"We see your dragons and have escaped in this bathyscaphe"
September 14, 2017 9:38 AM   Subscribe

It started with a simple question on Twitter: "Who would win in a staff battle between @sciencemuseum (The Science Museum) and @NHM_London (Natural History Museum) what exhibits/items would help you be victorious? #askacurator"

The Natural History Museum was the first to weigh in: "We have dinosaurs. No contest."
The Science Museum was quick to respond: "@NHM_London is full of old fossils, but we have robots, a Spitfire and ancient poisons. Boom!"

What followed was a donnybrook for the ages. (Or for the Twitter-averse, a recap via the London Evening Standard.)
posted by Atom Eyes (26 comments total) 87 users marked this as a favorite
 
Best thing EVAR!! Thank you.
posted by KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat at 9:45 AM on September 14 [1 favorite]


Neeerrrdddsssss 💛
posted by Hermione Granger at 9:54 AM on September 14 [8 favorites]


Oh I LOVE museum wars and wagers!

My fave part of this one is that towards the end the NHM panicked and kept sending in insects before remembering they had elephants.
posted by Snarl Furillo at 9:57 AM on September 14 [10 favorites]


The V&A could hold its own too, they have lots of weapons and armor.
posted by Bee'sWing at 10:01 AM on September 14 [1 favorite]


There's so much to love here but what I really love the most is how they took what started as an explicitly martial contest, dropped all the fighting & turned it into a game of one-upsmanship for "what's cooler".
posted by scalefree at 10:22 AM on September 14 [5 favorites]


This is awesome. Very happy with the V & A's contribution (especially the hashtags 🐉)
posted by Mchelly at 10:22 AM on September 14


"Never bring a nuke to an earth-shattering meteorite fight."

That's solid trash-talk right there.
posted by Rock Steady at 10:33 AM on September 14 [9 favorites]


No one's deployed giant squid yet?
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:53 AM on September 14 [4 favorites]


This is wonderfull.
posted by thegirlwiththehat at 10:57 AM on September 14


Two points for the use of donnybrook.
posted by fluffycreature at 11:34 AM on September 14 [4 favorites]


Wi' nae wee bairn ye'll me beget
Untwinkle, little ee
My ainly pang'll be regret
A maiden I will dee

But I'll turn into a nightingale
My song will warm thy heart
Well I'll turn into a threshing machine
And tear thy bird apart

But I'll turn into a vampire
And kiss you on the neck
Well I'll turn into a silver cross
And send thee back to Heck

But I'll turn into a hydrogen bomb
And atomize the air
Well I'll turn into a cockroach
And you'll see if I care

But I'll turn into a supernova
And burn up everything
Well I'll turn into a black little hole
And you'll turn into string

But I'll turn into God Himself
And then you'll come to me
Well I will not believe in you
And then where will you be?
posted by Cash4Lead at 11:52 AM on September 14 [9 favorites]


This is just delightful.
posted by solotoro at 12:05 PM on September 14


This feels a bit like the YA novel 'The Abyss Surrounds Us' which involves pirates with machine guns and rocket launchers taking on purpose bred Godzilla-esque sea monsters that escort cargo ships.
posted by BrotherCaine at 12:05 PM on September 14


This is beautiful and I thank you for linking :)
posted by Vortisaur at 12:27 PM on September 14


Made my day - this is utterly delightful!
posted by leslies at 12:28 PM on September 14


What is that...grasshopper-mouse-thing? Do I really want to know?
posted by orrnyereg at 12:41 PM on September 14


I have nothing to add except that this is wonderful and the word "bathyscaphe" delights me.
posted by Phobos the Space Potato at 12:55 PM on September 14 [2 favorites]


> "This feels a bit like the YA novel 'The Abyss Surrounds Us' ..."

... I was not expecting to see Emily Skrutskie referenced here today.

(Have you read the sequel? If so, how was it? I haven't gotten to it yet.)
posted by kyrademon at 1:37 PM on September 14


No one's deployed giant squid yet?

Kraken has inexplicably vanished been removed from public display for restoration.
posted by MonkeyToes at 3:15 PM on September 14 [6 favorites]


So something like this is what they had planned a few months back when they were gonna have that fake Twitter fight about intellectual property.
posted by glonous keming at 4:24 PM on September 14


That was fantastic, thank you!
posted by Jubey at 5:15 PM on September 14


Delightful.
posted by rmd1023 at 6:42 PM on September 14


hee hee
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 6:56 PM on September 14


This post brought joy and delight to my evening. Thanks so much for posting! So much fun!
posted by hippybear at 7:16 PM on September 14


Kyrademon, I liked the sequel as much as the first one, but YA is always a mixed bag for me.
posted by BrotherCaine at 12:17 AM on September 15 [1 favorite]


Fantastic. Someone just posted this on Facebook, and I came to make sure someone had already posted it here because clearly MeFi needed to see it.
posted by jacquilynne at 7:47 PM on September 15


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