Weird Universe Blog — July 11, 2022

Follies of the Madmen #537

Police brutality!


Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 11, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Hygiene | Police and Other Law Enforcement | Advertising | 1930s

July 10, 2022

Paperboy who used his head

This would be an unusual thing to see in America, but not in Africa. When I visited Malawi (quite a few years ago) I remember seeing numerous women walking around balancing all kinds of heavy objects (firewood, water containers, etc.) on their heads.

Charlotte Observer - Jan 31, 1978

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jul 10, 2022 - Comments (5)
Category: Human Marvels | 1970s

Combined Oscillator, Go-Cart, Sled and Step-Ladder

Sometimes you want to rock, sometimes you want to roll, sometimes you want to slide, and sometimes you want to climb.

Full patent here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 10, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Inventions | Children | 1900s

July 9, 2022

How to make a walking stick from cabbage

There's a type of cabbage that grows thick, woody stalks, and in the Channel Islands there's a tradition of making walking sticks out of it.

Instructions from Countryside Publications:

To get good straight stalks of the proper diameter for walking sticks you must strip off the lower leaves at regular intervals. If you get much wind, stake them. The plants are shallow-rooted, like corn, and are easily blown over. Purposely bending the young plants over and then later staking them straight will cause a natural crook in the stalk. This crook then becomes the handle to the walking stick. This type of stick is much prized in England, and fetches a better price than straight sticks.

If the leaves are left on too long the stalk becomes too thick for a proper walking stick and it will often branch out, trying to form limbs. Ideally, you need to remove the lower leaves when the stalk is slightly larger than walking stick size--about 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 inches in diameter. You can expect about 20 pecent shrinkage when dry. I think a diameter of about an inch is ideal for a walking stick...

The specific type of cabbage you need goes by a variety of names: 'cow cabbage,' 'Jersey cabbage,' or 'walking stick cabbage.' And yes, you can eat the leaves of this cabbage.

More info: wikipedia,

image source: Grow Your Own Monsters, by Nicola Davies and Simon Hickmott

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jul 09, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Vegetables

The Sounds of Camp

Can't afford to send your child to summer camp this year? Just stick 'em in the front yard under a sprinkler and play them this album.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jul 09, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Day Camps, Away Camps, Outdoor Activities and Recreational Retreats | Children | 1960s

July 8, 2022

The Volkswagen Beatle

Dave Fambrough made headlines back in 1978 for turning cars into giant spiders. I'm not sure what's become of him since then.

According to NV Racing News, as of 2015 one of Fambrough's spider cars could be seen on the roof of Scudder's Performance Racing garage in Sparks, Nevada.

San Bernardino County Sun - Mar 29, 1978

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jul 08, 2022 - Comments (5)
Category: Art | 1970s | Cars

The Teppaz Transistradio

Besides having an unpronounceable name and being ugly, this French radio-turntable looks like very kludgy tech.

The entry at the Radio Museum.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 08, 2022 - Comments (4)
Category: Music | Radio | Technology | 1960s | Europe

July 7, 2022

Genuine Los Angeles Smog

A gag gift from 1958. Cans of the stuff occasionally pop up on eBay, though none are currently available.

More info:

Honolulu Star-Bulletin - Apr 24, 1958

Colorado Daily Sentinel - Jun 22, 1958

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jul 07, 2022 - Comments (4)
Category: Gifts, Presents, Tributes, and Other Honoraria | Urban Life | 1950s

Ella Fitzgerald, “Get Thee Behind Me Satan”

This is a very weird song. Is Satan the boyfriend? I'm not sure. Gospel music of course deals with this subject matter all the time, but to the tune of a wistful ballad?

Get Thee Behind Me Satan Lyrics
[Verse 1]
Get thee behind me, Satan
I want to resist
But the moon is low and I can't say "No"
Get thee behind me

Get thee behind me, Satan
I mustn't be kissed
But the moon is low and I may let go
Get thee behind me

Someone I'm mad about
Is waiting in the night for me
Someone that I mustn't see
Satan, get thee behind me

[Verse 2]
He promised to wait
But I won't appear and he may come here
Satan, he's at my gate
Get thee behind me
Stay where you are, it's too late

[Instrumental Break]

[Verse 3]
Satan, get thee behind me
He promised to wait
But I won't appear and he may come here
Satan, he's at my gate
Get thee behind me
Stay where you are, it's too late

It's too late
It's too late

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 07, 2022 - Comments (6)
Category: Music | Religion | Love & Romance

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