The Arizona Daily Star is currently running their own version of Jeopardy over at They're calling it "Old Pueblo Jeopardy" and will be asking readers various questions about Arizona.

The winner will receive a copy of Weird Arizona, by yours truly, as well as some other coffee-table trivia books.

The deadline is 9 a.m. this Thursday, so head on over and enter for your chance to win!

Each book in the Weird series, if you aren't familiar, devotes an entire chapter to strange and mythical creatures like the New Jersey Devil, the Chupacabra and the elusive Thunderbird. As such, I've garnered a fair number of cryptozoologist fans. For them, I present this.

Bronner's in Michigan, which bills itself as the World's Largest Christmas Store, now offers glass holiday ornaments in the shape of Bigfoot!

Now, depending on the region in which you live, Bigfoot might be more familiar to you as the Mogollon Monster, the Skunk Ape or the Boggy Bottom Monster, but whatever you call him, the hairy beast will make a terrific addition to your Christmas tree or Hannakuh bush.

For added authenticity, hang him around the back where you'll have to hunt for him.

Did you know Thorazine is ideal to calm senile agitation? Were you aware that a thorough Lysol douche can ensure happy married love? I bet you didn't know that the wrong coffee can lead to child abuse or that flies, the most dangerous insects known, can lead to infant death.

Now, before you laugh at how gullible 20th-century consumers were, don't forget Smilin' Bob and the miracle, girth-increasing properties of male-enhancement herbs.

Still, ads of the past are amusing. And often very, very disturbing.

See Weirdomatic's Old Creepy Ads and Creepy Vintage Advertising at Found in Mom's Basement to see what I mean.

If you enjoyed the midcentury concept cars I posted about a couple weeks ago, then you'll probably like the new slideshow presented by Wired.

Wired attended the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, California, where the cars were on display, and got some excellent shots up close and personal.

God, I love buttons. Buttons, switches, knobs and flashy lights. They don't even have to do anything. Just depress, click, turn and flash. I'm actually a bit of a philistine when it comes to all these new touch-screens and LCD displays. Well OK, I love those too, but there is something intrinsically satisfying about flicking a nice, aluminum toggle and hearing a metallic snap that tapping a bit of plastic can never bring.

As such, I've recently decided to start looking out for examples of such technology — gadgets from an era when clicking and flicking were just the way things got done. I don't care much what purpose said gadgets originally served, as long as they have manual interfaces and look cool.

My quest officially commenced two weekends ago. On a trip out to Graham, Texas, to visit a couple of friends who manage a wonderful, old-fashioned drive-in movie theater, I spotted a gigantic snowman looking very much like the one voiced by Burl Ives in those old claymation films. He was standing amid a bunch of dusty old junk in front of a quiet shop with a sign that read, "THIS IS NOT A MUSEUM. Everything in here is for sale!" ... Continued

Chupacabra fever hit south Texas in July of last year when rancher Phylis Canion discovered a dead creature near her property in Cuero, Texas, about 90 miles southeast of San Antonio. The beast, one of three that had been accidentally killed my motorists in two days, had large ears, a long snout, fangs and bluish-gray, nearless hairless skin.

Last Friday, the mystery got a fresh shot in the arm when two sheriff's deputies caught a creature on their dash cam that looked very much like last year's catch, again near Cuero. (Video below.)

People believe the animals in question may be proof of the legendary "goat suckers" that have terrorized the Southwest for generations, draining the blood from livestock and leaving their carcasses devoid of fluid.

DNA tests performed on the beast found in 2007 revealed that the animal was probably just an old coyote, likely suffering from some sort of skin disease. Of course, not everyone was convinced. The results also didn't stop Canion from selling nearly 20,000 T-shirts and establishing Cuero as a chupacabra hotspot. ... Continued

Why should Mom and Dad have all the fun in their portable road-trip digs, when Muttley can enjoy the RV life in a tin can of his own?

Created by Straight Line Designs, this fiberglass and aluminum puppy camper is one of the cutest little dog houses I've ever seen. It's got a wonderful Airstream-like design, features water and food dishes on the trailer hitch and, from what I've gathered, includes a customized license plate.

The limited-edition camper will reportedly run you $2,500. That's $17,500 in dog dollars, which is still cheaper than a real Airstream.

Mark Frauenfelder over at Dinosaurs and Robots picked up on a fantastic slideshow currently available at The New York Times Web site that includes a number of futuristic concept cars designed by G.M. in the 1950s, featured as part of their "Midcentury Motorama."

Among those included are the torpedo-esque 1959 Cadillac Cyclone, the nine-finned 1958 Firebird III (pictured above) and, the one I would drive every single day were I so lucky to own it, the 1956 Buick Centurion (pictured below).

Also included is the 1953 Futurliner, a restored version of which I discovered years ago parked unceremoniously on the streets of Sherman Oaks, California, and toured with the permission of its owner. (A moment I still regret not having my camera with me.) ... Continued

For roadside fanatics who'll be in the Los Angeles area anytime in the next six months, the Petersen Automotive Museum is having a special exhibit on the early history of road trips.

Titled "From Autocamps to Airstreams: The Early Road to Vacationland," the display recounts the birth of American auto travel, complete with a selection of vintage vehicles and campers that helped give rise to the earliest of roadside attractions.

Starting with the "Tin Can Tourists" of the early 1900s, who braved rough roads in luggage-laden Model T's, the exhibit follows the evolution of autocampers through the boxy days of customized "house cars" and into the more streamlined era of diminutive teardrops and majestic camping trailers.

Among the museum's prize acquisitions is a custom-built 1934 Thompson House Car and the oldest known Airstream trailer in existence (pictured).

The exhibit is scheduled through Feb. 8, 2009.

A few weeks ago, I announced my new obsession with creating Googie-inspired art pieces and the completion of #001, a slightly weathered, 3 1/2-foot metal arrow, complete with chasing lights, the likes of which you might still find pointing the way to a run-down, roadside motel.

Well, the arrow made it into the hands of Minnesota resident and appreciator of midcentury design Karl Madcharo, whose exact words upon receiving said pointing device were, "It looks sweet," after which he promised to send photos once he chose an appropriate place to hang it.

Well, lucky for us, he's done more than that and has submitted photos of his entire pad to Apartment Therapy's House Tours, so we can all burn with envy over his superbly decorated and swank living quarters.

And I have to say, I think his self-built front door beats the pants off my arrow.