Weird Wednesday: An Exploration of Our Quirky World – Papa’s Beard, Best Fair Food Ever?

Good day! We are delighted to welcome you to “Weird Wednesday,” a new joint series, partnered with our friends at Layered Pages, that explores the quirky side of our universe. Presently many people across the world cannot access this fabulous place, and even in the best of times we often pass so much by in our haste to get wherever it is we may be headed. So sit down, relax a bit and allow us to bring some of our explorations to you. Here you may find things funny, outrageous, marvelous, out of this world! Feel free to suggest topics and be sure to comment below and click to follow the blog. We’ll be having contests coming up, so you’ll want to be sure to stay tuned!

When I was a child one of the things I wanted to try so much was cotton candy. I saw it on TV, I suppose, and must  have seen it at the fair when other people ate it. I don’t know if my mother never bought it for me because she thought it was bad or just didn’t want to spend the money. At the World’s Fair in 1904 a box of it cost 25¢, which was $6.75 in 2015 money, roughly the time my own son might have been asking me for such stuff. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have wanted to spend that much for it either.

To be honest, I have no idea how much it was, in my childhood or my son’s, but it couldn’t have been outrageous because when I was, I don’t know, maybe eleven or thereabouts, I managed to cobble together enough to go off on my own and buy some. In great anticipation I waded my way through the small-town fair crowd, seeing people with their own fairy fluff (as we called it, perhaps in error but at least retaining the desirable alliteration), looking so happy and having great fun. The masses of pink and blue fluffy goodness simply beamed happiness. And then…finally! I handed over my coin, reached for my sensational swirl and then bit in.

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