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This Little Piggy

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This Little PiggyThis little piggy will never go to market because of an overdose of an enzyme called sonic hedgehog. Ye Olde Curiosity Shop displays an example of the rare natural phenomenon that creates multiple facial features.

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Carvers to the Core: The Legacy of Sam Williams

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Sam Williams shown with his youngest son, RayFrom the early days of Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, founder J.E. Standley looked to Nuu-chah-nulth artisan Sam Williams for totem poles and other mostly monumental carvings.

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Happy Birthday, “Daddy” Standley!

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Standley with some of his Arctic waresJoseph Edward "Daddy" Standley founded a beloved Seattle dynasty on a pile of "1001 Curious Things." Here's how he did it.

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Hooray for Hollywood: Oscar Winners at YOCS

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Charlie Chaplin, one of the many Hollywood visitors to Ye Olde Curiosity ShopJ.E. “Daddy” Standley, founder of Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, meticulously recorded the names of his Hollywood visitors in a guest book. The list of travelers from tinsel town includes some of the brightest names ever to grace a movie palace marquee... including some Oscar winners!

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The Biggest Octopus in the World

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Vintage giant Pacific octopus at Ye Olde Curiosity ShopThe Pacific Northwest is host to a magnificent menagerie of sea creatures, from the mythical sea monster Sisiutl to the marvelous killer whale. One of the most mysterious is the giant Pacific octopus, the largest octopus in the world.

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