November 13, 2001    





How would you describe your oddest relative?

I would say my oddest relative is an ex-hippie gone hard-core religious.  Once being arrest for marijuana and having severe gambling problems where loan sharks were looking for him to being the most active member in his church. Now he tells everyone they are going to hell and committing sin when he was the worst of us all.

Nicole2, 20

UM... I don't really have an odd relative. If I did, I would describe him/her. In fact, I don't even know half my relatives. They are on, like, the other side of the world. In Turkey. And for the LAST TIME do NOT laugh at the name! It would drive you crazy too if you heard everyone laugh at your relatives country.


My mother...I just don't get her and wouldn't even know how to begin describing her.

Jennifer, 19

You don't want to hear me talk about any family members right now, trust me. They're not in my good books.

Dianne, 17
Ontario CANADA

My family is very small - I probably am my oddest relative. I've always been puzzled, though, by my uncle's conversion to Catholicism. He was raised Jewish, had a bar mitzvah, and was mostly non-religious for several decades. He married a Catholic woman who was also mostly non-religious. Suddenly, about ten years ago, he decided to convert to Catholicism. This isn't just converting to be his wife's religion - they are now both RABID Catholics. It's almost frightening. In fact it was frightening when I was younger - they used to live near my family, and we went to visit one day. My uncle had a sort of hologram picture of Jesus and the Shroud of was different depending on the angle from which you saw it. I was still about 10 or 11 at the time, and this picture had me rather freaked out...I was old enough to know just what a shroud was, and  if you saw it between the two images it looked like Jesus under the shroud, which was pretty creepy. I couldn't be in the same room with this picture - it was just a little frame on the table - and my mother begged her brother to turn it around so we could all be in their main entertaining room together but he refused. It was obviously distressing me, yet he refused to ease my tension because some plastic image of Jesus couldn't be turned around. I guess I consider that kind of odd.

etoile, 20

Very, very odd.

Fisch, 46
, CT   USA

My oldest relative is my great grandma Lucy. She has been around as long as I can remember and is 90 years young. She worked in her garden and even planted fruits and veggies up until a few years ago. She is one of those soft squishy granma's that smell wonderful like lilacs when you hug them.

Stephanie, 25

Derranged and religiosly insane, for starters.

Firelady, 23
, TX   USA

She has an original mind and has always gone her own way. Now semiretired, she's the owner of eight cats and the keeper of several feral cat colonies. Over the years, she's been a WAVE, an author of children's books, a judo champion and instructor, a craftswoman who earned a good living selling her enamels, an exercise teacher at a senior center. She lived in England for thirty years. Her view of the world is eccentric and her opinions always provoke lots of thought.

Jane, 62
West Linn
, OR   USA

Who _is_ my oddest relative?  I'd have to go with "zany" on this one.

Karen, 22

I have a young, once-removed cousin who is terribly concerned about what people might say!

Jill, 60

I posted this question and I don't know how to answer it. I think my sister Janet (who sometimes posts to this site) has the most entertaining sense of humor. Rubber chickens, giant plastic grasshoppers and squeaky rats bring her great joy. The smallest things amuse her, like the whirligig chickens whose legs spin in stiff breeze. It's fun to just watch her be amused.

Laura, 36
, MA   USA

I have a brother that fits the bill.

Janet, 44
E. Brunswick

Wow. We're all pretty odd. But the one that comes imediately to mind is Hypolite Bresette. He was a fur trader for the North West and Hudson Bay Companies and he was Metis (like my whole family is). He has tatoos over his whole body and marries a Cree princess almost twenty years his junior. I forget how many kids they had, but it was a lot! All this and he apparently lived to be 102.

Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario  CANADA

It would be a toss up between my Aunt Margaret and my Aunt Alice (both sisters of of my mom). Margaret has a house crammed full of collectibles and keeps adding additions onto her house to accommodate them. She has sent me old birthday cards which have already been sent to her, only she crosses out her name and  puts mine. Alice is is more of a ditsy blonde type only shes not blonde and shes over 70. She has lots of book knowledge, but on occasion will view things without much common sense. Needless to say I love them both precisely for their quirks.

Felicia, 35
, MA   USA

not sure


Unique. Thought patterns are definitely different from mine and most every other persons!

Celeste, 30
Colorado Springs

ME! =) Well, almost, but I do live in Jewish family, so it's easy to be topped. I have a cousin who is really strange. When he comes to visit he barely says hello to anyone except my father, whose time he monopolizes for the duration of his visit. I guess I don't really know him that well since he barely talks to me, but he seems really weird.

Eric, 19
Beverly Hills

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