Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Cosi! (WARNING! This post is a bit lengthy!!)

Columbus, OH Skyline

I went to COSI in Columbus on Friday, and I thought I'd share some photos with you guys! :) It's a bit late, but to be honest, I forgot I had the photos. lol Yes, my memory is that bad. I've been meaning to get it checked for ages, but I figured it was just caused by my synthroid. :/
Sadly, all these photos were taken with my extremely crappy phone because I wasn't sure if I was allowed to take my camera. It's a big DSLR, and I wasn't sure if it had the same rules as a lot of other places... apparently it didn't, and I was the idiot who got stuck with crappy photos. The photo to the right shows you where COSI is located.

As we were heading towards COSI, we drove by this building... The LeVeque Tower. Would you believe this isn't even the tallest building in Columbus? It is now the second tallest. In 1974, the Rhodes State Office Tower was built, and took over the role as the tallest. The LeVeque Tower is 555 feet 6 inches (169.32 m) tall, which at the time of its completion made it the tallest building between New York City and Chicago and the fifth tallest building in the world. Hey look! You're getting a history lesson on a fashion and makeup blog! Bet you never saw that coming! lol This building is actually 1ft. taller than the Empire State Building!

The photo to the right is the Capital Building of Ohio... or at least that is what I was told. This building is only a couple blocks from COSI.
If you look closely, you can actually see the LeVeque Tower in the background!! (look at the right side of the photo). The funniest part of the day was the fact that my Aunt Kelly had never been to this part of Columbus. She's never seen skyscrapers before! There were 'oohhhs and aaahhhhhs' coming out of her mouth left and right. lol
The next set of photos are going to be of inside COSI.. FINALLY!! lol
Here's the link to COSI's official website: http://www.cosi.org/
Some photos have been borrowed from COSI Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COSI_Columbus

Now, onto COSI!
Here's a view of the COSI building from across the Scioto River. As you can see, it's a very large building.
What you might not know, is that this isn't the original building.
in 1999, they closed down the original COSI which was a few blocks away, and opened the doors to this one. They moved because the old building was much too small to house everything they wanted to show. It's much larger looking inside the building than it looks on the outside. Can you even imagine how big it is? Don't even try. You might get a brain tumor from too much brain strain. lol

When you first walk in the door, you're greeted by this MASSIVE clock/calender thing. It's called a foucault pendulum. Here's a link to the Wiki page in case you want to learn more about foucault pendulums:
It's actually pretty interesting. The earth actually spins under it, while the pendulum swings back and forth in a straight line... but it apears to spin.

There is a unicycle on a trapeze wire towering above everyone. I believe it's close to 2 stories up. I've never actually managed to build up the courage to ride this, but I've heard it's really fun.
We tried to get my cousin to ride it, but she wouldn't. lol. We even bribed her with money, but unfortunately she's a scardie cat like me. lol

The first place we stopped at after we waited in line for 45 minutes to get our tickets was the Space Exhibit. To be honest, it was the most boring exhibit. Not bad at first, but when my youngest cousin wanted to stay there for an hour. It god old... fast. We should have been in and out of there in 15 minutes, but no. Leave it to a 6 year old to slow everything down. He also got mad when we finally did leave. I mean, I don't know if it was because he didn't understand that there was more to see than just that or what... but it was annoying. lol 
I took some photos while we were in there, but thanks to it being so dark (because space is dark) in there, the photos turned out extremely horrible. :(
My aunts friend Patty had this idea to make them look like they were holding the moon up, and 2 of the 3 did anyways. I got the picture a little late because Ricky was already getting ready to stand up. lol Thanks a lot phone! It's soooo delayed! 
As we were getting ready to leave the space exhibit, we saw that they had a space capsule for people to get in and take photos, so we took full advantage of that and got a few photos of the kids inside. I couldn't believe that all three of them fit in it though! It was so small! Not only did they fit, but they had room to spare! I was going to get in it with Christie, but I was scared that I weighed too much (which is why I didn't get in a lot of photo exhibits).

Next, we went to the ocean exhibit. Unfortunately though, I didn't get any photos other than the one to the right. It's a photo of a whirlpool in a tank. We were supposed to see how big, and how powerful we could get it by using this twisty wheel lever thing. The faster you spun it, the bigger the whirlpool got. Christie had it pretty big... much much bigger than it is in this photo. lol. This is after she stopped, and we were getting ready to leave the exhibit. It's my favorite exhibit (along with just about everyone else who has ever went), and I was having too much fun to even think about pulling out my phone to take photos. I also didn't care to get my phone wet. There was water EVERYWHERE. Deep water. They have this one big area of water that's 4ft deep. Could you imagine if I would have dropped it in there? I would have never gotten it out!
The next exhibit we visited was the '...of the Past' exhibit. I'm not exactly sure what the real name of it is, because I don't recall it saying on the sign above it... but it's okay. The first part of the exhibit was from 1862. It was supposed to show us what life was like during the 1860s when the technology of that time period was starting to be developed. 
We had a little bit of gun here. :)
In the photo below, there was a rope with a hoop rapped around the beam above her, so we had the bright idea to make it look like she was hung. Don't ask. lol 
We also got a few photos of old fashioned 'cars', and an office. The post office that is in the 1860s exhibit is also in the 1960s exhibit, which you will see coming up next. But for now... here are some more photos from the 1860s exhibit. 

 I think that this was an old printer of some sort. When I took these photos, I should have labeled them on my phone that way I would have remembered what they were later. I never think of these things until it's too late, and I've already forgotten what everything is. :/
 I think that this is some type of printing press machine, next to a bookshelf full of 'important' books and papers. 
 Here's Christie with an old camera. I couldn't believe how hot it was in this room. I guess when they're wanting you to think of the 1860s, they go all out... as in, no air conditioning. lol
This is an old children's bicycle. I'm not sure if it's real, or just a replica for the exhibit... but either way, it looked old. Really old.

And, I couldn't believe how little it was!
Christie is about 5ft, so it shows you how little it was. 

To the right is a view of the 'street'.
If it wasn't for the black ceiling, it would almost look real. Like you actually got to take a step back in time and see what life was like back in the old days. I think it'd be really neat to actually go back in time to the 1800s and see what life was like. It would definitely make you appreciate what you have today, and not take anything you have for granted anymore.

Here's one of the 2 'cars', or 'buggies' they had in the exhibit. I can't believe that people actually used to drive these. They looked so unsafe. D:
I think I'd actually be a little scared to ride in one of these. You'd never know when it's going to decide to fall apart on you! 
The one on the left has a canopy, and the one on the right doesn't. Christie looks like she's trying to drive the one on the left. lol. Girl! There aren't any horses attached! ha

I think this is what used to be considered a telephone. Christie is pretending to be the 'operator'. 
Could you even imagine trying to use a phone like this? I couldn't. I'm perfectly happy with my cell phone... even though I hate my cell phone with a passion. ha

Old Post office box.
'Mail Box'

Christie standing beside the Post office light post.
Let me start of by saying I have no idea what kind of face she was making. It sort of looks like a rabbit? haha
You can see the 'car/buggy' thing beside her in the lower corner. We where having a heck of a time trying to get these two little boys off of it so we could get a photo. We literally stood there waiting for 15 minutes, and FINALLY their mom came over and got them. She yelled at them for staying on it even though there were 'two lovely girls' waiting to get a photo with it. lol. 
I sort of felt bad after it though because the kids couldn't have been any old than 5. :(

COSI had a News Anchor room/building thing inside the 1960s section of the exhibit. There was a teleprompter in front of her that she was supposed to read from, and a camera (you can see some of it to the right) that was filming her. It was an old camera actually from the early 60s, so it gave it an authentic feeling. :)

Old Phone Booth! :)

She though this was cool because it didn't take credit cards. lmao!
She seriously didn't know that they used to take quarters. :P

Old Coca Cola Machine... or cooler.
Probably a cooler. ha
I want this so bad. :D


Old 1950s - 1960s telephones.
The really sad thing?
I have the black one on the top shelf...
and I actually use it. ha
 Here's an old 1960s gas station with an old car sitting in the 'parking lot'. I want that car really bad. It was in surprisingly good shape for sitting in a children's science museum.

Here's a preview of what the street looked like facing towards the tunnel...
Through the tunnel was the 1860s section of the exhibit, and let me just say, if I though the 1860s was hot... the tunnel was even hotter.
It felt like I was stuck inside
This guy scared the living daylight out of me.
He was a robot, and he was controlling the music playing in the exhibit.
He also talked, which was way beyond creepy. ha

Here's a photo of Christie standing in front of an old fridge. Once again... all this stuff is in surprisingly good condition for where it's at.

In the photo to the right, Christie is standing in front of an old washer and dryer.
Look at this old oven! lol
I guess this must have been the original 'built in' oven.
To the right is a table full of old radios, tvs, ect. basically just a table full of old electronics.
Here is a view of one of the 'streets'. A couple of the buildings you were actually able to go inside, and experience things the way they were in the 60s.
Here's another building inside the exhibit. It's hard to believe that they were actually able to get buildings that tall inside of a room... granted they were just props... but they were full size.
Christie is standing in front of an old stove/oven... well, actually two of them. lol

Here is a full street view of the 1960s section of the exhibit.
Here's a photo of the 'Diner' sign.
Inside of the Diner.
Christie sitting on a stool inside the Diner.

Well there you go! There are the photos I got from COSI. :)
There were many more exhibits than what I'm showing you... but these are the only ones I was able to take photos in.

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