So here are some photos of the items I packaged up and sent to Ryan Matthew in thanks for his interview last week. I am like 89% sure he will want none of these things. That said, this is the best we could do in terms of “oddities” at the sales we hit in the past couple weeks.
In case you can’t tell, there is a giant piece of coral, some mushrooms on a rock, and some weird caterpillar-like things on pieces of wood. The caterpillars are particularly bizarre because some were made to look like little mice. We’ll call them micerpillars.
Well that’s odd.
So this entry is a teaser for a SERIOUSLY AWESOME entry that will launch on Friday. If you are not familiar with the TV show, Oddities, then you should check it out. It airs on SCIENCE, and the second-half of the third season picks back up in June.
Oddities explores the fascinating world of scientific artifacts—taxidermy, quack medical devices, preserved specimens, and so on. The show is based out of Obscura, an antique store in Manhattan that wheels and deals in this type of collecting. It follows co-owners Mike Zohn and Evan Michelson, as well as their buyer Ryan Matthew Cohn, who finds the treasures being sold.
(Photo courtesy of Discovery Channel Networks.)
So we thought, “Hey! Who better to talk about antiques and treasure hunting with than Mr. Ryan Matthew himself.” Luckily, he was gracious enough to spend some time on the phone with me last week, and talk all about his wild and wacky collection.
(Photo by Sergio Royzen, courtesy of Ryan Matthew)
But before the interview is posted on Friday, we wanted to brush you all up on the show. So watch the video below, check out the Oddities website, and get ready to hear about one of the strangest hobbies out there. You think we buy crazy things? Well, just wait…