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Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology Paperback – November 26, 1996
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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- Publisher : Vintage; Reprint edition (November 26, 1996)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0679764895
- ISBN-13 : 978-0679764892
- Item Weight : 7.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.3 x 0.53 x 8.1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #132,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have not been to the MJT, but this book has certainly put it on the itinerary of my next trip to LA. Presenting itself as a natural history museum, the MJT features meticulously detailed exhibits that may or may not pertain to "real" phenomena. The pronged ant of the title, for example, may be unknown to science under the name Megolaponera Foetens but, as Wechsler discovers, its odd life history is perfectly plausible: a large ant, and the only one that produces a cry audible to humans, normally forages on the forest floor; however, after ingesting the spore of a fungus, it climbs upward and then waits to die as the fungus consumes its body from the inside, finally generating a spike about an inch long from the place where the ant's head was, which distributes spores downward, to be breathed by other Megolaponera Foetens.
The book (and, presumably, the MJT) makes you think about the purpose of museums, and whether the relative "truth" of things that astonish you matters.
In other words, since reality routinely trumps imagination, why quibble?
The author is a compelling writer with a great sense of absurdity. It was easy to see why the book, although slim, was nominated for literary prizes.
Readers who enjoy Nick Bantock The Museum at Purgatory (Byzantium Book) , Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence and Barbara Hodgeson The Tattooed Map: A Novel , The Sensualist: An Illustrated Novel , will revel in this non-fiction sidebar to collecting and museums
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