Weird Universe Blog — May 19, 2019

Imogene Winchester in LIFE Magazine


Posted By: Paul - Sun May 19, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Art | Body | Human Marvels | Children | 1930s

May 18, 2019

Man sues God

Donald Drusky, of McKeesport, Pa. (which happens to be my mother’s hometown) specifically wanted God “to grant him the guitar-playing skills of famous guitarists, along with resurrecting his mother and his pet pigeon.”

Suing God, and perhaps even winning, would seem to be the easy part. Collecting payment is what’s hard.

Asbury Park Press - Mar 16, 1999

Posted By: Alex - Sat May 18, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Religion | Lawsuits | 1990s

Accidental Family

Jerry van Dyke could not buy a good show for the longest time.

The Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Sat May 18, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Domestic | Family | Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art | Television | 1960s

May 17, 2019

Even Can’t Literally Cocktail

The Yuzu bar in Lakewood, Ohio is offering a new "menstrual-themed" cocktail to help raise money for a local women's shelter. From their facebook post:

It's that time of the month-- time for a new menu that is-- like this new cocktail-- Even Can't Literally / a berry #margarita thoughtfully complimented with a tampon applicator garnish / also $1 towards every purchase of this drink go to a donation fund for a #cle area women's shelter.

Posted By: Alex - Fri May 17, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants | Body Fluids | Nausea, Revulsion and Disgust

May 16, 2019

Decapitation Experiment

Weird science: How long does a severed head remain conscious? In 1905, Dr Gabriel Beaurieux used the opportunity of the execution of the criminal Henri Languille by guillotine to attempt to find out. From a contemporary newspaper account of the scene:

When the head had rolled away from the scaffold and was lying in a pail, Dr. Beaurieux, head physician at the city hospital, caught it with both hands, raised it up in the air, and exclaimed in commanding voice:
"Languille! Languille!"
Terrible stillness for a moment. And, look! The dead head actually obeys! The eyelids open, and two eyes, abundant with life, glare questioning at Dr. Beaurieux—and then the lids close.
But the doctor has no mercy—he is experimenting. And once more he commands:
Again the eyelids open, and two soulless eyes attempt to see, to find a point in the space. A conscious struggle really is proceeding, until the lids again close. But for the third time Dr. Beaurieux raises the head up in the air:
This time in vain. The experiment had lasted thirty seconds, and now the question is:
Has the reflecting movement released other functions of the brain? Did Languille know that they called him, and that he had better awaken and answer? Gruesome it were, if he really had answered, for instance repeated his "Goodbye, you beautiful life!"

The execution of Henri Languille - source: wikipedia

The Racine Journal Times - Aug 23, 1905

Posted By: Alex - Thu May 16, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Death | Science | Experiments | 1900s

Follies of the Madmen #425

Would any "respectable" company today use, oh, Dita von Teese as their product spokeswoman?

Oh, wait a minute--they would!

Posted By: Paul - Thu May 16, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Business | Advertising | Domestic | Sex Symbols | 1950s | Twenty-first Century

May 15, 2019

The Yips Phenomenon in Golf

The Yips are defined as "a disorder in which golfers complain of an involuntary movement — a twitch, a jerk, a flinch — at the time they putt or even when they chip. This interferes with their ability to perform that activity.” It was the subject of a multidisciplinary study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic, who concluded:

For <10 handicap male golfers and <12 handicap female golfers, the prevalence of the yips is between 32.5% and 47.7%, a high proportion of serious golfers. This high prevalence suggests that medical practitioners need to understand the aetiology of the yips phenomenon so that interventions can be identified and tested for effectiveness in alleviating symptoms. Although previous investigators concluded that the yips is a neuromuscular impediment aggravated but not caused by anxiety, we believe the yips represents a continuum on which 'choking' (anxiety-related) and dystonia symptoms anchor the extremes.

The Yips should not be confused with the Yip Yips, which are something completely different:

Posted By: Alex - Wed May 15, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Medicine | Sports

The War Between the Snipe and the Clam

The rare technique of cut-paper animation, by Hu Jinqing, who just recently died.

The creator's Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Wed May 15, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals | Fish | Oceans and Maritime Pursuits | Stop-motion Animation | 1960s

May 14, 2019

Croissant Sneakers

Odd collaboration: Sneaker brand Koio has partnered with pastry chef Dominique Ansel to produce croissant-themed sneakers. According to Fast Company:

This may be the first-ever sneaker collaboration with a baker. And it is certainly the only sneaker inspired by a croissant on the market... The sneaker’s upper is made of calf leather that has the texture of eggshells, flour-white suede, patent leather the color of yellow butter, and detailing on the toe and heel that looks like sugar. To top everything off, the laces come adorned with a rose-gold croissant accent.

They can be yours for only $348. Oh, and each pair also comes with a package of Dominique Ansel pancake mix.

Posted By: Alex - Tue May 14, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Fashion | Shoes | Food

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