Destination: the Museum of Spanking Machines and Initiation Devices (Illinois, USA)

After nine years and 1,900+ posts, I have sometimes wondered how many more genuinely weird places there are in the world. We’ve seen Buddhist hell. A museum of ancient Peruvian erotic pots. A park where paper is made from elephant poop. A museum of counterfeit goods.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is no small thing for me to say this, but today’s destination is in a league of its own.

Named after the Demoulin company, the Demoulin Museum (pronounced deh-MOLE-en) covers the history of products the company has made over the years. Since its founding in 1892, the company’s made marching band uniforms, graduation caps and gowns… and initiation machines. While not directly maintained by the company, the museum opened in 2010.

Wait – what the heck is an initiation machine?

From the late 19th to early 20th centuries, fraternal societies and groups were the cat’s meow. Naturally, these societies didn’t just

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