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BEATNIK HIWAY -THe Flying Hillbilly Truck Driver Beloit Wisconsin

BEATNIK HIWAY -THe Flying Hillbilly Truck Driver Beloit Wisconsin
Flying Hillbilly Truck Driver




Hillbilly Tornado Man rivals the Mona Lisa for his subtle depiction of both intrigue and perplexity. What was Mona Lisa smiling about so enigmatically? Why is Hillbilly Tornado Man’s truck lodged 50 feet up a tree? Why does he look so satisfied about it? Was he caught in a twister? Did he literally ride the whirlwind? Did he just fucking drive it up there like an Appalachian Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? Did he throw it?! Nobody knew, all they knew was the man had a chest like a barrel of meat, he could not afford an entire shirt and his goddamn truck was in a goddamn tree.

The Truth:


That’s Mark Madson, and the truck behind him is actually a tree-house he built for his son, Luke, in the town of Beloit, Wisconsin. So, on the downside, the truck-in-tree was not the fantastic drunken feat of a modern day redneck Paul Bunyan, but actually just a pretty slick – if dangerously negligent – act of charity from a father to his son. None of that changes the fact that, when faced with creating a play space for his little boy, Mark Madson said “fuck you” to blueprints, cracked open a Coors Light, rammed a truck into a tree and called it a day. And it also doesn’t change the fact that, when the photographer came to do a photo shoot about it, Mark oiled up his chest-planks, threw on his formal vest and posed like he was the Captain Morgan of moonshine.


He sails the rocky seas of the Wisconsin plains, boarding minivans and plundering trucks of Natural Ice.

Read more: http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-true-stories-behind-5-famous-wtf-images/#ixzz2x0lc2pTH



The saga of the tiny tree door in Golden Gate Park

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 Erica Reh richmondsfblog.com
First, a tiny door makes a February debut  nestled in the roots of a tree in Golden Gate Park’s concourse.The tiny tree door in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is back — with newer, more spacious digs. And this time, they’re up to city code.

Back in April, when curious people wandering through the park’s concourse near the de Young first discovered a tiny door snugly fitted into the roots of a tree, they passed word along. But the news eventually reached city park officials, who removed the door, saying its hinges damaged the tree.

After a small outcry on behalf of the home’s tiny denizens, park officials replaced the door — with a pale imitation of the original, which still stands in the tree.

But in the months since then, the first door’s creator, Tony Powell, has been dreaming up a plan for another home, and it’s finally ready for the fairies, elves, squirrels and other mini tenants to move in, though the exact address remains a bit of a mystery to give them some space, Powell said.

“Go west from the original fairy door, though not quite due west since that would take you into the Japanese Tea Garden,” Powell said. “It’s around the other side of the garden, then down a little ways. There’s a little trail and on it you’ll find a rather long eucalyptus log, about 16 or 18 feet long, under a yew tree. It’s on the westward end of the log.”

The door passes park official inspection because it’s not attached to a living tree. Since the new door was put up around Labor Day, a few intrepid explorers have found  it and left little gifts inside, said Powell, who made this door and the first one with his 6-year-old son, Rio.

The new circular door made of pine and covered in sealant, was inspired by the circular doors favored by hobbits in The Lord of the Rings. It’s about the size of a small plate, but can easily be looked over.

“It’s really amazing how many people have not seen it even though they walk right by it,” Powell said. “I pointed it out to a parks worker the other day, and though she worked in the area, she had no idea.”

Powell posts some of the letters and notes left in the door on a blog about the project. He hopes its new location will keep casual lookers away but still be accessible for curious fans.

The door in the concourse remains in place, though park officials originally said they would take it down.

“We’re going to ask them if they’ll allow that to remain, since so many people still visit that door every day and not a lot of people know about the new one,” Powell said. “We’re hoping they can let the fairies keep that as a mailbox.”