The "Museum of Clean" in Pocatello, Idaho and a great Vancouver jaunt.ca deal
Definitely pretty weird.
A self-professed cleanliness freak has opened what he calls the Museum of Clean in Pocatello, Idaho.
Yep, an entire museum dedicated to folks who can't stand dirt and grime, complete with 6,000 historical cleaning devices, chairs made out of old garbage cans, and, wait for it, plush toys in the shape of germs.
Having been through Pocatello, Idaho, I can tell you this might be the best thing to ever happen to the town.
It sounds pretty goofy, including the germ-shaped toy. But if SpongeBob Square Pants can sell, why not a germ-shaped plush toy? It sounds, actually, a lot like Izzy, the Atlanta 1996 Olympic mascot (see below).
On a more serious note, I do have to say I kinda like the guy who started the museum. Don Aslett is 76 but says he's always been a clean freak a la Jerry Seinfeld. A story filed by Associated Press says Aslett would cringe at the sight of spilled coffee grounds when he was a child and could never understand why boys his age didn't want to clean their rooms.
I can kinda relate. I can tolerate a pile of books or other clutter, but I have a very low tolerance for smudges on my countertop at home.
My favourite part of the museum is a, believe it or not, horse-drawn vacuum dating back to 1902. I don't know, a horse-drawn vacuum? Wouldn't you need the vacuum to clean up after the horse?
Aslett has written some three dozen books on the subject of cleaning (!!!!). He also has acquired many terrific nicknames over the years: The Sultan of Shine, The Dean of Clean, and my personal favourite, The Don Juan of the John.
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