An Etch-A-Sketch Salute To HuffPost: Because You've Got To Draw The Line Somewhere

05/07/2015 08:14 am ET | Updated May 08, 2015

"Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere."

We at HuffPost Weird News ruminate each day on G.K. Chesterton's sage words. As we report on the Internet's freakiest stories, we ask: Where should we draw the line?

Is naked gardening too tacky? Is a roundup of the world's most unusual urinals or pole dancing fails too immature? Should we get close up and personal with a man who will cast your anus in bronze or a company that turns your deceased lover's ashes into a vibrating sex toy?

Our aim is to give you a front row seat to this crazy parade of life. And we do think we fulfill part of HuffPost's mission -- to present what people on the Internet are talking about, both the highbrow and the lowbrow.

Indeed, we're the lowbrow. And by almost every measure, we're No. 1 at what we do.

Many people didn't believe HuffPost could make it when it launched. It dared to compete with journalism's most esteemed brands. And, at the same time, it aimed to keep readers up to date with the crazy trends that set the Internet on fire. Sometimes that's a cats vs. kids video. Sometimes that's a guy who nearly had his arms amputated after a desperate bid to look like The Incredible Hulk.

Indeed, 10 years ago, HuffPost was a sketchy proposition. And that's why HuffPost Weird News is celebrating our website's 10th anniversary in the sketchiest way possible -- with the great Etch-A-Sketch artist Bryan Lee Madden.

Madden's brilliant work proves that truth and beauty can be found in the most unlikely places. For us, it's inspiration. We'd like to thank Madden for helping on this project, which also included a super cool young President Obama. We'd also like to thank Ohio Art, the folks who make Etch-A-Sketch, which celebrates its 55th anniversary this year.

Thanks, Arianna, for making us part of your dream, even if some of our work delivers things you should only see in your nightmares.


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