Roy Tang

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Aug 2015

  • Museum of Natural History

    Museum of Natural History

    There was an actual Grimlock toy in the exhibit lol
    Museum of Natural History
    Museum of Natural History
    A stegosaurus from China. It's named after the town where it was found (which I don't remember)
    Mammut (mammoth) skeleton
    Iguanadon (I think)
    Museum of Natural History
    That's a terrible looking mouse lol
    Museum of Natural History
    I had to talk to a stranger so that I'd have proof I really went lol
    This is supposed to be half of Charles Babbage's brain, from the history of computing exhibit
    Velociraptor skeletons and animatronic velocity raptors. Sadly I did not have time to do the Chris Pratt/Jurassic World thing
    The content of the Science Museum is more like things of academic interest. Still interesting (if not nerdy), but i was a bit tired so I kinda breezed through the exhibits
    Animatronic T-Rex. It moves and roars. I was sad that they didn't have a skeleton
    Sabretooth tiger! Or cat, whatever
    Diplodocus/Sludge (okay, Sludge is actually an Apatosaurus, but this was the closest one)
    Life-size blue whale model. There's a blue whale skeleton suspended above it. The blue whale was smaller than I'd have imagined, but still huge
    Giraffes are taller than blue whales!
    I was disappointed to learn that this was a replica and the original was in the Smithsonian. Then I realised that it made sense because this one looked far too easy to steal
  • British Museum

    British Museum

    I'm disappointed that there wasn't a Philippine exhibit (the Asian exhibits were mostly Japan, China and India). Also no giant dinosaur skeletons. It was nothing like Night at the Museum at all
    Sculptures from the Parthenon. They should give them back, Greece could use the tourist dollars
    Assyrian Lion Hunt reliefs. Apparently they shot one of the lions out of midair
    The Portland Vase. Made from cameo glass, apparently there's only around 40 samples of cameo glass from olden days (or at least the guide person said)
    Easter island dude!
    Oxus treasure, fabulous metalwork from ancient Iran
    The Rosetta Stone. I couldn't get a better picture because of all the tourist. I don't think it uses UTF-8
    A pendant-mask made from ivory, from Africa. I find that I wasn't as interested in the African exhibits as compared to the European ones
    A horse sculpture recovered from the Mausoleum of Halikarnassos
    Medieval-era samurai armor. Didn't fit me.
    The Lewis chessmen, supposedly the most well known chess set in the world. Why haven't I heard of it before? And what happened to that missing rook?
    The Royal Game of Ur, some sort of old-school boardgame with weird button dice
    Some statues recovered from the tomb of a Tang dynasty general. I don't see the resemblance

Jul 2015