Weird Universe Blog — September 25, 2018

Toni’s Boys

A male version of Charlie's Angels that never made it past a 1980 pilot episode. From Wikipedia:

ABC attempted to create a spin-off of Charlie's Angels in 1980 called Toni's Boys. The backdoor pilot aired near the end of season four, simply titled "Toni's Boys" (season 4, episode 23). The concept was essentially a sex reversal of Charlie's Angels, and starred Barbara Stanwyck as Antonia "Toni" Blake, a wealthy widow and friend of Charlie's who ran a detective agency. The agency was staffed by three good looking male detectives—Cotton Harper (Stephen Shortridge), Matt Parrish (Bruce Bauer), and Bob Sorensen (Bob Seagren)—who took direction from Toni, and solved crimes in a manner similar to the Angels. The show was not picked up as a regular series for the following season.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Sep 25, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Television | 1980s

Follies of the Madmen #386

Very convoluted ad for the Sir Galahad watchband that will add courage to your wrist.

By the way:

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 25, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Business | Advertising | Products | Television | 1940s | Comedians

September 24, 2018

A great moment in criminal defense

"The mere fact that you're holding up McDonald's with a gun doesn't mean you give up your right to be protected from somebody who wants to shoot you."
-Attorney for Timothy Ray Anderson who was shot by a security guard while robbing a McDonald's in 1991.

I'm curious to know what happened to Anderson's case, but haven't been able to find any follow-up about it.

Wisconsin State Journal - May 29, 1993

Posted By: Alex - Mon Sep 24, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Crime | Lawsuits

The Four Preps Diss Their Rivals

Two early examples of the diss track.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Sep 24, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Music | Rivalries, Feuds and Grudges | 1960s

September 23, 2018

Most walnuts cracked against the head

S. Navin Kumar of Nellore, India recently smashed 217 walnuts with his head in one minute, thereby beating the old record by 36 walnuts.

Unfortunately the video ended too soon. I wanted to see what his forehead looked like after finishing.

Also, he lost a lot of time turning around the end of the table. I bet he could beat his record simply by setting up a longer row of tables.

More info: Food & Wine

Posted By: Alex - Sun Sep 23, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: World Records


I actually kinda like listening to the German I can't understand. Allows me to focus on the art and imagine how it's done.

Here's the Wikipedia page, which tells hardly anything more.

Here's the full version of that animated feature seen briefly above.

The artist's Wikipedia entry.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Sep 23, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Art | Stop-motion Animation

September 22, 2018

Sponge Shoes

New from designer Christopher Kane: shoes with kitchen sponges glued onto them. They retail for around £800 (about $1046), but are already sold out.

But if they were available, you could round out the look with a sponge clutch from the same designer.

And to really complete your kitchen cleaning look, don't miss these mop shoes, also from Christopher Kane. (More info: refinery29)

Posted By: Alex - Sat Sep 22, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Fashion

Follies of the Madmen #385

Our shoes are comparable to hideous sea monsters.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 22, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues | Business | Advertising | Shoes | 1940s | Fictional Monsters

September 21, 2018

Paved Deer

I've heard of road-line painting crews not bothering to move roadkill out of the way. But I hadn't heard before of a paving crew simply paving over a dead animal instead of moving it.

For some pics of roadkill painted over see: improbable research

Allentown Morning Call - Aug 22, 1996

Allentown Morning Call - Sep 14, 1996

Posted By: Alex - Fri Sep 21, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals | Death | Highways, Roads, Streets and Traffic

Smoker’s Robot


Posted By: Paul - Fri Sep 21, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Tobacco and Smoking | Chindogu | 1950s

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