Weirdo Wednesday – Feb 16, 2011

Part of the problem with selecting the Weirdo of the week is related to the fine line between weird and eccentric. It’s a matter of perspective. If you are poor, you’re weird; if you’re rich, you’re eccentric. For example: I am not eccentric.

And then some people would be weird even if they had a dozen banks full of money. Now I don’t know how much money UFO Phil has, but rich or poor, I place this guy firmly in the weird column.

To be fair, I am not going to call him him an outright liar. He’s more of a creative person of the third kind, prone to exaggeration. He’s parlayed his weirdness into fringe media outlets such as the Dr. Demento Show, Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, and an MTV segment with Tom Green. A search of Demento’s database reveals no less than 21 of UFO Phil’s performances, which leads me to believe anybody can parlay a weird performance into a form of celebrity and grab their 15 minutes of fame.

Phil’s latest excursion into the realm of weirdness is his plan to build a pyramid atop Pikes Peak to become a docking station for alien spacecraft.  I’m not talking about a few two-by-fours, chicken wire, and paper mache, thrown together in the back of a pick up truck. The plans are for a massive structure towering 500 feet tall above the mountain. The aliens have provided Phil with the original plans from their first alien structure, the pyramid of Giza.

While Phil is still working out the logistics of getting the roughly 2.5 million limestone blocks to the top of the mountain, he continues to move forward with preliminary tasks such as securing building permits, arranging for constuction materials, and finally the approval of the US Forest Service who made an initial evaluation of his proposal.

A forest service rep responds, “An initial consideration of the pyramid-shaped power plant proposal would likely find the proposed use would unreasonably conflict and interfere with the Forest Management Plan and existing authorized uses on Pikes Peak.” It’s hard to get the government to take anyone seriously these days.

They say you can’t put a price on weirdness.  I say hogwash. Weirdness is anywhere from $5 to $100 in Phil’s online store. When the aliens arrive at Pike’s Peak, don’t be surprised if they are wearing a UFO Phil Hoodie.

This guy might be a weirdo, but he’s my kind of weirdo.


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