An artist statement placed next to an entry at ArtPrize can be both important and helpful when you're trying to see hundreds of pieces of art in one day. Some artist statements are great, some are pretentious and some are completely honest.
And you think all the weird stuff happens in Michigan? Nope! A man in Utah was shooting at a mouse with a handgun and accidentally hit his roommate in the chest. Yes, I thought the exact thing--why the hell are you shooting at a mouse with a handgun? Oh, but wait gentle reader. As they say in show business, "there's more!"