Happy Peculiar People Day! That’s right. Today, January 10th is Peculiar People Day. There aren’t a lot of details about this holiday, but I’m guessing the day commemorates geniuses and other individuals, who live a just a bit outside the box. The Free Online Dictionary defines peculiar as unusual, eccentric, odd, distinctive, and distinct from all others or strange.
I’m intrigued by the wacky and weird. I like those who walk to a different drummer and I betting you might too.
To celebrate this usual day, please join me in thinking of those unique people we know. Then, to spare friends, family or acquaintances, let’s limit our naming of oddballs, fruit loops and characters to those who appear in fiction. I’ll start off with thirteen of my favorites.
- Philip Marlowe from Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep
- Professor Rubeus Hagrid from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter Series
- Tarzan from Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan of the Apes
- Atticus Finch from Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird
- Scarlett O'Hara from Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind
- The pirate captain, Mad Machen, from Meljean Brook’s There Will be Monsters
- Tobias "Four" Eaton, from Veronica Roth’s Divergent
- Gandalf from JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings
- Miss Havisham from Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations
- Yileen from Kendall Grey’s Inhale.
- Aibileen Clark from Kathryn Stockett’s The Help
- The Boatwright sisters: August, May and June from Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees
- Dr. Waldo Butters from Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files
Do you have a favorite character? A fictional kook you’d like to discuss? Please share.