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Weirdo Wednesday – December 28, 2011

Weirdo WednesdayWednesdays of 2011 have been dedicated to all the weirdness and oddity this world has to offer. I’ve decided to put wrap on the weird and do something else next year. I don’t know what will replace Weirdo Wednesday until next Wednesday rolls around

So this week’s Weirdo Wednesday is a year in review kind of deal where I’m reaching back into the vault and pulling out the top ten posts. (not in any particular order.)

  1. Cousin Eddie – Feb 2
  2. Officer Bubbles – Feb 9
  3. Skeletons in the Closet – Jun 8
  4. Weird clowns – Aug 24
  5. Weird things sold at Amazon – Aug 3
  6. Lego Man – Oct 26
  7. Webcam 101 for seniors – Sep 21
  8. The Cardiff Giant – Jun 29
  9. Weird California – Jun 22
  10. News of the Weird – Aug 10

The Weirdo Wednesday that has been the biggest surprise in the terms of hits is Cousin Eddie on Feb 2. I can always count on Eddie to bring in a few hits every day. His hit count as of yesterday was 597.

I’ve enjoyed doing these WW posts. They have helped me hone my research skills and through the process I learned a little bit about a lot of weirdness.

This post closes the books on Weirdo Wednesday. Now to figure out what I am doing next week.

Weirdo Wednesday – Dec 21, 2011

Weirdo WednesdaySo here we are the last WW before Christmas. I thought I would Google “Weird Christmas Trees.” I hit the motherlode of weirdness.

The only problem I had was sorting out the weirdest so I tried to pick out the weirdest of the weird.

I thought the PacMan tree from Madrid was rather unique.

PacManTree

And then there’s the Keg Tree with the beer can ornaments. Considering all the booze bottles and twelve-packs under the tree I’m guessing this is the Delta House.

The Keg Tree

Keeping with the Spirit’s of Christmas theme, this green beer bottle construction is a great addition to the weirdness. I’m not quite sure how safe it will be when the drunks start throwing stuff at each other.

The Beer Tree

I rather like the tree tree. It has scope and breadth and aroma. I love the smell of spruce in the morning — it smells like…. Christmas.

The Tree Tree

Things can get a little topsy-turvy around Christmas even without the booze.

Check out this upside down Christmas tree.

The Upside-down Tree

One’s weird – two’s a trend.

The Upside-down Tree 2

I don’t even know what to call this one. It’s weird even by my standards.

The Very Werid Tree

Ingenuity counts for something. Trust a man when he says, give me some plywood and a ladder and I will build a freaking Christmas tree. Maybe two.

The Plywood Tree—-The Ladder Tree

I don’t know what it is, where it came from, who made it, or even what it’s made of. It’s either gold wrenches or styrofoam. I think by definition – if you can’t define something, it’s definitely weird.

The WTF Tree

So if you haven’t got that pine or spruce marvel for your living room there’s still time to embrace the weirdness.

If you already have a weird tree please send me a photo in the space below.

Weirdo Wednesday – Dec 14, 2011

Weirdo WednesdayConsidering yesterday was a Christmas Card day I thought I’d cover this one for Weirdo Wednesday. Just when you think people can’t get any weirder, they do. Most of the time they turn out to be politicians.

The major of the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico, recently sent out his family Christmas greeting card. Nothing says Merry Christmas like wild beasts trying to kill each other.

The awkward image, posted on the website: www.awkwardfamilypetphotos.com shows the Santini family and Mayor Jorge Santini in a warm family pose, complete with stuffed beasts of the serengeti in the foreground. Snowflakes on the borders give it that extra Christmas magic.

“May this Christmas light your dream” is the slogan (“Que esta navidad, ilumine tu sueno”) which would be appropriate if your dream is to see leopard attacks and survival of the fittest.

The photo shoot was done at San Juan’s Museo de Vida Silvestre, the local world wildlife museum.

Weirdo Wednesday – December 7, 2011

Weirdo WednesdaySanta Claus is a busy guy. For at least a couple of months anyway. But he’s got a lot of down time too. What’s a jolly fat guy to do with all that spare time? He’s got plenty of help to make the toys, feed the reindeer, and such. But what does the big guy do with his spare time.

santa olympicsHe trains for the Olympics – the Santa Olympics.

For this event you would have to travel to the way up north Swedish town of Gällivare. It’s not quite the North Pole but you can see it from there.

This years event included eight Santas from seven countries. They competed in a host of Santa and Reindeer games each hoping to be crowned the Top Nick. Events included:

  • Reindeer Race
  • Kick Sleigh Race
  • Porridge Eating Contest
  • The “Christmas Day Special”
    (Something silly with Candy Cane)
  • Chimney Climbing

This year’s top jolly guy is Dave Downey, a bloke from down under. Holy Tinsel on the Barbie, St. Nick. Grab your can of Fosters and toast the Aussie Claus!

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Weirdo Wednesday – November 30, 2011

Weirdo WednesdayConsidering this is the last Wednesday of November and the week after Thanksgiving I decided to take a look at Weird things about Turkey.

(The bird, not the country)

Or in other words…. the Quirky Turkey.

  • Turkeys can drown if they look up when it’s raining
  • Turkeys generally spend the night in trees
  • The Wild Turkey was Ben Franklin’s choice for the National bird
  • There are approximately 5,500 feathers on a turkey
  • Loud explosions have been known to bring on heart attacks in turkeys
    (That explains Elmer Fudd saying… be vewy vewy qwy-yet)
  • A full grown turkey can fly 55 mph.
  • June is National Turkey Lover’s month.  (June???)
  • In the 1930s the Wild Turkey was almost extinct.
    (Their population today exceeds seven million)
  • The first “Presidential Pardon” came from Truman in 1947

Weird TurkeyTurkey Terms

Hen – a female turkey.

Poult – a baby turkey. A chick.

Tom – a male turkey. Also known as a gobbler.

Caruncle – brightly colored growths on the throat region. Turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.

Gizzard – a part of a bird’s stomach that contains tiny stones. It helps them grind up food for digestion.

Snood – the flap of skin that hangs over the turkey’s beak. Turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.

Wattle – the flap of skin under the turkey’s chin. Turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.

Scientific genus and species: Meleagris gallopavo

Weirdo Wednesday – Nov 23, 2011

Weirdo WednesdayCraigslist is a pretty neat place. The online bulletin board where you can sell that stuff that is cluttering up your house; that old ugly lamp, a hand me down microwave when you get a new one, the stair-master you never use, and the husband that plays video games around the clock.

Holy matrimonial mayhem. Selling her husband on Craigslist?

Had I not seen it with my own eyes I probably wouldn’t have believed it.

“Easy to maintain, just feed and water every 3-5 hours,” reads the ad on Craiglist’s “Free Stuff” section. Alyse Bradley, of Logan, Utah, is offering up her video-game-playing husband. “He enjoys eating and playing video games all day,” she writes.

The wife posted the ad as a joke, offering her 22-year-old husband, Kyle Bradley, to the highest bidder, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. After the video game Modern Warfare 3 was released on November 8th, Kyle had a hard time tearing himself away. He recently returned home to Utah from Aghanistan after sustaining a back injury. The husband claims that gaming is one way that he stays connected to his military friends.

Apparently, no adequate offers have been made for the game-playing veteran.

This becomes just another item in the long list of weird Craigslist postings.

On a side note I have decided to shut down “Weirdo Wednesday” at the end of the year which means there are five more I will do.

Perhaps you have a suggestion on what I can now do with my free and available Wednesdays in 2012.

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Weirdo Wednesday – November 16, 2011

Weirdo WednesdayOh those silly New Yorkers.

Somewhere along the way I’m confident I played strip poker in mixed company. I’m positive tequila and locked doors were involved.

The art community in New York city is not inherently weird, or bizarre, but on occasion some of the ideas get pretty zany and extreme. Take the new exhibit by local artist Zefrey Throwell. His “I’ll Raise You One…” romp art show opened in TriBeCa’s Art In General gallery, over the weekend.

Through this week a total of 48 participants will literally gamble the clothes off their backs and breasts in the name of art. I’m talking the ancient and noble game of Strip Poker where anyone is subject to lose a shirt or their skivvies.

Anyone in the neighborhood can swing by to keep up on the action between 10:30 in the morning and 6:00 p.m.  The poker table is in full view of the front window.

Let’s hope the front room is well heated before everything gets too perky.

This may not be entirely weird but it is provocative.

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Weirdo Wednesday – October 26, 2011

Weirdo WednesdayThere’s plenty of weird stuff around to keep a weird reporter busy from now till the crickets come home. I mean just look around. Not knocking the Occupy Wall Street people but don’t you think it’s weird that a group protesting banks got over $300,000 in donations and immediately put it in the bank. That’s just weird, but I suppose safer than a jar buried in Central Park.

Lego Man

The Lego Man (Jeff Hindman via Boing Boing)

For this week’s weirdness we are headed to the sunny beaches along the gulf coast of Florida where citizen Jeff Hindman found something a little odd on a recent early morning stroll on the beach. Lying in the surf was an eight foot tall plastic “Lego Man.” The residents of Siesta Key are baffled and have various opinions as to the origin of the newest beachcomber.

From UFOs to divine intervention the opinions are as varied as they are weird, which makes this whole thing right up my alley.

Sarasota county deputies took the Lego Man into protective custody and asks that a family member claim him within 30 days. It is unknown what becomes of Lego Man at the end of that period.

This marks the third occurrence of a Lego Man washing ashore on one of the world’s beaches. In 2007, a similar statue landed on a beach in Holland, and one year later another one floated up Brighton, England. The statues are believed to be the work of Ego Leonard, described by one Lego fan website as an “enigmatic Dutch painter.”

And I thought Lego Harry Potter was weird.

ABC News video

Weirdo Wednesday – October 19, 2011

Weirdo WednesdayCrime fighting in America is a contact sport. Sometimes you come in contact with a bona fide weirdo.

Meet Petosky, Michigan’s Mark Wayne Williams, aka… Batman.

Holy run-afoul-of-the-law, Batman. When can a mild-mannered Superhero get a break?

The mask is to protect Batman's secret identify

It certainly wasn’t on May 11th when Batman’s alter ego, Mark Wayne Williams was discovered by local and state police, “dressed in a Batman costume, hanging off the western wall of the building.”

Williams was removed from his high perch (possibly were he was waiting for the bat signal from Commissioner Gordon) by police and searched thoroughly. He was found to be in possession of all kinds of instruments of crime-fighting commonly used by superheros.

Williams carried a baton type weapon, a can of chemical irritant spray and sand filled gloves. It is not known if these accessories were stored in the utility belt.

Meanwhile…. Back at the Batcave.

Holy plea bargain, your honor!

The caped crusader is forced into retirement. Williams is sentenced to probation and instructed to stop his crime-fighting ways. (I suspect Petosky Police just doesn’t like the competition.)

So for this week’s weirdo, I give you …. The Batman!

“Wait’ll they get a load of me!”
– The Joker

Weirdo Wednesday – October 12, 2011

“If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.”
– Rip Torn as Patches O’Houlihan

Weirdo Wednesday

Dodgeball. You know the game.

You and your teammates stand in a line across the playground from your opponent, waiting with anticipation, alert, strong, and maybe even a little scared.

The rules are simple. The is to eliminate all opposing players by getting them “OUT”. This may be done by:

  1. Hitting an opposing player with a LIVE thrown ball below the shoulders.
  2. Catching a LIVE ball thrown by your opponent before it touches the ground.

Definition: LIVE: A ball that has been thrown and has not touched anything, including the floor/ground, another ball, another player, official or other item outside of the playing field (wall, ceiling, etc)

(It occurs to me I know way too much about Dodgeball.)

You may already be saying to yourself, wait a second, Mills. Dodgeball is one of our children’s favorite pastimes. It doesn’t belong in here, hanging on the walls of Weirdo Wednesday like some big game trophy. It’s as American as Apple Pie and Marilyn Monroe. It’s as old as the little red schoolhouse and as young as a child wants to make it.

True, our beloved Dodgeball is an institution worthy of respect and honor, I give you that. The game, a  mainstay of elementary schools across the nation, is all grown up now. To use a social-network phrase — Dodgeball has gone viral.

On September 21st, students from Univ of California, Irvine gathered on the grass of the university’s Anteater Recreation Fields to play Dodgeball. In all a total of 4,448 students came out to play. This was an attempt to break the Guiness World Record of players in a Dodgeball game previously set by the Rochester Institute of Technology at 2136. To break the record that game must include one ball for every four players. (1,112 balls for the UCI game.) That’s a lot of balls.

At the sound of the starting gun balls starting flying back and forth across Anteater field like cannon fire at Gettysburg. The blue team smashed the yellow team to take the victory and more than double the previous record. Official Guinness World Records™ Adjudicator Danny Girton Jr. was standing by to certify the attempt.

“If you can dodge traffic, you can dodge a ball.”
– Rip Torn as Patches O’Houlihan

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