Category Archives: Weirdness

On Display, Retread Style

My posts somehow started coming out italic a few days ago. Now it got better. Mostly. I finally got around this morning to digging into the template file to look for a tag out of place and fix everything. After … Continue reading

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From the Police Blotter

I can’t believe I beat Mary A. to this one: Ashland Daily Press, July 14, 2010 A guest at the Bayfield Inn reported there was a male in a coat in the park who was flashing knives and preaching to … Continue reading

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Damn, This Guy Looks Familiar

(NY Times, June 29, 2010) A news item that was never printed: Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich erupted into violence when approached by  reporters outside a Federal courtroom this morning. Asked for comment on damaging testimony in his corruption trial, … Continue reading

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Life Imitates Hanna-Barbera

How differently would American baby-boomers look at life without the cartoons that  kept us enthralled while we were (allegedly) growing up? Seems like there’s always something reminding us of Bugs Bunny, Rocket J. Squirrel, or in this case, Quickdraw McGraw. … Continue reading

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Poor Decision-Making In Action

Important: make sure to have all available information before taking drastic action. (See “WMDs in Iraq, lack thereof.”) Ill-fated rest stop retrieval: Crews pull man from Filer rest area toilet after he tried to retrieve his keys Magic Valley (ID) … Continue reading

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A Challenge to Cheesehead Pride

One of my favorite spots to take out-of-state visitors is Fred Smith’s Concrete Park in Phillips, Wisconsin. This is a wonderfully wacky folk-art folly: several acres filled with statues made from beer bottles and concrete. It doesn’t matter that bar … Continue reading

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That’s Some Awesome Drunk Driving

An article in Newsday earlier this week tells of an amazing misadventure in the same stretch of Fire Island where I used to live and work: A Center Moriches man who was arrested after trying to drive his truck onto … Continue reading

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Death By Whiz-Adventure

Growing up near a busy commuter line powered by a 600-something volt DC third rail, it was an article of faith among my friends that, “Some kid died when he peed on the third rail and he was electrocuted!” In … Continue reading

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The Latest Product From Mainway Toys?

How come when I read this news from Australia, I kept hearing Danny Aykroyd? Kids’ flaming footbag toy banned news.com.au, June 18, 2008 : A BALL designed to be set on fire and then kicked around has been banned. South … Continue reading

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Who Pays Junior’s Therapy Bill?

“Mommy and Daddy were playing cops and robbers, that’s all.” Boy Gets Trapped In Bedroom Handcuffs Sky News, February 6, 2008 An eight-year-old boy had to be freed by firefighters after getting stuck in a pair of handcuffs he found … Continue reading

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Here’s What Happens When You Live Too Long On An Island

Written in the family Bible by John Lyon Gardiner (1774-1816), seventh proprietor of Gardiner’s Island manor, New York: This book contains 31,173 verses, 773,692 words, and 3,566,450 letters. The middle, and least, chapter is the 107th Psalm. The middle verse … Continue reading

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Corpse Sex Still Okay In Cheeseland

I live in a very open-minded state: Accused Grave Robbers Dodge Sex Charges AP, July 27, 2007: MADISON, Wis. – Three men who dug up a young woman’s corpse to have sex with it after seeing her obituary photo cannot … Continue reading

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