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With taxidermy, preserved specimens, antiques, quack medical devices, clothing, jewelry, skulls and bones, and funeral collectibles, the Oddities and Curiosities Expo is for like-minded lovers of the strange and unusual. By Gina Conroy Growing up, Michelle Cozzaglio remembers always being intrigued by being different. She enjoyed those creepy ‘90s TV shows like Tales from the Crypt, Goosebumps, Are You Afraid of the Dark? as well as the classics like The Munsters and The Addams Family.

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“I’ve always loved to be scared,” says Cozzaglio. But it wasn’t until she discovered punk music at 12 years old that her curiosity with the strange and unusual took root and started to spread. “It opened my eyes to an amazing and welcoming

community of people just like me, proud to be different from the norm,” says Cozzaglio, who admits when she was younger, she didn’t necessarily feel not “normal,” but hadn’t found what made her happy yet. When she did, she knew she was “in this for life.” Over the years, Cozzaglio collected various weird items, including antiques, knick-knacks, old postcards and books, records, CDs, and the list goes on. Today her collection has evolved to include things like bones, human skulls, taxidermy, plants, and more.

Although her parents weren’t big fans of punk or the lifestyle Cozzaglio was embracing (because they didn’t want her to be made fun of), as time went on, they understood it wasn’t just a phase. “They hated when I would come home with colored hair,” says Cozzaglio. Today they come to every single Tulsa show. “They are our biggest supporters.” You can say Cozzaglio’s leap from a lover of the unusual to the owner and curator of the Oddities and Curiosities Expo began in 2013 when she and her husband started organizing events that focused on punk and

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