Weird Universe Blog — April 21, 2019

Ultimate Tazer Ball

Another sport that, like mobile phone throwing, arose in the 21st century, flourished briefly, involved new technology, but then fizzled and disappeared.

How the game was played, according to wikipedia:

Two teams compete to get a large (24-inch diameter) ball into goal at either end of the 200 x 85-foot field. Players on both teams are all armed with stun gun devices. Under the rules of the game players are allowed to use the stun guns on opposing players who are in possession of the ball.

The UTB website is now defunct, but can still be partially viewed via the Wayback Machine.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Apr 21, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Sports

Happy Easter 2019!

Not sure if Jesus sanctions fairies and gnomes as part of His holiday.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 21, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Holidays | Religion | Fantasy | Fictional Monsters

April 20, 2019

Muskrat allowed

Submitted by Jenny Beatty, from USA Today, April 17, 2019.

Luckily for the Catholics in Detroit, we here at WU have their muskrat-cooking needs covered, having previously posted the recipe for Cream of Muskrat Casserole, as well as how to find the full cookbook Recipes for cooking muskrat meat.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 20, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Food | Religion

Bubblewrap Dress

By designer Jaded London. It's called the "all over sequin mesh beach dress," but it looks suspiciously like bubblewrap. It's on sale at ASOS for $81 (down from $108).

Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 20, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion

April 19, 2019

Bear vs Man

New York, 1937.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 19, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Sports | 1930s

Follies of the Madmen #422

"Takes a drenching, yet keeps on clenching!"

Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 19, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Business | Advertising | Family | Underwear | 1910s

April 18, 2019

Laundry-Folding Robot

The Foldimate. Hoping to be available for purchase by the end of this year. Target price: $980.

I could see that it might be a useful convenience in places with shared laundry facilities, like apartment buildings. But it would seem a bit extravagant for a single-family home.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 18, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Technology | AI, Robots and Other Automatons

April 17, 2019

Incident in Salem

Submitted by Jenny Beatty, who notes the source as USA Today, October 26, 2018 or thereabouts.

More details.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Apr 17, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Crime

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