM-5PM your childhood can come alive again. It's only a $5.00 admission fee to get in, and it's so worth the trip if you're in the area. What are you waiting for?
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It's likely that the women in your day to day life are pretty "normal" in appearance. So when you see someone whose appearance differs from what you expect it to be, it can be kind of a shock. The ladies in the following slideshow are definitely far from average. Some of these women spent thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, tattoos, or body piercings. Others are born with strange birth defects such as excessive facial hair, a gigantic butt or even an 8 inch tongue. See for yourself!
Lauren Williams: 4 Foot Long Legs
Lauren Williams has the longest-known legs in the United States, with her eye-catching limbs measuring an incredible 49 inches from hip to heel. Lauren's height and long-legged genes can be attributed to her family as her father, mother and twin sisters are all 6ft or taller.
She has US size 11 feet (UK size 10), and revealed that she can find it tricky to buy clothes that fit. When modelling, single Lauren - who has worked on campaigns for global brands such as Nike - does everything from sports and fitness to high fashion and swimwear.
Having played volleyball in college, as well as being extremely active, Lauren also enjoys shooting sporty campaigns. As well as modelling, Lauren works as an educator at a children's museum in Houston and enjoys travelling. When out and about, her striking looks and long limbs mean she gets comments about her legs on a daily basis.
Pixee Fox: Dangerously Small Waist
Swedish born Pixee Fox had already spent more than $80,000 on plastic surgery attempting to sculpt the perfect hourglass figure. But now she has taken her obsession even further by having 6 of her lower ribs removed - so she can shrink her waist to a record-breaking 14 inches. Pixee, from Sweden, said: "People often come up to me and say, "don't take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon" - but for me that's a compliment, that's what I want to achieve.
With 6 of her lower ribs removed, Pixee's lower internal organs, including the liver, have lost some of their natural protection - but she isn't worried. She said: "Before if I was in a car crash I would normally break my ribs. If that happened now I'm probably going to break my spleen instead. In total she has had four rhinoplasties costing $14,000; four breast augmentations of 200cc, 525cc, 800cc and 1400cc costing $28,500; two rounds of liposuction at $5,000; two upper eyelid surgeries at $6,000; a labiaplasty costing $4,000; a Brazilian butt lift at $9,000 and cool-sculpting, cheek injections, and lip injections at about $12,000.
Bethany Hamilton: One Armed Pro Surfer
Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned to-and was victorious in-professional surfing. On October 31, 2003 Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum
Mayra Hills: World's Largest Fake Breasts
Mayra Hills - also known as Beshine - measures at 59-28-36 and says she's the proud owner of the world's largest fake breasts. And it's not hard to believe her claim to fame, considering each of her breasts have 10,000 cc of saline implants and weigh 20 pounds a piece! As you can imagine, it's difficult for Beshine, who wears a size 32Z bra, to find clothes that fit, so the German-born woman has a lot of her items custom-made.
But bra shopping isn't her only woe. She can no longer tie her own shoes and has run into trouble when she's knocked things over with her chest - but it appears she's satisfied with her body, troubles and all. "Some people maybe think the sheer size of my t-ts bring too many handicaps in my everyday life, but hey, having big boob problems is amazing," she wrote on her blog.
Anastasiya Shpagina: Real Life Anime Girl
It's official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that we don't stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Today's example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name - Fukkacumi. 19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called "the new Barbie" by national news outlets, but she later revealed she's striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll. She even posted "I am not like a doll, a doll is like me."
Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasn't enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right.
Chanel Tapper: World's Longest Tongue
The longest female tongue measures 9.75 cm (3.8 in) from the tip to the middle of lip and was achieved by Chanel Tappe on 29 September 2010. Chanel, from Houston, US, shot to fame aged 13 when she was spotted sticking out her monster tongue in a YouTube video. In September Guinness invited Chanel to Los Angeles where they measured her tongue and she narrowly beat two other female contenders to the record.
She said: "I have always been silly and goofy. I love sticking my tongue out at people. I started doing that back in school. I've never had a problem with having a long tongue, it's just fun." Chanel now has set her sights set on Hollywood after finishing her studies. She said: "I'd love to be in a movie. I'm certainly pretty dramatic, so I think I could have the acting gift. "Really, I'd love to meet Adam Sandler, he's my favorite."
Sarah Massey: World's Largest Butt
Sarah Massey would be just another 33-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago - if it weren't for the fact that she also happens to have the world's biggest butt. Though not officially recognized by the prudes at Guinness, Massey's massive 7-foot wide keister requires a pair of 10XL trousers that would comfortably fit all of the Kardashian sisters combined.
Massey insists the condition that resulted in her museum-sized bubble butt is hereditary - "there's nothing I can do about it," she says - but that her love of ice cream certainly contributed to its maintenance. Massey would still like to lose some weight, but says she now has a new-found appreciation for her natural assets, and fervently defends them against anyone who calls them fake. "Some people can't believe one person can have this much butt," she told Barcroft. "Because I've got a relatively small frame on top they say, 'that can't be real.' I carry this weight with me all the time, everywhere I go, it's definitely not fake. Big booties are just in my blood."
Zlata: Extreme Flexibility
Russian-born former gymnast Zlata, 29, posed in leather and lingerie to adopt a series of poses that seem to defy every law of biology. Zlata, who now lives in Germany, is able to create astounding shapes with her body and is so flexible she can cram herself into a 50cm square box. One of her favorite acts is to bend backwards at a 90 degree angle, so the back half of her hands touch her feet and she can also peer through her own legs from behind.
Zlata's gift of flexibility was discovered when she was four years old and by six she was training as a contortionist at a circus school. She has a rare condition which makes all her tendons extremely pliable, which helps in her profession. The former gymnast now spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world. In 2011 she set the Guinness World Record for the most beer bottles opened in a minute using only your feet.
Kim Goodman: Eyeball Protrusion
Kim Goodman is a woman who is able to pop her eyes out of her eye sockets by 12 millimeters (0.47 inches). She holds the world record for the farthest eyeball protrusion. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. She discovered her eyeball popping talent one day when she was hit on the head with a hockey mask. Her eyeballs popped out much further than usual and ever since that day she could pop them out on cue, as well as when she yawns.
She has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 2004, Goodman was included by Guinness World Records in their 50th anniversary list of top ten "feats" of all time. Kim originally had the record for being able to extend her eye balls beyond her eye sockets by 10mm. This was matched a few years by a new contender, but when Kim was re-measured she found she could now reach 12mm - breaking her own record and keeping the title.
Natalia Partyka: One Armed Table Tennis Champ
Natalia Partyka (born 27 July 1989) is a Polish table tennis player. Born without a right hand and forearm, she participates in competitions for able-bodied athletes as well as in competitions for athletes with disabilities. Partyka reached the last 32 of the London 2012 Olympic women's table tennis. Partyka began playing table tennis at the age of seven. She won her first international table tennis medal in 1999 at the disabled World Championships. At the age of 11, she competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, becoming the world's youngest ever Paralympian. In 2004, she won a gold medal in the singles event and silver in the team event at the Athens Paralympics.
Partyka competed for Poland both the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing - one of only two athletes to do so, the other being Natalie du Toit in swimming. They were her third Paralympic Games, and her first Olympics. Competing in class 10 at the Beijing Paralympics, she won gold by defeating China's Fan Lei by three sets to nil. In 2008, she won a gold medal in the singles event and a silver in the team event at the Beijing Paralympics, repeating her Athens Paralympics result.
Supatra Sasuphan: World's Hairiest Girl
Her nicknames may include "wolf girl" and "monkey face". But 11-year-old Thai girl Supatra Sasuphan today insisted that she was after being officially recognised as the world's hairiest girl. Although the schoolgirl from Bangkok has faced merciless teasing at school, Supatra says being given a Guinness World Record for her hair has helped her become extremely popular. "I'm very happy to be in the Guinness World Records! A lot of people have to do a lot to get in," she said. "All I did was answer a few questions and then they gave it to me."
Supatra is one of just 50 known sufferers of Ambras Syndrome - caused by a faulty chromosome - to be documented since the Middle Ages. Before the disease was understood, sufferers were branded "werewolves." She has thick hair growing over her face, ears, arms, legs and back. Even laser treatment has failed to stop the hair growth. But while most sufferers have been shunned, Supatra has gradually been embraced by her community, and became a popular and outgoing child.
Jasmine Tridevil: Woman With 3 Breasts
There's really no other way to put this so we're just going to dive in: Meet Jasmine Tridevil. She has three breasts. Tridevil (no that's not her real name, but that's what she wants to go by) is a 21-year-old licensed massage therapist and die-hard Criss Angel fan from Florida who decided to undergo a shocking and controversial $20,000 surgery to add a third breast to her chest.
Tridevil also stated that she's hoping to bank a reality show from this, and has already put the wheels in motion to make something happen. "I was making really good money [being a licensed massage therapist] but now I'm trying to star in a reality show instead. I don't like that job," she shared, and later added, "My whole dream is to get this show on MTV. I hired a camera crew individually, so I'm the producer of this show right now."
Lyudmila Titchenkova: World's Longest Neck
Lyudmila Titchenkova is a 16-year-old living in the city of Nikolaev, Ukraine. After she turned 10, Lyudmila's parents noticed that their daughter's body began developing at an accelerated growth rate. She was taller and had longer arms than other children her age, but of particular concern was the length of her neck and abnormal curvature of her spine.
As it got to the point where Lyudmila began feeling embarrassed to go out because of her appearance, her parents took her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder of the connective tissue that can affect many parts of the body, most often the heart, blood vessels, bones, joints and eyes. In Lyudmila's case, the disorder affected the connective tissue in her spine, causing it to curve at an angle of 30 degrees. This seems to be a rather uncommon symptom of the disorder, which usually affect people's arms, legs and fingers. After undergoing corrective surgery and extensive rehabilitation to straighten her spine, Lyudmila can now live normally and says she wants to study for her future without letting herself be affected by her disorder.
Abigail and Brittany Hensel: Girl With Two Heads
Abigail Loraine "Abby" Hensel and Brittany Lee Hensel (born March 7, 1990) are dicephalic parapagus twins, meaning that they are conjoined twins, each of whom has a separate head, but whose bodies are joined. They are highly symmetric for conjoined twins, giving the appearance of having just a single body without marked variation from normal proportion. In fact, several vital organs are doubled up; each twin has a separate heart, stomach, spine, lungs, and spinal cord.
In conversation, the twins are clearly distinct persons, with distinct likes and dislikes. Their preferences in food, clothing color, etc., differ. Some of their clothes are altered by their seamstress so that they have two separate necklines in order to emphasize their individuality. They will usually have separate meals, but sometimes will share a single meal for the sake of convenience (e.g. each taking a bite of the same hamburger). Abby is better at mathematics, and Brittany is better at writing. For tasks such as responding to email, they type and respond as one, anticipating each other's feelings with little verbal communication between them.
Natasha Veruschka: Sword Swallower
Natasha Veruschka has the world record for most swords swallowed simultaneously by a female. She swallowed 13 swords, each at least 38.1 cm (15 in) long, at the 3rd Annual Sideshow Gathering and Sword Swallowers Convention in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA, on 3 September 2004. Natasha was born in India of white russian and british heritage. She has lived, studied, and performed her art around the world and also speaks several different languages.
Natasha now lives in New York City. She is an amazing performer who uses many different types of swords in her act or as she likes to say "Swords On The Menu." The swords on the menu are - "The Red devil" 29 inches long, "The Big Sword" 27 1/2 inches long, "The Bradshaw Sword" 25 inches long, "The Sai Weapons" two 24 inch long eight-sided weapons of steel. Natasha trained with a "Sai Master" in order to use them in her act. Also on the menu is the unbelieveable "Sword Sandwich" where she swallows 13-22 inch long swords simultaneously.