man running from public restroom

The other day I was at Walmart and I saw something unusual.  There was a man running out of the bathroom.  I’m not talking about just walking fast — he was literally running.  I’ve seen people run into a bathroom, and there are obvious reasons for that (though a dubious strategy, in my opinion).  But it seemed odd to see something actually running from the bathroom.  I was scared to go in…  I mean, it’s scary enough to have to use a public restroom, but in this scenario something could’ve went horribly wrong.  What if you walk up on something like this abused toilet?  Would you really want to experience that?  Sure, to some of you who like gross stuff, it would make for a great story.  But keep in mind that seeing that picture is a LOT different from actually walking up to it in person.  (And don’t say I never mentioned the smell!  That might cause problems before you could escape…)

If this has piqued your curiosity and you want to know “the rest of the story”, then I have to apologize, because I did not find out why this happened.  I didn’t want to investigate, and I figure it’s better not to talk to a stranger who is running from a public restroom…  I haven’t learned that from experience, but it just seems like good sense.  However, I have learned that sometimes it’s better to just not know…

Feel free to speculate in the comments, if you must…

Would you eat a tarantula?

The other day I watched a little bit of the TV show “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern“.  I don’t usually watch it, but it can be interesting (and quite gross at times) . In the clip I saw, he was in Cambodia, and he showed people who eat tarantulas.  And of course he tried it.  I don’t think I would try that…

Yummy... NOT!

The story of how this happens is unusual also.  A husband and wife team go into the forest to catch tarantulas, then they de-fang them using a stick, a knife, and their hands, and they sell them for 12 cents apiece.  Imagine if that was your job!  It’s dangerous enough to find and catch poisonous spiders, plus the other dangers in a forest.  Then they remove the fangs and poison.  What could possibly go wrong?  And to get only 12 cents per spider… I realize the economy is on a different scale there, but that still seems quite low for the amount of risk involved.

A woman buys the tarantulas, rinses them off, seasons them with a mixture of powdered instant chicken soup, garlic, salt, pepper, and sugar, then fries them.  While cooking, they make whistling noises and popping sounds (like a small explosion).  While frying the hair/fur falls off.  Supposedly they are quite tasty, with a sweet and nutty taste.  The woman sells them in town for 25 cents each, and makes about $25 a day, which is a really good living there.

Reading about it doesn’t do the story justice.  You should watch this short clip to experience it a little closer.

To answer my original question: No, I would not eat one.  I’m not scared of spiders, but I’d still rather not eat them, especially when they’re potentially poisonous.  There’s plenty of other foods I would rather eat.

caption contest, guy on Big Wheel tricycle

Here goes our next caption contest!  This week’s photo features a grown-up “man” riding a Big Wheel tricycle (if that’s what you call it) in a parking lot for cars.  I’m not sure why this would ever happen.  But I’m sure you can come up with something, even if it’s completely ridiculous.  (Actually, ridiculous and random is preferred.)  As usual, leave a comment if you can think of something funny to go with this picture.

(To see our other caption contests, click on the “Say What?” category in the sidebar.)

caption contest, face with strange painting

I know it’s inconceivable that our weekly caption contest could be late, but there was a holiday, and I had company, and I had stuff to do…  (I could give more excuses if you want, but then this might be even later, and then it would be your fault that it’s late, and it’s not like I need more excuses.)

Anyway, here it is.  The photo features a person wearing lots of makeup.  No context is given, so you get to make it up.  There’s also not much going on, so you might have to provide a backstory or flashback or exposition.  Here’s some potential ideas: Is it war paint?  Is it a gang sign?  Is it some new, trendy style of makeup?  Is it someone you know?  Was it a prank?  What will happen next?

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