Weird Universe Blog — January 16, 2019

Bull-sit Chair

Yet another way to make blue jeans weird.

Source: Catawiki auctions

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jan 16, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Furniture | Denim

Miss Christmas Tree 1951

Selected 'Miss Christmas Tree of 1951' by 40 members of the UCLA chapter, Sigma Chi fraternity, is 24-year-old Diane Dearborn. Miss Dearborn, who arrived in the United States seven weeks ago from Paris, France, is a singer. The collegians saw her picture in a newspaper, reported 'she seemed prettier that the rest of them'.


Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 16, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests | Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues | Holidays | 1950s

January 15, 2019

Dr. Lapp’s Sperm Bank

1957: Atomic physicist Ralph Lapp urged that the government should start stockpiling human sperm in lead-lined containers for use following a nuclear war.

In the radioactive shambles following an all-out hydrogen-bomb war, female survivors would thus have a source of prewar unirradiated sperm to replace that of her irradiated husband. “This would mean many children will have the same father, and even grandfather,” Lapp pointed out. “But it would cut the genetic consequences [of all-out war] more than in half, since the female is less sensitive to radiation than the male in terms of the sperm versus the ovum.”

New York Daily News - June 6, 1957

Newsweek - June 17, 1957

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jan 15, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters | 1950s

Follies of the Madmen #406

Joe Louis lives in your car's engine.


Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 15, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Business | Advertising | Sports | Technology | 1930s

January 14, 2019

86-year-old trapeze artist

Betty Goedhart first tried the trapeze at the age of 78, after a career as an ice skater. So she had an athletic background. Even so, she's got some seriously good genes.

More info: fox news

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jan 14, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Sports | World Records

Frances Faye and Friends

An early tribute to polymorphous perversity.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 14, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Music | Sexuality | 1950s

January 13, 2019

Asymmetrical Jeans

Vogue asks whether asymmetrical jeans are the next big trend in denim. What do you think?

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jan 13, 2019 - Comments (7)
Category: Fashion | Denim

Better Use of Leisure Time

The dangers of moping.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jan 13, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Antisocial Activites | Bad Habits, Neuroses and Psychoses | Movies | PSA's | 1950s

January 12, 2019

Blue Gill Capital of the World

Was this really the best scene of the "vacation paradise" of Birchwood, Wisconsin that the maker of this 1970s-era postcard could come up with? And where are the blue gills?.

Here's (what I think is) the present-day view on Google Maps.

Source: eBay

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 12, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Geography and Maps | Tourists and Tourism | 1970s

The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence

An honest mistaken memory, or a deliberate hoax to cash in on the early glamour of the American Revolution? You decide!

The Wikipedia page.

History Channel account.

The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence is a text published in 1819 with the claim that it was the first declaration of independence made in the Thirteen Colonies during the American Revolution. It was supposedly signed on May 20, 1775, in Charlotte, North Carolina, by a committee of citizens of Mecklenburg County, who declared independence from Great Britain after hearing of the battle of Lexington. If the story is true, the Mecklenburg Declaration preceded the United States Declaration of Independence by more than a year. The authenticity of the Mecklenburg Declaration has been disputed since it was published, forty-four years after it was reputedly written. There is no verifiable evidence to confirm the original document's existence and no reference to it has been found in extant newspapers from 1775.[citation needed]

Professional historians have maintained that the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence is an inaccurate rendering of an authentic document known as the Mecklenburg Resolves. The Mecklenburg Resolves were a set of radical resolutions passed on May 31, 1775, that fell short of an actual declaration of independence. Although published in newspapers in 1775, the text of the Mecklenburg Resolves was lost after the American Revolution and not rediscovered until 1838. Historians believe that the Mecklenburg Declaration was written in 1800 in an attempt to recreate the Mecklenburg Resolves from memory. According to this theory, the author of the Mecklenburg Declaration mistakenly believed that the Resolves had been a declaration of independence, and so he recreated the Resolves with language borrowed from the United States Declaration of Independence. Defenders of the Mecklenburg Declaration have argued that both the Mecklenburg Declaration and the Mecklenburg Resolves are authentic.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 12, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Antiques, Anachronisms and Throwbacks | Confusion, Misunderstanding, and Incomprehension | Government | Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators | Politics | Eighteenth Century | Nineteenth Century

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