Illinois’ Weirdest Museum Is Totally Weird
This free museum in Illinois will make you ask yourself "why" more than once. And although it's "family friend" some odd questions might arise.
The museum is the DeMoulin Museum just east of St. Louis and is worth seeing for yourself. After watching a quick video on why this museum exists I'm still confused. They used to make military uniforms and uniforms for high school and college bands. They also made odd hazing devices for clubs like lodges and such. They still make band uniforms but also display those odd hazing machines.
Here's where it gets weird at this "family friendly" museum.
Look at this Fuzzy Wonder Goat. Yes, someone rides and someone pushed.
If you're wondering what this is you're not alone. It looks like a mutated rocking horse. Thankfully oneweirdglobe.com is able to explain.
The victim would mount the goat while the officials would push from behind. The wheel at the top of the post worked in a very similar way, only the victim would be tied in and rotated upside down!
How about this 'lifting and spraying machine', wait until you read what is was used for.
The lifting and spraying machine was some sort of initiation device where men would step into holster to keep the box on the floor. The man would left the grips as hard as possible. When the pull reach 50 lbs the machine would shoot a blank bullet. If the man released the grips he would be sprayed in the face with water, according to the device instructions.
This is called the Low-Down Buck. I'm not sure what this is for nor do I want to know. Oh, look - another angle.
Two words: flash torch. Fire comes out of this... for some sort of hazing?
Are things not weird enough? How about this creep Easter bunny with the Fuzzy Goat.
Or this interactive spanking exhibit.
Here's a "strength tester."
There are other items that make no sense, too. You can read more about things like the trick bottom chair, the guillotine, the electric stretcher, or "coffin stunt".