No one has yet claimed ownership of a giant head found last week floating in the Hudson River, but with the help of my friends at Weird N.J., we may have scooped the major news outlets on its possible origin. If you aren't familiar with...Show More Summary
One thing I've heard pretty consistently when talking to fans of the Weird series of books is that they love the cover design. I can't take credit for it, unfortunately, but I agree. It's simple, clean and eye-catching, just the wayShow More Summary
Just as much as he was fascinated by a star show, Owen Phairis was intrigued by the uniquely peculiar contraption responsible for creating it. It's a love that has resulted in the largest collection of planetarium projectors in the world. With...Show More Summary
The guys over at Tested recently visited Las Vegas's magnificent Neon Museum and its famous boneyard, an outdoor exhibition of Sin City's discarded Googie signage. In the resulting video, we get a glimpse at some of Vegas's most iconic...Show More Summary
Richard Garriott, sometimes known as Lord British, is a successful video-game developer, avid astronomer and well-known space tourist, having paid a substantial amount of his own money in 2008 to visit the International Space Station...Show More Summary
Fairgoers at the State Fair of Texas this morning witnessed a shocking scene as the famous 52-foot-tall icon known as Big Tex was engulfed in fire. Big Tex greets visitors every fall, when he's erected in Dallas's Fair Park for the annual three-week-long fair. Show More Summary
It's been five years since I lost my beloved beagle Rocky. In his memory, I'd like to repost a little something I wrote about him after my family and I were forced to put him to sleep: Written June 6, 2007 On Monday morning, I got up,...Show More Summary
Caine Monroy, at only nine years old, is already a budding folk artist and entrepreneur. With his own hands, he's constructed an entire interactive arcade in the front office of his dad's East Los Angeles auto-parts store, made almost...Show More Summary
Just thought I'd add my two cents on this whole thing.
There's a high tendency for people in my apartment complex to park illegally just to "run in for a second," even when there's an open space not 12 feet away. Of course, "a second" is frequently a loose translation of "10 minutes," during...Show More Summary
On day 3 of my research trip for Weird Oklahoma, I encountered Geronimo's grave, saw a giant nuclear cannon and narrowly missed running into a poltergeist (or so I was told). Enjoy!
As Arizona celebrates its 100th year of statehood this month, The Arizona Republic has chosen to mark the occasion by choosing Weird Arizona as its book of the month for February! The 14th officially marks the Copper State's centennial, and I am honored to have one of my books mentioned in conjunction with the celebration. Show More Summary
Today, February 4, marks the 100 year anniversary of the high-speed death of Franz Reichelt, the man known as the Flying Tailor, and would-be parachuting pioneer. In 1912, the Austrian-born French dressmaker, having realized a dire need for a proper parachute that could be worn by aviators, sought to invent such a device himself. Show More Summary
I don't think it will ever become a beloved roadside attraction like The World's Largest Ball of Twine, but one man has certainly earned his place in the record books by creating the largest ever ball of chewed nicotine gum. Let's ignore...Show More Summary
Embiggen Buy a Print More Like This The motley collection of junk-metal sculptures known as Jerry Hall's World of Imagination, which has for years fascinated visitors to northwest Tucson, Arizona, has sadly been disbanded. I had theShow More Summary
The 1964 Cadillac hearse that carried the body of President John F. Kennedy after his assassination, mentioned in a post last week, sold over the weekend for $160,000. (Video below.) The hearse was made famous when it transported the body of John F. Show More Summary
Nothing will ever beat the beloved Oscar Mayer Wienermobile for coolest promotional vehicle, but L.L. Bean, purveyor of outdoor clothing and equipment, is giving it their best shot with their brand new Bootmobile. Designed after their signature Maine Hunting Shoe, the Bootmobile measures 13 feet tall, 20.6 feet long and 7.6 feet wide. Show More Summary
I wouldn't say the method by which one reaches his destination is nearly as important as the destination itself, but there is something to be said for comfort and style. In that vein, I've compiled a handful of rides I've recently come...Show More Summary
Here's my video from day two of my first research trip for Weird Oklahoma, in which I explore some abandoned and purportedly haunted relics.
Dublin Dr Pepper, the only version of the soft drink to have never switched formulas to incorporate high fructose corn syrup, has been lawyered out of existence. The small-town Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling Company, located about 80 miles...Show More Summary