Weird Universe Blog — June 21, 2021

Yoko Ono, “Cut Piece”

To accompany Alex's Patty Chang post from yesterday.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jun 21, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Fashion | Performance Art | 1960s

June 20, 2021

The art of Patty Chang

A few highlights from Patty Chang's career as a performance artist:

  • Eating raw onions with her parents
  • Having an eel crawl inside her shirt
  • Cutting through her bra (stuffed with melons) while ritualistically discussing her aunt's death
  • shaving her pubic hair with seltzer water
  • creating urinary devices with plastic bottles while traveling across an aqueduct in China
  • having women pump their breast milk while reading lists of worries submitted by anonymous people in Hong Kong and the U.S.

It seems that Chang is deliberately trying to be weird. She says, "Humor is a strategy that makes people aware and also uncomfortable... There are a lot of strange things that we don’t pay attention to, but I try to extract them."

More info: artnet

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jun 20, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Performance Art

June 19, 2021

Listerine Cigarettes

Another case of an odd brand extension. In 1927, the manufacturer of Listerine debuted Listerine Cigarettes that were infused with the same antiseptic oils used in the mouthwash.

The company claimed that these cigarettes would not only "soothe the delicate membranes of mouth and throat," just like the mouthwash, but also that they would "kill 200,000,000 germs in fifteen seconds" and help smokers avoid colds.

As far as I can tell, Listerine Cigarettes remained on the market until the mid-1930s and then disappeared.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Dec 12, 1927

Tampa Tribune - Nov 8, 1930

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jun 19, 2021 - Comments (5)
Category: Health | Smoking and Tobacco

Dummy Divorce

Photo source: The Baltimore Sun Baltimore, Maryland 21 Aug 1953, Fri • Page 4

Text source: Los Angeles Evening Citizen News (Hollywood, California) 21 Aug 1953, Fri Page 11

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 19, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Law | Puppets and Automatons | Husbands | Wives | Divorce

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