The B List: Bizarre Finds in the Twin Cities

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Polar Bear Plunge

Certain local rituals are hard to understand, no matter how long you’ve lived in Minnesota. Why would anyone jump in a frigid lake in the middle of winter? For bragging rights, of course, and to raise money for the Special Olympics. plungemn.org


our Gangster past

To get a taste of how lively St. Paul would be if a few of the gambling houses and speakeasies from its gangster past were still in business, take the Wabasha Street Caves’ gangster tour. 215 S. Wabasha St., St. Paul, 651-292-1220,


Hard-knock life

Is it a hard-knock life for us? No one cares for you a smidge, huh? Maybe you can take solace in a $5 sipping shot consisting of Canadian whiskey with a pickle-juice back. Maybe. Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls., 612-276-6523


Twin Cities Reptiles

So you want to buy a king baboon tarantula, a Brazilian rainbow boa constrictor, and maybe a couple of emperor scorpions? Go to Twin Cities Reptiles in St. Paul and ask the nice tattooed man. He’ll be glad to oblige. 2363 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-4479


a talking dolphin

The Walker Art Center’s “talking dolphin” is technically known as Dolphin Oracle II, a computer-animated installation created by multimedia artists Piotr Szyhalski and Richard Shelton. Ask the dolphin a question and he may or may not give you a prophetic answer, but either way it’s fun to converse with a wisecracking creature that isn’t afraid to be smart and stupid at the same time. Walker Art Center, 612-375-7600

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