Author Archives: Mark and Mark

Jungle Habitat: Wild, Free and Abandoned

It was an African safari theme park in West Milford operated by Warner Brothers in the early to mid 1970s where “wild” animals, such as lions, zebras and elephants, roamed free. Over the years Weird NJ had received reports sporadically from the West Milford area of sightings of non-indigenous species of animals, such as monkeys and kangaroos, roaming the woods there. It was always rumored that these were the descendants of escapees from Jungle Habitat. Still, for some reason we never though to actually go to the site of the old abandoned park until this new tip came in. When we did go we could hardly believe what we found. Continue reading

The Jersey Devil

Without a doubt, New Jersey’s oldest, most enduring, and important pieces of folklore is the tale of the infamous Jersey Devil. For close to three hundred years now, Jerseyans have told tales of this mythical beast that stalks the Pine Barrens and terrorizes local residents. 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

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