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VIVE LE WEB: If you're planning a trip to France this year, here's a tip: avoid long queues to get into Paris' most famous museum by booking beforehand on the Internet. Click on your preferred language to purchase tickets by credit card. Ticket prices vary (typically $7.50 and under) depending on the month and entrance time, and a small surcharge is added to each cyber-ticket. The payoff: web-bookers get a separate entrance all their own.


WEIRD WORLD: Spend too much time scrolling among the galleries of kitsch that make up these bizarre online museums, and you'll start wondering about your fellow humans. The obsessive online collections extol toasters, corkscrews, promotional pens, sugar packets, lawn mowers, pocket calculators, toilet paper and more. There's a banana museum, the "World Famous Asphalt Museum" and Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum. The Louvre, it ain't.


May 10, 1999

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