Two of the following news stories about wax museums are true. But one of them is as fake as a wax dummy. Can you guess which of the three we made up? The answer is at the end of the post.
In the 1980s, an Ohio pastor wanted to open a wax museum to demonstrate Bible stories. Wanting to keep it inexpensive so more people could attend, he bought up unwanted or discarded dummies from celebrity wax museums, especially a Madame Tussauds outpost in Arkansas. The celebrities are simply placed in biblical costumes and put on display. The Mansfield, Ohio, museum is currently home to “John Travolta” as King Solomon, “Prince Phillip” as an angel, and “Tom Cruise” as Jesus.
The New England Wax Museum is located in downtown Manchester, New Hampshire, and it’s a proud participant in the state’s cottage industry as the site of the first presidential primary. The summer before each presidential election year, staff at the NEWM display wax dummies of all the major candidates seeking their party’s nomination. Then, over the first weekend in August, the hottest month in Manchester, they’re left outside. The dummy of the candidate who has melted the least has, amazingly, gone on to receive their party’s nomination in every election year since 1980. (The only exception: Democrat Gary Hart won the “wax poll” in 1983, but dropped out of the race by the end of the year.)
The Madame Tussauds wax museum in Las Vegas recently unveiled a life-size figure of rapper Nicki Minaj. Posed in a crawling position so the dummy resembles Minaj in her “Anacdona,” video, dozens of museum visitors have taken and posted to social media “inappropriate” pictures of themselves and others with the faux-Minaj. More security will be hired to watch the wax figure more closely.
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