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Bizarre Finds

Do you ever wonder what inspires some of my blog posts? 🙂 Often it is family news or local and/or world events. Sometimes it's just something in life that strikes me funny and makes me think of something humorous on that topic.

As I run across pictures and stories that I think have the potential for inclusion in a blog post, I put them in a folder on my computer called "Sometime." I do the same with pictures that readers send me. Frequently when I look at what's in that folder, a theme for a blog post begins to form in my mind. This week as I scanned the pictures in that folder, I saw some great stuff that I thought would probably have nothing to do with any one particular blog post. So I decided to put some of the humorous or merely interesting pictures together into one post of wonderful, yet bizarre finds. Here goes.

A while back a reader took a picture of another vehicle and sent me it to me. You have to look really closely to see what some of those "animal pests" are. The one right above the phone number is "spouses."

picture of animal pest truck

Here are several newspaper articles I've received that struck me funny.

My wife and I find it almost shocking to hear what procedures are now done outpatient. Recently someone from our church had outpatient heart surgery! This newspaper ad has an expression new to me.

picture of article

I'm not impatient to have an operation, but I don't think I'll need to worry about it — "impatient surgery" will probably not be an option under Obamacare.

Also in the "medical vein," it's encouraging to know that future moms are still concerned about the effects of the environment on their unborn children.

picture of article

Earlier this week several of the young techs and I had lunch at one of my favorite places, Pita House [1]. Years ago, after my wife and I had gone to Pita House several times and had gotten to know the owner Ziad Namouz better, I told him that one of my colleagues at BJU could easily pass for his brother. When I told my colleague Greg about the resemblance, he said that I was not the first to mention it to him. We decided that we needed to visit Pita House together. Here's a picture of the Greg and Ziad when they finally got to meet. Greg is on the left, Ziad on the right.

picture of brothers

I'm sure some of Greg's former students might love that picture.

My wife Becka has a new blog post [2] about another restaurant that we've added to our favorites list in the past two weeks.

The next few pictures are on a summer theme.

The Tour de France will be beginning in about a month. Here's a cool biking picture I ran across.

picture of cyclists

A few weeks ago when we were visiting up north, we went to a Toledo Mud Hens game. Megan did a blog post about it [3]. Something that we all found funny was what a difference a baseball cap can make. Here's the man ahead of us getting a player's signature.

picture of man

He took his hat off for the singing of the national anthem.

picture of man

With the weather heating up all over the country, I thought you might enjoy two feet of snow.

picture of snow

I received the following picture of a survey done in Great Britain.

picture of survey

Here are a few items that could be additions to recent posts.

After my post about charts and graphs [4] several weeks ago, you should now know how to interpret this graph about Comic Sans font usage.

picture of flowchart

I saw this picture that goes with my recent post on graffiti [5].

picture of graffiti

Some of you who don't go to the blog itself missed a great comment from Brian [6] on the post of highly ironic signs.

Here's the screen shot of part of the story to which Brian posted the link.

picture of article

I would love to see the face of any Welsh truck drivers who read the bottom part of that sign!

Here's an interesting picture of some intricate carving. I think each crayon represents a different year in the Chinese 12-year cycle.

picture of carved crayons

This picture has some ironic juxtaposition.

picture of ironic juxtaposition

I'll end with something that is a part of American culture and history. Most Americans at least recognize the names Dick, Jane, Spot and Puff and the phrases "See Dick. See Dick run. Run, Dick. Run." My older readers probably had grade school readers with those characters in them. Here are a cover and page from one of those readers.

picture of reader

There have been all kinds of parodies through the years. As a computer geek, one of my favorites is


Recently I saw a parody that made me laugh out loud.

picture of reader

Phew! A post this random actually takes more work to put together than my normal posts do. I hope something in this post gave you a laugh.


"As frail human beings, we're often bewildered. But God never is. God never wrings His hands." - Drew Conley

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