We're talking WEIRD
Introduction - What is Normal?
There are so many weird things in our world. True, the definition of weird means different things to different people. And no one truly knows the meaning of the word "normal". Usually, weird is looked upon as being outside the realm of normal. But when you take a look at some things or some people, and you say to yourself, "what the heck?" after which you find yourself saying "we're talking weird" then you are probably onto something.
Weird Can Be Good
But weird can be funny, interesting, and just plain exciting. I mean, people were fascinated with Michael Jackson, and let's face it - many thought he was a bit strange. Of course, there's plenty of controversy surrounding him. But you get the point. As another example, The Door's song "People Are Strange" had to have been written with at least some experience of weird on the part of Jim Morrison. Otherwise, the song probably wouldn't have made sense (sense in terms of the poetic flavor of the song).
Let's Shake Things Up - Shall We?
Weird also shakes things up. It makes us think. Look at Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper. These dudes wear make up. Yet I don't think there would be too many people that would call these guys sissies or other derogatory names that are associated with men dressing up as women and/or wearing make up - at least not to their faces. So we can accept weird once in a while as long as we get something in return, like good music (whether or not you think Manson or Cooper had good music is not the point - there are plenty of people who do).
Not All Weird is Visual
Then there is the side of weird that is less visual and relies on other senses such as auditory. The Beatles had some really strange songs. Then if you take the early days of Pink Floyd you could go back to that "what the heck" thinking. Again, it's all subjective. There are plenty of people that believe these sounds were great.
I Guess We Seek That Middle Ground Again
Some people are more accepting of things or people that may be deemed as weird. These people may not choose to participate in the "weirdness" but they certainly can tolerate others that so choose. Other people want nothing to do with it. They feel like everyone should confirm to the "norms" of society and that is the road to happiness for them. Don't stir the pot. Everything should be status quo. Probably most of us are somewhere in the middle (isn't that always the case?). Again, it's that whole "what does normal mean" anyway?
A New Site Dedicated To WEIRD STUFF
Now, why am I going on a tirade about the word weird? Well, to be honest, I was curious about what existed on the web that people thought were weird. I had so much fun in my discoveries of weird stuff, that I came up with a website which I will give you a link to in my resource box. I will continue to seek out weird stuff online and I will report on the site (I have set up a blog for the site to which can be linked directly from the main menu). I never thought I'd have fun looking up weird stuff but when you take a look, it really will cause you to think a bit. That isn't entirely bad, is it?
I created a site dedicated to weird stuff, appropriately called Weird Stuff Online.