Friday, May 17, 2013

Pictures & Weekly Distractions

Dear Strangers of the world. Tomorrow (May 18th) is my birthday. I can't believe I'm turning 65 again. I know you all want to send me cheesecake in the mail for my birthday, but when you did that for Christmas it never made it to Palau because the post office people couldn't help themselves and they ate it all. And who can blame them? So I'm going to have to ask you to refrain. Instead of that, the best birthday gift you could all give me is love.

Haha. Just kidding. Love is a stupid birthday gift.

The best gift you could give me is to please share your favorite Stranger post (or your least favorite--I don't really care) on Facebook, what the kids are calling the Twitter, Googlepigswatten, Pintube, or whatever is popular these days. Nothing would make me happier. Other than you all showing up in Palau to celebrate. But that would only make me happy for a few minutes and then it would get really stressful since I would feel the need to make sure everyone was happy since you would be my guests and you would probably overstay by two weeks and I wouldn't dare to tell you that you needed to leave.

I have a very extreme and stupid plan for my birthday morning, which I will share in probably embarrassing detail next week after I have recovered from it. Stay tuned.

For now, enjoy this week's pictures and distractions:

Daniel snorkeling. All of the following pictures are from the same snorkeling trip at a place called Big Drop Off.

Crap to distract you from whatever you're supposed to be doing:

Snuggie Texts copycat! Nice work on this one Kara!

Amazing photographs of the segregated world. Thanks, Allison.

Sweatshirts. I would wear the last one but Oprah never wears the one with my face that I sent her. Thanks, Maggie.

Incredible (and LONG) article about a Russian family who was cut off from outside contact for decades and had never even heard of World War II.

Cat font! Write your name in cats! Thanks, Julie. And many others.

Woman escorted off of a plane for refusing to stop singing "I Will Always Love You." But, I mean, who HASN'T done that? Thanks, Carissa.

~It Just Gets Stranger


  1. Happy Birthday Eli!! I will try to choose a favorite to share! =]

  2. Happy birthday tomorrow! Extreme for your 65th birthday is a great idea! Bring depends, nitroglycerin pills, and whatever you old people jk thanks for keeping me entertained and laughing especially on the rough days, seems we are the same age and having some similar thoughts and worries in life!

  3. Happy Birthday Eli! But how are we supposed to pick a favorite?!

  4. I can just see people calling the Cheesecake Factory now and ordering something and saying "The address? Just put "Eli in Palau" it will get there." And it probably would too.

  5. Happy Birthday you crazy funny kooky kid!

  6. My favorite stranger post?! This is gonna be a tough one, maybe I will post a couple. HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY!

  7. Happy birthday Eli! Hope you have a really great one!
    You just make Daniel more and more appealing to us twenty one/two year old single ladies...

    (I think I saw the Queen of colours and her cohorts today!)
    And hey! Where do cows like to dance? At the discowtheque!

  8. Daniel looks like he's doing underwater kung fu...

    Awesome pictures!

  9. Happy birthday, Eli!!! I'll probably post more than one Stranger post, since there are so many great ones. I hope you have a great birthday! I can't wait to read about it in your next Stranger post :)

  10. That Russian family article IS amazing!

  11. You share a birthday with my (soon to be) 3 year old. This may move him to the top of my favorites list.

  12. Happy Birthday! I usually tell at least one person a day to start reading this blog. Since it's your birthday I will step it up and demand they read it!

  13. Happy Birthday!!!:D
    I tell everyone everywhere to read this blog. If it kills them. (because they'll die reading this... of laughter!)(ahhh poor punny-esque business!) (:

    Anywhoo, have an awesome day!

  14. the cat font reminded me of this: be sure to check out the What and Why links on the bottom.

  15. Happy birthday! (And many more!)
    I was reading web comics by the Oatmeal, and I believe I have found something quite shocking and terrifying. An undersea Queen of Colors. In more ways than one.

  16. Happy Birthday, cat lady! :D