The Virtual Corkscrew Museum's Daily Newspaper
Sunday, November 2, 2003
Icelandic Phallological Museum
SFGate.com , October 19 "Fire and Iceland Raucous nightlife and volcanic vistas keep things hot on this glacial island. In an alley off Laugavegur, I visited one of the city's more unusual cultural institutions. Sigurdur Hjartarson opened a wooden, penis-shaped cash box to give me change for my admission to his Icelandic Phallological Museum. The elderly, suspender-clad Hjartarson is a local high school teacher who has collected penis memorabilia for more than 30 years. Besides hundreds of knickknacks like penis mobiles, corkscrews and salt and pepper shakers, the museum houses 150 penises that once belonged to almost all the land and sea mammals found in Iceland. From the 5-foot-long sperm whale member to those of polar bears and seals, each is professionally labeled.
Wirtz, Virginia - When we read the above article, we decided to investigate and learn more about the corkscrews in the Icelandic Phallological Museum. Our first stop was the museum website where we found no mention of corkscrews in the collection. Digging a little deeper, we found a picture of Sigurdur showing off something in a jar but it wasn't a corkscrew.
In August, 2000 Time Europe reported seeing "A birchwood penis mini-bar that holds glasses, corkscrew and bottle." There was no picture.
We learned from ananova.com that a British tycoon was considering a bid for the museum. They reported "Sigurdur Hjartarson has historically received an annual grant from the City of Reykjavík to maintain the museum. But this year, Mr. Hjartarson did not receive any funding, which he said was 'strange', so has put the museum up for sale .... He says it will be a 'shame to sell the museum abroad' and see it leave Iceland, as it's the most talked-about museum in the country and the only one of its kind in the world." Still no mention of corkscrews.
After a lengthy surfing session, we gave up the hunt and leave it up to you, The Daily Screw readers, to perhaps visit the museum and send pictorial evidence of corkscrews in the museum.
Wirtz, Virginia - The first bunch of corkscrew listed on ebay will begin closing today at 12:43 PST today.
©2003 Don Bull, Editor