Weird Universe Blog — October 13, 2019

Pig Poop Sniffer

If you think your job sucks, it could always be worse. You could be smelling pig excrement for $1 a day.

Cedar Rapids Gazette - Aug 25, 1978

Posted By: Alex - Sun Oct 13, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals | Jobs and Occupations | Excrement | 1970s

Beer-Drinking Camel(s)

Picture source.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Oct 13, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals | 1950s | Alcohol

October 12, 2019

Underwear on head in restaurant

“How would you like to be eating a hamburger and turn around and see some dude wearing jockey shorts on his head?”

Indianapolis News - May 20, 1977

Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 12, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Eccentrics | Headgear | Underwear | 1970s

October 11, 2019

The Swastika Chromosomes of D.F. Jones

D.F. Jones

Donald Forsha Jones (1890-1963) was an American genetics researcher at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven. Among biologists, he's remembered for improving corn production through his introduction of double-cross hybridization. In fact, the dominance of corn in world agriculture rests, in many ways, on his scientific contributions. However, he's not remembered for being a particularly colorful or eccentric character. Except for one moment in his career when a hint of weirdness surfaced. That was the time in April 1940 when he warned of the malignant influence of swastika-shaped chromosomes.

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Posted By: Alex - Fri Oct 11, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Science | 1940s

Mystery Gadget 81

I have blanked out the corporate logo on this device, but not otherwise altered the foto. What is this kit for? Hint: it establishes a standard measure.

The answer is here.

Or after the jump.

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Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 11, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Technology

October 10, 2019

Minimum Wage Machine

Created by artist Blake Fall-Conroy:

The minimum wage machine allows anybody to work for minimum wage. Turning the crank will yield one penny every 3.24 seconds, for $11.10 an hour, or NY state minimum wage (2018). If the participant stops turning the crank, they stop receiving money. The machine's mechanism and electronics are powered by the hand crank, and pennies are stored in a plexiglas box. The MWM can be reprogrammed as minimum wage changes, or for wages in different locations.

So, if this is installed in a museum, do people actually get to keep whatever money they get from it? I'm pretty sure some people would stand there cranking it all day.

Bad quality video of the machine in action:


Posted By: Alex - Thu Oct 10, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Art | Boredom | Money

Follies of the Madmen #447

One of the rare ads of the period that objectify the male's looks.


Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 10, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Body | Business | Advertising | Fashion | 1960s | Men

October 9, 2019

Open Concept Bar

The Open Concept bar, recently opened in St. Louis, Missouri, doesn’t sell drinks. Instead, it sells time. Buy an hour’s worth of time at the bar, and you can drink as much as you want in that hour. The price is $10/hour for basic drinks, $20/hour for premium ones.

Sounds like a bargain! But how does the bar plan to make money? Well, it turns out there actually are some limits to how much alcohol they'll serve you. From St. Louis magazine:

Anyone who’s ever attended a wedding might be wondering how you keep an open-bar concept from getting out of control. Butler says he’s put a few safety measures in place. When patrons book their time at Open Concept, they create a profile and are assigned a confirmation code, which is used to place drink orders at the bar. Bartenders will only serve one drink per person at a time, and a proprietary point-of-sale system will track consumption. Butler says the system will scan driver’s licenses and use a patron’s height and weight to assign a number of drinks per hour to keep the bar in compliance with legal limits.

In other words, you can't actually have all you can drink in an hour. But what's the limit? It seems like they're being coy about that. I'm guessing it's about two drinks per hour. So, in essence, you're pre-paying for two drinks.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Oct 09, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants | Restaurants | Alcohol

Space Shuttle Adventure

Be sure to listen to the Space Shuttle Theme Song starting around the 5:00 mark on Side A. "Now we need bigger ships to take us to the stars!"

Listen here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 09, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy | 1980s

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