My wife and I moved to Texas back in August of 2000. Since that time, we've seen a LOT of weird things. Mostly, these things are bugs of some description, but often, they are man-made objects. In any case, whenever we say "What the hell is that?", we try to remember to snap a picture. Clicking on the pictures to see a larger version.

04/19/2011: Applesauce Alien

Ya hear stories, but you just laugh it off until it happens to you. Today, I opened a container cup of H-E-B "unsweetened" applesauce, and was greeted by this... alien pod thing. My wife walked in, and said, "What the HELL is that!?"

I poked at it with a toothpick, and I coulda swore it screamed. Of course, it could have been my wife that was screaming. Anyway, I took a couple of pictures of it before its mothership returned to this planet to reclaim its progeny.

02/05/2011: Snow in South Texas?

I've heard that snow exists, and I've even seen pictures of it, but until today, I thought those pictures were merely the result of some artist's photoshop efforts. Of course, the entire state has come to a complete stop, and I don't have to leave for work until about 11:00 this morning, because so many people are stepping out their front door, and yelling "What the HELL is THAT!?"

06/01/2006: Everything is Big in Texas

I used to work on the 6th floor of a 7-story building. One day as I was coming off the elevator, I saw this huge blob on the window. As I got closer, I saw this.

This is a cicada wasp - it hunts and kills cicadas. Keep in mind that cicadas are pretty huge in their own right, and this wasp can carry one - IN FLIGHT. It turns out there are a couple of nests of these things in the building's courtyard. Since the sting from one of these can be quite excrutiating, the building maintenance people have locked the doors leading to the courtyard until something can be done about the problem.

The pocket comb is of the 6-inch variety and is held up to the glass as a comparitive size reference. Keep in mind that the glass is double-paned so the wasp is actually a bit bigger than the picture shows.