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Weirdo Wednesday – March 23, 2011

Most of the time being named Weirdo of the week will be about the weird things you do. In the case of this week’s entry it’s not so much about what she does. It’s more about the weird clothes and costumes she wears.

Yes, you guessed it…

This week’s weirdo is Lady GaGa.

Between the meat dress she wore at the Video Music Awards and other frightful outfits, GaGa is not only a singer and piano player of note, she is becoming known as a style diva. Baby, if this is style, then I refuse to be stylish. (not that I am in the first place.)

The sad thing is she’s a pretty talented entertainer and all this glitz and glamor seems to hide that fact. She doesn’t come off as real. She has become a caricature and the off-beat antics and bizarre outfits have overshadowed the music.

I will say… One man’s weirdo is another’s wet dream.

Just sayin’

Weirdo Wednesday – March 2, 2001

Let’s step into Mister Peabody’s “Wayback” machine and turn the dials back to the nineteenth century — 1899 should do it. Strap yourself in as we traverse the fabric of time and space. The place — Colorado Springs.

The person: Nikola Tesla

For a man considered to be one of the great minds of his generation, this gentleman had more quirks than GE’s got engineers.

Source: Wiki

Born in Serbia in July of 1856, Nikola Tesla became one of the preeminent inventors and scientists of his generation. He became one of the early pioneers in the field of Electrical Engineering and Electromagnetism.

For all his genius, because of his eccentricity, many of his theories and bizarre claims were written off as the ravings of a crackpot. In spite of his many successes and accomplishes, Tesla died nearly penniless alone in the two-room hotel suite in New York city he called home. He was 86.

You can look back at many of the advances in science, mechanics, electrical engineering, nuclear physics, robotics and radar, can be traced back to ideas and philosophies that Nikola Tesla journaled about in the early twentieth century.

You may already be wondering why I’ve chosen Tesla as the weirdo this week. The answer’s quite simple really. There’s a fine line between weirdo and genius, and sometimes you have to be a bit of both to be who you are, so in that sense, I give you: Nikola Tesla.

Here are some weird Tesla facts:

Sketch of a man sitting in Tesla's Colorado Springs lab during a discharge test.

Teslas was fluent in eight languages. Along with Serbian, he spoke Czech, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, and Latin.

He likely suffered from an Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

He had a thing for the number three. He refused to stay in a room number that was not divisible by three. He lived in room 3327 of the Hotel New Yorker for the last two years of his life. (3327/3=1109)

He was celibate and never married, claiming his chastity helped his scientific ability. Sort of explains his weirdness.

He was obsessed with pigeons and kept a supply of expensive bird seed to feed the pigeons in Central Park. He was known to rescue wounded birds and nurse them back to health in his hotel room.

A sketch likeness of Tesla adorns the Serbian 100 Dinar bill.

He was close friends with Mark Twain.

His friend Hawthorne wrote of Tesla, “Seldom did one meet a scientist or engineer who was also a poet, a philosopher, an appreciator of fine music, a linguist, and a connoisseur of food and drink.”

He ripped up a Westinghouse contract that would have made him the world’s first billionaire. mostly because it would end his dream of free power for everyone. (I dream of that myself.)

He found jewelry physically revolting, notably Pearl Earrings.

He was fastidious about cleanliness and hygiene, and was considered mysophobic.

Near the end of his life Tesla claimed to be visited by a specific white pigeon daily. It is said that Tesla viewed the death of the pigeon as a “final blow” to himself and his work.

His battles with Thomas Edison over electrical theories and methodologies are epic.

The rock band Tesla is named for Nikola Tesla. (duh)

I thought the “Tesla coil” was the coolest thing I ever saw.

For more on Nikola Tesla go to The Tesla Museum.

Weirdo Wednesday – Feb 2, 2011

Randy Quaid as Cousin Eddie

Two Words – Cousin Eddie. As weird as Eddie is, the actor that plays him is as weird as they come. Randy Quaid brought the Eddie character to life, as no other weirdo could. But then this weirdo has made a career of playing weirdos. There was the uber-weird role of the Amish bowler, Ishmael Boorg, in the Farrelly Brother’s, Kingpin. Later he nailed the weirdo, alcoholic crop-duster, Russell Casse, in Roland Emmerich’s high tech masterpiece, Independence Day. He even won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the weird president, Lyndon Johnson.  His brilliant weirdness portraying android, Bruno, was not enough to save Eddie Murphy’s box office  flop, The Adventures of Pluto Nash. (In absolute terms, Pluto Nash made the largest financial loss of any movie to date, with a budget of $100 million and a total US gross of $4.41 million – total loss, $95.59 million). But, I digress.

Things started getting really weird for the actor and his wife, Evi, when they were first arrested on September 24, 2009, in Texas, for allegedly defrauding an innkeeper, burglary, and conspiracy in California. The arrest stemmed from an earlier incident in which the Quaids allegedly left a Santa Barbara hotel with an unpaid bill of approximately $10,000. (Wonder how much of that was room service?) The Quaids paid the 10K and went about their merry way. A year later the couple was again arrested in Santa Barbara, this time for “Living in a questhouse without permission.” The official charge was felony residential burglary, but the Quaids disputed the facts saying that the house legally belonged to them. This claim was refuted by the owners when they presented documentation that confirmed the house was sold to the current owner in 2007.

But wait… there’s more.

TMZ reported the Quaids claimed the property was wrongfully transferred to a third party by using the forged signature of a dead woman named Ronda Quaid in 1992. On October 18, 2010, bench warrants for the Quaids were issued following their failure to appear for a hearing on the burglary charges. Four days later, on October 22, Randy and Evi Quaid sought protection under the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, after being arrested at the US-Canadian border in Vancouver B.C. They have since applied for refugee status on the grounds that they fear for their lives in the United States as numerous actors have died under mysterious circumstances committed by the “Hollywood star whackers”.

A thorough Googling, looking specifically  for the “Star Whackers” kept sending me back to the Quaids.  Imagine that. This is an ABC interview with the refugee weirdos.

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So as the curtain falls on actor Randy Quaid, he shall always be remembered as a real weirdo.



“Shitter’s full!” ~Cousin Eddie

Post-a-Day 2011

One of the challenges to posting daily is coming up with content that is fresh, entertaining, and at a minimum, informative.  Taking the post-a-day challenge means that for 365 days I have to do exactly that.

I’m going to knock out one-seventh of that by posting a regular feature I will call: Weirdo Wednesdays. The weirdo will be plucked right out of the current headlines. Between Hollywood and Washington, a steady pool should be available for my Weirdo Wall of Shame.

That covers 52 days and I only have to worry about the other 313. What’s a wayward writer to do?

Trivial Thursdays? Floundering Fridays? Sinful Saturdays?

If you would like to nominate a weirdo for Weirdo of the Week, feel free to send me a message: mickeymills at hotmail dot com. Deadline for nominations is midnight on Mondays.

 



I don’t like parties past 2 am. Then it’s all losers and weirdos. ~Paris Hilton