Talking Proud Photo Gallery - Okay, so we're a little whacky! Who cares?

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GIs are great! In the midst of a tough war, our troops at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, put together a Haunted House in the base chow hall designed to boost troop morale. Some 600 military people went into the house, all decked out in costumes and makeup. Comments from them included it was nice to have something to remind them of home, it helped loosen them up a bit, and one said it was the first time he'd ever done anything like this, so it will be a memory forever. God bless them all. (110409)


Beer and a barker, must be baseball. A baseball fan with a hat shaped like a hot dog watches from the stands prior to opening day action between the New York Mets and the Florida Marlins in National League baseball action in Miami, Florida March 31, 2008. Photo credit: Hans Deryk, Reuters.


The "Naked Cowboy." Robert Burck, a street performer known as the "Naked Cowboy", sings in Times Square in New York on December 5, 2002 as a snowstorm hit the city. He's not all together naked. He wears white underwear, cowboy boots and a hat. Photo credit: Peter Morgan, Reuters.Robert Burck, a street performer known as the "Naked Cowboy", sings in Times Square in New York on December 5, 2002 as a snowstorm hit the city. He's not all together naked. He wears white underwear, cowboy boots and a hat. Photo credit: Peter Morgan, Reuters.


Sailors in the sand, what will they do next? Sailors assigned to Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman sandboard December 27, 2007, while participating in a USO sponsored tour. Truman is on station supporting the Iraq War. What happened to the old Frank Sinatra navy movies, when the sailors and the shore patrol were locked in fist fights in the bars? Ha! Photo credit: Petty Officer 3rd Class Damian Martinez


Kids! Little League World Series baseball fans, from front, Jake Botech and Hunter Coakley of Bridgewater, Mass., A.J. Yost, Jordan Neville, Jacob Neville, and Jake Richards of Anacortes, Wash., slide down the hill overlooking Lamade Field after rain suspended play in South Williamsport, Pa., August 20, 2007. Photo credit: Gene J. Puskar, AP


Meet "Freight Train:" Ol' "Freight Train" is the official mascot of the 2007 Redneck Games in East Dublin, Georgia. He is able to touch his nose with his lower lip. The day-long yearly festival celebrates the southern "redneck" way of life. It was held on July 4, 2007. Bellyflopping in the mud, tossing toilet seats and guzzling beer were the main events. Photo credit: Robert Sullivan, AFP


Serious Derby fan: Charles "Derbyman" Matasich attend his 40th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, during celebrations leading to the 132nd Kentucky Derby, May 6, 2006. Photo credit: Jeff Haynes, AFP


Oh yeah? Seattle police officers Matt Bradrick, left, and Randy Jokela smash each other with snow in a snowball fight in downtownSeattle, January 6, 2004. The snow closed schools and persuaded many commuters to stay home, stay warm and avoid the icy weather. Photo credit: Elaine Thompson, AP


I was fired for ordering the cups. For the last departmental picnic, management had decided that due to liability issues, we could have alcohol, but only one (1) drink per person. Photo credit: Unknown, sent through the grapevine from a friend.


To be whacky, you have to be innovative. Cool! Mark Wejrandt, of Shelby Township, Mich., wears a hat made to look like a baseball prior to the Detroit Tigers-Chicago White Sox baseball game during opening day at Comerica Park in Detroit, Monday, April 10, 2006. Photo credit: Paul Sancya, AP


A plumber on the pot! This plumber knows how to market. Any doubt about what he does? And, he's obviously got a great sense of humor. This is T-Eye-rrific. Photo credit: AIM Electrical and Plumbing of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.


Third annual Lingerie Bowl football. Los Angeles Temptation's Lauren Bergfeld (C) carries the ball against New York Euphoria's Sheena Mariano (L) and Meriah Nelson (R) during the third annual Lingerie Bowl football game in Los Angeles February 5, 2006. The 30-minute game features models playing full-contact football in lingerie and airs locally on pay-per-view during half time of the NFL's Super Bowl XL football game. Photo credit: Mario Anzuoni, Reuters


Polska girls, USA! On the left, all decked out in her Polska garb, is this editor's little sister, Dianski, and her daughter to the right, Allie-hoopski, otherwise known as Diane and Allison Wigand of Oceanview, New York. Diane is good Polish girl from Buffalo. Note red face, big cheeks, shiney round ball on the end of her nose, and Polish-proud all the way. Also note the Buffalo Bills decoration hanging from the Christmas tree! While Diane's husband has some German in him, we still call him Uncle Paulinski. Closely related to this is a description we have received that describes Polish pride in America. Go to story. January 31, 2006


God has blessed America! Merry Christmas! Santa Trooper, with lolly-pop, ready to go on patrol in Baghdad December 24, 2005. This soldier is from Headquarters Company, 126th Armor Regiment, Michigan National Guard. The regiment's motto is, "Courage without fear." Photo credit: Erik de Castro, Reuters.


Either a scream of pain or exhilaration, either way, better him than me! Wayne Beaton lets out a yell as he jumps into the icy water during the annual New Years Day polar bear dip at Mooney's Bay in Ottawa, January 1, 2006. Photo credit: Jonathan Hayward, CP-AP


Priorities correct. A request for ice sets outside a Hurricane Rita damaged home in Lake Charles, La., Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005. Photo credit: Eric Gay, AP


Alabama Barbecue. The eggs look good to me! Photo provided by a friend.


The "Moon Goon." This is an EC-47 electronic reconnaissance combat mission flying somewhere over the friendly skies of Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. But it isn't just any "Goonie Bird." This is very famous "Moon Goon." Look closely at three of the windows and you'll see why. There's no one better than a GI at work! You gotta love 'em.


Who's in charge. I'm in charge, that's who's in charge. Experts might tell you that you should train your dog, they'll even tell you how. The truth is the dog trains you. The sooner you realize that, the less anxious you'll be. Photo provided by a friend.



Osama bin Laden Swing Set, built in and marketed from Texas.


Posing for the press. Mary Kerlavage of Buffalo, N.Y., takes her dog, Blue Dog, for a motorcycle ride in a sidecar in Pembroke, N.Y., April 15, 2005. Blue Dog is wearing a seat belt. Photo credit: David Duprey, AP


How do he do it? Alberta curling fan Bill Burnett sits in stands with painted face during the final of the 2005 Canadian Men's Curling Championships in Edmonton, Alberta March 13, 2005. Nova Scotia and Alberta are facing each other in the Brier final. Photo credit: Andy Clark, Reuters


Hey, can I borrow your coat? A dog named Tyson of Brookline, Mass., wears raincoat while walking with his owner Fatima Fatal in Brookline, Mass., in the snow, March 1, 2005. The second snow storm to hit the Northeast in less than a week snarled traffic and caused numerous school and flight cancellations along the East Coast. Photo credit: Chitose Suzuki, AP


"Carnac, The Magnificent!" In this undated photo provided by NBC, Johnny Carson begins an episode of the "Tonight Show" as "Carnac, The Magnificent!" Carson died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005. He was 79. Jay Leno, who succeeded Carson as host of the "Tonight Show, " said, "No single individual has had as great an impact on television as Johnny. He was the gold standard." Photo credit: Chris Haston, AP Photo/NBC


Even puppies come see Santa in the USA! Daisy, a four-month-old Dauchshund owned by Irene Chervenick of Alliquippa, Pa., gives Santa a lick on the nose during a visit at the Petsmart store in Robinson Township, Pa., Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004. Photo credit: Gene J. Puskar, AP


"Toughest gang of chicks on skates!" Chassis Crass of the Manhattan Mayhem sends a message at the first ever Gotham Girls Roller Derby exhibition bout between the Manhattan Mayhem and the Brooklyn Bombshells at The Skate Key rink in the Bronx section of New York on November 12, 2004. A press advisory said the "Manhattan Mayhem, in inmate orange, and the Brooklyn Bombshells, in sailorette stripes, will battle to the bloody end for the title of 'Toughest Gang of Chicks on Skates.'" Photo credit: Heidi Schulman, Reuters


Effective American communication. Democratic Party elite can have fun ridiculing this sign posted on a wonderful horse farm on Wilt Store Road in Loudoun County, Virginia, not far from the Potomac River. The rest of us can have fun too, enjoying the creativity and the explicit language that cannot be misinterpreted, and ought not to be! November 9, 2004.


Yeah, green grass in the desert, gotta problem with that? Here is a soldier stationed in Iraq, stationed in a big sand box. He asked his wife to send him dirt, fertilizer and some grass seeds so he can have the sweet aroma and feel of the grass grow beneath his feet. If you notice, he is even cutting the grass with a pair of a scissors. Sometimes we are in such a hurry that we don't stop and think about the little things that we take for granted. October 8, 2004.


Everyone wants to be a star! U.S. soldiers of the Fourth Infantry Division perform during "Soldiers sing for soldiers", a talent contest for U.S. troops, in front of a demolished palace of the ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein at a U.S. army base in Tikrit, about 110 miles northwest of Baghdad September 12, 2003. Photo credit: Arko Datta, Reuters


Nice hats! These are your Ball-imore Orioles fans, much of the downtown is flooded after Hurrican Isabel, and they're sitting here watching their home team lose! Do ya think they had to pay for those hats?


War zone, hell, let's go swimmin'. U.S. Army soldiers from the 4th Battalion 64th Armor Combat Team relax in Lake Habaniyah near their base camp in Habaniyah, Iraq on July 4, 2003. The battalion held a beach party to celebrate Independence Day. Photo credit: John Moore, AP