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Old 02-12-2013, 11:15 AM
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What's one or a few of the oddest things you found when you moved to your new place or city?
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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It took a while, but a year after moving to Madison County, Florida, I learned that it was a dry county. A friend came to spend Christmas with us, and we went out to buy a bottle of wine, and we were told we would have to drive to another county to buy one.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Grits.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:46 PM
 
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One of the oddest things I've ever encountered was in gas station restroom south of Mt. Shasta, California off of I-5 near a little spot named Pollard Flat.

They had an upstairs bathroom in an old service station building. My friend's girlfriend came back downstairs and looked a little distressed. "What's wrong?" I asked. She said they had an old style tub with a female mannequin in it with a flashing light and bunch of wires on top of it. "I think they were taking pictures of me or something..."

I went up to use the bathroom myself and saw the weird female mannequin staring at me. I walked over to the tub to look at it and reached over for a second, when suddenly a young female voice came over a speaker:

"Oh no, stop it!" "Don't touch me there!" They had the speaker set up to trigger a recording from a motion sensor--everyone could hear it in the gas station and restaurant below. I walked down back outside and the gas station attendants were down there cracking up.

Apparently they've been doing this for over 30 years, though the speaker doesn't work at this point anymore, but the creepy mannequin is still there.

Shasta Lake, CA - Screamin' Tub Mannequin
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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I thought it was pretty weird when I moved up here to see people riding four-wheelers and snowmachines (aka snowmobiles) in the streets just like they were cars. And people pulling their toddlers down the sidewalk in sleds instead of pushing them in strollers. Snow so high the meter reader wears snowshoes and can just walk over the fences from one back yard to the next, that's unusual. But I think the oddest thing I've come across here is when dog mushers are staying at a hotel in the middle of the city in Anchorage and have their dogs all bedded down in hay in a corner of the parking lot.
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:29 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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After my car dealer replaced my windshield wipers, they called me a few days later when it rained to ask how my new windshield wipers were working out for me.
People rarely honk their horns at a traffic light and if they do, the first thing you do is check their plates to see if they are obviously from someplace else.
Native men, no matter how scruffy looking, hold the door for women before going through it themselves.
At my supermarket checkout, they offer to go out to your car with you to help you load your groceries into the car.
College sports are more important to people than the professional sports in the state.
Coke and Pepsi take a back seat to Mountain Dew.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:17 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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On St Simons, it would have to be the Tree Spirits. There are faces carved into various oak trees on the island; tourists often engage in hunting for them, map in hand.

www.treespirits.net
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:48 AM
 
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Coming from NYC to Southern California expecting warm weather and then being taken on a ski weekend in Big Bear Lake.
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