In 2010 I wrote a post about the Poe Toaster, a mysterious person, who, for 60 years, had visited Edgar Allan Poe’s grave on the 19th of January of every year to leave three roses and half a bottle of cognac next to it. The reason I had written the post was because for the first time ever, the toaster was a no show. Since 1949 the figure dressed in black and wearing a wide brimmed hat would appear from the shadows to pay their respects. The event became so popular among Poe admirers that crowds would gather in the wee hours to catch a glimpse of the Poe Toaster .
Anywho, during my recent visit to the States, I discovered the cemetery was in Baltimore, right smack bang in the center of town. Yes Loons, of course I went to pay my respects and guess what I found ?
Woohoo, someone had left a half bottle of Cognac.
Psst By the way, the cemetery was nothing like I imagined. It didn’t have the “boo” factor I was expecting. It is in the middle of Baltimore’s CBD and very small.
Some of you may not know this but the Loon also has a public art website (a very big public art website) . I do a lot of research finding interesting , bizarre and crazy facts about statues and sculptures. Anywho, I thought this was hilarious so I thought I would share it. While I was in Baltimore I discovered that the city is the proud owner of the world’s first ever monument dedicated to explorer Christopher Colombus, an obelisk erected in 1792. The funny thing is the monument has pretty much been ignored because everyone thought it was built in honor of a horse named Christopher Colombus. At one stage they built a Sears Roebucks carpark around it, now it stands amongst some trees in a little park.
Psst Seriously, shouldn’t it be in the Smithsonian?
The best excuse ever for ringing in a bomb threat . Some Baltimore guy rang 911 claiming he had planted a bomb at Oriole Park and when quizzed by the dispatcher about why , he said he was “tired of Baltimore.” Fair enough. Don’t worry baseball fans no bomb, but the dude is still on the loose.
Hurry up Fido, I need to go!
A word of warning to all residents of Baltimore’s Scarlett Place who are letting their dogs shit all over the place without scooping it up, they are on to ya.There is a plan underway to have all the dogs DNA tested in the upscale address so they can catch the culprit/s and it’s owner/s then fine their sorry asses. You think I jest? Next week the condo board will vote to make it mandatory to have all pooches DNA tested.
Was it the chainsaw officer?
OK, here’s the thing Mr Baltimore city police officer, when you are in a haunted house attraction and a chainsaw wielding man jumps out at you, don’t pull your gun on him! Geez it’s the “House of Screams” for goodness sakes! Sergeant Eric Janik (who was off duty) has been charged with assault and reckless endangerment after he pointed his police issued handgun at Mike Morrison who was dressed like Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie. Mr Morrison, whose job it was to follow people around and scare the living bejeezus out of them, got a taste of his own medicine when he was left shaking after the incident.