Written by Charpa93

Saturday, 15 May 2010

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Washington, D.C. - Due to the downturn in the economy, the Smithsonian Institution is knee-deep in red ink and has had to make some drastic changes to the way it does business in order to keep the multiple museums it oversees running on a daily basis.

It is for this reason that naming rights to the museums have been sold to the highest corporate bidders in what some claim is the Smithsonian Institution's attempt to cash in on the continuing practice of allowing corporate interests to "buy" various public gathering places and re-name them with the corporate name.

The better-known example of this is the selling and renaming of major sporting arenas throughout the United States, such as the Charmin Center in Detroit and the Slim Jim Stadium in St. Louis, MO.

Beginning in September, the following museums will see their names changed as follows:

BET Presents African Art Museum

Hard Rock Café Air Guitar and Space Museum

Cracker Barrel American Art Museum (complete with rocking chairs out front)

7-Eleven American History Museum and Souvenir Stand

Seminole Casinos American Indian Museum and Casino

Whole Foods Market Natural History Museum

Google National Zoological Park

K-Mart Portrait Gallery

Taco Bell Latino Virtual Museum (although a virtual museum, Taco Bell agreed to same terms)

HGTV Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

The Smithsonian Institution is hopeful that the revenue it receives by selling the naming rights to these American institutions will allow it to update and make much needed repairs to the exhibits and the buildings which house them. While some "purists" believe that taking our national treasures and pimping them out to major corporations is akin to dragging our American Flag through a dung heap, most visitors don't care as long as they continue to be able to visit the museums free of charge.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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