Thursday, April 28, 2011

Xenophile

I am truly a lover of the strange... Oh, I know Xeno, as a prefix, generally actually refers to 'unknown' even though it MEANS strange...

My first exposure to xeno, as a prefix, was in a linguistics class in college, and I fell in love with it... as a word, as an idea. One of my cheap thrills when I was taking that class was making up words (oddly, many of them really WERE words, just words I hadn't known) but the BEST word I thought I came up with was Xenophilophobia... Fear of loving strange things... (it could ACTUALLY be applied to fear of the one-night stand... fear of loving strangers)...But I am NOT xenophilophobic... I am just a straight xenophile...

So what do I love that's so strange?



case the first... the Aye-Aye... he is so strange, but I LUUUURVE HIM!




And then there is the leafy sea dragon... WICKED!!!




And then there is Mr. Star-Nosed Mole...



Now look at this fellow. He is a Vietnamese grasshopper of sorts... very cool...



And this is called durian fruit.  I'd totally eat it.




And it's a darned good thing I'm a nudist, or I might endorse monstrosities such as this...


So there you have it... my strange-love... It may have originated in the strange love of word creation, but I know there are those of you out there who get that...



And THIS is the best strangeness I've seen in a long time... Llama font!

And finally, it's Thursday, you know what THAT means!!!


*smooches all around *

33 comments:

Donna Hole said...

Awesome!

OK, I saw Llama font somewhere in my blog roll. This sinches it; must go and read.

..........dhole

Niki said...

oh the dragon and the grasshopper! very cool :)

mooderino said...

Ok, I'm standin here completely naked. Now what?

Trisha said...

Woooot for nudity!

Loved that llama font :)

And I love all things strange as well!

Grandpa said...

What grabbed my attention was that mouth-watering durians! You know I grow durians don't you?

Grandpa
Life on The Farm

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Wonderful weirdness! I saw that llama font on an agent blog, I think--wacky stuff!

M.J. Nicholls said...

A fantastic range of freaky creatures, loved the Vietnamese grasshoper especially.

GigglesandGuns said...

Some of the critters were gross but the worst as the dress. LOL

Jan Morrison said...

I almost used this word - I thought it meant love of strange lands and customs though. I jumped there from xenophobe but then I went to x-chromosome. I love strange too - that's why I love you!!!
How are ya doing after your transportation into the strange land of being lauded?!

Hart Johnson said...

teehee! Yay for the nakedness!

Grandpa-very cool!

Jan-I think that is more officially the meaning--a love of new and unusual experiences, including places and cultures...

I think I'm surviving...

Anne K. Albert said...

Super pics, the grasshopper is incredible. Great post.

Megan Bostic said...

That mole is ugly.

Manzanita said...

This is one neat post. What a group of strangeness. The only one I was familiar with is the durian. Yum and so nutritious. I like your weirdness and could get used to some of them.

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

i know a few people who'd tried Durian fruit. general consensus is that it has a taste/texture that makes you want to vomit.

Angela Felsted said...

But the leafy sea dragon is just plain cool.

Old Kitty said...

I'm a xenolet'sgetNAKEDeveryday-ilic!!! And proud of it, darn it!!

Yay for strange and wonderful creatures and fruit!! Take care
x

Nate Wilson said...

Wow, there are certainly some strange things out there. Of course, that mole might think the same thing about us... if it could see past its nose.

Excellent choice for X, Hart, and great pictures!

LTM said...

and a Depeche Mode fan, yes?

Hooray for naked Thursday! About the only thing on that lineup I liked was the dress. And I know that doesn't surprise you~ :D <3

Laura Eno said...

That dress was scary! (sorry, LTM) :)

Raquel Byrnes said...

I'm going to have nightmares about that mole now! Bleh! Fun post, Hart!
Edge of Your Seat Romance

Holly Ruggiero said...

Please tell me you're joking about that dress. :)

The Vietnamese grasshopper is a new one for me. He looks like he's in battle armor.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Cool strange things, and awesome job on your own word!

Since you enjoy strange things, you just might like my post today ... weird sights that have shown up in pictures that I've taken.

Take care,

Kathy M.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You sure about the durian? It's the one and only thing Andrew Zimmer of Bizarre Foods WON'T eat!

Cold As Heaven said...

Strange means interesting, indeed.

You should have seen all the lemmings we had in the mountains last week. They were all over the place, when they realized that spring was here and the sun was shining ... unfortunately lots of them got run over by cars when they tried to cross the roads >:)

Cold As Heaven

Marjorie said...

The mole is really disgusting looking, but I'll tell you I really love the leafy sea dragon. Always have. Did you know that sea horses and their cousins like the sea dragon have a VERY hard time surviving in captivity?

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Look at the critters! I luuuurve the first one, too.

Jo Schaffer said...

Oh, the mole's nose it the stuff of nightmares...

(= I like strange things too. Especially strange words. (= xenolacunaphile??? Haha!

Enid Wilson said...

The grasshopper is the cooliest. The others are kind of gross, but strangely intriguing.

My Darcy Mutates

Snakesmom said...

Very cool pics! Love your "X" post, nice job. :)

San said...

You have some strange loves, my nudist friend...but I think that's what endears me. As for Llamas....well, dauntless is only one word I'd use :) Thanks for another great post and more insight into your crazy (which again, endears me, ack).

Cheers :)

erica and christy said...

Ummm, errr, gahhh...

:)
erica

upinthecosmos said...

Awesome! I too love strange things so thanks for sharing your love for them!! I'll pass on the nakedness though, no matter how well the balkenizing goes I will never go without clothes... LOL

Karen Peterson said...

This is actually one of my favorite words!

I was tickled pink when JK Rowling named a character Xenophilius.