Weird Universe Blog — November 13, 2018

The television set that shattered things

Back in 1960, Brian Eppley of Gaffney, South Carolina became convinced that "frequency waves emitting from his television receiver" were causing objects around his house to shatter.

The broken objects included: a vase, serving tray, ash tray, sea shell, and a glass of milk held by his wife.

Eppley also complained that watching the TV would cause him to get a headache because of the "pressure, beyond the area of hearing, from these waves."

Could the Eppley's TV set be an example of resistentialism? (See Paul give a talk about resistentialism in this post from 2013).

The Greenville News - May 15, 1960

Posted By: Alex - Tue Nov 13, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Technology | 1960s

Sick Manny’s Gym

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 13, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Humor | Music | 1960s | Bodybuilding

November 12, 2018

Hybrid denim jacket and pants

The latest in bizarre denim fashion. Available for £250 (approximately $323) from

Posted By: Alex - Mon Nov 12, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Fashion | Denim

November 11, 2018

Looking for a pigeon

Unconvincing excuse!

Camden Courier-Post - Mar 29, 1979

Posted By: Alex - Sun Nov 11, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Stupid Criminals | 1970s

Follies of the Madmen #394

Sexy female pigs discuss sending one of their own kind to the slaughterhouse.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 11, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals | Anthropomorphism | Business | Advertising | Death | Food | 1960s

November 10, 2018

You Know Scholarship

From Sleeping Dogs Don't Lay: Practical Advice For The Grammatically Challenged by Richard Lederer and Richard Dowis

The vacuous expression you know has been spreading (in speech, though not, thank heaven, in writing) like the most virulent cancer for decades… But it was left to Barney Oldfield, an eighty-seven-year-old retired air force colonel, to launch a vigorous campaign against you know. In 1997 Colonel Oldfield, a Nebraskan, offered a $1,000 scholarship to the Nebraska student who submitted a tape recording of a radio or television broadcast with the most you knows in fifteen minutes.
The first year’s winner was thirteen-year-old Dalton Hartman, who submitted a tape with forty-one you knows in four minutes, thirty-eight seconds. The next year, a fifth grader named Jason Rich took the prize. His tape, a twelve-minute interview with a basketball coach, had sixty-four you knows...
Colonel Oldfield has made arrangement in his estate for continuation of the contest.

Oldfield died in 2003. I can't find any evidence that the scholarship did continue after his death. This LA Times article has more info about his somewhat eccentric philanthropy.

Des Moines Register - Feb 16, 1997

Posted By: Alex - Sat Nov 10, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests | Languages


This documentary has it all: great music, great interviews, great cinematography, ongoing thematic relevance to today. But we feature it on WU mainly for the clothing, both of performers and of the audience. Viewers might also empathize with the director's fascination with hotpants.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 10, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Drugs | Ethnic Groupings | Fashion | Music | Pop Art | Documentaries | Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers | 1970s

November 9, 2018

Divorce, The Magazine for People Starting Over

Back in 1987, twice-divorced Manhattan lawyer Daniel Hirsch got the idea that divorcees were a potentially untapped audience for a magazine. As he described it:

"Divorce magazine was born in the waiting room of a doctor's office. My wife and I were waiting to see a marriage counselor. ... As it became clear that the marriage was doomed, what I wanted most was information. ... Later, reflecting on the experience, it occurred to me that there must be millions of people in this country who need good solid information about how to survive divorce and its after-effects. Thus, the idea for Divorce magazine."

Hirsch managed to get investors to back his idea, but it never made it to a first issue. Apparently it had trouble attracting advertisers. This Washington Post article explains the skepticism about the idea:

media experts say Divorce was simply a flawed idea for a magazine. "Most life style magazines have a purchase cycle they can identify," explains Joshua Ostroff, an associate media director at Hill, Holliday Connors Cosmopulos. "But hopefully divorce is a one-shot deal. No one wants to stay in the category. They weren't going to make a lot of money off long-term subscriptions."

But it seems like it can't have been that bad of an idea because some googling reveals that there is in fact a Divorce magazine that's been in existence since 1996, and still seems to be going strong.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Nov 09, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Magazines | Divorce

The Funky Gibbon

More on The Goodies here.

Thanks to WU-vie Richard Bos.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 09, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Humor | Comedians | Music | Reader Recommendation | 1970s

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