Oddly Enough Blog

News, but not the serious kind

Weird? Only if you’re a weenie!


sourtoe-300.jpgWe have a story on a travel Website’s ”Top 10 weird activities” for travelers seeking the outlandish.

Oh please, what bogus bushwah! Shrove Tuesday pancake races? Birthday party with Eeyore? In our sleep this blog has written about weirder places, most recently the new Enema Monument.

To be very fair, I’ll concede the Sourtoe Cocktail, where you have to sip a drink containing a preserved human toe. That IS weird. I’ll even give them Cafe Gratitude, a restaurant where I’m sure I would throw the waiters through a plate glass window.

But apart from those, I scoff at their weenie list and offer these ten items in no particular order:
“You must be joking”  tourist site opens

The Monumental Ironic Colonic!


enema-statue-160.jpgA frequent theme here is the sad plight of places that have no cable television, and must resort to other forms of entertainment. I’ve reported on singing dingossofa races and worse. But now, I may have hit rock bottom. 

In Russia, they just unveiled a bronze monument to, uh, the enema. I am not making this up. A health spa specializing in illnesses of the digestive tract commissioned a $42,000 statue of cherubs carrying an enema syringe. When balloons lifted a red drape into the sky this week, there it was

Smile! You’re not in New Zealand!


family-crop-140.jpgAn embarrassing thing happened to officials down in Australia and New Zealand, which it turns out are two different countries. They printed booklets about tax and housing programs, and both pamphlets showed the same happy family on the cover.

Oops! So where are you happy folks from, anyway? Australia or New Zealand? Actually, they’re from the U.S. It seems the shot was taken here, and a stock photo agency sold it. For all I know, these guys are smiling just because they aren’t in Australia.

More cartoons, Mr. President?


shields-100.jpgHey, Blog Guy, I read that President Bush was going to meet with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Does he live in a grand home like the White House?

Well, I’m looking at this news photo showing security for the meeting, and I gather Berlusconi  lives in a well-guarded video store. The Italians love their films - spaghetti westerns, Federico Fellini  - so they must think this is a great residence. Note the cops have “carabinieri” on their shields, which I believe is the Italian word for “rewind.”

This here’s Dogwood, Mister… Got treats?


dogwood-2-180.jpgBlog Guy, I’ve heard there’s this town someplace that’s completely run by dogs. Could this possibly be true?

Yes, indeed. The dogs were given several acres of wooded land about five years ago, as an experiment to see what they could accomplish.

Look! Is that Brad and Angelina?


gang-3-160.jpgBlog Guy, I have very poor vision, but my life’s dream is to join a motorcycle gang. Do you know of any that would make an allowance for bad eyesight?

I think so. It would appear that some members of the Bandidos gang have a similar affliction. You can see them here, apparently holding documents very near their face in order to read them. But the bottom photo suggests that if you have other social skills, like hand-shaking, you will be accepted.

Fuelish times on the campaign trail?


obama-car-180.jpgBlog Guy, is the fuel crisis having an impact on the presidential compaign? You know, all that flying, all those long convoys must get expensive. 

You bet. Recent photos show both candidates are adapting to cope with fuel costs. Senator John McCain has traded his jet for one of those boats with the big window fans on the back, that skim over wetlands and bump into alligators and stuff. I gather the strategy is to focus on the swampier parts of America. 

The most protected folks on Earth


It’s winter in Antarctica, and the residents are ready for months of total darkness. Quick quiz: among their last supply shipments were…

    the new HBO John Adams series on DVD books and movies about early Antarctic exploration 20 sets of Trivial Pursuit 16,500 condoms

Yeah, it’s the condoms. There are only about 125 people there now, so the math suggests total debauchery. But the supply is supposed to last all year, even after the sun rises again on August 20. The manager of the base station says condoms are given free to staff. Everyone knows everyone, so it’s embarrassing to go buy them. Maybe even more embarrassing to be the only guy who doesn’t ask for some….

Look at the striped horses, kids!


zebras-3-180.jpgBlog Guy, I’d like to take my kids on a nice safari to photograph animals. Any suggestions?

Yep, I just got back from Zebra Land. As you can see from my photos, exotic animals run wild.

Is this pea soup, or are we just in Peru?


lima-2-180.jpgBlog Guy, I want to slip away for a weekend with my secretary, but we don’t want to be seen, if you catch my drift. Can you recommend a good place?

Try Lima, Peru. Nobody sees anything there, because the fog is so thick during certain months. The Health Ministry just issued a recommendation that everybody should leave town once a week, just to see the sun.