June 27, 2015
May 15, 1964:
the students of Wakefield College in England attempted to set a record for the most people piled in one bed. They were hoping to make it to 50, but when they got to around 47 things started to go wrong. Frazer Cartwright, who was on the bottom, gasped, "Get off... quick... I'm..." Then blood began gushing from his nose, and he passed out. Luckily the audience intervened before he wound up dead. Cartwright vowed never to repeat that experience again.
Sources: The Terre Haute Tribune - May 16, 1964; Tuscaloosa News - May 15, 1964
The picture above is just a portion of what is recognized by Guinness as the worlds longest sculpture. Artist Zheng Chunhui
took 4 years to complete this beautiful masterpiece which is fashioned from one 40 foot long tree trunk. There are more pictures at the link.
This anonymous fellow, despite resembling Archie Bunker, is my new hero for sensible competence. His tolerance for falling is awesome. This is definitely not one of those exercises in boredom.
Should I ever become a hobo and take to riding the rails, I will owe any success to him.
June 26, 2015
Last week I paid a visit to the San Diego County Fair
in Del Mar, and while there discovered they had an exhibit of rocks that look like food, which is a theme we've explored before here on WU (see The Original Rock Dinner
and Stone Pie
So in these photos, there's nothing edible. It's all rocks.
How the heck did that magnification stunt work with 1950s technology? A lens sliding across the cathode-ray tube?
June 25, 2015
I don't think there are many weird-news-themed beers. But back in March, Cigar City Brewing
of Tampa created a special batch of Florida Man beer
. It's an IPA with hints of grapefruit, mango and passion fruit. However, they made only 3,000 bottles that sold for $9 each at select retail locations in Florida. So probably all gone.
Are there any other foods or beverages named after weird-news themes?
June 24, 2015
"Johnson's wife, Iris Ann, 36, told [police] her husband was shot while they played a game in which he ran around the yard while she shot at him with a .22 caliber rifle."
I guess Iris Ann won the game.
Source: The Hazleton Plain Speaker - Oct 10, 1958; Also here
Here's what I'm envisioning: the possibly inebriated rider pulls up in the biker bar parking lot and, eager to join his buddies inside, hops off without disconnecting, instantly and uselessly inflating his jacket and earning much laughter from pals.
Trucker hits 3, count 'em, 3 overpasses
with the crane he's hauling before he stops. I guess 2 wasn't enough and 4 would have been overkill.