Stranger Than Fiction

Sunday, August 24, 2008

First, read this strange story about a crazy man in Toronto (pictured at left) who stole not 1 or 2, or even 10 bicycles. He stole 2,865 bicycles. Yes, 2,865, even children's bikes!

In a Cyclist-Friendly City, a Black Hole for Bikes

Best part?

"As the police gathered the mounds of bikes, they also found cocaine, crack cocaine, about 15 pounds of marijuana and a stolen bronze sculpture of a centaur and a snake in battle."

So um, what's up with the sculpture?

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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Sighting: Call Henry, originally uploaded by The Pop Box.

Henry is a man of many talents. He will not only help you if you are confused, but he will also sell you a car AND fix your credit... Found posted in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.

A MESSAGE VIA Google Talk (condensed)

1-side of a very funny Google Talk chat. Here's what my friend had to say about their day...

"I had diversity training today...
it's like how not to be racist at work
you're supposed to stop other people
if they start to say something racist you go
that's what they taught us
we reviewed some Maya Angelou quotes
and then they said the names of different groups
like "Muslim" "gay white man" "senior citizen"
and we had to write down whatever words popped into our heads
so my paper was like "terrorist" "San Francisco" "slow"
and then that was the end of the training"


Monday, March 31, 2008

A real store on a real street in real Bellingham, Washington. It's actually called "Deals Only: We Only Have Deals." I think everything might be discounted or something... Unfortunately, I did not get to go inside but I did make my cousin drive me back to the store so I could get a good shot. She says they do in fact have good deals.


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

angst2.5, originally uploaded by The Pop Box.


Sunday, March 16, 2008

Subject: ....
From: J
To: E
Fri, 18 Jan 2008 9:11 am

I had a dream last night that you had a pet monkey and a wildcat. The wildcat just seemed like a big regular cat until you felt its pointy ears and VERY long arms and paws. It had huge teeth but it was super friendly. These animals lived in your bedroom.
- J

Commentary by E: The funniest thing about this message is that I now have a cat named Jenga. And he's very wild and has long arms and paws but is super friendly. See...
Jenga reaches for the Roaming Gnome.

Jenga playfully slaughters toy mouse on string.

Philadelphia Parking Authority: Operation Swoop

Friday, March 14, 2008

One of my new favorite and shameful obsessions is A&E's new reality series, Parking Wars. The show follows meter maids, booters and impound lot officers all over the city. Now who would have thought that an entire TV show about the day-to-day lives of Philadelphia Parking Authority workers could be so entertaining? For starters, it's all based in Philly which means you're going to get the cream of the crop from downtown bitches, rude tourists, ghettolandians, college kids and more...

My favorite character goes by the name of Swoop AKA Tiffany. She's a ticketing officer who says she has to say the "Serenity Prayer" to get through a stressful work day. Her goal, every day all day, is to write the most tickets possible. Rundown of Operation Swoop: Swoop hides out in park behind bush across the street from bank with handicap meter right out front. Patrons continually pull into the handi spot to run into the bank (shame shame shame). As soon as the drivers are out of site, Swoop runs across the street and writes a ticket like lightening. Angry driver comes out pleading and cursing: "I was only in there for 5 seconds!" LIAR!Swoop has already written the ticket and she's all smiles. Suckers.

To me, Swoop is a local celebrity. My sister was in Center City the other day. She writes,

"u will never believe who i saw! SWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP!!!! she came by my meter as i was feeding it with the smart card and i went "SWWWWWOOOOOOP" and swoop went "heeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyyyyy..."
And that was it. I heart Swoop. - POP by E

GRAPPLE! Looks like an apple. Tastes like a grape.

Friday, February 15, 2008

This is a grapple, actually it's four of them. They are the offspring of an apple mated with a grape. Isn't it amazingly horrific? They smell SO GOOD. Sweet grapes, nature's bounty.

But no, they have the crunch of an apple, and I just don't like apples!

- POP by Appas, Guest Blogger