Weird Universe Blog — July 18, 2018

Barfo Family Candy

The classic, vomiting-head candy released by Topps in 1990.

Drew Friedman tells the story of its creation here.

Spin - July 1991

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jul 18, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Candy | 1990s

July 17, 2018

Motion-Sickness Glasses

They're called SEETROËN glasses. They were designed by the French car company Citroën, which claims that they're the first glasses that eliminate motion sickness. Apparently the blue liquid in the glasses simulates level ground, which helps stop the vertigo feeling that some people get while traveling.

Interesting concept, but they look a lot like "crazy straw" glasses.

More info:

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jul 17, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion | Health | Inventions

Mystery Illustration 74

This young lass is delighted to be offering an armful of potatoes to someone. Who and why? PS: They are not the product of her personal horticultural skills.

The answer is here.

And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 17, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Food | 1920s

July 16, 2018

Vegetable Orchestra

They've got a great beet!

Their website

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 16, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Food | Vegetables | Music

July 15, 2018

Upside-Down Jeans

The latest look in weird denim is upside-down jeans from CIE Denim. The belt loops and pockets are at the bottom of the pants, around the legs, instead of at the top around the waist where they should be.

Apparently they were inspired by the Netflix show Stranger Things, which features a parallel universe called the Upside Down. Though I'd be surprised if anyone made that connection just by looking at the jeans.

They come in shorts, which go for $385, and full jeans for $495.

via Huff Post

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jul 15, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Fashion | Denim

Eddie the Elegant Elephant

The elephant was brought to Marshall Fields in Chicago as a publicity stunt. She was to rubber stamp copies of a new children's book called THE ELEGANT ELEPHANT. Unfortunately, the elephant did not want to get back on the elevator to leave the building after the book signing. They were forced to build a ramp to the third floor for the elephant to walk down to leave Marshall Field's.

Read the story at much greater length, with many pix, here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 15, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals | Advertising | Retailing | Books | 1940s

July 14, 2018

Extreme Embalming: Video Gamer

The latest example of the recurring weird theme of "extreme embalming" is 18-year-old Renard Matthews, shot while walking his dog. At his funeral, his family had his body posed in his favorite activity while alive—playing a video game in his leather swivel chair, root beer and Doritos close at hand.
More info:

Previous examples on WU of extreme embalming:
Poker face
Having a cigarette
Standing tall

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jul 14, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Death

Follies of the Madmen #374

Advertising trumps Nature every time!

From The American Legion Magazine for June 1947.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jul 14, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Business | Advertising | Nature | 1940s | Alcohol

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