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Whack Job Yard Art: Can I Get an Extension?

Whack Job 1

Whack Job 2

OK, so it’s after 10 p.m., but I thought I had until midnight to enter the Wacko Yard-art Photo Scavenger Hunt. Nonetheless, I’d like to submit these beauties.

These signs are located on Highway 53 near Cotton. I took these photos today, but the guy who makes these signs changes them every now and then. I remember back during the whole French Fries/Freedom Fries debate, he had a sign up that said, “Piss on the Poodles” with a picture of a French flag and, of course, a poodle.

When I was a kid, my family had a cabin near Cotton, and these signs always entertained me. Also, back then he had a sign advertising timber wolf pups for sale, which would always stir elaborate Jack London-esque fantasies in my young mind.

Anyway, I know I’m late. But I still wanted to share these pics. Perhaps I can get an honorable mention.

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14 Comment(s)

  1. I knew those were in Cotton the second I saw them. They might be the only thing that makes the drive up there memorable.

    Beverly | Mar 19, 2009 | New Comment
  2. Sweet, I used to deliver Fed-x to the guy who put up the mail sign. Yep he was a wack job hermit living in a locked down sort of junkyard kingdom. It was creepy to deliver stuff there because you couldnt be sure you would make it out unscathed.Definite Unabomber ranch. Good times

    bw | Mar 19, 2009 | New Comment
  3. I dropped a note in that guy’s mailbox one time asking him to call me and he did. I just now went hunting through boxes looking for my notes of that call and couldn’t find them. They’re somewhere, though. I’m sure of it.

    If I try to wing it and say what I think I remember about that phone call now, eight or ten years after the fact, I’ll screw it up. I sure hope those notes turn up.

    Ramos | Mar 20, 2009 | New Comment
  4. “Dumbfounded ever since.”

    Ramos | Mar 20, 2009 | New Comment

    i’m invisioning tripwires and boobytraps…sort of a Rambo/Deliverance mashup.

    zra | Mar 20, 2009 | New Comment
  6. No wonder no one moves here.

    kokesie | Mar 20, 2009 | New Comment
  7. zra: The whole thing is wrapped in barbed wire (look closely). I imagined there were booby traps as well.

    kokesie: People like this are everywhere, all across the country. But they’re the exception, not the rule.

    Barrett | Mar 20, 2009 | New Comment
  8. Oh, how that reminds me of Montana.

    Mary | Mar 20, 2009 | New Comment
  9. You wouldn’t need to worry about the barbed wire if you used a paintball gun to cover the signs… I’m just saying…

    Bad Cat! | Mar 20, 2009 | New Comment
  10. “Piss on the poodles” became a popular catchphrase on the Missabe rail gangs I worked on back then.

    Jim Myers | Mar 20, 2009 | New Comment
  11. Being from Cotton it’s nice to see a little hometown rep on PDD. The man who lives here is a character alright. Along with the barbed wire around the signs, there are supposedly bear traps in the grass too.

    Hot Shot | Mar 21, 2009 | New Comment
  12. He was also once interviewed on WDIO after putting a wasps’ nest in his mailbox to scare off the mailman. On TV he proceeded to show that the nest (I presume empty) was harmless by taking a big bite out of it.

    Hot Shot | Mar 21, 2009 | New Comment
  13. While I absolutely love BadCat’s paintball idea, it would only make him more paranoid.


    vicarious | Mar 21, 2009 | New Comment
  14. He’s a real loon but I love this guy. For years I would watch the signs change as I bombed up and down 53 back when I lived in Gilbert. Guys like him are a dime-a-dozen here in Brainerd, but you really need to be committed to be this reactionary on the Iron Range. What a contrast between the psychodrama played out in this guy’s yard and the Wellstone Memorial 45 minutes north…

    andy | Mar 22, 2009 | New Comment

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