We hold onto some things for their charm, even after they’ve outlived their usefulness. Who really needs a fireplace to heat their house?
This Wild World
If coffin racing, brain freeze contests, parade of hearses, live vultures, frozen T-shirt contests and ice turkey bowling sound like a fun time, have I got a festival for you! Head to Nederland, Colorado, for the annual Frozen Dead Guy Days March 8-10.
Whatever you did last summer you can’t top this: Ross Edgley swam around Great Britain. The whole thing. After getting in the water June 1, he did not leave it until 157 days later.
It’s dubbed by many observers as “the least challenging athletic event ever conceived.” More than 20 years ago, the Maritime Republic of Eastport started a race to symbolize their “independence” from Annapolis. Their impetus came when the Maryland State Highway Administration closed the Spa Creek Bridge, which connects Eastport to the rest of Annapolis.
A child of the ‘80s, I’d race around the roller rink in my Strawberry Shortcake skates, hair (and roach clip) flying behind me, imagining myself as roller derby goddess Raquel Welch in “Kansas City Bomber.”
We all have thoughts, dreams, fears, regrets and memories. Some use social media to vent, while others may use therapy. A less traditional sounding board exists 1.4 miles from the Sunset Beach Pier in North Carolina.
Within Constitution Lakes Park in Atlanta there’s an urban hiking trail full of doll heads and other novelties arranged as art for passersby to see. Is it creepy? Very. But does it entertain many and help clean up the area? Sure.
So we can’t get a jar of Nutella past TSA, but people are attempting to board planes with peacocks, ducks, hamsters, pigs and minature horses and now even an emotional support squirrel.
There he was in all his rainbow glory – a casually dressed Albert Einstein hanging out on a rock on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach. There’s more than 100 murals in this area that was once in decline and is now home to lively shops and restaurants. Another popular mural by the same artist, Eduardo Kobra, is beside a theater and depicts an arm holding a colorful skeleton head. Shakespeare fans will recognize the reference to poor Yorick from “Hamlet.”
Double-helix staircases are rare enough. But one such structure, in Sante Fe, New Mexico, has no visible means of support and no known builder.