Weird Universe Blog — April 15, 2018

Multipurpose Fallout Shelter

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Salt Lake Tribune - Dec 17, 1961

Posted By: Alex - Sun Apr 15, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters | 1960s

Yvette Dare

Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 15, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals | Entertainment | Public Indecency | 1940s

April 14, 2018

Lois Lane, chain smoker

I've seen Superman II a couple of times, but the fact that Lois Lane was chain smoking never registered with me. I'm guessing that cigarettes would have no effect on Superman. So he'd never bother to smoke. Although he mentions in the clip below that he never drinks when he flies. So evidently he can get drunk.

From Drugging the Poor: Legal and Illegal Drugs and Social Inequality, by Merrill Singer:
A noteworthy example of the tobacco commodification of a movie is Superman II, a film clearly targeted to young audiences that for years has been reshown on TV. In the movie, there are over 20 exposures of the Marlboro logo, for which Philip Morris is believed to have paid over $40,000. Moreover, although the character Lois Lane never smoked in the comic book on which the movie is based, she chain-smokes her way through the second Superman movie, and in the final climatic scene Supermn fights it out with his enemies in an urban landscape replete with Marlboro billboards.

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Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 14, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Movies | Advertising | Smoking and Tobacco

The Female Bunch

"Turning women's lib into a menacing reality."

Posted By: Paul - Sat Apr 14, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art | Movies | 1970s | Women

April 13, 2018

Carrying the cross against feminism

Given the point she was trying to make, seems like it would have been more appropriate to drag her husband as he reclined in a rickshaw, or something along those lines.

Baltimore Sun - July 21, 1997

The Guardian - July 22, 1997

Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 13, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Religion | Gender | Women | 1990s

Dentologia:  A Poem on the Diseases of the Teeth

Full text here.

Thanks to Richard Bleiler.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 13, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Hygiene | Poetry | Nineteenth Century | Diseases | Teeth

April 12, 2018

23-mile paper chain

Butch Baker of Four Oaks, North Carolina began making a paper chain in 1979. The chain is now 23-miles long, weighs 2300 pounds, and takes up much of his living room. And he’s still working on it. (He knows it's length because he's been measuring it as he makes it.)

The problem is, Butch is 78 and doesn't know what will happen to the chain when he dies.

More info: news observer

image source: Four Oaks Journal - Feb 2016 (pdf)

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 12, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Hobbies and DIY | World Records

Follies of the Madmen #359

Source of ad.

"Susan Smart," Woolworth's spokeslady, is definitely one of those characters I refer to as Lesser-Known Ad Icons. It might have helped her longevity if the ad people could have settled on one particular appearance for her.

Second ad from MODERN SCREEN for Feb 1952.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 12, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Business | Advertising | Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings | 1950s

April 11, 2018

Rambo Bubble Gum

Raspberry-flavored gum shaped to resemble shrapnel or flak.

Went on sale in 1985, as a tie-in with the release of Rambo II.

image source: Candy Wrapper Museum

Wisconsin State Journal - Nov 3, 1985

Posted By: Alex - Wed Apr 11, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: War | Candy | 1980s

Rupkali, the Smoking Elephant of Baroda

Around 1:55, you will see Rupkali enjoying his hookah.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 11, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals | Bad Habits, Neuroses and Psychoses | Tobacco and Smoking | 1930s

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