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“The Chicken Song”

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 01, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Eccentrics, Food, Music

RIP Adam Purple

American eccentric Adam Purple died last week, at the age of 84. The NY Times says he collapsed on the walkway of the Williamsburg Bridge. We've previously noted some of his achievements here on WU. He's most famous as the "original hipster" and a "Guerrilla Gardener" who created a "Garden of Eden" on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Some of his other life details, from the NY Times obit:

  • He used many aliases throughout his life, including Rev. Les Ego, John Peter Zenger 2nd, and General Zen of the Headquarters Intergalactic of Psychic Police of Uranus.
  • He produced hundreds of copies of a tiny book called “Zentences!” that was meant to encourage meditation.
  • He "renounced the internal combustion engine."
  • "Because of his abhorrence of waste, he salvaged and repurposed everything he could, including empty glass bottles, rusty nails and even buckets of lost tennis balls found on the street."
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Sep 20, 2015 | Comments (1)
Category: Eccentrics, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, Obituaries

Crosscut Saw Filer

You know, I was actually getting into this a little bit, finding the esoteric knowledge somewhat alluring. But five parts adding up to over two hours? I'm gonna call the total program a fit candidate for our "Boring Video" competition.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Aug 24, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Boredom, Eccentrics, Tools

The Tri-Car

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Original article here.

This odd little auto actually made it into limited production.

Full history here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Aug 20, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Eccentrics, 1930's, 1950's, Cars

Prince Arvebran

Maybe you would like to be friends with Prince Arvebran on Facebook. You could ask him what part of Narnia he comes from.

Spocking The 5

Its not illegal to deface money in Canada. The banks do not like it but the trekkies up north don't care! Live long and prosper ay.
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Jul 10, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Eccentrics, Futurism, Money

George Bennie’s Railplane

I want to live in a world where a system of Bennie Railplanes has been in existence for eighty years.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jun 29, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Eccentrics, Inventions, Air Travel and Airlines, Trains and Other Vehicles on Rails, 1930's

Max Richter’s “Sleep”


Full story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jun 19, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Eccentrics, Music, Sleep and Dreams

Sitting and Smiling

Benjamin Bennett has currently uploaded 84 videos to YouTube. They all share the exact same premise. In each video he sits in front of the camera and smiles — for four hours.

His unwavering adherence to the concept has, by now, earned him status as a minor Internet celebrity. (And what higher goal can one really seek in life than to be famous online?)

His most popular video is Sitting and Smiling #5 (below), because this includes a brief moment of drama. In Bennett's own words:

About 2.5 hours into the webcast, I hear someone come into the house, which is odd, because my only housemate is at work, and we aren't expecting anyone. I realize I didn't check to see if the doors were locked before starting the webcast. I hear the person stealthily moving around the house, and then I hear them stealthily climbing the stairs, towards my room. My door opens, and I hear an unfamiliar male voice say "Hello?". Then, after presumably seeing me sitting still and smiling in front of a camera, lit from beneath by a florescent bulb, he promptly descends the stairs and exits the house.

You can see this happen at 2:36:30.

As it turns out, the doors were locked, and he had broken one open. We found nothing missing, as there is not really anything of value in the house other than the laptop I was using to webcast.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun May 17, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Boredom, Eccentrics, Video

Raymond Duncan

Raymond Duncan, brother of dancer Isadora Duncan, practiced a unique fashion philosophy. He spurned conventional attire and always wore a toga, from 1905 until his death in 1966. He said the toga allowed the body freer movement (though it must have been a bit drafty in cold weather, especially since he was living mostly in Paris, not somewhere warmer). And it also had something to do with embracing the "rhythmic harmony" of Ancient Greek civilization. More info here and here.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue May 12, 2015 | Comments (1)
Category: Eccentrics, Fashion
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