Weird Universe Blog — February 28, 2020

Whose fault is it when your husband is cross at breakfast?

Answer (according to 1920's ad men): It's the wife's fault for serving him coffee or tea.

Strange, because I'm pretty crabby in the morning if I don't have coffee.

The Helena Star - Oct 6, 1921

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Category: Advertising | Husbands | Wives | 1920s

Grins & Smiles & Giggles & Laughs

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Category: Food | Humor | 1970s

February 27, 2020


Rumors of the existence of an organization with these initials have been circulating for decades. It's said to stand for the Pan-American Protective Program for the Prevention of People Putting Parsley on Potatoes in Public Places.

Variations on the name do exist, such as the Society for the Prevention of People Putting Parsley on People’s Plates in Prominent Public Places.

Oakland Tribune - Sep 9, 1941

Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Mar 18, 1939

Posted By: Alex - Thu Feb 27, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Clubs, Fraternities and Other Self-selecting Organizations

House Music

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 27, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Eccentrics | Inventions | Music

February 26, 2020

Hair Freezing Contest

Ever since 2011, the Takhini Hot Pools in the Yukon have hosted a Hair Freezing Contest. More details and pics at

Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 26, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests | Contests, Races and Other Competitions | Hair and Hairstyling

Mystery Illustration 93

This man is the son of one of the superstar actors of the twentieth century. Without googling, just by resemblance, can you say who the father was?

Answer is here.

And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 26, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Movies | Children | Parents | Twentieth Century

February 25, 2020

CheeSweet—Swiss Cheese Candy

Wisconsin lumberman Stuart Stebbings wanted to be able to eat candy. But being diabetic, he couldn’t. So, in the mid-1950s he invented “cheese candy,” in which much of the sugar was replaced by cheese. Specifically, Swiss Cheese. He marketed it as CheeSweet. His advertising described the flavor as “delightfully different.”

Apparently the American public didn’t take to it, because by 1960 Stebbing’s CheeSweet Company had declared bankruptcy.

The In Too Deep blog notes that CheeSweet did, however, achieve a minor form of literary fame, in that it was mentioned by John Steinbeck in his 1962 book “Travels with Charley: In Search of America.” Steinbeck wrote:

I don’t know whether or not Wisconsin has a cheese-tasting festival, but I who am a lover of cheese believe it should. Cheese was everywhere, cheese centers, cheese cooperatives, cheese stores and stands, perhaps even cheese ice cream. I can believe anything, since I saw a score of signs advertising Swiss Cheese Candy. It is sad that I didn’t stop to sample Swiss Cheese Candy. Now I can’t persuade anyone that it exists, that I did not make it up.

Twin Falls Times-News - Aug 31, 1958

Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 25, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Candy | 1950s

February 24, 2020

World’s Largest Yo-Yo, 1974

Back in 1974, MIT Professor James Williams led students in creating the world's largest yo-yo. From the MIT Black History site:

When the 35-pound contraption, made of two bicycle wheels, was ready, Williams took it to the roof of a 21-story building at MIT. He anchored the cord to an I beam, hooked up a motor which jerked the line rhythmically like a finger and let the yo-yo drop. The wheels, revolving up to 1,000 times a minute, reached a speed of more than 80 miles an hour. Then, the yo-yo climbed more than two-thirds of the way back up the 400-pound-test-weight nylon cord...

Williams was offered $5,000 for the yo-yo by a Las Vegas casino (“I feel sensitive about selling it”), and laughed off suggestions that he drop it from Canada’s tallest structure, Toronto’s 1,800-foot Canadian National Tower. “There were all sorts of radio and TV offers,” he says wearily.

Arizona Daily Star - Feb 5, 1974

The record no longer stands. According to Guinness, the current record holder is Beth Johnson who, in 2012, successfully tested a yo-yo measuring 11 ft 10.75 in diameter and weighing 4,620 lb.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Feb 24, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: World Records | 1970s

Follies of the Madmen #467

This is asking an awful lot from a mere bathrobe, isn't it?


Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 24, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Business | Advertising | Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough | Fashion | 1950s

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