Category: Weird Things

Weird Things

We Can Be Heroes, Just For One Day

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“Out of work Sith Lord.”

The Emerald City Comicon, held at the Washington State Convention Center, has become an annual sign of Spring’s impending arrival in Seattle. It’s March! Time to shake off that Gore-Tex and wool. Time to reveal the unencumbered Real You to the world, by becoming your favorite fantasy character.

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Like most “comics conventions” around North America, including the giant San Diego Comicon, the Emerald City Comicon is only partly about comic books and mostly about fantasy film/TV. This year’s special guests included Star Trek: TNG and X-Men star Patrick Stewart and ’60s Batman stars Adam West and Burt Ward.

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But the real stars every year are the attendees themselves, channelling their copyrighted-and-trademarked icons.

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Perhaps nowhere was this smelting of commercial art into folk art more obvious than with the guy who played the Star Wars theme on bagpipes, while riding a unicycle.

(P.S.: For a viewpoint on Comicon from an actual comics creator, check out Donna Barr’s blog.)

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Seattle’s Annual Bad Wig and Ugly Tracksuit Walk for 2012!

• HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012 !!! •

What a great way to get the New Year off on the right foot.

Below are some photos from the

New Year’s Day Bad Wig and Ugly Tracksuit Walk  on 1.1.11

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If you have photos of this event and would like to share them here,

please email them to me along with your name for the photo credits,

and I will update this page.

jodavid@UnusualLife.com

Have a Great New Year!!!

and remember to put it on your calendar again for next year, 1/1/12 @ noon

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Steve Bard’s Weird House

If UNUSUAL is what you’re looking for, step right this way…

Our friend, Steve, is a great guy who has a thing about collecting unusual treasures to surround him in his home. The collection is incredible, astonishing, visually overwhelming, and sometimes disarming in nature. We’ve posted several times in the past about Steve’s passion for finding items which are unique, yet compliment other items in his multi-layered mix of visual spectacle. Today’s post is a video filmed by Unusual Life’s Marlow Harris. To say his home is a museum of wondrous treasures is an understatement. Marlow’s new video captures of the true essence of Steve’s incredibly strange home. Enjoy!


Steve invites you to take a tour of his Weird House in Seattle

Here are links to our previous posts featuring Steve and his home with many more photos and videos…

Steve’s Strange House ! – from August 2009

Comics, lawsuits, science fiction and a very unusual home from 4/07

Extreme Home Tour – November 2010

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The Love Love was built to look as if it is sinking

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Today’s post is about a boat named ‘Love Love

French artist Julien Berthier has designed a fully functional boat to look
as if it is sinking. The 21ft yacht was cut in half with a new keel
and motor added so it remains in the sinking position while being fully
functional. He describes it as “the permanent and mobile image of a
wrecked ship that has become a functional and safe leisure object.”

Berthier has taken the boat (or should I say half-a-boat) across the
English Channel to London and has toured it around Europe , getting plenty
of offers of assistance from unwitting good Samaritans, who would
presumably be either very annoyed or rather bemused by the contraption.

The designer and artist designed and built the floating installation in
2007. He named his creation Love Love.

A Tip-O-the-Hat to Ms Kelly Lyles for the heads-up on ‘Love Love’

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Weirdest in 2010

A compilation of the Weirdest stories, photos and videos in 2010:

Weirdest Photos of 2010 (AOL News)

Don’t miss the story about the human breast milk cheese: The Year in Weird Food Stories (Chow)

Weird old British skit becomes a New Year’s tradition in Germany (Slate)

Top weird travel stories of 2010 (SF Gate)

Here are a few stories that never made our local paper: Strangest news stories of 2010 (Denver West World)

Our Weird, Dumb Year: The Daftest Achievements of 2010 (by Buck Wolf)

Weirdest news of 2010: 13 Offbeat Stories from Huffington Post

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Bad Wig and Ugly Tracksuit Walk

• HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011 !!! •

Meet at Noon, at the Kiddy Pool at the North end of Greenlake in Seattle on Friday, January 1st, 2011!

Here are photos from the last few years. We’ll do it again this year, Saturday, January 1st, rain-or-shine. See you then!

What a great way to get the New Year off on the right foot.

Luckily, wigs do offer some insulation from hangovers and there’s no need to fret about bad bed-head.

Rain-or-shine, umbrella’s & kids ok. Meet at the Kiddy Pool on the North end of the Lake at noon. I’m pretty sure we’ll all be pretty easy to spot.

More details on Seattle Twist.

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Art Car Blow Out

Oh My God! was the first Art Car created by artist and filmmaker Harrod Blank. At the age of 16, Blank became embarrassed by the blandness of his all-white Volkswagen and painted a rooster on the driver’s door. He never stopped decorating the car, which ultimately served as the springboard to his career in building Art Cars and documenting the Art Car movement.

Unusual Life is based here in Seattle, and we’re excited because Harrod Blank is bringing “Oh My God!” all the way from the Art Car World Museum in Douglas AZ to Seattle for the Art Car Blow Out. The film “Automorphosis” will play Thursday June 17th at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle at 7 and 9 pm where “Oh My God!” and other art cars will be parked outside. Then he will attend the Seattle Art Car Blow Out from the 18th -20th at the Fremont Fair and the film will show again on the 21st at the Central Cinema at 7 pm. The filmmaker and other art car artists will be in attendance.

So if you live anywhere near Seattle, please stop by. Unusual Life will be in the Mighty Mighty Elvismobile, so stop by and say Hello!

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Obscura Day around the globe on March 20th

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Obscura Day is an international celebration of wondrous, curious, and esoteric places and you’re invited!

Atlas Obscura, the website compendium of strange and unusual places, is hosting a worldwide tour day on Saturday, March 20th.

Fans of Atlas Obscura are planning weird and unusual tours into places rarely seen by the public and you can view the website to see if your town is listed for this great day celebrating Unusual Life!

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World’s Largest LED project

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, just became home to the world’s largest LED project.

The Yas Hotel looks like something out of a science fiction movie or, in the words of the hotel, “a giant fishing net tossed over the sea.” The eye-catching hotel is wrapped in 5,000 LED lights that can change colors and even display video. It’s certainly eye-catching, and likely to attract a huge number of visitors. Many guests are unlikely to have stayed anywhere like this, and it is sure to offer a truly unique experience. Even a stay at a theme park hotel (www.britanniahotels.com/special-offers/alton-towers), with accommodation overlooking the bright lights of the rides, isn’t quite the same as actually staying inside a magnificent building like hotel. That said, the LED project is far from the only reason to stay in this stunning accommodation. The hotel has several restaurants, a spa, two rooftop swimming pools and access to an 18-hole golf course on Yas Island.

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Related: World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things by Erika Nelson.

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Bad Wig and Ugly Tracksuit Walk on New Year’s Day

• HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010 !!! •

Meet at Noon, at the Kiddy Pool at the North end of Greenlake in Seattle, Washington on Friday, January 1st, 2010

What a great way to get the New Year off on the right foot.

Luckily, wigs do offer some insulation from hangovers and there’s no need to fret about bad bed-head.

Rain-or-shine, umbrella’s & kids ok. Meet at the Kiddy Pool on the North end of the Lake at noon. I’m pretty sure we’ll all be pretty easy to spot.

More details on Seattle Twist.

• Here’s a link to the Set on Flickr if you prefer to see the photos LARGE or for high resolution printing from the originals…

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The Illustrated Man and shapeshifting LED Tattoos

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The title character of Ray Bradbury’s book The Illustrated Man is covered with moving, shifting tattoos. If you look at them, they will tell you a story.

New LED tattoos from the University of Pennsylvania could make the Illustrated Man real (minus the creepy stories, of course). Researchers there are developing silicon-and-silk implantable devices which sit under the skin like a tattoo. Already implanted into mice, these tattoos could carry LEDs, turning your skin into a screen.


Read lots more about this in the WIRED Gadget Lab and h+magazine

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The Heidelberg Project

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The Heidelberg Project is an outdoor community art environment located in Detroit. The elements of the canvas contain recycled materials and found objects, most of which were salvaged from the streets and each work of art is carefully devised to tell a story about current issues plaguing society. As a whole, the Heidelberg Project is symbolic of how many communities in Detroit have become discarded.

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The HP is the brainchild of native Detroit artist, Tyree Guyton. It began in 1986 and was originally designed as a creative response to ongoing blight and decay in the neighborhood in which he grew up.

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The Heidelberg Project, as it came to be known, developed into a block long environment consisting of free standing found-object constructions and abandoned buildings and trees adorned with found objects. Much of the area and works are are simplistically painted upon with multi-colored polka dots being the signature icon.

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The Heidelberg Project

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