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Hunky Egyptian finds new home

We’ve all be writhing awake at night wondering if the sole remaining statue at Magic Carpet Golf – the sizable sphinx – would ever be adopted.

It did, thanks to Charlie Spillar.

Artist Spillar has now found new homes for all of the colossal, concrete statues that graced the miniature golf course that’s destined to become a car lot.

Photo by John Meyer
Photo by John Meyer
Photo by John Meyer

The mammoth sphinx was the last man standing – and a tough one to place.

“People would call and say they are interested in the sphinx, but when they came to look they would realize it’s not something they can put in their front yard,” Spillar said.

Spillar, who was honored by Tucson’s mayor and city council for his statue efforts, did not yet disclose the hunky Egyptian’s new location.

But I bet once it’s up we won’t be able to miss it.

With all the quirky pieces of Tucson, and other Americana, slowly becoming extinct, Spillar needs to be applauded for helping some kooky stuff live on.

Way to go, Charlie.

Since he’s so effective at successful adoptions, perhaps his next step should be working with our animal shelters….

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Odd Pueblo: Rattlesnake Bridge

Odd Pueblo is a feature of funky stuff around town.
The amazing structure called the Rattlesnake Bridge snakes across Broadway near downtown Tucson.

Conceived by artist Simon Donovan, the bridge has won a number of awards for its unique metalwork and ability to reproduce a diamondback rattlesnake that will not kill you.

Many think the bridge is just part of an overall scheme to get from point A to point B. But we know better.

Sure, the bridge does add to the really neat plan to make Tucson totally accessible by bicycle, Segway and on foot while avoiding major roadways. Yet it has a deeper meaning and power.

An ancient Broadway legend has it that if you cross the bridge anywhere from one to six times you will be protected from rattlesnake bites during December. Cross it seven to 12 times and your protection extends to the remainder of the year. Cross it the unlucky 13 times and you better just stay home since rattlesnakes will purposely seek you out.

All protection, however, will be voided if you romp about barefoot in rattlesnake territory without watching your step.

More bridge photos.


This Odd Pueblo was brought to you thanks to reader L.L.

Do you know of any funky, funny or somewhat strange stuff around town? E-mail a photo and/or description to

I will not necessarily research why it’s there or where it came from, but I will come up with several humorous theories.

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Blog bug report

Good idea from reader Korey K. to create a bug report/suggestion list.

Here we’ll list some of the bugs that are being ironed out on the site and offer a forum for suggestions. Some bugs are minimal (thankfully) while others are downright annoying. None are life-threatening, or at least we have no reports of anyone dying from the blog bugs yet.

bugHere’s several right off the bat:

• Commenters are for now required to give their life story, or at least fill out info boxes prior to commenting. This will change when the registration is up and running. The registration will put the commenting option back to how it was on the old site.

• ReCAPTCHA for commenters. This is the box that appears before a comment can be submitted. It makes you type in the text you see to prove you are human and not a computer spam generator. I thought this was go away but am not sure. Having to type in the ReCAPTCHA is overall less annoying than being overrun by spam. UPDATE from Andre IT – This will go away once the registration is up and running.

• Lack of avatars. Yes, we know we need those fun little pictures by our names. Coming soon.

• Time stamp is off. As it stands, it’s an hour later than it’s supposed to be. This ages us unnecessarily and makes us think we’re late for the dentist. It will be amended. UPDATE from Andre IT – This has been fixed.

Please note any other glitches and suggestions below or e-mail me at or Mark Evans at

Thanks for your patience during our “hell in the hallway” phase.

When one door closes, another one opens – but it’s hell in the hallway.

Keep reading and commenting – we duly appreciate your support. Especially appreciate the comments.

Ryn Gargulinski, Ryngmaster for

P.S. Bugs and all, rules.

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Odd Pueblo: funky stuff includes Paul Bunyan

We like Tucson for lots of reasons. These include the searing heat, the scary rattlesnakes and the sweet little lizards that scamper across our patios.

We also dig all the funky stuff that’s all over town.

One of our favorites is the giant Paul Bunyan, who has frequently been the culprit behind many Tucson cop pranks.
Rookies are told there’s a dangerous dude on the corner of North Stone Avenue and East Glenn Street. He’s big. He’s scary. He’s got an ax.

He may be a madman.

The new officers show up, ready to rumble, only to find the gargantuan statue looming at the intersection. (Some still don’t realize it’s a prank and sit in their patrol cars scanning the streets.)
Other funky Tucson stuff includes:

• Cool melted, melded, welded and weird garbage cans that line Fourth Avenue

• A giant pink rhino atop a tire service shop on South Palo Verde Road

• Tiki head tiki head tiki head and all those other wonderful works of art from Magic Carpet Golf now at area homes and businesses


More are:


• A child in Mansfield Park that looks like his face was blown off by an atomic bomb


• Increasingly creative car and truck crashes


• Mailboxes with guns on top. Bet the mail carrier appreciates this one.

Do you know of any funky, funny or somewhat strange stuff around town? E-mail a photo and/or description to

I will not research why it’s there or where it came from, but I will come up with several humorous theories.

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'Highway to Hell' topping funeral charts

Funerals are definitely getting less stuffy, as evidenced in the trend in funeral music.

Some folks are steering clear of the traditional organ fugues and soppy hymns and picking more contemporary classics, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Like AC/DC’s Highway to Hell.


Frank Sinatra’s My Way continues to be the most popular song selected for funerals, the report said, but an array of others are coming closer.

Top five popular songs:

1. My Way – Frank Sinatra/Shirley Bassey.

2. Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler/Celine Dion.

3. Time To Say Goodbye – Sarah Brightman/Andrea Bocelli.

4. Angels – Robbie Williams.

5. Over The Rainbow – Eva Cassidy.

Other top picks (no rankings):

– Highway To Hell – AC/DC.

– Hallelujah covered by talent show winner Alexandra Burke.

– Bat Out Of Hell – Meatloaf.

– Spirit In The Sky – Doctor and the Medics.

– Another One Bites the Dust – Queen.

Very cool.

Just because of the ominous beat and the title, I’d go with something befitting like Pink Floyd’s Waiting for the Worms. Editor Mark Evans would go for Ralph Stanley’s O Death or the Bugs Bunny theme song.

Tucson Citizen’s Jennifer Boice would select Monty Python’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.

“That’s a good one,” she said, “but I also like the Lumberjack Song.”

What song would you want played at your funeral?