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This is the what greets visitors at the Byrd Polar Research Center.

This is Bob, the Abra Cadaver, from the Columbus Science Museum. He blinks and talks and breathes and is so, so creepy. I noticed his terrifying tear ducts, and the museum scientist said, “Oh yeah, he cries.” Yikes.

Such chemistry

Cut it out, Ohio.

I don’t know if it’s just Midwestern politeness, or if I look really awful and old because I’m sick, but it’s not even noon and I’ve been called “Ma’am” half a dozen times already today.

I found actual vegan food in Ohio! (For those who will ask, it’s nut cheese and a black bean burger.)

I stopped at the creepiest vintage shop this afternoon. I uttered a little shriek when I turned the corner to find this broad lounging in her terrifying orange living room setup.

Paper street art in Columbus

I’m in Ohio for the National Association of Science Writers conference, and it feels REAL Midwestern round these parts. You know you’re in the heartland when you see a sign like this.

Finally got to see one of these cool sound things in person.

I bought a sweater featuring a badger in a bowtie, promptly threw on my brightest lipstick, and took a selfie. All evidence to the contrary, I’m an adult.

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