Wednesday’s Wackiness: Underwater Photos

I haven’t done Wednesday’s Wackiness for a long time. I’m sure you’ve all missed it terribly, right?

This week’s wacky comes from a Smithsonian collection of 1950s photographs taken underwater by Bruce Mozert, a pioneer in underwater photography. What makes these photos so wacky is that Mozert recreated above-water activities, such as barbecuing, reading the newspaper, and – one of my favorites – talking on the phone.

If you really dig these photos, be sure to look for Gary Monroe’s book, The Underwater Photography of Bruce Mozert.

Wednesday’s Wackiness: Dancing Dror

This week’s bit of wackiness comes by way of a posting on Regretsy, a website devoted to crafting mishaps found for sale on Etsy. Dror is an Israeli dude who offers his six pack abs hairy stomach as a billboard for your message. He also writes your message on a whiteboard, just in case viewers are so distracted by his moves that they miss the message.

But wait! There’s more! He will dance for 30 seconds as part of your advertising campaign. This is sheer genius, I tell you. Half-naked dude + dancing + advertising = key element to add to your marketing plan.

Don’t believe me? See for yourself. And then tell me whether I should pay Dror $5 to advertise my blog.

Wednesday’s Wackiness: Origami for the Truly Lazy

There was a time when I was very into the Japanese art of paper-folding, otherwise known as origami. I never got good enough to be able to make cranes, boats or anything remotely cool from memory, but I did have fun.

The Instant Origami website is much more my speed. Once you enter the site, click the links to watch short videos of how to craft an octopus, a boat, or perhaps a dragon with just a few crumples of paper.

Apparently there is a companion app on Facebook that allows you to send instant origami to friends. I didn’t have any luck getting it to work, but if you got it working, please let me know.

Wednesday’s Wackiness: The White House, Jello Style

Liz Hickok is an artist based in San Francisco who works in – wait for it – Jello. She’s done some really cool installations and exhibits of cityscapes, including a highly touted series on San Francisco. This week’s wackiness, however, is a video of Obama’s first 100 days in office, if he lived in a Jello-fied White House. Tip: once the video has loaded, run the slider back and forth to speed up the video – this will give you the full effect.

Wednesday’s Wackiness: Movie Trailer Mashups

Are you the person who must be at the movie theatre in time to watch all the trailers? If you have a good sense of humor, you might enjoy The Trailer Mash, a website that features mashups of movie trailers. In some cases, these new trailers give viewers a whole new perspective on some well-known films.

For example, there’s the trailer for what looks to be a lovely romantic comedy starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall.

And this high school romp set in biblical times looks like a laugh a minute!

Wednesday’s Wackiness: The Oracle of Bacon

Yes, folks, I have brought it back: your weekly dose of wackitude. Well, for this week, anyway. I can’t make any guarantees for next week. Or the week after that.

The Oracle of Bacon is a fun little site that allows you to input the name of any actor and see how he/she is connected to Kevin Bacon. Yes, yes, we’re all familiar with that game. Big deal. But what makes this site so wacky, though, is that you can have the website show you the link between any two actors, not just the Baconator. Someone had a whole lotta time on their hands so they input all the data from IMDB to create this site.

Here’s one example:

Sir Laurence, meet Don Draper.

And another:

Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn about Encino Man.

Go check it out and let me know what fun connections you find.

Wednesday’s Wackiness: The Sinatra Squirrel

A few weeks ago for Wednesday’s Wackiness I shared a game from the Eclectech site. If you already explored the site, then you probably found Sinatra Squirrel. If not, well, you are in for a treat. And I use the word “treat” very loosely.

Sinatra Squirrel is a short Flash animation featuring…wait for it…Frank Sinatra’s head on a squirrel’s body. He lipsyncs Ol’ Blue Eyes’ “Come Fly with Me” along with his penguin, llama and dog friends. If, after this brief description, you are yet to be convinced of the wackiness of this cartoon, there’s not much I can do for ya.

Wednesday’s Wackiness: The Banana of Canada

This week’s post comes courtesy of a link from a beloved blogger, Barbara of Bad Tempered Zombie. She posted the story on her Facebook Profile and it is just too good and wacky to not profile for Wednesday’s Wackiness.

I'm Melita Banana and I'm here to say/The Banana Belt in Canada is A-OK

The town of Melita in Manitoba, Canada has decided to erect a 9-m high statue of a banana. For those of you not on the metric system, that’s a 30-foot banana. But wait, there’s more! This big banana is holding a blue jay in honor of the city’s role in bird conservation.

For more info, and to plan your trip to see The Banana That Ate Manitoba, or at Least Caused Its Citizens to Question Its Leadership, click here.

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