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Blog Guy, I’ve noticed something odd. Several of your recent posts – three bodybuilding items, that prison census piece, even the famous bride and groom shot – all came from a city called Krasnoyarsk, in Siberia. What gives?
I knew I couldn’t keep that a secret forever.
Yes, Krasnoyarsk is the goofiest spot on earth. It is the mother lode of wacky stuff.
Wow! You should organize a Krasnoyarsk trip for your blog readers. So I guess this raises an obvious question.
Yes, I guess so. Uh, what would that be?
How do they wash their feet over there?
Oh. In the sink, leaning up against a window. That’s why falls from highrise bathrooms are the single biggest cause of death among barefoot people in Krasnoyarsk.
That’s fascinating. If I went there could I scuba dive?
Yes, but only in small inflatable pools. And remember to keep watching out for falling foot-washers.
I will. Does the city have a motto?
“Where Wiener Dogs Dare to Fly!” It’s a reference to the annual “What’s Up, Dachshund?” festival, which comes not long before Santa Claus bungee jumps into homes at Christmas.
So it’s a city where wiener dogs can fly but foot-washers can’t…
Yep. It kind of makes you think, doesn’t it?
Top: A soldier washes his feet at a military barracks in Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, November 3, 2010.
Right: A Dachshund runs through an agility course at a regional exhibition in Krasnoyarsk, October 24, 2010.
Left: A scuba diver sits in an inflatable pool advertising tourism in the center of Krasnoyarsk April 5, 2008.
Right: A man dressed as Father Frost makes a bungee jump from a bridge across the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk, December 27, 2009.
REUTERS photos by Ilya Naymushin