Weird Universe Blog — September 16, 2018

Bacchus After-Shave

Very strange 1969 ad campaign for Bacchus after-shave. The premise is that instead of leaving a giant horse outside of Troy, the Greeks actually left a "towering bottle of Bacchus," and that this caused the Trojan women to become so wild with lust that the Trojan men no longer had time for fighting.

It then follows this up with the tagline: "The Romans conquered an empire with it. Go out and conquer yours."

But what do the Romans have to do with the Trojan horse? Rome didn't even exist at the time of the Trojan war. I guess there's a vague connection because the Romans believed they were descended from the Trojans, but even so the history seems hopelessly muddled.

Esquire - Jan 1970

Posted By: Alex - Sun Sep 16, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: History | Advertising | 1960s | Perfume and Cologne and Other Scents

Follies of the Madmen #383

Our swill is so vile that nothing is possibly beneath it.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Sep 16, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Business | Advertising | 1970s | Alcohol

September 15, 2018

Stretch limo snowcat

Currently for sale on Craigslist Vancouver. They're asking $6000 for it.

for sale snow cat limo , sv 250 bombardier snow cat combined with 1989 caddy stretch limo. Last used 2 years ago.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Sep 15, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Motor Vehicles | Cars

Paul Frees and the Poster People

Famous and brilliant voice actor Paul Frees does some imitations--but has his characters singing pop songs?!?

Other tracks here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 15, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Imitations, Forgeries, Rip-offs and Faux | Movies | Music | 1970s | Parody

September 14, 2018

Singing at the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian has bought its first piece of performance art. Which means that if you visit the Hirshhorn’s sculpture garden you may find that a young woman will suddenly start singing while following you around.

The performance piece, titled This You, is the creation of Tino Sehgal, though he doesn't perform it. There are four women who do that, in shifts.

Sometimes the performers will abruptly stop singing in order to state the title of the performance piece: “This You, Tino Sehgal, 2006.” And then they'll start singing again.

More info: Smithsonian Mag, Hirshhorn

Posted By: Alex - Fri Sep 14, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Museums | Music | Performance Art

The Rolligon

Wikipedia entry.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Sep 14, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Inventions | Motor Vehicles | 1950s

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