Weird Universe Blog — February 10, 2019

Unicorn Armpit Hair

It's being hailed as the latest beauty trend. All you have to do is dye your pits the colors of the rainbow. Details here.

This must somehow be related to the unicorn food phenomenon we posted about back in 2017.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Feb 10, 2019 - Comments (6)
Category: Fads | Fashion | Hair and Hairstyling

Hangovers Due to Guilty Conscience

In 1973, Professor Robert Gunn advanced this theory.

Twenty years later, he was still pursuing the idea, as you can see in the scientific paper at the link.

To reappraise a prior study of hangover signs and psychosocial factors among a sample of current drinkers, we excluded a subgroup termed Sobers, who report "never" being "tipsy, high or drunk." The non-sober current drinkers then formed the sample for this report (N = 1104). About 23% of this group reported no hangover signs regardless of their intake level or gender, and the rest showed no sex differences for any of 8 hangover signs reported. Using multiple regression, including ethanol, age and weight, it was found that psychosocial variables contributed independently in predicting to hangover for both men and women in this order: (1) guilt about drinking; (2) neuroticism; (3) angry or (4) depressed when high/drunk and (5) negative life events. For men only, ethanol intake was also significant; for women only, being younger and reporting first being high/drunk at a relatively earlier age were also predictors of the Hangover Sign Index (HSI). These multiple predictors accounted for 5-10 times more of the hangover variance than alcohol use alone: for men, R = 0.43, R2 = 19%; and for women, R = 0.46, R2 = 21%. The findings suggest that hangover signs are a function of age, sex, ethanol level and psychosocial factors.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Feb 10, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Science | Experiments | Psychology | 1970s | 1990s | Pain, Self-inflicted and Otherwise | Alcohol

February 9, 2019

Billboards in space

If Russian company StartRocket has their way, there will soon be no escaping ads. They plan to display them in the sky, from satellites. They hope to have them up and running by 2021.

More details

Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 09, 2019 - Comments (8)
Category: Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy | Advertising | Billboards

Jade Stone & Luv

The sole album from male-female duo Jade Stone & Luv is a lost gem from the heart of the psychedelic 1970s. Composed and self-produced in Nashville, “Mosaics; Pieces Of Stone” went unnoticed by the music industry upon release. Fortunately for us, it didn’t disappear forever, but simply went into retreat, biding its time. While almost unknown outside specialist circles, “Mosaics” has been an underground cult favorite for many years. The combination of top-level songwriting, skillful guitar/keyboard arrangements and soaring vocals is just too impressive to ignore. And beyond these obvious qualities, the album has something subtle and unique, a magnetic power that keeps drawing the listener back. One of Jade Stone & Luv’s earliest advocates was the legendary New York City musicologist Paul Major. Here’s a typical Major impression of the music on “Mosaics”:”Groovy love vibes thru a prism of jade statues in swinging singles apartment complex action… Cadillac with fuzzy dice, feather boa, lotsa cigarette burns, stale perfumed ashen air. This album in the 8-track player at 5 AM with someone you don’t even know passed out in the backseat, as you head to the diner to meet up with an early-bird Lava Lite salesman who deals pills on the side. Bubbly champagne molecules become the plastic vinyl booths in dim-lit dive bars; it’s crackerbox post-war suburban low-rent psychedelic…”

Source of quote.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 09, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Music | Outsider Art | Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers | 1970s

February 8, 2019

Name That List, #55

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

  • a red football on a conveyor belt
  • a pair of gumboots
  • an electric train
  • a randomly moving robot carrying a lighted candle
  • handlers wearing yellow jackets and constantly honking horns
  • a plastic milk bottle mounted over the engine of a toy electric train
  • a woman named Mia
  • the sound of radio static
  • a bouncy rubber ball
  • a rotating stuffed jungle fowl

More in extended >>

Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 08, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Name That List

February 7, 2019

Doomsday Club

Back in 1975, $12,800 could have bought you membership in a “doomsday club.” Come doomsday, this would have allowed you to hide out in a secret, well-supplied location in northern California — where you’d be safe from rioters, zombies, etc.

I wouldn't be surprised if the doomsday retreat hasn't burned down with all the recent fires.

Newport News Daily Press - May 25, 1975

Posted By: Alex - Thu Feb 07, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Armageddon and Apocalypses | 1970s

Follies of the Madmen #411

Surreal pajama ad from armaments manufacturer.


Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 07, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Business | Advertising | Fashion | Surrealism | 1940s

February 6, 2019

Nenana Ice Classic

Every year since 1917 the folks up in Nenana, Alaska have been placing bets on when the ice in the Tanana River will break up. They place a tripod out on the frozen river in February, and when the tripod moves downstream far enough to break the cord attached to it, the river ice is officially considered broken up.

You can place bets by mail, and could win as much as $300,000 (depending on how many people enter the contest). Proceeds go to charity. $2.50 per guess.

Details at

The past winning times:

Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 06, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests

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