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Visit the museum of broken relationships: Zagreb, Croatia

Ah, love. The heady surge of endorphins. The joy. The companionship. The matching tattoos. The disgustingly sweet pet names that make your friends want to punch you in the throat.

But of course, love and break-ups go hand-in-hand. The pain. The binge eating. The binge drinking. The sweatpants. The Sarah McLaughlin purchases on iTunes. The mopey “poor me” demeanour that makes your friends want to punch you in the throat.

Geez, who knew relationships involved so many throat punches?

Another difficult aspect of the break-up: what do you do with the stuff they’ve left at your place? Or the gifts they’ve given you? Or the little mementos that remind you of the filthy ex who left you for another man. (Sorry, getting a bit worked up here.)

Well, the people at the Museum of Broken Relationships have come up with a pretty cool concept. Check out the video below for more details.

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Donated items come from the public and offer glimpses into the painful, poignant and sometimes even hilarious world of break-ups.

“Whatever the motivation for donating personal belongings – be it sheer exhibitionism, therapeutic relief, or simple curiosity – people embraced the idea of exhibiting their love legacy as a sort of a ritual, a solemn ceremony. Our societies oblige us with our marriages, funerals, and even graduation farewells, but deny us any formal recognition of the demise of a relationship, despite its strong emotional effect.” (Source: http://brokenships.com/en/about)

So, before you have your friends over to burn that bum’s stuff, this may be a creative alternative. And if you find yourself in Zagreb, Croatia pop on by this truly awesome museum.

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Josh Martin
Josh Martin is the founder and chief blogger at Badge of Awesome. He lives in southwestern Ontario, Canada and is the author of "Misadventure Musings: Lessons learned from life's awesome and absurd moments" and "Going on a Bear Hunt: Five things cancer taught me about overcoming obstacles."