weirdWhen you’ve spent almost two years writing about the weird (and sometimes wonderful) things in the world, you get a bit of a reputation. And then because of that reputation, people send you emails with suggestions of things to write about.

And suddenly, you’ve become a hoarder of WTF. Your virtual mailbox becomes this thing with a life of its own, and you find yourself faced with a real dilemma — start throwing things away, or come up with a solution.

So this week, we’re going to clear out the old mailbag of weird so I can get to WTF inbox zero for exactly 15 minutes. Ready to read? Let’s go. (more…)

questionableIt started with one photo of questionable design acumen showing up in my Facebook feed.

Of course, I had to show it to my coworkers, I mean, have you been here before? Getting my coworkers to react to the things I find while looking for the Wednesday WTF is like 22.3 percent of the fun of doing the Wednesday WTF.

So I just dropped this in the main Slack channel like it was NBD. (more…)

[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

Bethany: Everyone sent me this link. Everyone. And it generated a lot of comments both on our site and on social media. So obviously, you people like statues in your bathrooms and other weirdness, and also, it had to be our Reader’s Choice for Best of Wednesday WTF this year.

Social media is a blessing (most of the time). You can talk to your friends. You can keep track of who broke ugly after high school. You can argue with strangers about collusion.

And you can also have 100 people simultaneously send you the same home listing because they know part of your job is to find the most jacked-up houses in the world and write about them. (more…)

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[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

Bethany: We had two great Wednesday WTF options for Best of 2018, so ultimately, you’re getting two. This one is one that was a staff favorite, so we’re calling it our Editor’s Choice. In it, we learn that I will probably survive a house hunt involving danger, and Joanna will die painting it as a demon pulls her to a hell portal.

So sometimes you find a fixer and you think, “Oh, maybe there’s shiplap,” or “maybe there are hardwoods under that vinyl,” or “maybe Satan lives here.” This week’s Wednesday WTF is a reader-submitted Tudor, and is definitely a contender for a hot new HGTV show called “Beelzebub’s Baseboards.”

No? How about “Lucifer and Liens?” “Mephistopheles the Mason?” Oh, wait, I know — “Diablo and Bob,” a light-hearted home restoration show featuring the King of Hell and Bob Vila patiently showing novice viewers how to rebuild historic homes with a combination of current technology and historic technique. (more…)

wednesday wtfConfession: Since I started writing the Wednesday WTF last year, it’s kind of become this thing where when I introduce myself at professional functions, people automatically say, “YOU’RE THE WEDNESDAY WTF.”

I’ve had fun writing these, even if my search history is a little sketchy now and I’ve seen some things I can’t unsee. But it wasn’t until last week that I found two people that definitely demonstrate what it looks like when I find something that is perfect for the Wednesday WTF. (more…)

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This will not be pretty.

Have y’all seen the forecast? It’s like Beginner’s Hades up in here. For the Wednesday WTF readers who are not from Texas, let me explain: “spring” in Texas is more like a toddler before naptime — blowing hot and cold, irrational, and really inconvenient.

And it just so happens that this week will reach the 90s at some point, and Sunday at WTF headquarters, there was this sudden whine from the air conditioner, and then nothing. The doohickey that does the spinning wasn’t spinning, and the whole thing was rather warm, and it was whining like an overstimulated kindergartener in a Chuck E. Cheese at midnight.

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These are all the people who couldn’t rent Marg’s room.

Social media is a wonderful thing unless it’s a terrible thing. But for Marg, who lives in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, it got a little sideways when she tried to rent out a room using a Facebook group. So sideways, in fact, that it ended up in my inbox, as the perfect Wednesday WTF.

See, Marg has a few requirements for a tenant. I’ll let her explain. (more…)

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If you’ve been following along with the Wednesday WTF for any length of time at all, you know that we adore smart alecks. We employ almost exclusively smart alecks. If we had an application for employment, I’m 92.34 percent sure that there would be a question about whether or not you’re a smart aleck that would need to be satisfactorily answered to be considered. (more…)