Weird Universe Blog — November 12, 2017

Keg of Ranch

Hidden Valley has made it possible to buy a mini keg of ranch dressing for $50. This gets you five liters of ranch, or 169 fl oz. The keg is conveniently stackable, in case you need more than one. worked out that you can buy 160 oz of ranch in bottles for $30. So you're paying a $20 premium for the keg.

You can order one here.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Nov 12, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Food, Overpriced Merchandise

The Door From Which There Is No Escape

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 12, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Drugs, PSA's, 1970s

November 11, 2017

Picnic Table Pyramid

Was it a prank, or was it art?

Des Moines Tribune - Aug 1, 1963

Posted By: Alex - Sat Nov 11, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: 1960s, Pranks

Follies of the Madmen #334

Suits for brawlers or bullies only?

Original ad here.

UPDATE: now unfortunately hidden behind THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE paywall.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 11, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, 1930s

November 10, 2017

Dirty-Talking Microwave

Wanda Hooper claimed that various electrical appliances around her home (her microwave, curling iron, TV set) were picking up and broadcasting obscene CB radio chatter. Is this really possible? I have no idea. Any radio experts care to weigh in with an opinion?

Alexandria Town Talk - May 1, 1987

Posted By: Alex - Fri Nov 10, 2017 - Comments (5)

Photographer Leslie Jones

Leslie Jones (1886-1967) seems to have had a quirky sense of humor. I like his series of shots titled "Odd Fences."

You can see more at this link.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 10, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Architecture, Eccentrics, Photography and Photographers, Regionalism, Twentieth Century

November 9, 2017

Smile Mirror

Visual Arts student Berk Ilhan has created a mirror that will only work if you smile. His idea was that this would help cheer up cancer patients by forcing them to smile. He's hoping to sell these for between $2000 and $3000 each. So far, the reaction to his invention has been, shall we say, not positive.

Some of the reviews: guardian, new statesman,

Smile Mirror site

Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 09, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Inventions

The Annals of State-Sponsored Corporal Punishment

Kids these days--so unreasonable!

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 09, 2017 - Comments (9)
Category: Body, Screams, Grunts and Other Exclamations, Education, 1970s

November 8, 2017

Tiffany Tin Can

If you have $1000 to spare, you can buy a tin can from Tiffany. As far as tin cans go, it's a very nice one. It's made with "Sterling silver and vermeil with Tiffany Blue enamel accent." But at the end of the day, it's still a tin can.

They also offer a $1500 coffee can.


Posted By: Alex - Wed Nov 08, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Overpriced Merchandise

The Atmos Clock

If only you had invested in an Atmos Clock in 1982, the date of the B&W ad, you could have saved a bundle!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 08, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, Nature, Technology, 1980s

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