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November 13, 2014

A sign-carrying protester appeared on the sidewalk outside EW last week, which is rare but always welcome. Shannon Wilson is one of our regular letter writers and told us he was protesting EW’s blanket endorsement of Democrats who are not much better, maybe worse, than Republicans when it comes to environmental issues. He’s pissed at Dems who go along with logging BLM’s O&C lands, selling off the Elliott State Forest lands and promoting nuclear power. We share some of his frustrations, but seriously?

October 23, 2014

Reader Glenn Gillis sent us this photo of a sign on a building at 191 Seneca, saying it “must be the most risqué supply company in the state.” 

October 16, 2014

This big diesel truck with custom exhaust pipes was spotted in a Eugene parking lot last week making a statement among the mostly compact cars. Along with “He’s a Criminal,” the stickers included “Infowars.com,” the Alex Jones right-wing conspiracy website that claims Obamacare is spreading ebola. And no, the license plate is from Oregon, not Texas.

October 2, 2014

A reader who travels West 11th sent us this photo of a funny Taxpayers United sign with Peter DeFazio’s name spelled wrong, random capitalization and an improper use of an apostrophe. “You’d think as well funded as the OMOT folks are that they could afford to check their text for proper punctuation before printing a huge banner like this for everyone to see,” he says. OMOT (Our Money Our Transit) is the group fighting bus rapid transit with a nonsensical lawsuit and an equally nonsensical collection of signs cluttering private property along the corridor.

September 25, 2014

A reader sent us this photo, asking, “Why is The Register-Guard littering my neighborhood? Every week for the past month the R-G has thrown the Emerald Valley Shopper in front of each house. These worthless ad papers in green plastic bags remain scattered throughout lawns and driveways. Wouldn’t it be better if they figured out who actually wanted these papers?” She says she called the R-G three times, but still gets the paper tossed in her driveway.

September 18, 2014

Reader Vip Short took a photo of this aromatic skeletal creature inside an EW red box in old town Florence last weekend. What is it? “I am guessing a barnacled porpoise skeleton, or — equally possible — an insouciant piece of artwork by a mysterious local,” he says. “At least the perp recognized that empty EW boxes make perfect display cases for high art!”

September 4, 2014

This floating contraption was spotted anchored on the Willamette River in Albany Aug. 19. It’s a live-aboard kinetic sculpture of sorts with a human-powered Ferris wheel that will hold three people. A motorboat can barge it around on the river. We hear it’s the work of a group of artists out of Sacramento, including some Burning Man fans. Anybody know more about it? 

August 20, 2014

Darcie Herbert sent us this photo of a fire hydrant outside the buy2 convenience store downtown. Funny? Or another slap in the face to homeless folks who have no place to go?

July 30, 2014

We are addicted to bargain hunting at local thrift stores, a great way to recycle and re-use, but sometimes the pricing is a head-scratcher. This dirty old plastic garden trowel that originally sold for 97 cents was on the Goodwill shelf last week for $1.99. Maybe it’s an antique?

July 23, 2014

It’s possible to drive down Barger Drive in west Eugene and not notice this mailbox high above the street. It would make a fine birdhouse. Check it out a short distance west of the Beltline and Barger intersection.

June 5, 2014

Reader Evelyn Herczeg sent us this photo of what she calls “a Darwinian disaster waiting to happen, right outside Albertson’s on Royal Avenue.”

May 29, 2014

Reader John Bergland sent us this photo of a sign on South Shasta Loop a few blocks off Spring Boulevard in what he calls “the ritzy part of the southeast hills.”

May 22, 2014

This sign on West 18th is a bit of a headscratcher, and perhaps that’s the intent. Should we pray quickly before it’s too late, as in “the end is near,” or should we get down on our knees and skip a few meals? Send your WTF? photos to editor@eugeneweekly.com.

May 15, 2014

Reader David Perham sent us this photo from along the McKenzie Highway east of Springfield. “The fisherman in me howled with maniacal laughter when I saw this Walterville reader board. It’s a poem waiting to happen,” he says.

April 24, 2014

We got a WTF? photo submitted last week of a sign on the door of Valley River Center. The sign is hard to read in the photo but it says: “Attention: Color Me Rad Participants. Please do not enter this mall in color splashed event apparel! Thank you, VRC management.” Discrimination on the basis of color? Not OK in Eugene. Send your WTF? photos to editor@eugeneweekly.com. 

April 17, 2014

What the duck? A pair of mallards have been waddling around a parking lot near Eugene Weekly, dodging cars. Last week a nest with eight large duck eggs appeared under some steps next to one of the buildings. A very calm mallard hen is keeping the eggs warm and cozy, but this parking lot is a long way to the Willamette or Amazon Creek or even a puddle. How will this mom and her fuzzy ducklings get to safety? Does LTD do a duck shuttle? 

April 10, 2014

Reader Jason T. Pitzl sent us this photo of a sign outside The Barn Light restaurant at 924 Willamette. “I had no idea that downtown Eugene is now the heart of ‘Little Portland,’” he writes. The restaurant décor and ambiance was inspired in part by Portland’s classy urban scene, but the Portland reference does continue to raise eyebrows. A distinction probably needs to be made between “classy” and “hip.” Portland might have more class, but Eugene has always been more hip.

April 3, 2014

Reader and Emerald City Roller Girls fanatic James Brains tells us he’s puzzled by this peculiar gate sign on his morning jog behind the Lane County Fairgrounds. What’s the purpose of the sign? It’s there even when the gate is open. “That’s some fine use of our tax dollars,” he quips.

March 26, 2014

Reader MK Mantini spotted this van in the Valley River Center parking lot recently. The decal on the back window reads “Extreme Accessories for Extreme Times” and “BulletsIntoJewelry.com.” At first we thought it might be a “swords into plowshares” thing, but the website has more of a Second Amendment vibe with lots of pretty things, like concealed carry purses, decorated with the primer ends of brass shell casings. Even gun nuts recycle in Eugene.