Monday, November 21, 2011

Rose-Colored Cluckers

Most of the TV I watch these days is reality television. The shows, to me, are like twisted experiments in human psychology, and seeing what people will do under certain conditions is often shocking and humorous and always entertaining. One of my favorite shows is Storage Wars. If you're not familiar with this program, I'll fill you in. It chronicles the activities of five main "characters" as they interact with each other while bidding auction-style for the contents of abandoned storage lockers. Some play nice, some don't. The intriguing part is seeing what the coveted bin is hiding after purchase, as the participants are not allowed to preview before bidding. Most buyers run thrift-type stores and need the contents to turn a profit for their business. Barry, however, is more in it for the thrill of the hunt and for the chance to buy that one special item that is of great value. Not that the monetary worth is of much importance to him; he's more interested in collecting unique items.
Storage Wars on A&E

And you think YOU'VE got JUNK!
Barry is my favorite on the show and he's quite a character. He wears vintage-style clothing and drives vintage cars, some of which have been "Frankensteined" into odd automobiles that barely resemble their origins. Barry is the master of the bad joke, but his positive attitude and ability to get along with even the orneriest co-bidders, makes him a real treat to watch.


Awesome black car

Even MORE awesome pink and white car - love it!
The show is actually educational. You can learn a lot about antiques and oddities that are rescued from behind mattresses and boxes of,  for a lack of better words, stuff. For example, on a recent episode, Barry came upon three pairs of chicken sunglasses. Wait, chicken sunglasses? Chickens wear sunglasses? I've never heard of such a thing. And so the lesson begins. It seems that chickens are blood thirsty and if one gets a cut and scrape, the others will peck it to death, in an attempt to get to the blood. The lenses on the glasses are red, thus cancelling out the red of the blood and, therefor, keeping the chickens safe. If they can't see it, they don't peck at it. Apparently, these glasses were very popular with farmers who purchased millions of pairs of the groovy shades for their fowl in the 1950's and 60's. Sounds a bit gross, but the best part was seeing a chicken wearing a pair of these. When Barry went to a farmer's and they placed a pair onto a chicken's beak, I just about fell off the couch I was laughing so hard! See for yourself:
My future's so bright, I gotta wear shades!
So, if you're looking for something unusual, entertaining and educational to watch, give Storage Wars on A&E a try.Where else will you find a chicken wearing rose-colored glasses? Have a great day and thank you for stopping by! xoxo, Leena

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