Thursday, December 13, 2007

A Christmas Mystery

Starting around Thanksgiving, Christmas ornaments began mysteriously appearing on the trees that line the Garden State Parkway, a busy highway in New Jersey. The first ornament to be spotted was a melon-sized red glass bulb. Over the next few weeks, more began to show up, each hung where passing motorists could admire it.

What has police baffled is the location of the unusual Christmas display. It's on a remote stretch of road that runs through the Pinelands--and there are no houses nearby. Someone must be stopping on the side of the road--probably in the middle of the night--and leaving the ornaments behind.

In my opinion, whoever's responsible has found the true holiday spirit. It shouldn't be about presents, but rather about bringing a little (random) joy to the world.

Read the original CNN story here.


Blogger Spring said...

Hmm. That would be cool to do!

12:22 PM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

That's nice. Who will be taking them down in the end?

(P.S. My friends and I are in this contest where you need a group name- we picked the "ChristmaHanaKwanzians!")

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Raph said...

That's really nice - probably a teen vigilante. :)

It reminds my of another thing I read about in the newspaper a month or two ago. This lady runs a blog, and she's started this project where, every week, she places a hand-decorated matchbox somewhere in Sydney - like a train station, bus, etc. It's all about spreading random joy to people - and it went so far as to her receiving an email from someone in Paris, saying they had found it on the Metro.
I'll try and track down the URL for you, if you like. ^^

(Hmm, I wish I had started that project...)

3:20 PM  
Anonymous ananka said...

I love that. What a wonderful project. Yes, if you find the URL, please send it to me!

3:25 PM  
Anonymous ananka said...

Oh, and I hear there's some very cool street art going up around Sydney these days. If you see any, snap a picture!

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Raph said...

Definitely, Kirsten. :) I'm on holidays now, so I'll be prowling the city a lot more than usual.

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats so sweet

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the idea behind it.

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey that is soooooooooooo cool i'm from New Jersey and used to live there until we moved again :(
mk* bookworms rule and so do teen vigilantes

5:09 PM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

Check this out!!!

It is the strangest tomato phenomenon I have ever seen. Maybe you could post on it???

7:22 PM  
Anonymous ookamishinzui said...

could it be.... the PLAIN JANES????

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anaka, I know this is completly of subjet did you hear the cool story on christmas trees on abc news. its the weirdest thing.

7:36 AM  
Anonymous ananka said...

Same Anonymous: No, I didn't see it. Please tell!

10:44 AM  
Anonymous ananka said...

IM: So you've been exploring Fortean Times, eh? I am sooooo proud. Thanks for the tomato link. I will look into this disturbing phenomenon and report back forthwith!

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Cupcakedoll said...

Well obviously, it's the Jersey devil. *adjusts glasses, makes professorial voice* It is a little known fact that the cryptids of the world enjoy holiday spirit as much as their human neighbors. The Scottish media has suppressed photos of the famous Loch Ness monster bringing home presents for her tadpoles, and in America young Bigfeet go to the mall to see Santa, where they claim to be affected by hypertrychosis. (a syndrome that causes hairyness, and the name of which I probably misspelled) Even the feared giant squid was photographed using its long tentacles to hang ornaments in the rigging of ships. The cryptid holiday phenomena are not well studied, mostly because I just made this stuff up so there's nothing really to study.

12:53 AM  
Anonymous ananka said...

Cupcakedoll: I believe it all! Every single word. I suspect you may be a great scientist who's been visiting this blog undercover.

8:32 AM  
Anonymous ginnyweasley007 said...

cupecakedoll u are really funny! please save the wolves in alska from aerial hunting, read more on "fearless rats of indonesia' write a letter to your congress man, save the wolves!

9:25 PM  

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