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Strange Photos From a Strange World

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As the old cliché goes, a picture is worth a 1,000 words -- maybe 10,000 if you've got poor reading habits and zero comprehension. But there are times, no matter how literate you may be, when a picture says it all, especially in the you-can't-make-this-stuff-up world of weird news.
  1. Hot Shots: The Best of the Best
  2. Circus/Sideshow
  3. Art/Exhibitions
  4. Festivals
  1. Sports/Stunts
  2. Animals, Animals, Animals
  3. Political Sideshows

Hot Shots: The Best of the Best

Body Painting

If you don't know where to get started, start here. You'll find a smattering of photographs -- the cutest of the cute and the grossest of the gross. You might not like it all -- and it's definitely not for everybody. Just remember, you were warned.

Circus/Sideshow

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As the man who got Bozo thrown out of the International Clown Hall of Fame, I've gotten a bad rap as a clown-hater. Truth is, my battles with Bozo are rooted in my love for the circus and sideshows. In fact, my wife and I renewed our vows at the Myrtle Beach Ripley's Believe It or Not! Right next to a six-legged cow.

Art/Exhibitions

Body Gras

Just how do you express yourself? Some paint on a canvas, others paint on each other. Then, there are the ones who pay $1,300 for a Frosted Flake shaped like Illinois. My kind of artist doesn't ponder which came first, the chicken or the egg. My kind of artist rebuilds poultry using Chicken McNuggets.

Festivals

Mud Festival

Everybody has their own idea of a good time. South Koreans get down and dirty at their annual mud festival. The streets of Auckland swell each year for the Boobs on Bikes celebration, just as New Yorkers flock to Coney Island for the annual Mermaid Parade (even when big fat guys dress like Mermaids).

Sports/Stunts

World Naked Bike Ride

Is eating 70 hot dogs in 12 minutes a sport or a stunt? What about completing a bike marathon in the nude? If you can't tell, it's probably weird news.

Animals, Animals, Animals

Camel Beauty Pageant - A Look at the Ship of the Dessert Camel Beauty Pageant

You want cute and cuddly? We've got cute and cuddly. You want ugly? We've got really, really, ugly (check out the world's ugliest dog). Any newspaper editor will tell you that animal pictures sell newspapers, at least in that faraway time before the internet ruined the publishing industry.

Political Sideshows

Demented Democrats, ridiculous Republicans, and protesters who have a flair for the outrageous, not to mention a tendency to wear nothing at all.

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