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April Fools UFO image Route66ST. JAMES, MO—Reports of a strange device in the sky have hit the town of St. James, Missouri this Wednesday morning. At around 7:00 AM just as the sun was hitting the horizon, Laura Vacuumoski was on her way to work when she saw a strange aircraft hovering over Route 66.  “I hate to be one of those people, but I really think it was a UFO,” Vacuumoski said.  As proof, Vacuumoski pulled over, got out of her car and took a photo.

Some in the area believe the object resembles a large vacuum cleaner, and was even targeting the Vacuum Cleaner Museum in St. James. Dr. Steven Kleenup is a vacuum cleaner specialist in the area, and said the rumors may have some merit.  “The vacuums in the museum date back to the early 1900s, and all of them still work,” Kleenup said. “If any sort of extraterrestrial community was especially interested in vacuum cleaners, this would be the place to study.”

NBC, KSDK St. Louis Channel 5 Cover Story Vacuum museum opens in St. James, celebrating odd and old fashioned cleaners by Ann Rubin, October 20, 2009.

St. James Free Press, Tacony Museum is a First, Sept. 3, 2009

StlToday.com, The dirt on what’s happened to Stan Kann’s vacuum cleaners by Deb Peterson, September 3, 2009

KTVI, Fox St. Louis, Tim’s Travels – Tim Visits the Vacuum Cleaner Museum PART 1, PART 2 , September 1, 2009

Sullivan Independent News, Vacuum Cleaner Museum Grand Opening in St. James on Route 66, September 1, 2009

Route 66 News, New Museum Opening in St. James, by Ron in Museums, August 26, 2009

River Front Times; Blogs, New Missouri Museum Literally Sucks, by Unreal in Apropos of Nothing, August 31, 2009

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, New Museum Opens in St. James on Historic Route 66, by Tom Uhlenbrock, August, 25, 2009

Tacony Corporation Press Release: posted by STLToday.com, August 20, 2009

Sullivan Independent News, Tacony Manufacturing’s Vacuum Museum Sign of the Times, August 4, 2009

St. James Free Press, Tacony Opening Vacuum Museum and Factory Store, May 21, 2009