This week a selection of videos about Buckminster Fuller came up on my YouTube feed. So, on a whim, I clicked on one of the thumbnail links. Bucky was a textbook case of a weirdo genius. He was one of those folks who owned his eccentricity and never apologized for it. He didn’t have to try to think outside the box because he normally lived outside the box. In fact, one of his most famous inventions, the Geodesic Dome is not at all box-like.

Weirdos are some of the most original, inventive people in society. They might be seemingly normal like an Andy Biersack, or totally off the wall like a Salvador Dali. They are remembered for their freshness and originality. They are the ones who make non-conformity seem cool.

They have helped transform the old 1950s meaning of the word. People used to think of weirdos as dangerous, vicious criminals or psychopaths at worst; and eccentric oddballs at best. Now, weirdos are mainly defined as people who don’t see the world like “normal” folks. They sometimes end up becoming trend-setters even though they don’t intend to do so.

One of the reasons I like baseball, is because it’s full of weirdos. It’s one of the few team sports that thrives on individuality and weirdness from time to time. My favorite weirdo is San Francisco’s Hunter Pence.

Pence is fun to watch as an outfielder for the Giants, and his awkward, yet energetic swing at bat is amazingly powerful. He is comfortably at home giving his teammates a pep talk, schmoozing the fans, and teasing an opposing team’s mascot. It seems like everyone wants to be the butt of one of Pence’s jokes.

Even though you’re more likely to see him interviewed on ESPN, Pence was once involved with Bill Nye the Science Guy. His shaggy beard, wild hair, and goofy eye expressions were perfect for the part of a madcap scientist. The idea behind the Bill Nye appearance was for a scientific demonstration. Pence hit a series of baseballs into a scale model of the planet Mars. This was supposed to show how asteroids might impact the red planet. Those baseballs sure went into orbit.

“I know what it’s like to be an outcast in society. I know what it’s like to want to find strength, and more importantly, I know what it’s like to find that internal strength and rise out of the pain of being just sort of a weirdo.”–Andy Biersack

Some of us might have been thought of as weirdos when we were kids. No matter how hard we tried, we just couldn’t fit in with the rest of our classmates. In the best case scenarios we accepted our eccentricities and went on with our lives. Some weren’t so fortunate and became branded as outcasts for life. Those who didn’t stumble into some sort of fame, became part of the fringe.

Most of us weirdos are somewhere in the middle. We spend a lot of time working and the rest of the time reading or tinkering around. Maybe there’s a streak of being a loner or a philosopher or a comic. In the best case we sincerely appreciate being sort of weird.

The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes musician Todd Rundgren. “If bearing a reputation as a weirdo is all it takes to be a genius, I’m a shoo-in. Come to think of it, half the people I know are geniuses – the other half, peculiarly enough, idiots.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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4 Responses to Weirdos

  1. Hi. I live near Philly. Pence was on the Phillies for a short while, about six years ago.
    I was sorry when he got traded. He was a good player. But to tell you the truth I didn’t know he was such a character.
    Now I miss him even more!

    • swabby429 says:

      He’s one of the big attractions for the Giants organization. Unfortunately he is slumping along with the team this year. The fans still love him, regardless.

  2. Doug says:

    My favorite “weirdo”

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