Halloween won't be a special day for the Museum of Death in Hollywood.
"We do Halloween every day of the year," explained owner J.D. Healy, referring to his collection of gory crime and accident photos, paintings by mass murderers, and autopsy and mortician instruments, among other treasures.
Even the living exhibits are a bit out of the ordinary. Take the 15-year-old Siamese twin turtles, Eng and Chang (named in honor of the Siamese twins that traveled with P.T. Barnum's circus).
Said Healy: "They love to pose for pictures."
Still, the museum ($15 admission fee with free parking) isn't for everyone, Healy acknowledges.
Visitors are initially shown a "tester photo" of a crash scene to see if they still want to go inside. Occasionally some misjudge how strong their stomachs are.
"We've had seven faint in the last week," Healy said. "We call them our 'falling down ovations.'"
And from the Only in L.A vault
Some delightful shots to get you in the Halloween spirit in case you're not ready to browse in the Museum of Death:
---A mortuary and a nearby store taking the same approach, snapped by Shawn Chanslor.
---A vehicle that makes no bones about its cargo, from Joe Garofalo.
---And a scarier-than-usual outhouse from an anonymous photog. (Perhaps anonymous because you don't want to get a reputation as one who hangs around bathrooms with a camera.)
But if you're superstitious, don't worry. The book is set in the year 2004. And everyone knows that the 10 has never been shut down. Well, except for that stretch after the 1994 Northridge quake.
But what about Lois Lane?
Waving to the occupants is discouraged
Who says L.A. has no history?
Take a look at the plaque displayed by a Wienerschnitzel outlet in Wilmington. You'll notice it sports the old name, using "Der." Many years ago, "Der" was dropped after diners pointed out that the correct grammatical modifier would be "Das." Darn.
Speaking of meat
Jeanne Barney says no matter how many times she has reminded her favorite Mexican restaurant, the owners won't fix a typo on the menu. It offers "Hard Sell Tortilla." Maybe it's a reference to the economy.
Steve Harvey may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His Twitter handle is @sharvey9.