If you are new to Weird Wednesdays, it is my day to share some of my odd writings, or more often, my cartoons: “The Miniscules”(posted on Instagram @lines_by_leon) and “The Untitled” (on Wednesday).
I had started a series of “Hide-and-Seek” cartoons, so this will be my next series called: The Day Before”
The 5 Ws (and one H)
With the advent of the internet, we now had the knowledge of the world at our disposal. Unfortunately, much of that knowledge was fit for the disposal.
Anyone could edit Wikipedia, no one really knew who Jeeves really was—and what his credentials were, Yahoo answers became a way to get your funny tweet onto a late-night talk show before the plug was pulled, and now you can just ask Google, Sire or Alexa a question. Before that, most answers (well, some answers) could be summed up in one or two paragraphs in any of the 37 volumes of the World Book Encyclopedia. You could always ask your dad, but he would probably make something up that would later make you look foolish – Thanks, Dad.
Questions move the world forward. Advances in science are driven by curiosity. Imagine a world where nobody asks who, or why, or where, or…well, you get the idea.
Here are some burning questions:
- When news programs do stories on cryptocurrency, why do they always show a pile of physical coins?
- Why are oranges the only fruit we call by their color? (I’m not counting blueberries…) “Pass me a couple of yellows, please.”
- Is there a word that actually rhymes with orange? (And not just kinda close enough)
- Why do we call it a ‘double-U’? It’s clearly a ‘double-V’.
- Why do we talk to our pets in grammatically correct sentences?
Honorable Mention: From the mind of comedian, Rich Hall
“Why do dogs stick their head out of the window when they are riding in a car, but they get mad at you when you blow in their face?”
That’s all the weirdness for today.
Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.