Yearly Archives: 2016

Zip The “What Is It?”

One curious little fellow from New Jersey enjoyed a long and fruitful career as one of P.T. Barnum’s star attractions. Billed as “Zip The What Is It?,” he was gazed upon by millions of people and touted as the survivor of a lost tribe discovered in the Amazon during the exploration of the River Gamba. The truth is that Zip was born William Henry Johnson in rural Liberty Corners, NJ. Continue reading

2016 Weird NJ Holiday Catalog

This holiday season give that hard-to-shop-for person on your shopping list the gift of weirdness with a 2017 Subscription, one of our Wicked New Hoodies, a Special Issue, Skull Cap, T-Shirt or any of our other great stocking stuffers. All available through our Web Site or Amazon Store. Continue reading

Hagertys’ Christmas Village, Pitman

Hello Weird NJ! Within the Grove (Pitman), you can see the Hagerty Christmas lights spreading across a whole neighborhood block. Home of an old Methodist summer camp, the mostly working class residents wait every Black Friday to see something homemade, … Continue reading

2017 Subscriptions Available NOW!

That right folks, order a subscription to Weird NJ and issues #48 and #49 will be sent right to your door in MAY and in OCTOBER of 2017. We collect stories about New Jersey. That’s what we’ve been doing for the last 23 years. We … Continue reading

From Shrooms to the Tomb in Edison

Poor Richard and Charles Hoopar. Some time in 1693, the brothers came across some mushrooms in the vicinity of Edison, New Jersey and decided to eat them. Maybe they found them in the woods and scarfed them down then and … Continue reading

Nazis and KKK Bund Together for the “American Fuhrer”

Today it’s hard to imagine that the following sentence is describing an actual rally that once took place in a rural Sussex County, NJ town: “Flames from the wooden cross, forty feet high, crackled into the night throwing lurid shadows on the participants below, some of whom were dressed in hooded white robes, others in the gray uniforms of the German-American Bund. The scene took place at Bund Camp Nordland in New Jersey on August 18, 1940, when the Klan staged a monster anti-war, pro-American mass meeting jointly with the Bund.” Continue reading

The Wicked NEW WNJ Hoodie for 2016!

Don’t be caught dead on a chill autumn night this year without having the brand new Weird NJ hoodie on your body. This black medium weight cotton/poly blend zippered sweatshirt is both toasty warm and way cool at the same … Continue reading