Category Archives: weird

Wasteful Worship

Deep in the heart of Austin, Texas, down a quiet suburban street, there lies a folk art cathedral like no other. Now that I think about it though, I don’t know if folk art cathedrals are a thing. Let me … Continue reading

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A Comprehensive Rundown on Every Olympics Mascot Ever

Rejected articles. They’re an unpleasant drawback that comes with trying to make a living as a freelance writer. For reasons ranging from miscommunication to tight deadlines to a million other reasons, or some combination thereof, every once in a while … Continue reading

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Who is That [Not] Masked Man?

The Dutch love their boats. The second the temperature rises above 20 C, they flock to the nearest canal and wile away their free time aimlessly floating about while drinking wine, starring into space and/or waving to the poor, boat-less … Continue reading

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Trans-Europe Express: A Tour of the Netherlands’ Best Food Carts

At last count, over 500 food carts can be found within the borders of my hometown of Portland, OR. When I was still living there, I made routine trips to ones like Big-Ass Sandwich, Koi Fusion, Bangkok Duck and Chicken, … Continue reading

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The Perils of Public Nudity: European Edition

Spas/saunas are popular here in the Netherlands but they’re quite a bit different than the ones you’ll find in the states. First off, men actually frequent them and they’re not a haven exclusively for women in search of a few hours … Continue reading

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Not For the Faint of Heart…or Stomach

A friend of mine once said that the only thing he would never eat is a kitten. He admitted this at a pub in Portland a few years back. It was well after midnight and our table had completely run … Continue reading

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War Games

I’ve never understood the appeal of historical reenactments and why many people participate in them. I think we can all agree that the American Civil War and World War 2 were events that could hardly be considered a fantastically good time. Furthermore, … Continue reading

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Spider Monkeys in the Mist

Apenheul  is a lot like Sea World. Except with primates. Primates that jump on your head and poop with wanton abandon. I realize this is the second post I’ve written in a row involving animals and their bathroom habits. Please, bear with … Continue reading

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Deep in the Heart, er, Bowels of Texas

It’s the middle of Texas’ driest year on record and a group of yapping spectators are gathered around a pool table in a windowless honkey-tonk on Austin’s Burnet Road. With sweating bottles of Lone Star in one hand and red … Continue reading

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The Furry Fortunetellers of Istanbul

Culture shock is something that most people avoid like the plague. I thrive on it. The weirder, the better. I’ve participated in plenty of bizarre local customs over the years but consulting a rabbit about my future is definitely one … Continue reading

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