Let's get weird.
From the skies above Kentucky to a comic book convention to the radio airwaves, the campaign trail leading to the Kentucky Governor's Mansion is taking some strange twists and turns.
Here are just a few of the bizarre detours from the past week:
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"You saw the geese fly over," an out of breath Will T. Scott said as he stepped to the podium outside Skydive Kentucky. "I'm the only person here today who knows what it's like to be a goose."
Scott, the recently retired state Supreme Court justice who is bringing up the rear in the race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, had just jumped from an airplane more than 3,000 feet above Elizabethtown.
There were lots of jokes and laughs about jumping out of an airplane at 67 years old and the rather large patch of mud on the seat of Scott's bright turquoise jumpsuit.
"You sure it's mud?" said one of the handful of supporters who turned out.
"That's my story, and I'm going to stick with it," Scott joked back.
But the subject matter was serious to Scott, a Vietnam veteran and former Army paratrooper.
Scott said he began his Army training just a few miles up the road in 1969, and now, 48 years later, he was coming full-circle, fighting for Kentucky.
"I never quit fighting," Scott said. "I just changed battlefields."
So after he completed his jump, which he readily acknowledged was a stunt to draw media attention, Scott spoke at length about how much he and former Menifee County Sheriff Rodney Coffee will do for veterans if they are elected governor and lieutenant governor. (Scott calls his ticket "the justice and the sheriff.")
"The reason I'm here today and the reason we've done this is the men and women, a lot of them young men and women, who have stood guard on foreign shores for us so each and every one of you and the people watching this, including myself and my family, could sleep safe at night in America," Scott said. "This is for them."
Part of that platform includes a march on Inauguration Day for Vietnam and Korean War veterans, a move that Scott said would promote healing for warriors from that generation.
When asked why Iraq and Afghanistan veterans weren't included in that invitation, Scott said they already have been welcomed home.
"I'm the one that got spit on," he said. "I'm the one who got called baby-killer."
Counselor Deanna Troi, of Star Trek: The Next Generation, is not registered to vote in Kentucky. Neither is Marina Sirtis, the actress who played her.
But Drew Curtis, the founder of Fark.com who is hustling to find 5,000 signatures to get him on the gubernatorial ballot as an independent, was happy to have her name on his petition — even if it won't count toward his goal.
Trekkies, Batmans, Jokers, a Capt. Jack Sparrow and a small army of Ghostbusters all filed by booth 92 at the Lexington Comic & Toy Convention on Saturday, where Curtis's volunteers asked them to take a timeout from trying to get Chewbacca's autograph to sign the petition.
Some stopped to sign, some kept going. Some who signed had heard of Curtis or his alternative news website; some hadn't but thought opening up the ballot to all comers was the fair thing to do.
"I believe in independent candidates running," said David Hall of Raceland. "Everybody should have a fair shot to run if they want to run."
Curtis showed up at the booth a little after noon, wearing a blazer and a Green Lantern T-shirt, sipping an iced coffee before a speech in one of the breakout rooms.
Curtis said the top question he got at the convention was, "Are you really a geek or are you just here to get signatures?"
He's happy to show off his sci-fi cred, noting that he has been a regular at the convention for the past few years.
One man who offered his signature was promised a Christmas card from Curtis for his efforts.
"It'll show up in March," Curtis joked. "I'm really slow."
Andrew Sowders, Curtis' campaign manager, said Sunday that the three-day booth had garnered 597 signatures.
Conservative radio host Glenn Beck said on his show last week that Kentuckians had drunk "too much bourbon," which is why they had voted to re-elect U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Beck went on to say several times that "Kentucky is dead to me," saying voters "dropped the ball" and the only way to "redeem yourself" is to vote for Louisville businessman Matt Bevin in the GOP primary for governor.
Bevin's response to those harsh words for the commonwealth?
"Don't give up on us yet," he said, later tweeting the same sentiment.
As Bevin tries to find traction, he's visiting with old friends in conservative media who tried to help him in last year's U.S. Senate primary. But appearances like this one could raise uncomfortable questions from Kentucky voters who overwhelmingly re-elected McConnell.
Bevin eventually offered a defense of the Bluegrass State after Beck said he thought Bevin should have moved elsewhere after the last election.
"You know, I love this state," Bevin said. "I say that not for gratuitous reasons. I just do. It's a beautiful part of the world. We're better than we sometimes appear to be, politically and otherwise."