Archive: Bizarre Stuff

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Move Over Mountains, Cows Are the Real Reason to Visit Switzerland

Posted on Feb 19, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  8 Comments

The title seems silly, doesn’t it? The landscape of the Swiss Alps is some of the world’s most jaw-dropping, and yet a bigger selling point of Switzerland is…cows? Animals that are seemingly the sole inhabitants of miles (and miles…and miles…) of the most boring interstates in America? Perhaps cows are a novelty if you’re a […]

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Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum Review

Posted on Jan 29, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Dining  •  11 Comments

This post reviews Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum, which is located outside of Tokyo, Japan. In our review, we’ll offer photos of Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum, our thoughts on the ramen, and whether it’s worth your time and money to go here while visiting Tokyo. On our last visit to Japan, we went to two ramen museums, including this one in […]

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Fear & Kawaiing in Harajuku, Tokyo

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Dining  •  10 Comments

“Psychedelics are almost irrelevant in a town where you can wander in a casino any time in the day or night and witness the crucifixion of a gorilla.” ~Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas I feel like that’s as good of a quote as any to set the tone for our review of […]

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Nara Dreamland: Bizarro Disneyland – Nightmare Edition

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  12 Comments

Nara Dreamland is an abandoned theme park in Japan, which opened in 1961 and was inspired by Disneyland. Actually, inspired by is generous: it was a Disneyland rip-off. From Main Street to the Matterhorn to Sleeping Beauty Castle to the Jungle Cruise, it borrowed heavily from Disneyland. It was like a photo copy 100 times removed from […]

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Robot Restaurant Redux

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  6 Comments

A lot has changed in the 3 years since we first visited the Robot Restaurant. The same week we originally reviewed the Robot Restaurant, Anthony Bourdain profiled it on Parts Unknown. It thereafter received a flurry of media coverage (what can we say–people love dancing robots!) and has even since been featured in commercials for Expedia and a […]

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Cabazon Dinosaurs: Perfect California Road Trip Pit Stop

Posted on Aug 29, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  6 Comments

It is indisputable scientific fact that modern man has two passions: cars and dinosaurs. The Cabazon Dinosaurs’ creator, Claude Bell, knew this basic fact, and sought to capitalize on it by building his dinosaurs in the 1960s along the roadside in California. I can further corroborate this fact: while driving the I-10 to Palm Springs […]

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Fukuro No Mise Owl Cafe Review

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Dining  •  11 Comments

Fukuro No Mise is a popular Owl Cafe in Tokyo, Japan where you literally dine and interact with a variety of owls. This review features photos of the owl cafe, and answers the question whether it’s worth the money. Animal cafes are a distinctly “Japanese” experience, with a variety of different animals, from cats to […]

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Cool Japanese Vending Machine Beverages

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  14 Comments

If you’ve visited Japan, you know the Japanese love vending machines. In Tokyo, there is literally a beverage vending machine on every block, and in most cases, more than one. These vending machines offer a wide variety of beverages, from delicious bubble gum flavored soda to hot coffee, to an odd assortment of drinks in […]

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