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Everybody loves LOLCats. Well today, while looking at the Best Week Ever blog, I ran across the latest LOL Web site. At, they take the photos of fathers and sons and switch their heads in Photoshop. The result is something oddly humorous, yet frightening. Hummm . . . just what if we started our lives looking older and appeared younger as we aged? Update: I just saw the trailer for the new movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, and apparently this is the plot. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save Advertisements

Not a good idea

I’ve written about trendy tote bags before, but I’m not so sure this one is a good idea. Charles & Marie sells these “Shoplifter” bags for $35. The company describes it as a “wonderful conceptual and stylish piece of work,” but, uh . . . I think it’s an incredibly dumb idea. I mean, do you really want every one in the store looking at you suspiciously and a security guard following you around? Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

The mysterious wizard

As I was driving home from work the other day, I saw a wizard on the side of the road. Well, maybe he wasn’t a wizard. I’m not exactly sure. Perhaps he was Father Time. I’m just not positive. But he was wearing a long purple robe, a pointy matching hat and a long white beard. Without the pointy hat, I might have pegged him as a religious figure or homeless person, but the pointy hat seemed to scream wizardry. I do not know why he was there. I assumed he was promoting something, but he was on the opposite side of the road standing in front of a fenced apartment complex. Jovial and waving at the oncoming traffic, he appeared to be trying to attract attention to something, but like I said, he was not near a business, so I have no clue where or to what I was supposed to be lured. I have seen wizards, pirates and other characters on the side of the road, but they generally appear in October when …

A big trap

I like most animals, but there are a few I’m not crazy about. They include centipedes, any snake that is near me and not behind glass at a zoo, creepy armadillos and opossums. So I’m glad I wasn’t around millions of years ago when a giant rat species called Josephoartigasia monesi roamed the earth. Scientists recently discovered the one-ton “fossil rat” in South America, and according to National Geographic, the prehistoric, bull-size creature is the world’s largest recorded rodent. They estimate he weighed 2,200 pounds, a lot more than the world’s largest living rodent, the capybara, also found in South America. I wonder how much cheese he could put away. . . Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Little pink Christmas trees for you and me

Have you decorated your Christmas tree? What ornaments did you use? Did you buy real or fake this year? Here’s two recent holiday stories that may help you decide what kind of tree to erect and which ornaments to hang from its branches. I favor the pink Christmas tree that’s been making it’s way around the Web this season. You can buy it and several other unique styles including a palm Christmas tree, a purple tree, a black tree and an upside down tree at Treetopia. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Your very own bobblehead

We live in a day and age of personalization and customization, and a California-based company called HeadBobble is following this widespread trend. In the last few years, bobbleheads have risen in popularity. What is a bobblehead, you might ask? Many know the term refers to a doll-like figurine with a comical head somewhat larger than the body that bobbles back and forth when moved to create a humorous effect. You can find bobbleheads modeled after just about everyone in pop culture, from President George Bush to Dwight Schrute, a character from the television show “The Office.” Bobbleheads are popular desk accessories, and now you can have one created in your own image. HeadBobble offers these items, and I have to say that the bobbleheads they’ve created do bear a striking resemblance to the photographs submitted. It looks like some couples have even chosen to have bride and groom bobbleheads created to place atop their wedding cake. Individual HeadBobbles cost around $90. To see more bobbleheads created from photos of regular people, visit the site. Got …

Wigs for dogs?

One of my first blog entries was about babies in wigs, a trend that emerged in England last year. Today, Trend Hunter is talking about dogs in wigs. A Florida store called Wiggles: Wigs for Dogs is selling the products, and as you can see by these photos, some dogs seem quite content wearing faux human hair pieces, while others, like this sad pug, appear to be contemplating suicide. The site features many different wig styles and colors. If you’d like to turn your gray-haired Yorkie into a Lucille Ball look-alike, a red wig is available. Or maybe your dog would feel more comfortable expressing himself as a goth or punk pup. Just clip in a pink or black hair extension, and fido is ready to rock. Click here to watch the David Letterman segment. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

If Mellencamp saw this birdfeeder, he’d sing ‘Little Pink Heads for you and me’

Every once and a while, I run across products online that are just too weird not to post, such as this severed head birdfeeder. If you ask me, this is pretty strange, and reminds me of Sloth from “The Goonies” with a little Ed Gein thrown in, but if you feel compelled to hang a decapitated ceramic head in your yard and the birds don’t mind, I say go for it. “Little Pink Houses for you and me,” you know? The stonewear birdfeeder head from Modern Artisians even has a name. For $84.99, you can buy your very own “Bob.” Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Flushing $150 down the toilet

A company called Renova Colors is selling vibrantly colored toilet paper for those who want to make a bold statement in their bathroom.The concept isn’t really new. You can buy pastel toilet paper in stores now, but this paper comes in bright green, orange and black. It’s unique, but something about it just seems wrong. I initially wondered what the dye used would do to the environment, but a quick Internet search reveals The Chicago Tribune did a story on the toilet paper this week. They say the international sales of Renova toilet paper tripled from 2005 to 2006, and company owners say the paper is environmentally safe. In the article, an EPA spokesperson said there are many environmentally friendly, biodegradable dyes in existence today, unlike 30 years ago. So if the dyes are safe, I guess the toilet paper can’t be “wrong,” unless, of course, you look at the price – a case of 45 rolls cost $150. I guess you could use them for birthday party streamers if you wanted, but $150 seems …

Fung shui for monkeys?

The BBC reports today that the L.A. Zoo is paying a fung shui expert $4,500 to create a comfortable space for three monkeys on loan from China. My question: Do you think a monkey really knows he’s from China and, therefore, opts for Asian interior design over, say, contemporary modern or country chic? I personally think he’d rather have $4,500 worth of bananas. What’s next? “Trading Cages?” Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

These dolls might just send Stephen King over the edge

Have you ever looked at a porcelain doll sitting on a shelf and gotten a really creepy feeling about it? There are a number of horror films based on the idea. The whole “Chucky” series is about an doll that wreaks havoc, and creepy dolls are a Stephen King recurring theme. In “The Poltergiest,” a King-written screenplay, a little boy afraid of the clown that sits at the foot of his bed is later dragged under the bed by the doll. King wrote an “X-Files” episode about an evil doll, and one of the vignettes in his “Nightmares and Dreamscapes” series that originally aired last year on TNT was about a man (William Hurt) tormented by toys. A company of little green Army men battle him to his death. That’s why I think if someone bought Stephen King, (who obviously has major issues with dolls), one of the Strange Dolls I ran across online today and mailed it to him, it might just send him over the edge. The Web site says Strange Dolls aren’t …

The unicycle-riding banana

I generally write about popular culture, so this is a little off subject, but as I was coming home from the bookstore today, I saw something yellow coming down the sidewalk near my apartment complex. As I approached it in my vehicle, I noticed that among the other walkers and bikers out enjoying a beautiful sunny Mississippi day was a banana on a unicycle. Yes, a banana on a unicycle. Now, I can understand how it might not be highly unusual to see someone riding a unicycle down a sidewalk (or multi-purpose trail as it is known), and how it’s really not out of the ordinary to see a banana at your local supermarket. But a banana on a unicycle? Come on – that’s like Haley’s comet. Seventy-five years may pass, and I will likely never see another unicycle-riding banana. Funny thing is, this is not New York City or Los Angeles where you’d expect to see a banana on a unicycle. This is a fairly conservative suburb of Mississippi where bananas on unicycles are …

Was Hannibal Lecter just being artistic?

Today, I read a story about New York artist Marco Evaristti, who recently invited some friends over to his apartment and served them 48 meatballs cooked with fat that had been liposucked from his body last year. He says the purpose of this latest “artistic” endeavor was to make people contemplate whether or not it is OK to eat human flesh. I think the fact that mad cow disease, which is thought to have originated in cows who were being fed other cows, is a pretty good indication that cannibalism in any form is probably not the best idea. And if that isn’t evidence enough, “Silence of the Lambs” should be. Let’s pretend for a minute that this is a question worth asking and not a juvenile “Marilyn Mansion” shock tactic to make oneself seem insanely genius, when you are just insane. I appreciate intellectually provocative ideas, but I’m not sure an idea worthy of a B-grade horror movie qualifies. If this is an extreme demonstration designed to make the public question whether or not …

Trends: When it comes to art, you can’t get more original than this

If having a photographer take your portrait isn’t intimate and personal enough, you might want to hand over your DNA to someone who can create a completely original piece of art for your home. A company called DNA 11, with the slogan “From life comes art,” takes DNA and fingerprint samples and turns them into colorful works of abstract art. Essentially, your chromosomes become cubes and your fingerprints become swirling labyrinths. The company allows you to select the color and size of your art. Then it sends a kit for collecting your own DNA samples. The samples are sent back to a lab, digitally enhanced and printed. This sounds really cool, in an X-Files sort of way. I just hope Big Brother and/or a mad scientist who wants to clone art lovers isn’t behind this. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Trends: Computers, a la natural

For those who like the idea of ironically combining modern technology with traditional natural elements, check out Wood Contour, where you’ll find wooden keyboards, monitors and mice. The Web site says every luxury piece is custom-made from one solid piece of wood. Visit Popgadget for more interesting products. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Trends: Political Pet Toys

If the thought of having a beast with large teeth gnaw on the head of some of the world’s most controversial political figures has crossed your mind once or twice, you now have the power to make that happen. A company called Political Pet Toys is manufacturing chewable pet toys that look like George Bush, Hillary Clinton, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, Iran leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Osama bin Laden, political filmmaker Michael Moore and others. So if you become frustrated with a certain political figure, you can vicariously punish them by feeding them to the family dog. Founded in 2001, the Australian company says most of its sales are to U.S. retailers and novelty stores. “You can’t get even, but your pet can” is their slogan. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Trends: How cool are these plates?

If you’re looking for something unusual, Rab Labs has a line of agate plates and coasters that are unlike anything I’ve ever seen. They’re sleek, modern and artistic. According to the Web site, the company was founded in 2002 by Anna Rabinowicz, a designer and engineer. Rabinowicz has designed webcams for Logitech, concepts for General Motors and medical devices for cardiac surgery. She currently teaches in the design department of Parsons School of Art and Design in New York. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Trends: Shower tiles that change colors

Speaking of things that change color, like the purses below, these are heat-responsive shower tiles that change color when they are wet. Created by Moving Color, the company said the tiles were inspired by the Northern Lights of Alaska. They appear black at room temperature and change colors when temperature is applied.The company offers three types of tiles. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Photo credit: Moving Color Save

Trends: A step beyond glow-in-the-dark

A company called LumiGram is now making shirts, purses, pillows, table cloths, etc., out of fiberoptic material. I guess it’s a step beyond glow-in-the-dark. I’m not sure if it’s my style, but it’s a pretty interesting idea. It has that “Studio 54” disco look, and that’s a scary thought, because that means not only have the ’80s trends like leggings returned, disco and the styles of the late ’70s and early ’80s may be right around the corner. I’m not sure any of us are prepared for that level of tackiness again. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.Photo credit: Lumigram Save