Weird Universe Blog — August 16, 2019

Mad Mouse/Wild Mouse Roller Coaster

This old-school ride looks scarier than the new ones, because tinier and more vulnerable.

The history of the ride.

Order yours here!

Posted By: Paul - Fri Aug 16, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals | Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers | Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts | 1940s | 1950s

August 15, 2019

Narcotic Pangolin Scales?

Wildlife researchers would like everyone to know that the scales of pangolins (a kind of anteater) DO NOT contain the opiate tramadol, because apparently there’s a thriving black-market trade in the scales fueled by people who think they can use them to get high. In fact, the scales are made entirely of keratin, which is the same thing fingernails are made out of.

I wonder how this rumor ever got started. Was it as a joke? Or did someone seriously think they got high from pangolin scales?

More info: Nat Geo

image source: wikipedia

Posted By: Alex - Thu Aug 15, 2019 - Comments (7)
Category: Animals | Drugs

August 14, 2019

Black Binder Clip Pin

The latest ridiculously overpriced merchandise: a single, black binder clip, from designer Off-White, going for $95.

The designer describes it as a 'pin,' which implies that it's meant to be worn as a fashion accessory, rather than used to hold paper together. Perhaps that's the reason for the high cost!

Posted By: Alex - Wed Aug 14, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion | Overpriced Merchandise

The City of Napoleon, Washington State

Today, Chetlo Harbor in Washington State looks pretty much like the picture below, taken from the site of the Chetlo Harbor Shellfish Company.

But in 1910, the location was going to be Napolean, the biggest port in the world!

Source for ad. You can blow up the text to readable size there.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 14, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Frauds, Cons and Scams | Oceans and Maritime Pursuits | Real Estate | Regionalism | 1910s

Pina Bausch

"Is it dance?" is indeed the relevant question.

Her Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 14, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Eccentrics | Surrealism | Dance

August 13, 2019

License-Plate T-Shirt

Available from, which explains:

The patterns on the goods in this shop are designed to trigger Automated License Plate Readers, injecting junk data in to the systems used by the State and its contractors to monitor and track civilians and their locations.

via Book of Joe

Posted By: Alex - Tue Aug 13, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Fashion | Motor Vehicles

Follies of the Madmen #439

No cereal that has touched dirty baby butt is going in my dish!


Posted By: Paul - Tue Aug 13, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Babies | Business | Advertising | Food | Hygiene | 1900s

August 12, 2019

Youngster got high on hamburgers

A strange affliction to suffer from.

The Alexandria Town Talk - Jan 14, 1976

Posted By: Alex - Mon Aug 12, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Food | Health | 1970s

Country Farming: Innovations of the Modern Tractor (1955-1959)

Nothing will probably ever beat TIMBER BRIDGE INSPECTION (reprinted below for newbies) as the gold standard for boredom, but twenty minutes of UK tractor talk comes close.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 12, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Agriculture | Boredom | PSA’s | United Kingdom

August 11, 2019

Name That List, #60

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

  • Stalking
  • Consumer Buying
  • Clerk
  • Atomic Energy
  • Taxidermy
  • Forage Crops
  • Firemanship
  • Signalling
  • Interpreting
  • World Brotherhood
  • Hog Production
  • Dairying
  • Nut Culture
  • Airplane Design
  • Pigeon Raising

More in extended >>

Posted By: Alex - Sun Aug 11, 2019 - Comments (6)
Category: Name That List

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