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55 Men’s Fashion Mistakes You Need To Stop Committing

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55 Men’s Fashion Mistakes You Need To Stop Committing

Throughout a man’s growth from boy to man, he learns small lessons on how to look good- even amazing. However, sometimes good taste in style is not a man’s strong point.

Between everything a man does everyday, from school, work, or watching his favorite sports team, it can be hard to keep up with every fashion fad and avoid committing the following fashion crimes. With this in mind, I have compiled an exhaustive list of some of men’s style mistakes that I see a lot of men committing, especially when attempting to transcend to the title of “stylish” or fashionable.

Now before I start, it is important to address the “why” as some of you might be asking yourselves. Why should you invest time and money into improving your appearance? The following are formidable reasons to persuade you. Some might find these to be common sense, but I’m sure most of you will find them eye-awakening.

Reason #1 : Getting any job is easier when you look good

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    Reason #2 : Attracting the opposite sex

    Some of you might want to improve your fashion sense to impress the girl that caught your eye rather than trying to impress a manager to get a job. This is a perfect excuse to improve your appearance. Looking like you got your clothes from the Lost and Found won’t improve your chances of impressing your “soul-mate”.

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      Reason #3 : Confidence

      Did you know that looking great improves your confidence? Just try it out if you haven’t noticed it yet. Go out wearing average clothes and see how you feel, and the next day, wear the best clothes you have, and do the same. You will notice a big difference!

      These are the simplest reasons for why you should improve your style. Now it’s time for the ultimate list of men’s style mistakes that you should avoid.

      55 Fashion Mistakes By Men You Need To Avoid:

      1. Wearing worn out and beaten down shoes:

      I don’t care how good the other parts of your outfit look like, ultimately, if you fail to wear shoes that are clean and in good shape, then your whole outfit will be a mess.

      Solution: Spend the extra cash to buy quality shoes that last a long time.

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        2. Deep v-necks:

        Oh, how much I hate these t-shirts. Please for the sake of your fashion sense, and also humanity, don’t wear these.

        3. Reliance on branding:

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          Brands are not what make up your clothes, so if you are currently proud of simply buying clothes from any brand senseless of style, then you are wasting your precious money.

          Solution: Buy clothes based on how they fit, feel, and look, rather than the brand badge they carry.

          4. Leather pants, t-shirts and hats…:

          Any item of clothing that isn’t a leather jacket shouldn’t be leather. Simple as that- especially leather pants! Just buy regular jeans or khaki pants and you will look one hundred times more attractive.

          5. Socks with sandals:

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            It is simply ugly; I don’t have more to say about it. Sandals are meant to be worn with bare feet. If your feet are not parts of your body that you are comfortable showing, then avoid open toe shoes.

            6. Wearing sandals all the time:

            Sandals were designed to be worn on the beach and to pools. They are seasonal, so don’t make them your everyday wear.

            7. Leaving clothes around your house floor:

            Leaving clothes lying everywhere in your home will eat away their good condition, so take care of them.

            Solution: Hang your clothes in your wardrobe, and fold your t-shirts with other items neatly. This will help maintain their newness.

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            8. Wearing sunglasses inside:

            You might think you look cool and unstoppable, but you are completely wrong. Sunglasses are made for the sun, so please don’t wear them inside. Additionally, they will make you look much less approachable to both men and women than if you had chosen to show your entire face.

            9. White jeans:

            I used to see these a lot back when I lived in Germany; I believe they are more of a euro-fashion trend. However, if you currently live in the states, then I say STOP.

            Solution: When choosing jean colors, choose from the basic and dark colors like black, blue, dark blue, grey etc. They will help make you look classic.

            10. Yellow, red, pink, purple… Jeans:

            This relates to the above point. Don’t choose bright colors for your jeans; basic colors are enough to make you look sophisticated and attractive.

            11. Buying clothes that you think will fit you later on:

            It doesn’t matter how much muscle you think you will build in the next year, or how much fat you plan on losing- live in the now! Buy the clothes that fit you, so you don’t mentally torture yourself.

            Solution: After accomplishing your goal, reward yourself with buying new clothes.

            12. Mother shopping:

            Getting a little help from your mom or female friend is okay. However you are a man, and that should mean making your own choices and buying your clothes for yourself.

            13. The “I woke up and I don’t care” look:

            Wearing the same hoodies, sweatpants, and flip flops you lounge with inside but outside, will do much damage to your appearance. For your sake, don’t go out with the same clothing you wear at home lounging.

            14. The visible crack

            This is both funny and disgustingly unattractive. Please make sure that your clothing provides full coverage to your behind in order to avoid any unnecessary exposure during times of crouching, or bending.

            15. Sagging:

            Nobody wants to see the boxers you are wearing everywhere you go out, so please pull up your pants.

            16. White socks with black shoes:

            They simply don’t match, so avoid this style mistake unless you are trying to moonwalk.

            17. Wearing terrible-quality shirts:

            You have to invest in yourself to look amazing. Don’t devalue yourself by purchasing poor quality material.

            Solution: Spend the extra 10-15$, and buy a quality shirt online or at any respectable store. Buying high quality clothes is actually cheaper when you consider their life time. Sure a 5$ shirt is cheap and affordable, but it will never last! Check out the ultimate guide to t-shirts for expert advice.

            18. Wearing wife-beaters:

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              You are not Carl Johnson (CJ) from GTA San-Andreas, so cut out the act.

              19. Wearing over-sized ties:

              Don’t let your tie fall beyond your belt line, if you want to avoid looking immature.

              20. Extremely long jeans:

              Jeans are not meant to be worn in a way where your shoes trap them with every step. If you value your looks, jean quality, and money, avoid buying jeans that are beyond your pant-length.

              21. Large pocket jeans:

              I don’t understand why these types of jeans were created, perhaps they were originally meant for blue-collared workers who needed the extra space for equipment. Unless you fit that category, do not wear these.

              22. Mismatching colors between shoes and belts:

              Don’t wear brown belts with black shoes and vice versa.

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              Solution: Belts and shoes must be the same color, and if you can, match the material too.

              23. Decorated and embellished jeans:

              You are not a fairy, so avoid the sparkling jeans. In your attempt to be cool, you achieve the opposite when choosing to endorse this style no-no.

              24. Humorous pieces:

              Don’t be the person who wears a funny shirt just to catch people’s attention. The attention is not usually positive, and you will definitely scare the ladies away.

              25. Fur coats:

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                I have very important advice for these: light a fire and burn the fur coat- or simply avoid spending the money to buy one.

                26. Baggy dress shirts:

                Dress shirts are meant to fit your body as snugly as possible, while also allowing free movement. Do not buy dress shirts that hang like rectangular boxes on your upper body.

                Solution: Buy a smaller size that fits properly. If you suffer from any body disproportions, then get your dress shirts tailored.

                27. Tighty-whitey underpants:

                Avoid scaring your girlfriend, and purchase yourself quality underwear. A popular brand to help with your underwear choices would be Calvin Klein, however there are plenty of quality brands out there to choose from.

                28. Tilted baseball hats:

                There is nothing more immature than wearing baseball hats, never mind tilting them to one side in attempt to make yourself look “cooler”.

                29. Excessive jewelry:

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                  Unless you’re being featured on a gangster rap music video with Young Thug, please avoid large jewelry and limit the pieces to 1-2 in total.

                  30. Too much facial grooming:

                  Unless you are a male model, threading or plucking your eyebrows and giving yourself an overly-groomed or refined appearance will definitely take away from your manhood. You don’t want the ladies to feel like you’re competing with them.

                  31. Wearing the wrong undershirt with your dress shirt:

                  Instead of wearing crew neck t-shirts under your dress shirts, opt for a v-neck that will accentuate your dress shirt style. You don’t want a crew neck filling in the gap between your dress shirt and your upper chest.

                  32. Wearing sport jerseys everywhere you go:

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                    Jerseys are meant to be worn when you are going to a sports game or when you are at home. They aren’t applicable on a daily basis.

                    33. Wearing clothes that are not appropriate for the climate:

                    There is no need for you to wear a raincoat when it is 80 degrees outside. The same goes for the cold weather. Adapt your clothing to the climate.

                    34. Wearing too many colors at once:

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                      Don’t wear yellow jeans, a blue shirt, a red hat and white shoes all at once. Keep the contrast to 2-3 times at most to prevent your attire from looking like a costume.

                      35. Tucking in t-shirts:

                      Tucking in your t-shirts will give you the middle-aged father look. For the sake of your style sense, don’t tuck your shirts in.

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                      Solution: Get them tailored or invest some money and buy shirts that fit your body perfectly.

                      36. Wearing the most ridiculous sunglasses:

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                        You are not competing in a cycling race, are you? So drop those sport shades right now.

                        Solution: If you want sunglasses, buy quality sunglasses like Ray Bans, Tom Ford, Topman’s… rather than getting cheap immature sunglasses. Sunglasses are just an addition so if you are low on money, I suggest you invest in the other more important pieces of your outfit.

                        37. Sneakers with dress pants

                        This makes me cringe every time I see it. I remember back during my high school graduation, a kid wore Jordan’s with his navy suit and graduation coat. As he walked on the stage in front of a 2000+ audience, everyone’s face was like “really?” If you think wearing dress shoes is not cool, then good luck at every job interview you ever hope to attend (Spoiler Alert: you probably won’t get the job).

                        Solution: Have one or two dress shoes ready when something important, like a job interview, comes up.

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                          38. Popping up your collars:

                          Again, you are not being featured in a music video, so fold that collar back in its place. It’s that simple.

                          39. Baggy boxers:

                          These are usually paired with baggy jeans. Sagging really takes away from your perceived sophistication.

                          Solution: Don’t buy saggy or baggy boxers.

                          40. Wearing skinny jeans while overweight:

                          Wearing skinny jeans while you are overweight will likely attract more attention to the fact, and it will most likely bring down your self-esteem.

                          Solution: buy yourself a pair of jeans that will flatter your body.

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                            41. Over washing:

                            Every time an item of clothing is washed, it loses some of its quality and condition.

                            Solution: Take care of your clothing before it gets dirty, otherwise you will have to wash it, and if that keeps up, the quality of your item deteriorates. Better prevent than cure. Also, only dry clean your suits when they really need it.

                            42. Wearing jean shorts:

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                              There is nothing more unflattering than jean shorts in my eyes. Unless you are John Cena, opt for a good pair of chino shorts.

                              43. Flame shirts:

                              Do not wear t-shirts that have the same flame designs as the t-shirts you wore when you were 12. Avoid these unnecessary designs, and opt for classier prints.

                              44. Excessive hair product:

                              Too much hair product will make your hair look unintentionally greasy and over the top.

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                                45. Logos and designer t-shirts:

                                You don’t work for that brand, so why are you wearing these? Most importantly, why are you spending more money on these than regular, better looking t-shirts?

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                                46. Worn out socks:

                                Socks are the cheapest items on the market, so don’t wait until yours are in horrible shape.

                                Solution: Get yourself some new socks; socks don’t have to be from a popular brand, you can buy them for a fair price at any clothing store.

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                                  47. Pants that are too short:

                                  If you can clearly see your socks below you dress pants’ hemline, than they are too small for you. Make sure you’re pants fit your leg length.

                                  48. Being fooled by “quality” mall brands:

                                  You may think wearing a popular quality brand logo on your shirt qualifies you into being fashionable and stylish, but you are only ripping yourself off. Some brands are perceived as “quality” even though they are overly-priced, poor quality garments, stamped with cliché branding.

                                  Solution: You are better off choosing attire based on their fit and quality rather than on their popular reputations. You will save money and look better. Learning to differentiate between popular brands and quality brands is a very valuable skill.

                                  49. Cargo shorts:

                                  Never ever wear these. There is no occasion for them to be worn either. Like I said before, substitute cargo and jean shorts with fashionable chino ones.

                                  50. Not tucking in your dress shirts:

                                  Dress shirts- unlike t-shirts- are meant to be tucked. If you really are the type who never tucks anything in, then at least make the shirt shorter, so that it doesn’t hang too low.

                                  51. Blindly following trends:

                                  There is no need to follow trends all the time. Trends fade over time, you don’t want to purchase something that won’t be “in” later.

                                  Solution: Instead of wasting more money on trendy clothes, invest in high quality staple attire first. After that, you can spend money on trendy clothes.

                                  52. Short sleeved shirt with a tie:

                                  I don’t know where this fad originated from, but whoever started it should be ashamed.

                                  53. Square toe shoes:

                                  These types of shoes were never acceptable. They will completely destroy your fashion sense. They are big, awkward and outdated, so do not wear them. Just the same, do not opt for shoes that are overly pointed, or that have the potential of making you look like an elf.

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                                    54. Not ironing your dress shirt:

                                    You should always take the time to iron your dress shirt. Don’t wear dress shirts that have been squashed or wrinkled. It only takes 10-15 minutes to iron, and your shirt will make you look 100% more stylish.

                                    55. Stained clothes:

                                    Don’t ever go out with a stain and expect people not to notice it. I know what you were thinking when you decided to wear that stained shirt. “No. The stain is too small, people won’t know that it is there.” I am here to ask you, why are you taking that chance? Trust me, most people will notice.

                                    Solution: Wash the item and get the stain off; stop wearing the item in public and get yourself new attire if you are unable to do this. This tip is straight forward, but nonetheless, a good reminder.

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                                    If you want to take your fashion sense to the next level, then just knowing what to avoid is not enough; you must also know what to wear to look great. If you want more, check out the author bio below and be sure to check out Yohan’s other excellent articles.

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                                    World’s 15 Weirdest Museums You Must Visit

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                                    World’s 15 Weirdest Museums You Must Visit

                                    When we think about culture one of the first things that come to mind are museums – it is ingrained in our collective consciousness that we need to visit a few museums when vacationing abroad, so we can then feel free to indulge in hedonistic pleasures because we’ve bowed at the altar of culture first. However, not all museums are created equal. While some may have your standard collections of classic artwork, statues and pottery fragments, there are a lot of unconventional and even fairly quirky museums around the world. If you like to travel and want to experience something new and truly unique, to be awed, then be sure to visit some of the following museums on your next vacation.

                                    1. Cancun Underwater Museum

                                    Let’s start off the list with something entirely different. The Cancun Underwater Museum boasts hundreds of beautiful sculptures such as “The Silent Evolution”, a huge crowd of people, and “Inertia”, a fat man sitting on a couch in front of the TV. These sculptures would evoke powerful emotions regardless of their location; however, being situated underwater gives them an air of mysticism and an almost unnerving calm. The marine flora and fauna has already become one with some of the sculptures, making the whole site look like the sunken remnants of an ancient civilization.

                                    2. Paris Sewers Museum

                                    We all admire the grand architecture of famous cities, particularly one as iconic as Paris, the city of romance and art. What people seldom stop to look at is the complex labyrinth that is the Paris sewer system. It is an entire network of tunnels as large as the city itself and it is also a museum that tourists can visit and explored, complete with tour guides. It doesn’t smell as bad as you’d think, so if you ever find yourself in Paris and have about an hour or so of time to kill, this is definitely an interesting option.

                                    3. Franz Kafka Museum in Prague

                                    A man with a dark and near dreamlike vision of the modern world, where bureaucracy, alienation, lack of empathy and human suffering are the order of the day, Franz Kafka is rightfully considered one of the greatest modern writers. The Franz Kafka Museum reflects some of the main themes of the authors works, which Kafka himself wanted his friend to burn after his death, and their unique atmosphere. The weirdest thing about it is probably the sculpture of two men urinating in a pool shaped like the borders of the Czech Republic, which are, for some reason, animatronic and can spell out words in the pool based on SMS messages that people send.

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                                    4. Leila’s Hair Museum in Independence, Missouri

                                    Art has always been very accommodating, allowing artists to choose from a huge range of different mediums and materials from which to create unique designs. That being said, I doubt you’ve ever considered hair as a valid material for creating works of art. Luckily, Leila’s Hair Museum is here to prove you wrong. With thousands of wreaths and various creative jewelry pieces made out of real human hair, which is said to have been popular in the Victorian period. There are multiple pieces containing hair from famous people, including the likes of Queen Victoria.

                                    5. Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography in Saint Petersburg

                                    The Kunstkamera houses Russia’s oldest museum, the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, which has exhibits ranging from interesting to bizarre and morbid. Peter the Great reportedly wanted to dispel myths about monsters and mythical creatures among his people, so there are plenty of deformed skeletons, jars with fetuses and rarities like two-headed animals. Some of the exhibits are not for those with a weak stomach, but they are definitely unique and rare.

                                    6. Iceland Phallological Museum in Reykjavík

                                    Iceland is known as “The Land of Ice and Fire”, a small and some would say magical island with a long and proud history. It’s no surprise that it would feature a world renowned museum, but what’s unusual about the Phallological Museum is the fact that it is devoted solely to showcasing penis samples from 93 different animal species – including the 67 inch front tip of a blue whale penis and specimens supposedly belonging to mythical creatures like trolls and elves. It definitely offers a unique experience.

                                    7. Meguro Parasite Museum in Tokyo

                                    Many museums feature animal exhibits, showcasing everything from dinosaur bones and large stuffed land mammals to unusual insects, but rarely does a museum focus solely on parasites. The Meguro Parasite Museum takes humanities worst nightmares, lays them before you and provides plenty of information on each and every one. Their motto is “Try to think about parasites without a feeling of fear, and take the time to learn about their wonderful world of the parasites”, and there really is a lot to learn if you can get over the initial feeling of unease.

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                                    8. The Iga Ninja Museum in Mie

                                    Western pop culture has been in love with ninja’s since the 80’s and we have only grown fonder of them with time. If you find this topic intriguing or just want to learn more about the whole ninja phenomenon, then the Iga Ninja Museum is the right place for you. You can see the numerous weapons and tools used by these legendary warriors and enjoy a practical display of some of the traditional techniques and tactics. It is a lot of fun and very informative to boot, great for people of all ages.

                                    9. Bran Castle near Braşov in Transylvania

                                    The name might not sound familiar at first, but the geographical location kind of gives it away – yes, this is the castle of Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia a.k.a. Vlad the Impaler, a.k.a. Count Dracula from the Bram Stalker novel and world-famous horror character. Bran Castle is the only Transylvanian castle that perfectly fits Stokers description of the world’s most famous vampire’s castle and has thus been dubbed Dracula’s Castle. It has been turned into a museum which every horror fan is welcome to visit and explore.

                                    10. Malacca Museum of Enduring Beauty

                                    The nature of beauty is a topic that has troubled mankind for millennia.  Aesthetic preferences and sensibilities have been very different in different regions and at different times, and as fashions changed so too did people try to change themselves to conform to the various ideals of beauty. The Museum of Enduring Beauty showcases the numerous traditions and the jewelry, tools and practices used by peoples the world over to try and make themselves as beautiful as possible. Practices such as foot binding, neck elongation, inserting huge discs into the lips and many others are explained in detail, which gives us an insight into our nature, and perhaps motivates us to see the current standards of beauty for what they really are – an artificially created set of desirable features based on a subjective interpretation of beauty.

                                    11. The Museum of Human Disease in Sydney

                                    Doctors spend years and years in medical school for a good reason – there are a lot of diseases that can plague humans. Some of these are more serious than others, but each one is interesting from a scientific standpoint. The Museum of Human Disease catalogs a huge variety of diseases and their effects on the human body, including the most common causes of death. You can participate in dissection workshops or explore some of the large number of vital organs on display. It is a real eye-opener and highly educational, if somewhat morbid and unusual.

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                                    12. Museum of Medieval Torture Devices in Amsterdam

                                    There are, of course, some parts of our history that we are not exactly proud of, and this includes wars and atrocities like torture. However, it is interesting to see just how creative people of the past centuries have been when it came to thinking up different ways of inflicting pain to fellow humans. If you’ve got a morbid curiosity for this sort of thing, the Museum of Medieval Torture Devices in Amsterdam has a lot to offer you. There are plenty of weird torture devices, complete with images and even sculptures, depicting the various torture methods that were in use, and the courteous staff is more than happy to answer any questions.

                                    13. The Skull Tower of Niš

                                    The Balkans region has had a very turbulent history, particularly in the past few centuries. In the nineteenth century, as Serbians sought to free themselves from their Ottoman oppressors, many battles raged, and one of the most famous was certainly the Battle of Čegar. When the tides of war changed and it became clear that the Turks would win, Serbian commander Stevan Sinđelić sacrificed himself and the remaining Serbian forces in an unprecedented act of bravery, blowing up the gunpowder storage and taking out thousands of enemy soldiers in the process. In order to silence the rebellion and frighten the people, Hurshid Pasha had a ten foot tower built using over 900 skulls of the fallen Serbian soldiers. The original Skull Tower suffered some structural damage over time, and now only 58 skulls remain in the wall, one which is said to belong to Sinđelić himself and is encased in glass. It is a fairly frightening, yet awe inspiring site.

                                    14. Funeral Carriage Museum in Barcelona

                                    Funerals are still somewhat of a taboo topic and it’s certainly something you’d mention in polite society. This is really a shame, since there are plenty of wonderful rituals that have been built around escorting the departed on his way to the afterlife. The vehicles used to transport the deceased have always had a somber tone, but where not without a hint of grandeur, as you can witness by exploring the Funeral Carriage Museum in Barcelona.  The exhibit consists of 13 beautiful funeral carriages and six coaches that were used to transport departed citizens to their eternal resting place.

                                    15. Siriraj Medical Museum in Bangkok

                                    The word “medical” in the name of this museum has surely tipped you off that you are in for something morbid and unusual. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it has a lot to offer. Also known as “The Museum of Death”, you can see everything from the mummified remains of a serial killer and cannibal to a large variety of human skulls and different preserved body parts. There are plenty of interesting examples of fatal injuries in the Forensic wing of the museum, and there is enough material to keep you occupied for several afternoons, if you aren’t squeamish.

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                                    It is good to sometimes break from the mold and look for something a bit more thrilling and unusual than rusted bits of ancient swords, broken pottery and pieces of jewelry. These museums may be a bit weird, morbid or even spooky, but they will not disappoint. If you are an adventurous soul, be sure to check them out.

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