KOC: The Bizarrely Ordinary

From Kammie’s page: Oddball: (noun) a person or thing that is atypical, bizarre, eccentric, or nonconforming; (adjective) whimsically free-spirited; eccentric; atypical

Kammie’s Oddball Challenge is for those photos that are sort of strange, or don’t fit in with anything else. There is no specific topic, so …

I have no idea what this is, but I took the photo somewhere in Chicago. It struck me at the time as an odd object, and then there’s the random water bottle someone left there.
This is a sad and weary water pump: overworked and underpaid in the middle of a heat wave!
Obviously the vestige of something else that is long gone. Open? What’s open? Where?
Apparently, someone at a nature center told us the purpose of these logs with holes in them, but I’ve forgotten.
Don’t count on this hydrant in case of a fire!
Build your own desert landscape! Get your camels and sand here!


Kammie’s Oddball Challenge

Kammie’s Oddball Challenge is to feature photos that don’t seem to fit anywhere else.  Oddball is defined thus:
Oddball: noun a person or thing that is atypical, bizarre, eccentric, or nonconforming
adjective whimsically free-spirited; eccentric; atypical

Some vestige of bygone days in a Parisian apartment building
water pump in Vienna that looks like a sad face!
A weird-looking dessert
Not just odd, but scary!!

Treehouse: Oddball Thursday Doors

When I saw this tree, I thought of the stories of my childhood, where families of rabbits or squirrels wearing human clothing, lived.  I discovered it on one of my walks on a local walking path, which passes a couple of private homes. Someone has used the contours and scars of this tree trunk to fill in the spaces with itty-bitty doors and windows, adding details such as miniature picket fences and chimneys made of odd objects. I couldn’t resist posting this for Norm’s Thursday Doors and Cee’s Oddball Challenge.

Perhaps this is more like a tree apartment building!
Any minute I expected one of the tiny doors would open and Mama Rabbit in her apron would appear!
The chimney on this one is very clever!
Now I admire it every time I go by and the ingeniousness of its creator!

Cee’s Oddball Challenge

Cee is back with her oddball challenge! I was scrolling through some old photos looking for something and came across this.  I saw it in front of someone’s house in Minocqua, Wisconsin. It was so weird I had to take a picture of it!
A discarded item by the curb on trash day (Des Plaines)
Light fixture in our dining room (seen from directly below)
This last photo I don’t even remember taking, but obviously I did. I’m sure it was on one of my walks in the neighborhood, but I can’t remember exactly where.

Cee’s Oddball Challenge: Aliens in Baker

June 6, 2018

Although there is a lot of kitschy, weird stuff on Route 66, one of the weirdest places we saw on our road trip was in Baker, California (not on Route 66): Alien Fresh Jerky! So for Cee’s Oddball Challenge this week, I present the most oddball pictures at this alien haven in the California desert!


Behind and to the left of the giant alien sign is the purported largest thermometer in the world!




Aliens take over Columbus’ ship, the Santa Maria!

And the oddest thing of all? They’re expanding this place – the following picture shows a hotel under construction near the Alien Fresh Jerky store.



Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge

Cee has a weekly “Oddball” challenge of photos that don’t seem to fit in with a particular topic. Mine are more on the verge of “weird.” Oh well, here goes…


A scraggly bush with lots of bean pods



Sunlight filtered through a patterned glass window in my house



Bike frames in a window near Logan Square, Chicago



Little Free Library with signs to fantastic places you can find in books (with a helpful small chair alongside). 





Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge

My husband and I recently returned from a trip to North and South Dakota. Way up in the northern part of North Dakota, near the Canadian border, is the area known as the Turtle Mountains. So naturally, the tiny towns in the area have erected sculptures with the turtle theme:


KODAK Digital Still Camera

This turtle on a snowmobile stands in a park behind the Super 8 Motel in Bottineau, North Dakota.



Not to be outdone, the nearby town of Dunseith has its own take on the turtle theme, made exclusively of tire rims. It has the advantage that people are allowed to climb on it.

The true oddball, though, was this giant prairie dog north of the Badlands on Highway 240, south of I-90:



Random statue of a giant prairie dog that has seen better days!

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge, 6/4/17