Weird Universe Blog — March 30, 2019

Victorian Lady in Her Boudoir

Oldest striptease on film?

Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 30, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Fashion | Movies | Sexuality | Sex Symbols | Nineteenth Century

March 29, 2019

Sympathetic Vomiting

An outbreak of mass vomiting at a school in North Carolina is being attributed to some kids getting upset stomachs from eating a combination of fruit juice and spicy chips, and then a bunch of other kids being triggered into “sympathetic vomiting.” That's when people vomit in response to seeing other people vomit. According to, biologists suspect that the phenomenon has its roots in our evolutionary history:

The smell of vomit is widely considered to be one of the worst in the world, and may induce nausea in anyone nearby. While this may be simply a reaction to a malodorous aroma, it is possible that the body has a subconscious reaction to the smell or sight of the vomit itself. Because of the possibility that something the sick person has consumed has made them ill or poisoned them, your body may chemically decide to rid itself of potentially poisoned contents as well. In groups of apes, group or sympathetic vomiting has been observed after one animal becomes ill after eating. Since the other animals in the tribe have likely eaten the same things, sympathetic vomiting may be used as a survival tactic.

Other cases of sympathetic vomiting occasionally make headlines, such as in 2014 when a flight was forced to make an emergency landing after one person's vomiting caused five other people to do likewise.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Mar 29, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Psychology | Body Fluids | Stomach

Porpoise Oil or Locust Oil:  Your choice!


Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 29, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals | Insects | Technology | 1920s

March 28, 2019

Deconstructed Cargo Pants

More minimalist fashion. Cargo pants without the pants (but with the pockets). From designer Namilia.

Cost: €185, which is about $208.

(Thanks to jmichael for the link!)

Posted By: Alex - Thu Mar 28, 2019 - Comments (6)
Category: Fashion

Follies of the Madmen #420

Commies were a useful foil to sell things.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 28, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Business | Advertising | Appliances | Historical Figure | 1950s | Russia

March 27, 2019

Glitter Balls

Here's the latest viral horror doing the rounds. It's not clear how many people are bejeweling their dogs in this way. But pictures of the phenomenon are out there. So, I guess, someone must have done it.

The glitter is said to be edible, and it's applied with corn syrup. So it's not harmful for the dogs.

More details:

(Thanks to Jenny Beatty for alerting us to this!)

Posted By: Alex - Wed Mar 27, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion | Dogs

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