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      CommentAuthorVespers
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
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    Okay. Stealing a thread topic directly from Coilhouse, an amazingly wonderful place, and I know at least one of the creators of it are around here somewhere... But still. I apologize for stealing your thread.

    What made you guys weird? Don't worry, I'll start; I couldn't think of it when they asked on Coilhouse, but I think I know now. Puck of Pook's Hill by Rudyard Kipling. Brilliant.
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    I think for me it was growing up Southern Baptist. My dad passed twelve years ago and not one person from the church I attended came to his hospital room to visit him before he died. Couple that with getting highly pissed at God, trying to disprove Him for a bit, then coming around to the conclusion that God doesn't need to explain but the practitioners (if you can call them that) do. So, yeah. Being a Christian who is fed up with other Christians who think they can speak for the unknown...I think that is where my weirdness stems.
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    Bugs Bunny, bully older brother, rejection from opposite sex, my dad, Kids In the Hall.

    Also the book Maniac McGee and constant Calvin & Hobbes influx.
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    I'm still trying to figure out the answer.
    • CommentAuthorRedwynd
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
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    Hell, that one's easy. I'll even give you a recipe.

    1 precocious ten-year-old
    0 adults giving satisfactory answers
    5 hours a day of an open internet connection(this was in 1995, before time wasters like MMOs and the Facebook/Myspace ilk)
    10^10 times too much curiosity

    I've been warped ever since, but at least I never lost that sense of wonder with the weird and wonderful I find puttering about the tubes!
    • CommentAuthortitivil
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
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    Not trying to be glib, but I'm not sure how much volition was involved. Sure, there was a marked progression to weird -- too much reading, awkward socialization, too much Chilly Billy after SNL, etc. -- and it's fun to try to remember the progression, but I certainly don't recall a moment where I said to myself, "Alright, dude, let's grow up to be weird." It was more a realization at some point that I was indeed weird, and maybe I should stop it with the kicking and screaming and just be weird.

    The bigger head-scratcher for me is, "Why didn't everyone become weird?"
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      CommentAuthorGypsy
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
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    Moving 27 times to and within four different states and to an unfamiliar country and back by the time I was twenty two. I wasn't a real social person because of weight issues until I was in High School so I read a lot, wrote a lot, wandered around a lot. Last night, I was outside my friend's house practicing knife throwing when the back door neighbor came home. She got out of her car to open her garage door and, on her way back behind the wheel, she remarked "Not your usual hobby, is it?" This sort of explains my life in an odd way.
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    In addition to Calvin and Hobbes, I also claim Dr. Suess as an influence as well as my father who spent most of my young life exposing me to 1950's and 60's era noir films, forever screwing up my idea of masculinity.

    For more recent influences, growing up in a small town and thinking I was an insane lefty, going to college, meeting insane lefty's and coming to believe I was a conservative, hanging out with a lot of conservatives and discovering that my beliefs don't fit into any existing political ideology that I've found so far as well as giving me a taste for conflict that has grown into an appetite.

    Like Pixies say "politics go so good with beer."
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      CommentAuthorVespers
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007 edited
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    @titivil
    Oh, yeah; I'm not saying that one thing instantly made me weird, just that it opened a whole new area in my head. The thing that was the catalyst, say, more than the one lone thing.

    And of course that's a question I ask myself. When I see the sheer number of mundanes in the world my brain goes like 'wha? why would they do that?'
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      CommentAuthorbabymole
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
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    My childhood was scarily DULL, and being horrendously shy and fat with a real burning desire to read everything is where it probaby started.

    Because of the pretty high level of anonimity here, I'll also tell you all that finding polaroids of my parents fucking when I was 12 is what probably tipped me over the edge. That and doing speed with my dad by age 14.

    I'm still weird now, but I'm better at not showing it.
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      CommentAuthorJaredRules
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
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    My parents used to let me watch Twin Peaks.
    I was what...8 or 9 when it first aired?
    That probably warped me pretty good.
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      CommentAuthordmclaney
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
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    Not sure if I could pinpoint one certain thing. I'm a mashed up, mixed up, jumble of the odds and ends I've experienced thus far. It's all lead me to this point...
    • CommentAuthortitivil
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
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    @vespers

    Well, then, Grant Morrison's run on Doom Patrol

    Before that, Buckaroo Banzai and APA-5. But Doom Patrol pretty much led to the rest of my life.
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      CommentAuthorAlexis
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
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    Hm, an interesting question that probably requires a therapist to answer. I spent some of my elementry schoold years at The British School of Caracas Venezuela. This was the early 1990's when now president Chavez was leading an unsuccessfull coup against the current administration. This was wierd for 2 reasons. 1. It was a strange and violent place to grow up, and 2. I'm not British, my father was an American diplomat at the time. My father sent me to the British school rather than the Amercian one because he is an anglophile. I returned to America with a strange sort of very thick British accent, which confuses people to this day.

    Also I used to look like the Bumblebee girl from the Blind Melon video "No Rain."
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      CommentAuthordswood
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
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    Warren Ellis.
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      CommentAuthorrrmonroe
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
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    I believe my descent into weirdness began when I received the Batman Returns soundtrack for Christmas. I was nine-years old when the movie came out. Unlike the soundtrack for the '89 Batman movie, which was filled with mediocre Prince songs, the Batman Returns soundtrack was made up of Danny Elfman's dark, creepy score and a particularly sensual Siouxsie and the Banshees track. I became obsessed with the soundtrack, playing it non-stop for hours on end. After that I had a great fondness for things a bit "darker" or unusual.
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      CommentAuthorDoc Ocassi
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
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    Simply. The question 'Why?' Or more precisely 'Why the hell not?'
    • CommentAuthorRedwynd
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
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    @Doc

    "Why (the hell not)?" doesn't make you weird, it makes you interesting. Every boring person I ever met has looked at me weird as soon as I ask them that question, about anything.
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      CommentAuthorC.c.
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
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    Asthma.
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      CommentAuthorDoc Ocassi
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
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    I generally get a smile when I ask 'Why the hell not?', as to the question 'Why?' I understand the look you are are talking about. On being weird as apposed to interesting, I don't know. I generally put both down to my inquisitive nature and my want to explore new experiences and perspectives, which derives from my inquisitive nature. How about you and how would you differentiate the two?

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