Oddly Enough Blog

News, but not the serious kind

Legumes and goobers and tubers, oh my!

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Blog Guy, you’ve helped other readers with their photo collections. I recall the guy who collects pictures of dancing presidents, and the one who asked for shots of rich folks eating ice cream.

veg michelle potato new 280Frankly, as a serious collector, both of those guys sound pretty weird to me.

I see. And what do you collect?

Photos of important people with vegetables. Here’s part of my collection, including my pride and joy, former President George Bush holding a can of Bush’s Baked Beans. That one is worth a fortune.

I also have former President Jimmy Carter with the world’s largest peanut in a lock box. I mean the picture is in a lock box, not Jimmy Carter.

Uh-huh.

So can you help me out?

As it happens, yes. Here’s a new shot of first lady Michelle Obama holding a huge sweet potato.

Checkered days, long knights shooting chess

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Boss? BOSS! Are you okay? Oh, I thought you were dead, all slumped over like that.

Yeah, I just fell asleep looking at your chess photos, Johnson. This was the best you could do?

Not just another pretty face?

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Okay class, you’ve had a week to memorize our country’s cabinet ministers, who are VERY important people! It’s time for a quiz, to see how many you can recognize. Here’s the first one…

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But Miss Johnson! Miss Johnson!

Yes, Lamar?

BRITAIN-OSBORNE/ECONOMYThat’s just the back of some guy’s head! Can you show us his face?

No, Lamar. You need to know him from the back, as well. If you’re ever walking behind this gentleman in a crowd, and you see a big leech hanging from his neck, you can point it out to him.

One picture is worth two or three words…

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AUSTRIA/

Johnson, get your butt in my office! You call yourself a news photographer?

What is it this time, Boss?

I sent you out to get a simple headshot of someone and here is your full, uncropped photo… I’m not making this up.

See, in journalism, headshot refers to the WHOLE head. Your photo makes her look like one of those “Kilroy Was Here” cartoons American soldiers used to draw.

You’re just wasting these goofy shots?

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Boss! What are you doing here? You NEVER come to the Oddly Enough Blog office!

BRITAINJust keeping the staff on their toes, Lamar, auditing the books.

Sure, Boss! Sit down. Somebody bring Blog Guy a doughnut! No, a CLEAN one!

Lamar, it’s almost the end of the month, and I see a stack of goofy photos we’ve paid for but haven’t used. What a waste of my goofy photo budget!

You know how it is, Boss, some of ‘em look real goofy so we buy ‘em, but then the writers can’t think of anything funny to say.

“Your comment is important to us…”

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Considering what they say, that you can’t choose your own family, I guess I’ve been pretty lucky with mine.

I’m talking about my blog family, the coterie of far-flung readers who have grown close around my Oddly Enough Blog over the past three years.

It’s a regular Hu’s Who, Blog Guy!

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Hey, Blog Guy, I’ve been looking at your photo file. You just had a shot of China’s President Hu Jintao, in Shenzhen.

Who?

Yes, Hu! He was near Macau, where that snooker player is from.

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That’s him! Si Tau Chong Wut. And while Hu was in Shenzhen, China’s premier was in Tianjin.

Putting the pull back in polo?

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WATER POLO

Today we have what may be the mother of all editions of our popular regular feature, “Stuff Maybe We Should Have Mentioned in the Photo Caption, but didn’t.”

WATER POLO/What you’re seeing here are photos from our coverage of the recent European Water Polo Championships in Zagreb.

Okay, the next round’s on me!

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CHINA/

Quick quiz: The troops in this photograph, clearly nervous and struggling, are…

shells vertical 220a) …playing a variation on Russian Roulette and wondering what theyhave to do to win.

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.