Weird Universe Blog — May 17, 2022

Cannery Row in a can

Created by artists Peter and Donna Thomas in 2003.

Info from UW Milwaukee library:

To see the book, the can must be opened with a can opener, presenting the owner with a dilemma: do they want their artwork to be ‘original’ and leave the can sealed, or do they open the can to see the book inside. We had hoped to use a sardine tin, with the little key to open it, but could not find a source. During the search we found a local business, Dave’s Albacore, which had an old canning machine salvaged from Cannery Row. They were willing to can the book for us, saying ‘drop it off on a Friday and we will can the books first thing Monday morning, and hopefully that way they won’t smell too much like fish.’

Posted By: Alex - Tue May 17, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Art | Books

The Artist’s Dream

The quality of the film is less than perfect, but I think it's still enjoyable--and weird!

Posted By: Paul - Tue May 17, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Dreams and Nightmares | Cartoons | Dogs | 1910s

May 16, 2022

Edible Tape

A group of students at Johns Hopkins recently invented edible tape for burritos. They're calling their invention Tastee Tape.

I thought edible tape was a pretty old idea, and some searching quickly pulled up prior examples of it. But despite the idea being around for a while, I've never seen edible tape in a supermarket. So perhaps the Johns Hopkins version of it will be the one to catch on.

San Luis Obispo Tribune - Apr 13, 1991

Honolulu Star Bulletin - Sep 2, 1950

Posted By: Alex - Mon May 16, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Food | Inventions

Payment in Clams

When the nation's banks closed during the Depression, Leiter's Pharmacy in Pismo Beach, California, issued this clamshell as change.

The 1929 stock market crash triggered banking panics, as people rushed to withdraw their savings before they were lost. In March 1933, President Roosevelt ordered a four-day bank holiday to prevent further withdrawals. To compensate for the currency shortage, communities created emergency money, or scrip. This clamshell was signed as it changed hands and redeemed when cash became available again.


Posted By: Paul - Mon May 16, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Money | Nature | 1930s

May 15, 2022

Name That List, #67

What is this a list of? The answer is below in extended.

  1. Sunderland Kink
  2. Barber Perfect
  3. Triangle Line
  4. Jayne Hill
  5. Merrill's Four Point
  6. Hold Fast
  7. Necktie
  8. Buckthorn
  9. Brink Twist
  10. Saber Point
  11. Untorn Ribbon
  12. Saw Tooth
  13. Brink Flat
  14. Wrap Around
  15. Ric-Rac
  16. Kelly's Diamond
  17. Corsicana Clip
  18. Lazy Plate
  19. Pooler Jones
  20. Nadel Two Twist
  21. Underwood Tack

More in extended >>

Posted By: Alex - Sun May 15, 2022 - Comments (4)
Category: Name That List

The Seneca Lake Monster

One of the lesser-known giant enigmas to haunt the lakes of the Northeast USA.

Source of article below.

Posted By: Paul - Sun May 15, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Cryptozoology | Regionalism | Fables, Myths, Urban Legends, Rumors, Water-Cooler Lore | North America

May 14, 2022

How to get a teenage boy

"step-by-step stalking strategy"

More info:

Posted By: Alex - Sat May 14, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Teenagers | Books | 1960s | Love & Romance

May 13, 2022

Metallic Swim Suit

Apr 1938: Ruth Williamson demonstrated that "nothing short of a saw or file" would damage the metallic bathing suit she was modeling.

Because withstanding saw and file is an important quality for a bathing suit.

Pittsburgh Press - Apr 17, 1938

NY Daily News - Mar 27, 1938

Posted By: Alex - Fri May 13, 2022 - Comments (5)
Category: Fashion | 1930s

Null-A Synthesizers

Synthesizers employing chaos patterns to produce very weird sounds.

Purchase yours at their home page. There you will find many more sound samples like the ones below.

Posted By: Paul - Fri May 13, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Technology | Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

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