Think Kit Day 3. The prompt reads:
Share the strangest experience of your year. Did you do something new or unexpected, see something out of the ordinary, or have a unique experience? What was so strange about it?
Well then. That feels a little dangerous. A little too self-revealing. I mean, what some people think is strange I find quite normal. On the other hand, I find the emotional investment people make in professional sports a little strange. See, I've already revealed too much.
How can I stall?
I know. Let's look at the definition of strange, shall we?
- different from what is usual, normal, or expected
- not known, heard, or seen before
- not entirely comfortable or well
Thank you, Merriam-Webster. You've supported my point. What's strange to one person may not be to another. It changes from person to person and culture to culture. Someone from Germany (or about anywhere else in the world) might find it strange that we Americans use cups and pounds instead of the far more logical metric system or that we pay servers by tipping.
In my own personal concept of strange, there are different kinds. There's huh-that's-weird strange, what-the-fark-were-they-thinking strange, and oh-that's-wonderful strange. You know, neutral, negative, and positive.
The following are examples of oh-that's-wonderful strange.
Tragic parking lot discovery.
Travel Gnome and Doughboy are zip-tied onto this bike on Ontario Street in Chicago.
Potato Penguin was tasty.
A road to nowhere in Wisconsin. I swear to Potato Penguin that I did not Photoshop that sign.
Please meet Luna. She is wearing a Yoda ears headband around her neck. Trust me; it is not torture. She loves to wear these ears. In fact, she's wearing them now and has been for at least two weeks. When we remove them, she wants them back on. Luna is definitely oh-that's-wonderful strange.
Is any of these the weirdest thing I experienced this year? No. Not by a long stretch. You and I will have to get to know each other better before I share that.
Bonus: Read this wonderful article from the Pacific Standard about why Americans are the weirdest people in the world. Especially read it if you're into social science, human behavior, and culture.