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Eccentric America

Amazing Facts : The nostalgic Utopia of America is Fucking Trippin’ all over –

I tripped over this crazy book in Amazon – can’t figure out how exactly…
Apparently it is “a Guide to all things wacky, weird, curious, and bizarre in the U.S.A.” –
Of course the cover picture is from Burning Man, and that made me hungry !!!
The book is called “Eccentric America” and was written by: Jan Friedman.


The Plucked Rat presents : This Book cover picture that was taken from Amazon

From the Back Cover
Offering a provocative look at over 1,000 of the quirkiest people and places on the fringes of mainstream tourism, Eccentric America leads you to the country’s most unforgettable experiences.
The second edition of this award-winning book has been thoroughly updated, with 330 totally new entries, regional calendars of wacky festivals and events, and an intriguing “Heights of Eccentricity” map of the United States. An entertaining and funny read, it’s also a comprehensive guide to a side of American culture you won’t want to miss.

One user’s review on this book said: “My other books live on a shelf, but this one lives in my suitcase! I take this marvellous guide with me whenever I travel. When I get back home and show my photos around, everyone’s always amazed at my ability to seek out the odd and quirky. I’ve checked out similar guides, but this one stands far above the others. And the second edition has lots of new material, so I’ve happily retired my tattered and worn first edition. Very highly recommended!”
– – Timothy Klein (Dallas, Texas)

Personally I’ve just added it to my shopping list – can’t wait till I put my hand on it…
The only thing come to mind is : ” Fucking Bullshit man – I have to go this year !!!

I recommend a Trip to Crazy Burning Man Festival – I think every one should go (and don’t forget the videos)…

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Original Freaks

B-Movies could be Cool Things but this one’s nothing less then Crazy Shit

My Burning Man friends calls them selves The Freaks and are camping in Black Rock under Freakutopia theme-camp, But this post has nothing to do with either them or Burning Man…

Lately, I’ve been obsessing about the Cult 1932 Classic – Freaks – a Horror film Directed by: Tod Browning (he hired real life sideshow freaks as the actors).
Mainly, I found my self, fascinated with the beloved Schlitzie – I really fell in love with his character (meditating on the beauty of him).
I was Happy to read that all-together, Schlitzie The Pinhead had a good life (until he was almost 80 years old).


The Plucked Rat presents : Click the above picture to watch more Freaks video fragments

More info about the Movie’s Side-Show Characters could be found Here.

Note: Freaks is public – the full movie can be viewed or downloaded Here.
Thank the human marvels for passing along the above link.

If you think this Movie is filled with Freaks – wait till you Trip in Burning Man Festival – Men, there are so many freakin’ Cool Things, Crazy Psychedelic Art Performances, Shit and stuff…

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Amsterdam is the San Francisco of Europe

Just Plain Insanity : Don’t over take the Drugs before entering a Museum

Amserdam-Baba-cofee
The Plucked Rat presents : a photo of Yours Truly

So I just came back a month ego from a Trip to Amsterdam – and man, I have to say that it is the San Francisco of Europe!
The Photo above was taken in the “BaBa Coffee Shop”. The “Gray Dolphin” has just Kicked in… I am holding the huge “Ganesh” statue to help me not fall (and I’m sitting any ways – just to show the state I’m at). Beside the cold whether, we had the best of times (from the bits and pieces I remember).
One of the best experience I had, was going Totally “off my head”, to see the van Gogh Museum – The colors came out of the paintings (seriously), we bought some Skunk and made a “fat one” (it was on our shopping list) – The Drugs there are like Candy. Trippin my tits off, I entered the Van Gogh Museum…
More to come » Abductions in the Red light district / Drugs in a Coffee Shop / Candy Shop Moggy Shopping List / Skunk Trippin Thoughts Control – and others…

As I say – Trippin is not only about Fun and Games, and Art Museum on Drugs could burn you man…

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Best Trip in the Worst Place

The beauty of a candy shop self made shroom chocolate trip going extraterrestial

I started writing about the “Extraterrestial Candy Shop – Mushroom Chocolate Trip”, that I took with my Friendz down at the Lowest Place on Earth, in front of the Dead Sea – Trip in a Parking Lot – in a lame excuse for a Tourist Attractions unfit for Trippin.
I know it’s not related to the extraterrestial art of burning man in any way. BUT – Not every thing in this blog is about ART and Burning Man.
Personally, I consider each “Trip” I take, as a private little burningman by itself – a journey to your own craze – a road trip to either “Hell and Back” or to “Heaven and Beyond”.

The Trip I’m about to start describing (or at least try), could easily be described as “The Best Trip ever, in the Worst Place possible”. Tripping on Magic Mushrooms in the middle of a packed full Israeli nature reserve parking lot – an hour and a half before it is being closed and evacuated, is not something I’d recommend or try again. It was stupid and we paid the prise.

It all started when we took the “Dose” after entering the reserve, and before starting the walk though (that is a popular day trip) in David’s River Creak near Ein-Gedi… Actually it all started a week and a half before, as “Ranger WoW” landed from San Francisco to attend my wedding…

Best Trip in the Worst Place
The Plucked Rat presents : photo of a Plucked Rat Going Tripping…

The Best Trip ever, in the Worst Place possible

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A Trip in a Parking Lot

Cultural Anthropology and Mog : The Art of Designing a bad Trip

2007 – a Trip in a natural “Israeli Parking Lot” in front of the Dead Sea – This is what happens when you don’t Plan your “Mushroom Trip” carefully. I got married last year. 2 days after, 3 good friends took me to the Dead Sea – Me (sitting on the ground, Alon T. is in the middle, Zohar B. is on the right and “Ranger WoW” from San Francisco is taking this Photo…
So – we did not Design our Trip well: We ended up taking some Shrooms at a Nature Reserve near the Dead Sea, 2 hours before it got closed… Then found our selves “Tripping Our Tits off” in the parking lot till sun set – and then we had to evacuate the parking lot as well… The constitutive experience was too strong to bare – The Wildlife around us appeared as Art – The Kids entering their Blanched Buses seemed like Culture – – –
Men, we were stoned to death – It was hard to Control our Thoughts – It’s a riddle how we stayed alive…

Any way –
I’ll try to bring more of it in the future (as the dust sinks)…

Burning Man 97 Old School Trip
The Plucked Rat presents : a Plucked Rat is ” Eating Movies ” as they say…

Sroom Trippin in the worst place one could possibly imagine.

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Old School Burning Man Trip

Absurd Trippy Pics – Freak Fragments of my Burningman Gallery

At Burning Man 1997 one could still see some “Old School” Trips on the Playa.
2 Guys on an Art Motorcycle – Road Tripping on the Playa like there is no tomorrow.
The Place is like a Land of Art – Burningman Gallery of Freak Fragments all over…

This photo by Alon Truman (an Israeli friend) is one of those moments.
I was not present at burning man 97 – but I’ve heard it was one of the best.
I will bring some more photos soon – as I Take a TRIP down memory lane…

Burning Man 97 Old School Trip
The Plucked Rat presents : photo by Alon Truman ©

The open air “Burningman Gallery Freak Show” presents: Playa Land Art – Some Absurd Trippy Fragments of Reality…

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