Police in Oklahoma say a domestic violence victim managed to fend off her husband’s vicious assault by roughing him up in return, resulting in this priceless mugshot of the suspect.

In between making boatloads of money and cornering the search market, Google makes some pretty cool stuff. Cool stuff such as their new Google Maps Views which are street views that anyone can create.

With the help of our good friends at Wide Eyed Communications, we’ve gone and made Views even cooler by letting you explore Cabinet of Curiosities virtually! So check out our antiques and curiosities shop from the comfort of your own home. Just another reason why we’re the best little antique shop in Dundas!

If you happen to exit out of the store, you’ll need to reload the page to get back inside.

While restoring a fireplace in his home in Surrey, England, David Martin discovered a coded message attached to the skeleton of a carrier pigeon.

It is believed that the bird was making its way from behind enemy lines toward Bletchley Park in Surrey, which was Britain’s main decryption center during WWII. The bird never made it, however. Exhausted, disoriented, or lost, it landed in Martin’s chimney, instead, where it stayed undisturbed for 70 years until the renovation began.

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Think you’re special and unique? So did these folks, until they met Francois Brunelle.  The 62-year-old Montreal-based photographer has spent the last 12 years scouring the world for complete strangers who look alarmingly similar, according to Rex USA.  “I was inspired by 2 things,” Brunelle told Rex USA. “First I used to see look-alikes all over since a very long time. Second, my own likeness with TV character Mr Bean.”

Either way, the stunning photos below make it truly difficult to believe that the subjects aren’t related, at least distantly.

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As lovers of all things “Quack Medicine” we never tire of stories about unabashed quacks in medical history. One of our favorites would have to be the tale about a fellow named John R Brinkley, aka the “Gland Doctor” (1885-1942). History has it that Brinkley performed hundreds if not thousands of surgeries on men who suffered, or at least feared that their virile days were a thing of the past. The operation entailed an opening up of the scrotal sac and depositing goat testicles along side the existing set of twins. By hanging out together in the same sac (goat gland and human testicles) Brinkley claimed that testosterone would flow more abundantly thereby revitalizing the subject’s appetite for sexual encounters. Research implies that Brinkley himself was a true believer in the procedure, as he was his own first patient. The inspiration came from his tenure at a meat packing company where he could not help but notice the sexual voracity of the goats at the plant. For sometime, Brinkley was a radio celebrity as he was one of the first to establish a talk show addressing the issue of performance between the bed sheets. It is believed he performed as many as 16000 procedures before he came to be known as an irrepressible lunatic.

For all the dirt on this tale of medical quackery and the self-styled “Doctor” Brinkley , who by the way had no formal medical training and purchased his degrees, check out the link.

Also be sure to check out the wide assortment of quack medicine items in our Cabinet of Curiosities shop. To mention a few: incredible, 19c museum-quality, quack medicine bottles (complete with labels), bleeders, fleams and a host of other apothecary and quack devices that might best be described as very curious if not absurd.

A WWII battlefield complete with the remains of Japanese soldiers was found in the jungles of Papua New Guinea in 2010.

Former army captain Brian Freeman found the battlefield about a half mile from the village of Eora Creek, which was believed to be the location of the last major battle in the region between Australia and Japan.

The site was known to local villagers, who hunted on the plateau surrounding the site but avoided the battleground itself due to their belief that spirits of the dead were still present.

After extensive research of battle maps and diaries, it is believed that the location was a significant defensive position for the Japanese as well as the location of a medical facility.

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Franz Reichelt, a French tailor, was obsessed with his idea of creating a wearable parachute suit for aviators who might be in danger. He called himself The Flying Tailor, and arranged to have a test run for his invention atop the Eiffel Tower on Feb. 4, 1912, promising to use a dummy. It turns out he did use a dummy – himself – and horrified onlookers watched as he strapped on the para-suit and promptly plunged to his death. Thanks to YouTube, his first and final jump has been preserved for all to watch.

We are closed today, but still here at work and I came across this. What in the…

Auction Sale!! Cabinet of Curiosities has a boat load of items being auctioned tonight at Pritchard’s auction at 6pm….

Nigel Charlong Comm. Centre (formerly Dundas Valley Comm. Centre)
287 Old Guelph Road
Dundas, ON
L9H 5W8

We have much more then what the images show… you MUST come!! Have a look here at some of the items we have going up for bids!


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We have a huge variety in stock all the time. Beautiful bottles for the beginner collector to one-of-a-kinds for the expert. They also make wonderful decorative pieces for windows or shelves.

Autoerotic asphyxiation is the act of strangling or suffocating yourself to heighten sexual arousal and orgasm. Depriving the brain of oxygen gives a person a dizzy, high feeling, however it’s all too easy to make a mistake and accidentally kill yourself while practicing this dangerous sex act. Just ask the 600 people per year who die while masturbating. Oh wait, you can’t ask them… because they’re dead.

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The custom of burying infant children in the foundations of new buildings – a sacrifice to “ground” the building and assuage the gods of earthquakes, floods, and other misfortunes – was well established in ancient and even medieval times. However, nowadays we run into this extraordinary legend about the nineteenth-century Chinese and Russian railway.

According to the legend, as the Siberian Railway approached the northern boundaries of the Chinese Empire, a great amount of excitement was produced in Pekin by the rumor that the Russian minister had applied to the Empress of China for two thousand children to be buried in the roadbed under the rails in order to strengthen it.

The “rumor” can probably be brushed gently to one side, though it says a lot about nineteenth-century China that such a rumor could grow to maturity. Or is this just Russians barbarizing the Chinese with tall tales?

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