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Remember Balloon Boy Dad?

I know this is not Weirdo Wednesday. That was yesterday. But this morning I ran across Balloon Boy dad Richard Heene on YouTube plying his wares. You might remember how he and wife, Mayumi, duped the national attention by flying a silver balloon thousands of feet in the air, supposedly with son Falcon aboard. This all turned out to be a hoax and in addition to paying $36,000 dollars in restitution, Heene spent 90 days in county jail. (Mayumi served 20 days of weekend jail.)

That was then–this is now.

Apparently the Heenes moved to Florida. Dad got out of the balloon business and into the inventing business. His latest invention, the Heene-Duty Truck Transformer has caught the eye of Brett Wagonner of AME International.

“Richard is a crazy genius,” Waggoner said. “But it’s a top-notch invention and he’s a driving force behind it.”

Isn’t crazy just another word for weirdo? Anyway, I can’t speak to the validity of the Transformer as a marketable product. I do however question the sanity of having Richard Heene as your spokesperson.


Weirdo Wednesday – Jan 19, 2011

We’ve all heard it said that ‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.’ I’m not entirely sure that’s true in this case.  One of the most imitated pieces of art is da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Check out this LastSupperPalooza for a few examples.

A case could be made for a number of those artists to be Weirdo of the Week, but just because you confuse Darth Vader for Jesus, doesn’t necessarily make you weird, just irreverent.

For this weeks Weirdo, we travel to Roscommon, Michigan, where Laura Bell collected lint from her dryer and constructed a replica of The Last Supper. She spent 800 hours of laundry time and 200 additional hours to shape the pieces of lint into the four by fourteen foot homage to da Vinci’s masterpiece. Ms. Bell would buy towels of the correct shading to wash and dry separately just to get the right colors. Now that’s dedication.

This photo provided by Ripley's Believe It or Not shows a replica of Leonardo da Vinci's mural "The Last Supper" made out of laundry lint.

It is reported that Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum has obtained this art for inclusion into one of their museums. They are somewhat of an expert in odd incarnations of The Last Supper, already owning copies that have been engraved on a grain of rice, a dime, and a piece of burnt toast. Fitting that our Weirdo of the Week, Ms. Laura Bell, has her art displayed at Ripley’s – the King of Weird.

“Some people may think you’re cute, Babe. But to me you’re one very large baked potato!” ~Sylvester Stallone in Death Race 2000


Weirdo Wednesday – Jan 5, 2011

I didn’t have to look much past Spring Hill, Florida, to find my Wednesday Weirdo. James Jablon of Spring Hill moved into a lion’s den this past Saturday. This weirdo moved in with two African lions housed at his wildlife center, the Wildlife Rehabilitation of Hernando.

For the complete month of January, Jablon’s den-mates will be Lea and Ed, two mature African Lions.  Well isn’t that just hakuna matata! Apparently he is hoping this dangerous stunt will raise money for the center. It sounds like James’ heart is in the right place, let’s just hope it stays there. Now I ask you – wouldn’t a bell-ringing game warden standing beside a donation bucket out by the main gate be a lot safer than offering yourself up as a dietary supplement?  I ask you Mr. Jablon, have you considered that once the thirty days is over, Lea and Ed are not going to let you leave the pride.  There is just way too many things to go wrong here. I mean after all – lions are carnivores.

I thought briefly about doing a top-ten list of reasons not to spend thirty days with lions, but ten seconds later got an email from Letterman’s lawyers demanding I cease and desist.

According to Jablon, he will be sleeping on hay near the lions. He intends to eat when they eat. Perhaps he can survive long enough to stay off the lion buffett.

Feel free to view the streaming webcam of Mr. Jablon’s adventure in the Lion’s Den. The cam will be active until he leaves the lion’s den on January 31, or until he becomes lion food, whichever comes first. Guilty by association, I proclaim the over 250 viewers of being weirdos-by-proxy.


All kidding aside, I have to salute the weird way to raise money.  If you have a few dollars you can throw in the lion’s den, feel free to do so HERE.



“I’m one of those regular weird people.” ~Janis Joplin