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Weird/Strange/Cool Things

Hey folks. This week (up until Friday) is going to be a slow week. What with essays, class presentations, and a three-hour "first semester" exam on Thursday to prep for, my days aren't going to be much more than school, work, sleep, rinse and repeat. So in the interim, here's a collection of things I've spotted during my four weeks here (can you believe it's already been four!?) on the street.

A vending machine that's covered with pigs. Why pigs I have absolutely no idea..

This is a sculpture in a park near my house that I think is supposed to be some sort of bird creature attacking? eating? approaching? kissing? some buildings, but according to my host mom (and me) it just looks like poop on stilts...

Random artwork I saw in a window on the street and thought was cool. They have a thing for animals apparently.

 An entire class of elementary school students all wearing identical yellow hats walking into the colored spiral at the 21st Century Museum. I just thought it was so funny and couldn't help taking a picture.

There's two interesting things in this photo to me, maybe three. First. The weird pink thing in the upper left. I have no idea what it's an ad for, but it reminds me of Telly-Tubbies. Second, the ad for "urban homes" in the bottom left. No idea what the UN stands for. And third, the window that says "Dogtag us". I find it rather creepy, especially when it's next to this ad for (probably) upscale urban living...And when you put all three of those things together I just think it's an interesting juxtaposition (SAT vocab word for you there).  

Carnation Breakfast Essentials! But in a shortbread form! Essentially it's a cookie thing that has vitamins and minerals for when you need to eat something/ get energy quickly. Tasty. I eat them in between class periods sometimes to stay awake.

Incomprehensible English on T-shirts. I just. I don't understand....


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