Weird Universe Blog — August 4, 2020

The woman who thought she was a chicken

A recent issue of the Dutch journal Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie (Journal of Psychiatry) reports on the case of a woman who believed she was a chicken. From the report (via Google translate):

Patient A, a 54-year-old woman, consulted the emergency department with her brother for acute attacks of deviant behavior, expressing the belief that she was a chicken and displaying behavior reminiscent of it.

Clinically, we saw a lady profusely sweating, trembling, blowing her cheeks and displaying stereotypical behavior in which she seemed to imitate a chicken, such as clucking, cackling and crowing like a rooster. After ten minutes, she seemed to tense the muscles for a few seconds, her face flushed and she did not respond for a short time. These symptoms repeated at intervals of several minutes, between which anamnesis was possible. The patient's consciousness was fluctuating, attention was hyper-reactive and the patient was disoriented in time and space. Her memory could not be tested objectively, but she could adequately tell her history.

She said she had barely slept since five days and wandered barefoot and dressed in a dressing gown on the street at around 4 a.m. the previous night. A general feeling of unwellness had been present for several days, as well as a strange feeling in the limbs, as if they no longer fit her body and flapped uncontrollably. The patient expressed the thought of being a chicken and that they had been forgotten to roost her.

Patient's brother added that he found her in the garden in the same condition as we saw her now. Between that moment and the registration with us, the bizarre behavior in attacks occurred.

The researchers note that clinical zoanthropy (the belief that one has turned into an animal) is an extremely rare delusion. Apparently there have been only 56 cases of this reported between 1850 and 2012. Some of the animals people believe they have become include "a dog, lion, tiger, hyena, shark, crocodile, frog, bovine, cat, goose, rhinoceros, rabbit, horse, snake, bird, wild boar, gerbil and a bee."

More info: The Guardian

Posted By: Alex - Tue Aug 04, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals | Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests | Psychology

Change-o-Color Men’s Jewelry

For the 1949 Metrosexual. But, alas, did not catch on.


Posted By: Paul - Tue Aug 04, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Jewelry | 1940s | Men

August 3, 2020

Social-Distancing Cooler

One of the ongoing weird themes of this pandemic has been oddball devices for social distancing. For instance, we've previously reported on social-distancing shoes.

In this vein, beer brand Dos Equis recently unveiled a social-distancing cooler. The company described it as "part beer cooler, part social distancing measurement device."

From what I can gather, it seems like the cooler was actually two small coolers joined together. So you didn't need to fill the entire thing with ice.

Unfortunately, the promo in which they were giving these things away is already over.

More info:,

Posted By: Alex - Mon Aug 03, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Hygiene | Products

Ol’ Man Mose

Duchin's 1938 release of the Louis Armstrong song "Ol' Man Mose" (Brunswick Records 8155) with vocal by Patricia Norman caused a minor scandal at the time with the lyric "bucket" being heard as "fuck it." Some listeners conclude that there is no vulgarism uttered, while others are convinced that Norman does say "fuck."

The "scandalous" lyrics caused the record to zoom to #2 on the Billboard charts, resulting in sales of 170,000 copies when sales of 20,000 were considered a blockbuster. The song was banned after its release in Great Britain. The notorious number can be heard on a British novelty CD, Beat the Band to the Bar.

Listen for yourself, and register your vote in the comments!

Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 03, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Music | Obscenity | 1930s

August 2, 2020

Roy Rogers Heads West

Here's another addition to our slowly growing collection of giant people in ads. Plus, this one has some bonus phallic symbolism!

Dayton Daily News - Dec 11, 1951

Posted By: Alex - Sun Aug 02, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Giant People in Ads | 1950s

Strange Chess Sets

I have a classic SIMPSONS chess set. Perhaps one of these other models might appeal to you.

Cats vs. Dogs






Napoleon at Waterloo

Posted By: Paul - Sun Aug 02, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough | Games | Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art

August 1, 2020

Parking Garage Dining

A sign of the times: Searching for ways to allow more distance between diners, the Glendale Galleria mall in SoCal decided to open an eating area in the parking garage.

It definitely has a certain ambiance.

More info: NBC LA, twitter

Posted By: Alex - Sat Aug 01, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Restaurants

Mystery Gadget 86

What's going on here?

Answer at the link, or beyond the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Sat Aug 01, 2020 - Comments (5)
Category: Technology | 1930s

July 31, 2020

$10,000 handshake

Must have been quite a handshake.

Redlands Daily Facts - June 30, 1977

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jul 31, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Lawsuits | 1970s

Accidental Prophets

From 1966.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 31, 2020 - Comments (8)
Category: Fashion | Technology | Telephones | Zeitgeist | Advertising | Anomie, Exhaustion, and General Malaise

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