Weird Universe Blog — December 4, 2018

Ostrich Carts

Why these never caught on, I couldn't imagine.


Posted By: Paul - Tue Dec 04, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals | Travel | 1910s

December 3, 2018

The Tractor Fender Will of Cecil George Harris

June 8, 1948: Cecil George Harris got pinned under his tractor. Fearing he wouldn't survive, he scratched the following message onto the fender of the tractor: "In case I die in this mess I leave all to the wife. Cecil Geo Harris."

He did end up dying, but his scratched message was accepted as a valid will by the courts, and has served as a precedent ever since for cases of holographic or handwritten wills. The fender is preserved to this day at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law.

More info: Global News

Posted By: Alex - Mon Dec 03, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Death | Law

Mystery Gadget 69

What's it for? There's a clue in its surroundings.

The answer is here.

Or after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 03, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Technology | 1950s

December 2, 2018

Name That List, #51

What is this a list of? The answer is below in extended.

  • Bamboo Harvester
  • Bart
  • Buddy
  • Crystal
  • Jimmy
  • Moose
  • Orangey
  • Pal
  • Skippy
  • Tai
  • Terry

More in extended >>

Posted By: Alex - Sun Dec 02, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Name That List

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

Nothing like a "church rave."

Wikipedia entry here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Dec 02, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Movies | Religion | Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers | Psychedelic | 1960s

December 1, 2018

Hot Dogs vs Hamburgers

According to a study conducted by Dr. Leo Wollman (and reported in Omni magazine in 1980), one's preference for hot dogs or hamburgers when going out for a quick lunch has a deeper significance:

The study of 3000 persons concludes that hot-dog eaters tend to be outgoing, aggressive, ambitious extroverts while hamburger fanciers are quieter introverted more conservative types. Wollman describes hamburger eaters as a bit on the wimpy side.
"The people who eat hot dogs usually grab it and go," he said. "Hamburger eaters take more time. They're better dressed executive types, used to making decisions—well done, rare, ketchup or mustard."

I like both hot dogs and hamburgers, but if I was pressed for time I'd probably grab a hot dog over a hamburger. However, I don't match Wollman's hot-dog personality type at all. So I wouldn't put much stock in his results. And digging into his bio a bit further, it doesn't seem that he was exactly known for his credibility as a researcher.

Omni - July 1980

Posted By: Alex - Sat Dec 01, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Food | Junk Food | Psychology

Bugsy Siegel and Atomite

One of the mobster's lesser-known rackets.

Source of text.

Di Frasso and Siegel pictured below the text.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 01, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Crime | Dictators, Tyrants and Other Harsh Rulers | Frauds, Cons and Scams | 1930s | Europe | Weapons

November 30, 2018

Copy Machine Art

Strange landscapes created on a copy machine using materials such as food packaging, plastic wrap, and fabric scraps to stand in for earth, water, and sky. By artist Dominique Teufen. More info: Wired

Posted By: Alex - Fri Nov 30, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Art

Yoko “Sings”

Let us know when you bail.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 30, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Annoying Things | Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults | Music | 1960s

November 29, 2018

Miller Clear Beer

One of the most notorious marketing failures in the beer industry: Miller's decision to create a beer that not only tasted like water, but looked like it as well. It was an outgrowth of the "clear craze" of the 1980s and 90s (making transparent products because, as wikipedia notes, "clarity was equated with purity and freedom from artificial dyes").

Staunton News Leader - June 27, 1993

Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 29, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants | Products | 1990s

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