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Blog Guy, you know that city in Siberia that you like to call Wackytown?

Yes, Krasnoyarsk. It is the goofiest spot on earth.

I was wondering, do they have a space program?

flying guitar vertical 240Indeed they do, and it’s a strange one.

No! Why doesn’t that surprise me?

The folks there wanted to be the first to shoot a guitar into space, and yesterday they succeeded.

A guitar? What’s the name of this program?

“Stairway to Heaven,” I believe.

Hmm. And where did the guitar launch director sit?

At the instrument panel, of course.

Did they have their own launch pad?

You bet, the Stratocaster.

Okay, even you couldn’t make up stuff this stupid. Is rock music getting popular in Krasnoyarsk?

Yeah, you could say it’s starting to take off….

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Top: Siberian State Aerospace University students launch a rocket shaped like a guitar in central Krasnoyarsk, April 10, 2011.

Right: Guitar-shaped rocket ascends near a monument of the Cosmos-3 rocket carrier in the center of Krasnoyarsk.

You didn’t hit your head hard enough! Roll again!



Blog Guy, you write a lot about Krasnoyarsk, that place in Siberia that you like to call Wackytown. But what I find interesting is, you haven’t given many details about their military training over there.

RUSSIA/Rest assured, it’s as goofy as everything else in Krasnoyarsk.

Look at this photo above, showing students in a military club being deployed by a pick-up truck. They learn to roll out of the back onto their head.

Climb faster! We got a plane to board!



Blog Guy, I can’t remember the name of it, but you blogged about some city you called the “goofiest spot on earth.”

You mean Wackytown? That’s Krasnoyarsk, in Siberia. I put together tours there as part of my blog’s Goofy Travel series. Are you interested?

Welcome to Wackytown



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?

RUSSIA/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.

Not another polish joke!


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Get your butt in my office right now, Lamar! What’s going on out there? The fashion show starts in 30 minutes!

RUSSIA/Boss! You told me to make sure all the girls had bikini waxes. I bought a whole case of Kiwi wax and some rollers. We got oxblood, dark brown, black….

So you guys work out, or what?



Say, you guys are kinda cute! You come here often?

bodybuilding bar face 1 200Eeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!

I see. Yeah, I’ve heard this is a bodybuilder bar, is that what you boys do?


Well, you have real sweet smiles, both of you. No wonder the girls all love this place. Some of those other bars are so stuffy, making guys wear shirts and pants!

This is one REALLY goofy hobby!


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I know it’s only November 2, but I am confident that we have found the “Euphemism of the Month” already.

The photo captions say we’re seeing these women “prepare” for an amateur bodybuilding tournament. Excuse me?

Ax murderer? I’ll just tick Self-Employed!



I’m sorry, I just can’t stop laughing at this one. We have this series of photos showing census-takers conducting a general census of the population of a male prison camp in Siberia.

Excuse me? Shouldn’t the authorities already KNOW how many people they have in a prison, and who they are and everything?

Starting your own Goofy Face Museum?


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Blog Guy, as the curator of the very popular Goofy Face Museum and Doughnut Shop in the nation’s capital, can you tell us a little about what makes a truly goofy picture? It all starts with a goofy face, right?

afghan melon goofy 320Not always. The photo above is wonderfully goofy, but nobody’s making a face.

Thanks for auditioning, we’ll call you…



Blog Guy, I need some of your famous career advice.  I’m a dancer looking for work. Whenever I say I’m a dancer, people think I mean stripper.

RUSSIA/Yeah, that’s a common problem. I notice the same thing when I tell people I’m a blogger. What can I do for you?