Mysteries, fairy tales and even real life have included incidents with poison and, consequently, most of us find the subject both scary and fascinating. The Milwaukee Public Museum has a new exhibit, The Power of Poison, that's organized by the American Museum of Natural History and runs though July 7.
The interactive, larger-than-life, somewhat-eerie exhibit does a fine job exploring the complexities of poison, which can have effects from medical miracles to death.
Here are 5 reasons to check out The Power of Poison. And be sure to keep the poison theme going by visiting both "snake buttons" at the museum after checking out the exhibit.
1. Solve a mystery poisoning
Figure out who or what accidentally poisoned living creatures in this virtual "whodunnit."
2. Discover the positive sides of poisons
Wait, what? Spider venom cures cancer?
3. Attend a "mad" tea party
There's a good reason why he's called "The Mad Hatter."
4. Cackle with the witches
Witches and poison potions (and apples) fill fairy tale books, but find out the truth and misconception behind them.
5. This magical book
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.