Take an Unsettling Trip to Amsterdam’s Torture Museum

Kevin GessnerFollow, Flickr // CC BY 2.0
Kevin GessnerFollow, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

A day at the museum doesn't always have to be a relaxing experience. At the Torture Museum in Amsterdam, you're bound to feel uncomfortable after a few minutes spent wandering the halls.

According to museum's website, this attraction, located in the Netherlands's capital, is designed to transport visitors to the darkest chapters of the Medieval era. The torture devices on display show how suspects and prisoners were punished centuries ago. Some instruments were intended to fit the crime, such as the "heretic's fork," which had prongs that continuously stabbed victims through the sternum and lower jaw, forcing them to look up at the heavens. Others, like the spike-covered inquisition chair, were built to inflict as much pain as possible.

Many of the devices at the museum are genuine antiques, while some are recreations. The artifacts do plenty to provoke the imagination, but in case they don't paint a clear enough picture, historical prints of torture scenes are also on display.

Anyone interested in adding some stomach-turning history to their trip to Amsterdam can go to the Torture Museum between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. Entry costs €7.50 ($8) for adults and €4 ($4.45) for any children in your party you'd like to traumatize. If you're looking for more offbeat museums to visit, check out our list.

Torture device
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Illustration of medieval torture.
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Torture device
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Dream Job Alert: Irish Island Is Hiring a Couple to Run Its Local Café

twstipp, iStock via Getty Images
twstipp, iStock via Getty Images

Resolving to spend more time unplugged isn't easy in 2020, but if you'd like to replace the gaming, binge-watching, and social media in your life with silence, nature, and solitude, consider moving to Ireland. As The Guardian reports, Great Blasket Island, off the country's west coast, has a job opening for two caretakers to manage a café and accommodations that are straight out of the 19th century.

The position comes with free food, lodging, and an undisclosed salary. Duties include maintaining three cottages and serving tea, coffee, and snacks to up to 21 guests. Such luxuries as Wi-Fi, hot showers, and electrical lighting are missing from the island. Instead, caretakers will depend on candles for light and stoves to boil water.

Great Blasket isn't completely off the grid. A small wind turbine there produces enough power to charge a smart phone, but with the spectacular views of the 1100-acre island and the Atlantic coast, you may not want to return to a life of nonstop scrolling.

Whether you apply for the job with a romantic partner or a close friend, it's important that the two caretakers get along well. Alice Hayes, the person behind the job listing, also stated that they should be friendly, talkative, and in good shape.

The gig starts on April 1 and runs through October 1 of this year. If you're interested in leaving the modern world behind for a few months, you can contact Alice Hayes for more information at info@greatblasketisland.net.

[h/t The Guardian]

A Cheese-Themed Hotel Room Is Popping Up in London

Cafe Rouge
Cafe Rouge

Winter is the perfect time to lock yourself indoors with a stockpile of cheese to keep you company. You could clear out your local cheese shop and do this at home, or, if you're the winner of a new contest hosted by Café Rouge, you can do it in luxury.

Between January 29 and February 6, the UK-based French bistro chain will put up nine winners and their guests in what it claims to be the world's first cheese-themed hotel. The Cheese Suite is designed to promote Café Rouge's cheese-heavy winter menu.

Concept art for cheese suite.
Cafe Rouge

The accommodations in Camden, London, have all the amenities of a typical hotel, plus plenty of special features for fromage fanatics. Upon arriving, guests will be greeted by cheese wallpaper, cheese bedding, and giant cheese art installations. Even the board games and toiletries in the suite are cheese-themed.

If the dairy-centric decor works up their appetite, guests can nibble on the cheese and crackers in the room or call the cheese hotline to get more substantial dishes delivered to their door. Items on the menu include halloumi frites, a camembert and raisin chutney baguette, and a beef bourguignon burger stuffed with raclette and comte cheeses.

Concept art for cheese suite.
Cafe Rouge

The on-demand cheese, as well as the suite itself, are complimentary. At the end of their free stay, guests will have the option to donate to Café Rouge’s charity partner, the Prince’s Trust, an organization dedicated to vulnerable young people.

To make your funky dreams come true, enter for the chance for you and a friend to win a one-night stay at the Cheese Suite through Café Rouge's website. The competition, open to UK and Channel Island residents only, closes on January 21. Here are some cheesy facts to brush up on in the meantime.

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