Arizona Oddities’ Top 10 Posts of 2011

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Thank you to all of the new and loyal readers of Arizona Oddities. 2011 has been an amazing year and we look forward to 2012. We believe we have a truly special publication and a very special audience. Here's a look at our most popular posts of 2011. Drum roll please... Why Do People Paint Citrus Trees White? - To celebrate, we asked an actual newcomer in the office if … [Read more...]

Arizona Oddities’ Favorite 11 Posts from 2011

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We offer a wide range of content on Arizona Oddities catering to an eclectic group of fans from around the state. From history and recreation to artistic endeavors and those weird things you see along the highway, we've got it covered. Here, we're showcasing our favorite 11 posts from 2011. We also want to hear what you found most memorable. Please leave us a comment with … [Read more...]

James Ohio Pattie: Arizona’s First Storyteller

James Ohio Pattie

Excerpt from In Old Arizona by Marshall Trimble, the state’s official historian.   Ain't that something . . . I told mom and pop I was going to the Rocky Mountains to trap and be a mountain man . . . They acted like they was gut shot! Says, "Son, take your life here, here's where the people is ... them mountains is full of animals and savages!" I said, "Mama Gue, … [Read more...]

The Valley’s Cake Buildings: A Little History Behind Gammage, ASU Music and Tovrea Castle

ASU Music Building

Some buildings look just like buildings; others can conjure up visions of happy songs, candles and wishes. Three of them are located in the Valley of the Sun and easily recognized because they all resemble gigantic birthday or wedding cakes. Two of them are on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe; the other is in east Phoenix. Gammage Auditorium ASU's Grady … [Read more...]

Why Do People Put Cups on Cacti?

Cups on Cacti

Excerpt from Valley 101: The Great Big Book of Life, a collection of Clay Thompson’s columns for The Arizona Republic. (Originally published December 14, 1999.) Q: My husband and I recently drove to Cave Creek and along the way we noticed many people had put plastic-foam cups on their cacti. I said this is for protection from the frost, but my husband said it was some … [Read more...]