Monday, March 24, 2008

Today in Extraordinarily Odd

Leonid Stadnik's phenomenal height has forced him to quit a job he loved, to stoop as he moves around his house and to spend most of his time in his tiny home village because he cannot fit in a car or bus. According to the Guinness Book of Records Stadnik is the world’s tallest man and in 2006 he took over the position from that man in China who married a regular sized woman (the wedding photos were funny because she looked like a tiny little person next to him HA! He’s tall and she’s tiny! ) and also he rescued a dolphin from death by reaching into its gullet and pulling out some plastic it was choking on. His long arms helped him succeed with THAT task. So, the Ukrainian government is helping him out by getting him some massive clothes and what was no doubt originally a military tank but is now a domesticated vehicle for him to drive around in. Somehow this guy really just seems like a whiner. Get out there and save a dolphin Stadnik. Then call us and ask for some crap. [source]

Mimicking his master, priest Joei Yoshikuni, a 1 1/2-year-old black- and-white Chihuahua named Conan joins in the daily prayers at Naha's Shuri Kannondo temple, sitting up on his hind legs and putting his front paws together before the altar so of course everyone is equal parts enchanted and inspired to become more religious. These stories are great because all the freaks think it’s a god inspired miracle when really, the dog is just the canine equivalent of one of those showbiz kids who figure out that if you act charismatic, cute, angst free and sort of adult like – all the adults in the room will do whatever you want. Still, it’s good to know that one way you can promote religion in a world where it sort of really has very little rational place in culture by getting a small dog to pretend to pray. [source]

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