Weird Universe Blog — April 14, 2019

Balenciaga Armless Dress

As in, there are no holes at shoulder-level through which to extend one's arms.

I imagine it would be painful to fall down while wearing this. Also, awkward to wear it to a dinner party.

The price: $5,300.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Apr 14, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion

Fearless Fosdick TV Show

A show derived from a parody within a newspaper comic strip--and using puppets.

That's meta!

Wikipedia entry.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 14, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Cops | Puppets and Automatons | Television | Comics | 1950s | Parody

April 13, 2019

Mashed Potato Mystery

Why are bowls of mashed potatoes being left around a Jackson, Mississippi neighborhood? No one knows. The mashed potatoes have been found "on doorsteps, in mailboxes and on top of parked cars."

More details: "Mysterious mashed potatoes perplex a historic neighborhood"

Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 13, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Unsolved Mysteries

April 12, 2019

Underwater Opera

It's titled BREATHE: a multidisciplinary water opera. It's performed in the swimming pool of Lawrence University, and it features music played both above the water and under it.

[Loren] Dempster will be the only underwater musician in the entire opera as he will be in the shallow end, playing his cello while underwater microphones transmit the sounds above the surface.

More details: Fox Cities Magazine

Breathe from Gabriel Forestieri on Vimeo.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 12, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Music

Lodi Grape Festival Queen

Here is the first holder of the honor.

Read article here.

The festival continues to this day, but I find no reference to a queen.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 12, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues | Contests, Races and Other Competitions | Food | Regionalism | 1930s | Alcohol

April 11, 2019

Pressure Gauge Watch

Called the PSI watch, it's designed to look like a pressure gauge. So much so that the markings on the dial indicate units of pressure rather than time. And there's only a single hand, which rests at the 0 mark.

So how can you use it to actually tell the time? That's a little complicated. First you need to press the button on the side, then the needle will move three times: first to the hour, then to the ten minute group, and finally to the single minutes. You need to do this each time you want to know the time.

The intended market for this, I assume, is either people who like weird watches, or people who really like pressure gauges.

Available from Tokyoflash for $189.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 11, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Technology

Cabaret Girl

Very educational if you wish to open your own club.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 11, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues | Entertainment | Fashion | 1950s | United Kingdom

April 10, 2019

Burning Baseball Fields

Although the practice is not advised, apparently it's fairly common for people to try to quickly dry out wet baseball fields by dousing them in gasoline and burning them.

One such case was recently in the news: "Baseball field closed due to 'poor decision' to douse it in gas, set it on fire"

But youtube offers up many more examples.

via reddit

Posted By: Alex - Wed Apr 10, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Sports

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