‘Welcome back to Weird Sh1t Wednesday! Every week, we look at the amazingly odd and unusual sights you can see in a particular place. This week, we’re in the beautiful state of Nebraska. We present to you: weird stuff to do in Omaha…’

Weird stuff to do in Omaha: Bombs…?

If you like your war history, you might be interested to learn that the Dundee neighbourhood of the city was the target of a bomb. The Japanese military dropped more than 300 balloon bombs across the United States during World War 11.  Luckily, it didn’t detonate and caused no damage. This means Dundee locals were largely unaware they’d just come under attack. Today, there’s a plaque on a wall, marking where the bomb fell.

You can view the plaque on 50th and Underwood Street.

Weird stuff to do in Omaha: Scalps…?

William Thompson was a railroad employee and was riding the rails one day, minding his own business.  Unfortunately, he carriage he was on was attacked by a pack of Cheyenne Indians and Thompson was caught up the ensuing battle. Thompson was shot, which seems pretty bad, but he was also scalped. If I had to choose between the two, I know which one I’d prefer.  Aaaaanyway, he lived to tell the story and made every effort to have his scalp and hair reattached.  Alas, this wasn’t to be and his scalp now lives in Omaha Library. You can visit it and check out Thompson’s lustrous locks, if you feel so inclined.

Weird stuff to do in Omaha: See the World’s Largest Ball of Stamps

A mere 11 miles from the city is the wonderfully named Boys Town. It’s here, in the Leon Myers Stamp Centre that the largest ball of stamps in the world lives. We know not why it exists, just that it does. The ball is made of more than 4.5 million cancelled stamps and weighs in at a whopping 600 pounds. The whole thing started in 1953 when the Boys Town Collecting Club decided to stick some stamps together. Little did they know that they’d end up with the world’s largest – and possibly only – giant stamp ball.  What an achievement.

Have you come across any other weird stuff to do in Omaha?

Suz xx