Weird Universe Blog — August 19, 2019

Vasectomy World Record

As far as I can tell, the world record for the most voluntary vasectomies performed in a single day (and at a single event) was set on December 5, 1987 in Bangkok, when 1214 men received the operation. This beat the previous record of 1202, set in 1983.

Interesting how the article specifies these were voluntary vasectomies. Is there a separate record for involuntary ones?

Anyway, 'most vasectomies' appears to be a category that Guinness doesn't bother to cover.

Des Moines Register - Dec 6, 1987

Posted By: Alex - Mon Aug 19, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: World Records | Surgery

August 18, 2019

Mystery Object, #8

What is this object? The answer is below in extended.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Alex - Sun Aug 18, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Quizzes

Follies of the Madmen #440

"Even nice people perspire." Nice in this case being the polo-playing upper crust.


Posted By: Paul - Sun Aug 18, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Business | Advertising | Hygiene

August 17, 2019

Relaxed Joggers

Awkward placement of the tie dye on these sweatpants, available from ASOS.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Aug 17, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Fashion | Excrement

E.T. and Friends TV Special

Posted By: Paul - Sat Aug 17, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Aliens | Television | 1980s

August 16, 2019

The Trainee, by Pilvi Takala

Finnish performance artist Pilvi Takala got permission to pose as a trainee for a month at the accounting firm Deloitte. What she wanted to find out was how people at the firm would react if she did absolutely nothing... if she just sat at an empty desk all day staring into space. Predictably, the office workers grew increasingly perplexed by her inactivity, as can be seen in the video below.

More info from her website:

We see the trainee sitting at her workstation in the consultants' open-plan office space, or in the tax department library all day doing nothing. One of the videos shows her spending an entire day in an elevator. These acts or rather the absence of visible action slowly make the atmosphere around the trainee unbearable, forcing the colleagues to search for solutions and to come up with explanations for the situation...

What provokes people about this ‘non-doing’, aside from the strangeness, is the element of resistance. The non-doing person isn’t committed to any activity, so they have the potential for anything. It is non-doing that lacks a place in the general order of things, and thus it is a threat to order. It is easy to root out any ongoing anti-order activity, but the potential for anything is a continual stimulus without a solution.

I'm guessing her performance was inspired by Herman Melville's classic short story, Bartleby the Scrivener.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Aug 16, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Work and Vocational Training | Performance Art

Mad Mouse/Wild Mouse Roller Coaster

This old-school ride looks scarier than the new ones, because tinier and more vulnerable.

The history of the ride.

Order yours here!

Posted By: Paul - Fri Aug 16, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals | Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers | Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts | 1940s | 1950s

August 15, 2019

Narcotic Pangolin Scales?

Wildlife researchers would like everyone to know that the scales of pangolins (a kind of anteater) DO NOT contain the opiate tramadol, because apparently there’s a thriving black-market trade in the scales fueled by people who think they can use them to get high. In fact, the scales are made entirely of keratin, which is the same thing fingernails are made out of.

I wonder how this rumor ever got started. Was it as a joke? Or did someone seriously think they got high from pangolin scales?

More info: Nat Geo

image source: wikipedia

Posted By: Alex - Thu Aug 15, 2019 - Comments (7)
Category: Animals | Drugs

August 14, 2019

Black Binder Clip Pin

The latest ridiculously overpriced merchandise: a single, black binder clip, from designer Off-White, going for $95.

The designer describes it as a 'pin,' which implies that it's meant to be worn as a fashion accessory, rather than used to hold paper together. Perhaps that's the reason for the high cost!

Posted By: Alex - Wed Aug 14, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion | Overpriced Merchandise

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