Oddly Enough Blog
News, but not the serious kind
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
A 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 dingos, sofa 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.
An 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.
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.”
Yes, indeed. The dogs were given several acres of wooded land about five years ago, as an experiment to see what they could accomplish.
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.
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 new HBO John Adams series on DVD
books and movies about early Antarctic exploration
20 sets of Trivial Pursuit
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….
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.