OTIS POST: Yellowstone National Park, Part I: The Park is Always Open, Sir
Man, it was adrenalizing, riding through Yellowstone at dusk, dodging animals, and squinting into the brush to see more, jumping out at sites that we knew would be tourist anthills the next day. Of course, night was quickly falling and we still wanted to get up early the next morning, so we confined our bit of park reconnaissance to getting a lay of the land and checking out the awe-inspiring strangeness of Mammoth Hot Springs…(read more)
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OTIS POST: Yellowstone National Park, Part I: The Park is Always Open, Sir

Man, it was adrenalizing, riding through Yellowstone at dusk, dodging animals, and squinting into the brush to see more, jumping out at sites that we knew would be tourist anthills the next day. Of course, night was quickly falling and we still wanted to get up early the next morning, so we confined our bit of park reconnaissance to getting a lay of the land and checking out the awe-inspiring strangeness of Mammoth Hot Springs…(read more)

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ODDITY NEWS: Dan Aykroyd Autographing Alcohol in Peabody, MA
Ray Stantz himself will be in Peabody, MA. Go see him, then hit up Salem. Here’s the time I met him in my New Hampshire town (pictured). 
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ODDITY NEWS: Dan Aykroyd Autographing Alcohol in Peabody, MA

Ray Stantz himself will be in Peabody, MA. Go see him, then hit up Salem. Here’s the time I met him in my New Hampshire town (pictured). 

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ODDITY NEWS: "Why the World Went Wild For King Tut"
From the article:

While the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun is well known, the story of what happened afterwards, when the world went wild for anything to do with “King Tut”, is less explored. Discovering Tutankhamun, a new exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, helps to explain how – and why – “Tut-mania” shaped the modern world.

I’m still wild for Tut. And Boris Karloff. And ACE bandages.
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ODDITY NEWS: "Why the World Went Wild For King Tut"

From the article:

While the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun is well known, the story of what happened afterwards, when the world went wild for anything to do with “King Tut”, is less explored. Discovering Tutankhamun, a new exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, helps to explain how – and why – “Tut-mania” shaped the modern world.

I’m still wild for Tut. And Boris Karloff. And ACE bandages.

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RANDOM THING: It’s been six months and my Venus Flytrap is still alive and thriving somehow. Guess it’s time to make it part of the family. We’re naming it after this guy.
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RANDOM THING: It’s been six months and my Venus Flytrap is still alive and thriving somehow. Guess it’s time to make it part of the family. We’re naming it after this guy.

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ODDITY NEWS: A Requiem for Lake Balls
From the article: 

The species itself is called Aegagropila linnaei, and is in fact widespread in the Northern hemisphere. It is only this particular growth form, the lake balls, that are rare. The perfect spheres 10-15 cm across are found in just a few places: Lake Akan in Japan, Lake Svityaz in Ukraine and until last year they were also found in Lake Mývatn in Iceland.

Actually, this is the best part of the article:

The common name for the lake balls in Icelandic is Kúluskítur. Directly translated it means “round shit” which is supposedly what fishermen used to yell towards the bulky balls when they got caught in their nets in olden times. Biologists have since adopted the more gracious translation of “lake balls”.

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ODDITY NEWS: A Requiem for Lake Balls

From the article: 

The species itself is called Aegagropila linnaei, and is in fact widespread in the Northern hemisphere. It is only this particular growth form, the lake balls, that are rare. The perfect spheres 10-15 cm across are found in just a few places: Lake Akan in Japan, Lake Svityaz in Ukraine and until last year they were also found in Lake Mývatn in Iceland.

Actually, this is the best part of the article:

The common name for the lake balls in Icelandic is Kúluskítur. Directly translated it means “round shit” which is supposedly what fishermen used to yell towards the bulky balls when they got caught in their nets in olden times. Biologists have since adopted the more gracious translation of “lake balls”.

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RANDOM THING: Reckon I’ve posted enough stuff over the past week for a recap. So, if you missed any of it (and my analytics say you probably have):
1. My 3-day, 1,600 Northwest road trip: http://bit.ly/1nc6iJ6
2. My bear-less visit to Glacier National Park: http://bit.ly/1k8DWAP
3. I buy into Coke’s marketing scheme: http://bit.ly/1yRDVUR
4. Oddity news and random OTIS pics: http://bit.ly/1wRV5Po
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RANDOM THING: Reckon I’ve posted enough stuff over the past week for a recap. So, if you missed any of it (and my analytics say you probably have):

1. My 3-day, 1,600 Northwest road trip: http://bit.ly/1nc6iJ6

2. My bear-less visit to Glacier National Park: http://bit.ly/1k8DWAP

3. I buy into Coke’s marketing scheme: http://bit.ly/1yRDVUR

4. Oddity news and random OTIS pics: http://bit.ly/1wRV5Po

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OTIS PHOTO: Took this in a cemetery in Plymouth, MA. If you want to know what’s really happening, read cemetery trashcans.
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OTIS PHOTO: Took this in a cemetery in Plymouth, MA. If you want to know what’s really happening, read cemetery trashcans.

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ODDITY NEWS: Project Underway to Record the Medieval Graffiti on England’s Churches
From the article:

Armed with just a torch and a camera, a team of volunteers have recorded more than 28,000 images from churches in Norfolk alone and are a third of the way through searching Norwich Cathedral, where there are many more examples.

Fun fact: I have never spelled the word “graffiti” right on the first try.
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ODDITY NEWS: Project Underway to Record the Medieval Graffiti on England’s Churches

From the article:

Armed with just a torch and a camera, a team of volunteers have recorded more than 28,000 images from churches in Norfolk alone and are a third of the way through searching Norwich Cathedral, where there are many more examples.

Fun fact: I have never spelled the word “graffiti” right on the first try.

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ODDITY NEWS: Gone with the Wind Set Rots in an Atlanta Barn
From the article:

Seventy five years on however, perhaps the most iconic film set of all time has been long since forgotten by Hollywood, its whereabouts largely unknown, presumed lost forever. In actual fact, it’s been hiding away for 30 years inside someone’s run-down backyard barn.

Man, I love stories of lost movie props and sets.
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ODDITY NEWS: Gone with the Wind Set Rots in an Atlanta Barn

From the article:

Seventy five years on however, perhaps the most iconic film set of all time has been long since forgotten by Hollywood, its whereabouts largely unknown, presumed lost forever. In actual fact, it’s been hiding away for 30 years inside someone’s run-down backyard barn.

Man, I love stories of lost movie props and sets.

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OTIS Blog: Have a Coke and a Smile

It’s a lazy Sunday morning. I should be writing or mowing the lawn. Maybe rethinking major life decisions. Instead I did this. More pics here.

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ODDITY NEWS: Q&A with the Man Who Ventured into Turkmenistan’s Door to Hell
From the article:

The Darvaza Crater, more commonly known as the Door to Hell, still burns today, a surreal feature in an otherwise barren landscape. Details on the origin of the sinkhole are sketchy, but the story goes that Soviet scientists set it on fire to burn off noxious gases after the ground under a drilling rig gave way. Perhaps the scientists underestimated the amount of fuel that lay below…In November 2013, explorer and storm chaser George Kourounis, on an expedition funded partly by National Geographic, set out to be the first person to plumb the depths of the crater.

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ODDITY NEWS: Q&A with the Man Who Ventured into Turkmenistan’s Door to Hell

From the article:

The Darvaza Crater, more commonly known as the Door to Hell, still burns today, a surreal feature in an otherwise barren landscape. Details on the origin of the sinkhole are sketchy, but the story goes that Soviet scientists set it on fire to burn off noxious gases after the ground under a drilling rig gave way. Perhaps the scientists underestimated the amount of fuel that lay below…In November 2013, explorer and storm chaser George Kourounis, on an expedition funded partly by National Geographic, set out to be the first person to plumb the depths of the crater.

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ODDITY NEWS: Giant Skeleton at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

They call him Funky Bones, and you can walk all over him. I missed this while I was in Indianapolis.

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OTIS VISIT: It’s Up There: Glacier National Park
We travel the road that Jack Torrance took in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining—through mountains, through madness, through glaciers and herds of mountain goats. And I’ve never written the word “bear” so much in my life…(read more)
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OTIS VISIT: It’s Up There: Glacier National Park

We travel the road that Jack Torrance took in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shiningthrough mountains, through madness, through glaciers and herds of mountain goats. And I’ve never written the word “bear” so much in my life…(read more)

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ODDITY NEWS: Artist Creates Stunning Wire Fairies
From the post:

UK sculptor Robin Wight creates dramatic scenes of wind-blown fairies clutching dandelions, clinging to trees, and seemingly suspended in midair, all with densely wrapped forms of stainless steel wire. The artist currently has several pieces on view at the Trentham Gardens and sells a number of DIY wire sculpting kits from his website.

I want the artist to make 30-foot-versions of these pieces.
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ODDITY NEWS: Artist Creates Stunning Wire Fairies

From the post:

UK sculptor Robin Wight creates dramatic scenes of wind-blown fairies clutching dandelions, clinging to trees, and seemingly suspended in midair, all with densely wrapped forms of stainless steel wire. The artist currently has several pieces on view at the Trentham Gardens and sells a number of DIY wire sculpting kits from his website.

I want the artist to make 30-foot-versions of these pieces.

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ODDITY NEWS: The Case for Philadelphia as a Weird Tourist Destination
I agree with this NatGeo travel writer. Philly is way overlooked as a weird destination. Go for the medical and prison oddity, stay for the Edgar Allan Poe sites. Or versa vice.
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ODDITY NEWS: The Case for Philadelphia as a Weird Tourist Destination

I agree with this NatGeo travel writer. Philly is way overlooked as a weird destination. Go for the medical and prison oddity, stay for the Edgar Allan Poe sites. Or versa vice.

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