Archive for the ‘Weird’ Category

J L Tree

The J L tree is so named because of the legend of Jimmy Lynch. He was a high school student who lived in Lakewood in the 70’s. he was murdered in a park in town and his girlfriend carved his initials into the tree where he died. Within a few years, the tree branches formed the letters J L and still can be seen to this day. If you get your car close to the J L tree, word has it your car will stall out./

Supposedly Jimmy is buried in a cemetery in Spruce Street. There are tales of eerie figures in white that haunt the cemetery.

I have not visited the J L tree because I don’t know where this legendary tree is. If anyone does, please share, thanks.

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The Devil Faced Building of Fair View

This building on the Fairview Cliffside Park border bears several unusual devil or gargoyle faces on it, along with the numbers 1908 and the letters LC. LC stood for Louis Caporale, who built this building in 1908. The devil faces were likely used as decorations, meant to be gatekeepers as good luck. Corporale came from South America where this type of design was common at the time. There is probably no evil or bad intent, just the opposite in fact.

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and now for something completely different… a bunny with two noses

Meet the nosiest bunny in the world

It’s soft, it’s cuddly and it’s cute — even though it has two noses. That’s right, a baby bunny with two noses. And it’s no April Fools joke, either. “In my 25 years in the pet shop business, I’ve never had anything like this,” said Tom Fomenko, Sr. owner of Purr-Fect Pets, Inc. 282 Boston Post Road. That means no two-headed snakes, no five-legged hamsters and no three-winged birds. “Nothing at all,” he said.

That’s until March 24. That’s when Allison Noe, a store employee, discovered the oddity while inspecting a batch of newly-delivered, six-week old dwarf rabbits. When she picked up a tri-colored baby boy bunny and looked at its face, she did a double take. The rabbit has two separate noses each with two nostrils. “I brought it up to the front counter to show everyone,” she said. Tiana Nieves, an employee who once worked at for a Florida veterinarian, could not believe what she was hearing.

“So I took a look,” she said. Sure enough, the bunny had two noses. “It makes it doubly cute when it crinkles and wiggles both,” Nieves said. Jeremy Reynolds, the store’s manager, also never saw any such animal anomaly in his 16 years in the business. He said the bunny gets along with the whole litter. “It’s not treated differently,” he said. “It eats like the others. It drinks like the others and it hops around like the others.”
Gregg Dancho, director of the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, said there’s usually two reasons for such deformities. “It’s mostly genetic,” he said. “Most of the dwarf bunnies pet stores sell are bred for sale. There’s a lot of in-breeding going on because the breeders are looking to produce them en mas.”
But the anomaly can also be caused by something in the environment.

“Maybe the parents got into poison or pesticides used to control pests,” he said. But Dancho said people interested in buying a dwarf rabbit or any animal as a pet should really think about what they are doing and not buy on impulse. “When that animal comes home you will have to take care of it,” he said. Additionally, he warned cute baby animals like ducks, chicks and rabbits, which people buy as Easter gifts, do grow up.
“Some owners can’t take care of them and we can’t take in hundreds of these,” he said. So a lot get euthanized or left to fend for themselves.. He suggests people become informed consumers and read up on the animal’s habits and care before buying them.

“A dwarf rabbit could live as long as 10 years, be litter trained and stay in doors,” he said. “But they will have a smell. You shouldn’t buy a pet then keep it outside in a hutch. Many of these animals won’t acclimate to outdoor conditions and health could become a factor.” Store employees are now vying to name the animal.
Reynolds like Cyrano de Bergerec, because of the long nose. Nieves prefers Deuce. Meanwhile, store employees have become attached to the bunny and are hoping it won’t be sold. “It would be a hot commodity for us,” Nieves said. If it does get sold, Fomenko said it will got to a special place and not the highest bidder. “It’s not just another animal. It’s special, ” the owner said.

Side Show Saturday Night

Todd Robbins is the Chairman of the Board of Coney Island USA and the Dean of the Coney Island Sideshow School, where he teaches how to do the things seen in the show. The Coney Island freak show is the last remaining permanent freak show (i.e. non-traveling) left in America. Todd Robbins has performed at Frightfest at Great Adventure, under the name Dr Zombini (this is how I discovered him, thanks to Marc Hartzman of Found on Ebay fame) The show features standard side show fare such as eating a light bulb, walking on broken glass, fire breathing, and sword swallowing. There is a lot of use of audience members, including the Flying Ebola Brothers, and the Madam Elektra act. He had this woman from the audience sit in an electric chair & enough current went into her to light a light bulb. To prove it wasn’t fake, he got sparks to come off her tongue which lit one of the torches he was swallowing.

The show begins at 1030, and lasts 90 minutes. The show is not for young children, so leave the kids at home…He typically has special performers, such as Twistina, the rubber girl, or Nippillini, a fellow who hangs heavy things from nipple rings. The show is located at 15 Van Dam St, New York

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JFK’s face at the Great Falls

The Great Falls, located in Paterson, NJ, are the second largest waterfall by volume east of the Mississippi. Alexander Hamilton came up with the idea to create a dam to generate electricity for industry. The area was home to a large number of textile mills over the past 200 years and is currently under threat of development. It is a beautiful area, and if the plans go thru there will be a fully developed park & historic information center here.

This is the article from Weird NJ and you can see there is a resemblance, but it’s not easy to see from the falls themselves. To see them, go onto the bridge and find in the graffiti where it says Las Vegas. Look directly over the words at the falls and it’s on the left side near the top of the falls.

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The strange kids swimming at RWJ Children Hospital

The façade of RWJ Children’s Hospital is warm and inviting. The hospital specializes in childrens care so it was designed with children in mind. Part of the outside decor is a large fountain, which the main driveway entrance encircles. The fountain features a half dozen mannequin children, playing and splashing in and around the water.

One child is frozen in the middle of undressing, one is halfway out of the pool/fountain, while others frolic near the spigots of water (that run during the summer). What makes this creepy is that during winter there’s no water running, and its rather unnerving to see a child getting undressed when there’s snow on the ground. Furthermore, parts of the children are painted silver, to mimic the effect of being wet, I presume. Unfortunately this gives them a robotic look, as if the T-1000 from the terminator movies gave birth to children who couldn’t fully form human shapes.

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Create your own toy

The Mutt is perhaps the coolest toy ever because you build it yourself. Essentially it’s a … … umm…. Oh hell I can’t explain it. You know a wood carver takes a block of wood and carves something unique out of it? There ya go. except it’s not wood.