Odd Reality

On August 22, 2009 · 6 Comments

My web access logs have been sizzling with viewers on my Point Roberts – Stranded by an International Border page. This is one of my more popular entries so it’s not surprising to register a few hits each day but it’s mushroomed to The Crazy Level, and all with unique IP addresses. I’ve not recorded any referrals from any of the popular websites so that’s not driving the traffic. Rather they all seems to be coming from various search engines, independently. Very odd.

So this morning I was drinking my coffee and quickly perusing the news online before starting my busy day, as I do every morning, and I darn near spit out my coffee when I stumbled across the true reason. I’m not generally one to follow the tabloids but Point Roberts doesn’t ordinarily make it into the tabloids either. There was my answer.

Allegedly some guy who stars in TV Reality Shows such as the critically-acclaimed "Megan Wants a Millionaire" and the highly-esteemed "I Love Money 3," you know real high-brow intellectual stuff, murdered his model girlfriend then chopped off her fingers and removed her teeth to hinder her identification. She could only be identified by her breast implants, or more precisely, by the serial numbers on her breast implants.(1) I’m not making this up!.

Anyway, the guy high-tails it up to Blaine, Washington, near the Canadian Border, steals a boat, and sails it to… um, drum roll please… Point Roberts, where he simply walks across the border and escapes into Canada.

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Not to make light of the tragedy, for indeed it is a tragedy, but this has resulted in piles upon piles of hits upon my website. Viewers apparently have a great thirsting for more information about Point Roberts. Perhaps this will bring out the inner geo-geek in one or two of them and spark a greater curiosity.(2)

Frankly, I’m amazed to discover this level of intersection between aficionados of tabloid journalism and a predisposition towards geo-anomalous curiosity. I’ll take it. I’m just happy to finally discover the reason for the mysterious rise in traffic on my site.

Don’t worry I have a real article in the hopper for tomorrow: totally geo-geeky with a huge heaping of historical background on the side that’s practically guaranteed to drive my new readers screaming from the site. The phrase "breast implant" is not expected to appear.

(1) Breast implants have serial numbers?… (Twelve Mile Circle adds that little piece of knowledge to his collection and realizes there’s a reason why he’s called the "Master of Useless Trivia").

(2)Translation – my wife’s running blog gets a zillion times more viewers than mine and it would be nice to get one or two more subscribers so I won’t be quite so embarrassed whenever she’s throwing her stats around. She calls Twelve Mile Circle the most boring things she’s ever read, with our mutual friends nodding furiously in agreement. Think it’s the footnotes? I’ve not seen too many other blogs with footnotes.

On August 22, 2009 · 6 Comments

6 Responses to “Odd Reality”

  1. Greg says:

    Your footnote comment immediately reminded me of this: http://blag.xkcd.com/2009/03/27/a-brief-pair-of-notes/. As long as you don’t do that, you’re fine. And I, for one, consider your blog to be one of the most interesting blogs I’ve come across, for any topic.

  2. Matthew says:

    I can relate to your experience. Little Diomede Island, which I “discovered” years ago on my own after poring through a map of Alaska, had an international date line anomaly that I blogged about several months ago when I was starting a little series on geoeccentricity that was basically the same kind of thing as Twelve Mile Circle. The island’s proximity to Russia was also interesting, but then everybody discovered the island after Sarah Palin mentioned that she could see Russia from Alaskan land. I didn’t get quite the spike in e-traffic afterwards but I’m sure many more people know of the island now after Palin’s reference to it. I usually interpret “boring” non-pejoratively as “person with underdeveloped geo-weirdness sense”. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Steve_CTMQ says:

    FWIW, the mere act of running for running’s sake is perhaps the most boring activity one could pursue. (I’m comfortable saying this here, because I said as much to your wife in person!)

    READING about running for running’s sake? Hey man, unless they’re running talking about how their breast implant serial numbers happen to match up with quirky area codes, lat-long intersections or shortest interstate highway numbers… then I’m not interested.

    (I kid, I kid!)

    • My wife’s blog got a comment recently from a woman runner who said she likes to get drunk and swim naked. I thought that was pretty laudable — made a reader out of me! But for the record, I don’t want to see that comment from anyone on the Twelve Mile Circle. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Craig says:

    Boring?! Oh well…. ร  chacun son goรปt.

    Myself, I just back from a crossword tournament, so what do I know from boring? ๐Ÿ™‚

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