- Can You Dig It? The Gopher Hole Museum in Torrington, Alberta, claims to be "world famous" . . . and it's easy to see why. We'll go out on a limb and guess there's no other place in the world that pays homage to more than 50 stuffed and mounted gophers, displayed in costumes ranging from hockey players to farmers. More than 6,000 people have visited this museum since it opened in June.
- Toast Of The Town: Our only virtual museum, The Gelman Toaster Collection is the brainchild of toaster connoisseur Howard Gelman. Having collected toasters for some 25 years, Gelman knows better than to clutter this Web site with, uh, burnt offerings. Visitors are treated to images of antique toasters such as the Toasterlater (which includes a porthole to monitor toasting) and The Breakfaster (which, ironically, does seem to break in record time).
"Toasters are the greaBODY idea since sliced bread," says Gelman. See for yourself at http://www.berksys.com/www.funtour/toastmuseum.html
- Round Here: An enchanting discovery, The Frisbee Museum in Seattle is home not only to more than 4,000 Frisbees but to museum owner Ralph Williamson as well. As a championship Frisbee player, Williamson isn't going to complain about sharing quarters with what he proclaims to be the world's largest public collection of Frisbees. There are plastic, metal, wood, inflatable--even light-equipped--Frisbees to be found in this fortress of flying saucers.
- World's Ultimate Toy Chest? Casual visitors to the Nashville Toy Museum may not realize it, but some of the rare boats and trains owner Ted Lannom has on display are worth as much as a Mercedes-Benz. Lannom is a man who knows his toys: The tractors, cap guns, dolls, teddy bears and assorted other toys showcased in his 8-year-old museum date back as far as the 1800s.
The museum's centerpieces, however, are two custom-built 50-foot-long train layouts that took Lannom nearly 20 years to complete. More than 60,000 of the young and young-at-heart visit Lannom's toy extravaganza every year.