Weird Universe Blog — January 29, 2019


A new device, calling itself the sphoon_phork, promises to transform your iPhone into a spoon or fork, so that you can eat with it as you browse social media.

It’s currently seeking funding as a kickstarter project.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jan 29, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Inventions

Follies of the Madmen #409

The man and the women are plainly inhabitants of totally different cartoon universes, the inverse relationship of Roger and Jessica Rabbit. This rather destroys the impact of the whole ad.


Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 29, 2019 - Comments (6)
Category: Business | Advertising | Tobacco and Smoking | Comics | 1930s

January 28, 2019

Spanish for the California farmer

First published in 1981. It included translations for phrases a farmer might need to communicate with his workers, such as, “Clean up your camp. You live like a f**king pig.”

One of the authors noted: “This is a practical book. This is not a grammar book. If you want to have beautiful Spanish, you can get your grammar books and go to school. If you want to be practical in a farm case, you have to know the slang. People use the language.”

The book is available on Amazon, though listed as “Out of Print — Limited Availability.”

Wilmington Morning News - Jan 9, 1983

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jan 28, 2019 - Comments (7)
Category: Languages | Books | 1980s

Swat the Jinx Girl

Continuing our series of "Strange Beauty Queens."

"Rose Cade, who has also been nominated Southern California's 'Swat the Jinx' girl, dressed in model of large lemon pointing to calendar dated Friday, February 13, 1920."

Original photo here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 28, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues | Contests, Races and Other Competitions | Superstition | 1920s

January 27, 2019

Our Guys in Salisbury - The Game

Recently created by the Russian company Igroland and on sale in Moscow. Players retrace the route of Russian assassins to the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. Seems worthy of inclusion in the odd board games category. More details.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jan 27, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Games

January 26, 2019

“Die British and Remain British”

The 1930's version of British remainers.

The Monroe News-Star - Oct 1, 1934

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 26, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Death | 1930s

January 25, 2019

Rail-Delay Scarf

Knitted by Claudia Weber of Germany to visually represent the delays she experienced each day, for one year, on her rail commute between Moosburg and Munich.

[She] knitted "two rows per day" and she chose "grey for [delays] under five minutes, pink for between five and 30 minutes delay, and red if she was delayed on both trips, or one trip by over 30 minutes."

Weber put the scarf for sale on eBay where it was bought for €7,550 by the German railway company Deutsche Bahn.

More details: euronews

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jan 25, 2019 - Comments (6)
Category: Fashion | Trains and Other Vehicles on Rails


The artist's homepage.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 25, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Art | Surrealism

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