Weird Universe Blog — February 20, 2018

The Ritz

Department of HAS NOT AGED WELL.

The Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 20, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Movies, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1970s, LGBT

February 19, 2018

Glove for Handshaking

Invented by Anthony Monde in 1975, a steel-ribbed glove “for the protection of politicians and others who do a lot of handshaking.”

York Daily Record - July 16, 1975

The Shreveport Times - Oct 12, 1975

Posted By: Alex - Mon Feb 19, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Fashion, Inventions, 1970s

Follies of the Madmen #352

Put the noisy little brats in the unsafe cargo area, why not?

Source of ad.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 19, 2018 - Comments (12)
Category: Business, Advertising, Family, Children, Parents, 1980s, Cars

February 18, 2018

Conversation Hose

Sending messages via hosiery.

This was like the 1910's equivalent of social media.

Harrisburg Telegraph - Feb 19, 1916

Posted By: Alex - Sun Feb 18, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, 1910s

February 17, 2018

The Sociometer

Invented by three students at the University of Dundee, the Sociometer is designed to measure how much time people at pubs (or in any social environment) are spending on their phones, as opposed to being social. It does this by measuring WiFi activity and recording it on a scrolling piece of graph paper.

They tested it in a Dundee pub and found that "people were still attached to their phones even at peak times when they were surrounded by friends."

More info:, University of Dundee, the scotsman.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 17, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Antisocial Activites, Inventions

February 16, 2018

Ruff wedding

In 1994, guests at a wedding reception were expecting to see footage of the ceremony replayed. Instead they were treated to scenes of Derek Jeffrey in flagrante delicto with a dog, Ronnie. Because, oops, Jeffrey had lent his camcorder to a friend to video the wedding, but he accidentally left the wrong tape in the camcorder, and it didn't get fully taped over. He received a six-month suspended jail sentence for bestiality.

The whole scene sounds so outlandish that I suspected it might have been an urban legend reported as news. But Snopes confirms that the story is true.

Sydney Morning Herald - Apr 21, 1994

Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 16, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Dogs, 1990s, Weddings

Follies of the Madmen #351

Uncertain what "umph" actually tastes like.

Source of ad.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 16, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Tobacco and Smoking, 1980s

February 15, 2018

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