"The sign over the entrance said 'Mutant Mystery' and, in smaller letters, 'A Museum of Nature's Innovative Art'"

The sideshows in travelling carnivals often included a museum of oddities such as deformed taxidermied animals, objects supposedly belonging to famous people, and pickled punksa term used to refer to human fetuses preserved in jars. Most of the fetuses are used to illustrate anatomical abnormalities like those displayed in 'the Chute'. Often the fetuses would be billed as the result of drug abusing mothers, as a warning against such a lifestyle. An interesting comparison can be drawn betwen this and Lil's pride in her deliberate deformation of her children through drug abuse.