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We all know someone who's a little bit strange - Mum's UFO abduction secret, or the mad Uncle who isn't allowed within 400 yards of Noel Edmonds.

Tell us about your family eccentrics, or just those you've met but don't think you're related to.

(Suggested by sugar_tits)

(, Thu 30 Oct 2008, 19:08)
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The Mad Artist, Part 3.
One day I was hanging around with the Mad Artist and we were drinking, and he invited me to his birthday party. I eagerly agreed, as I knew that it would be anything but boring.

"So what do you want for your birthday?" I asked him as I opened a new beer.

"There are three things I've always wanted," he replied. "The Library of Congress in a suitcase, a monkey suit and a four foot long tuning fork."

I choked on beer. "What?!?"

"The Library of Congress I've already got- I have a laptop with an Internet connection. And I've kinda got the monkey suit-" he pulled out a carved wooden mask and put it on, then pulled his hair loose into something that looked like Yahoo Serious after pissing on a transformer. "Now I just need the tuning fork."

I considered for a moment, then gave up. "Why the tuning fork?"

"So I can go to Manhattan and stand in the middle of the road and wear my monkey suit, smack the tuning fork on a tree and break every window for a block radius."

Everyone needs ambitions, I suppose...
(, Thu 30 Oct 2008, 21:26, 9 replies)
More! Click!
I've never heard of or met anyone this eccentric, and I've done my share of hanging round mental hospitals.
(, Thu 30 Oct 2008, 21:39, closed)
By all rights
he should be in one- in reality his life is rather sad and tragic. But he does tell good stories...

EDIT: Actually, I will say this much more: ever seen the movie Good Will Hunting? I seriously wonder if Matt Damon and Ben Affleck ever met the Mad Artist, as that character is eerily similar to him.
(, Thu 30 Oct 2008, 21:43, closed)
for the image.

(, Thu 30 Oct 2008, 21:41, closed)
for giving me an urge to someday sonically demolish downtown Vancouver with a hand-held instrument.
(, Thu 30 Oct 2008, 21:48, closed)
Too bad it wouldn't work.
It's kinda Wiley Coyote physics, unfortunately- the tuning fork trick works be resonant frequency, which varies according to the size and thickness of the glass.

But the idea of him in a monkey suit screaming in traffic in Manhattan is a beautiful one...
(, Thu 30 Oct 2008, 22:07, closed)
Getting a mental image now.
And for that have a click.
(, Fri 31 Oct 2008, 7:29, closed)
Can't you see if you can get a local metal shop to knock him one up?
Just to see if he follows his wish up?

(, Fri 31 Oct 2008, 14:49, closed)
You know, I happen to work in a place where we have a lot of machine shops that we deal with... I wonder how much JobShop would charge me to make one from aluminum?...
(, Fri 31 Oct 2008, 15:21, closed)
This made me giggle like a mad schoolgirl.
On laughing gas.

Being nibbled at by hamsters.

Have a click.

And a woo, for knowing such an odd man.
(, Wed 5 Nov 2008, 19:16, closed)

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