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America’s Strangest and Weirdest Conventions   Leave a comment


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For the last three years, American photographer Arthur Drooker has been to a dozen conventions across the country, photographing some of the quirkiest gatherings such as mermaids, clowns, Santas, fetishists and Lincoln look-alikes. Yet, he has barely begun. According to one estimate, America holds a staggering 1.2 million conventions, conferences, and trade shows every year. That’s nearly 3,000 gatherings every day! These unusual gatherings allow like-minded people to congregate, bond, and express themselves.

“Regardless of what they’re about, where they’re held or who attends them, all conventions satisfy a basic human urge: a longing for belonging,” says Arthur Drooker. “At conventions, people who share similar interests, even obsessions, come together to bond and to be themselves without fear, apology or explanation. The outside world doesn’t matter. In fact, for the weekend duration of most conventions, the outside world doesn’t even exist.”

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Association of Lincoln Presenters, Natchez, Mississippi, 2014.

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Santa Drill Team, Santa Celebration, Tampa, Florida, 2013.

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Brony Parade, BronyCon, Baltimore, 2013.

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At Ease, Military History Fest, St. Charles, Illinois, 2014.

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Mermaid Matrimony, Merfest, Cary, North Carolina, 2015.

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Zoo, Anthrocon, Pittsburgh, 2014.

Anthrocon (abbreviated AC) is the world’s largest furry convention, taking place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania each June or July. Its focus is on furries: fictional anthropomorphic animal characters in art and literature. The convention was first held in 1997 in New York State, and draws over 5,000 attendees annually. Anthrocon 2016 drew 7,310 attendees, with 2,100 fursuiters participating in the fursuit parade.

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Fetish Con, at Tampa Hilton, Florida

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World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships, Springfield, Illinois

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 Las Vegas convention stats:

How many conventions are held per year?

21,306 were held last year.

That is 58 conventions a day being held in Las Vegas, however, since conventions usually last 2-3 days, there would be well over a 100 conventions on the go on any given day.

How many delegates attended?
2015 saw 5,891,151 attendees.
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 The 37th ‘Vent Haven Convention bills itself as ‘the oldest and largest annual gathering of ventriloquists’ This one in Cincinnati.

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And last, but not least, the Celebrity Impersonator Convention.

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opening night at the International Guild of Celebrity Impersonators & Tribute Artists' fourth annual World Convention of Famous Reflections at the Stardust Resort & Casino August 7, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada.


 

Posted October 17, 2016 by markosun in Bizarre, Celebrities

‘Clown Lives Matter’ Pro-Clown Rally Quashed by Death Threats   Leave a comment


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The creepy clown craze has acquired a whole new layer of strangeness after the much-anticipated ‘Clown Lives Matter’ rally scheduled for today was cancelled due to death threats!

Conceived as a celebration of uncorrupted clowning, the gathering that was to be held in Tucson over the weekend has been called off by organizer Shelly Gutierrez.

Writing as her alter ego ‘Nikki Sinn,’ Gutierrez took to Facebook to announce the cancellation, saying “with the numerous death threats and harassment, it’s sad to say we have canceled what was supposed to be a fun, peaceful walk.”

The crestfallen clown promised that those behind the online bullying would be reported to authorities.

This latest turn of events in what some are calling a ‘clown crisis’ is a significant blow to professional performers who simply want to fill the world with mirth and merriment.

Our clown craze correspondent, investigative journalist Adam Gorightly, observed that “it’s a sad day in America when we can’t celebrate the great diversity and many positive contributions that the clown community has given us.”

When asked if the onslaught of sightings could be orchestrated by some nefarious cabal, Gorightly ominously replied with an emphatic, “no one controls the clowns.”

Source: ABC News

Look at these peaceful, happy and harmless clowns. Lets give them a break.

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Posted October 15, 2016 by markosun in Bizarre, Funny

Debate Analysis with a Funny Bent   Leave a comment


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Posted October 10, 2016 by markosun in Bizarre, Politics

Google Street View Protects Cows Privacy by Blurring its Face   Leave a comment


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At least Google’s face-blurring technology takes privacy seriously — even for non-humans.

The photo was captured in Cambridge, England and shows a cow grazing by a river with a blurred-out face — something Google usually only does for the humans it captures as it drives about photographing cities for its Street View service.

In a statement to the BBC, Google said, “we thought you were pulling the udder one when we herd the moos, but it’s clear that our automatic face-blurring technology has been a little overzealous. Of course, we don’t begrudge this cow milking its five minutes of fame.”

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Here is the real intention. North End Winnipeggers partying on the street.

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Posted September 16, 2016 by markosun in Bizarre

Massive Underground Storage Facility outside of Pittsburgh in Limestone Cave   Leave a comment


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Iron Mountain Inc. is an enterprise information management services company founded in 1951 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Its records management, information destruction, and data backup and recovery services are supplied to more than 156,000 customers throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia.

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The Iron Mountain storage facility is a high-security storage facility in a former limestone mine at Boyers, Pennsylvania, near the city of Butler in the United States.

It began storing records in 1954 and was purchased by Iron Mountain in 1998. It is here that Bill Gates stores his Corbis photographic collection in a refrigerated cave 220 feet (67 m) underground. Nearby, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management leases another underground cavern to store, and process government employee retirement papers.

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Located inside a cavernous former limestone mine in rural Boyers, the underground, climate-controlled, 1.9 million square-foot facility houses some of the world’s most valuable information, including data centers, government archives — and notably, the Bill Gates-owned Corbis Image Collection. Hollywood’s major motion-picture studios also send original film reels to the facility — away from the threat of California’s earthquakes and wildfires — for safekeeping.

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Iron Mountain also boasts an underground lake fed by a natural spring that is used for cooling the data centers, as well as drinking water for its 2,200 employees. The facility also supplies its own fire trucks, should flames ever break out. There’s also a high-tech studio for digitizing and editing media. While we’re not allowed to spill the beans on what all is stored there (Iron Mountain keeps its customers’ information confidential), we can reveal that the facility’s locked, numbered vaults contain original films from a bevy of blockbuster and classic movies, as well as sound recordings from some of the biggest names in the music industry.

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The conspiracy theorists have a field day with these high-security underground facilities. They claim UFO space ships and space alien communities are housed in these facilities. If you are prone to outrageous conspiracies these underground secret facilities must make your mouth water.

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What a bizarre place to work.

 

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Posted September 8, 2016 by markosun in Bizarre, Geography

Crazy Brahma Bull in India climbs a spiral staircase to the top of a water tank tower   Leave a comment


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Bull climbs 60ft water tank

The incident took place in Rajasthan’s Churu where a bull was found to have climbed right on top of a water tank.

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The incident took place in Rajasthan’s Churu where a bull was found to have climbed right on top of a water tank. The Bull had climbed right to the top and it threw the city authorities in a fix as they were wondering how to bring the animal down. Even the police did not believe the callers when they called in to report the bull on top of the tower. But then soon, as similar calls began coming in from many different people, the police decided to investigate. Initially, they thought of calling for a crane but that did not look feasible. Also, it was already evening when the bull was spotted and the army officials said that they couldn’t begin an operation at that time as the sun was close to setting. The bull was then shown delicacies and people tried luring it too the ground but the bull, clearly enamoured by the view, did not budge!

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Many people tried climbing the tower and bringing the bull down. It loudly moo-ed everyone away! Finally, they found one solution and decided to tie up the bull and rappel it down the tank. A doctor was called and the bull was injected with sedatives. Once it lost consciousness, a double rope and safety belt was tied around the bull before it was rappelled down from the tank and brought safely down. The bull also wrapped in thick blankets so it would not hurt itself in any way during the descent. Well, quite a trip for a bull!

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Posted September 6, 2016 by markosun in Animals, Bizarre

The very rare 1980 4-door Chevrolet Corvette   Leave a comment


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Back in 1980, California Custom Coachworks did a limited run of just five Chevrolet Corvette sedans for customers (a total of six were produced, one of them being a prototype). They took the stock body Corvettes, lengthened them by 30 inches, adding a significant 500-lb weight gain to the body. The result however was a very rare four-door Corvette that featured four seats and a very peculiar design.

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There is something just not right about this.

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Posted August 26, 2016 by markosun in Bizarre, Transportation