Weird Universe Blog — November 15, 2020

To Be Alive

Moments of surreal or bizarre imagery in a nice little film about enjoying life.

One weird addendum: you are seeing only one-third of the film. The film was meant to run on three screens simultaneously, with different imagery on each screen, although sometimes, I think, they synchronized.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 15, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Movies | Documentaries | Philosophy | Surrealism | 1960s

November 14, 2020

Trim Reducing-Aid Cigarettes

The Cornell Drug Corporation came out with Trim Cigarettes in 1958, claiming that smoking three of them a day would reduce appetite and thereby help with weight loss:

Smoke a TRIM reducing aid cigarette and you'll be amazed to find yourself shaking your head as the food is passed around. There'll be no argument, you won't have to close your eyes and grit your teeth, you just won't want!

The FDA promptly banned them. More info: wikipedia

Miami News - May 16, 1958

Posted By: Alex - Sat Nov 14, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Smoking and Tobacco | 1950s | Dieting and Weight Loss

November 13, 2020

Corkhill Meat Loaf Monster

Was Corkhill's spokes-creature supposed to be a snowman, or some kind of living, talking meatloaf? The body seems all wrong for a snowman. So I have a suspicion it was a meatloaf monster.

Wilmington News Journal - Aug 4, 1939

Posted By: Alex - Fri Nov 13, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings | 1930s

November 12, 2020

Hot Chocolate Effect

As defined by Wikipedia:

The hot chocolate effect, also known as the allassonic effect, is a phenomenon of wave mechanics first documented in 1980 by Frank Crawford, where the pitch heard from tapping a cup of hot liquid rises after the addition of a soluble powder. It was first observed in the making of hot chocolate or instant coffee, but also occurs in other situations such as adding salt to supersaturated hot water or cold beer.


Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 12, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Noises and Other Public Disturbances of the Peace | Science

November 11, 2020

Hurff Foods

Hurff... It's not a name, one would think, that would lend itself to selling food. Though it didn't seem to hurt Edgar Hurff's food business, which flourished until 1948. It was then sold to Del Monte, which evidently opted not to keep the Hurff name.

Life - Apr 19, 1937

Source: Swedesboro and Woolwich Township

Posted By: Alex - Wed Nov 11, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Food | Odd Names

M. X. Mockus, Blasphemer

Read all about it here.

Photo source.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 11, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Law | Religion | 1910s

November 10, 2020

A real stickup

April 1981: Dad humor gone too far? Ciro Jose Leon entered a store holding a three-foot stick, slammed it down on the counter, and declared this was a stickup. Bystanders intervened and held him until the police arrived. Leon was booked for investigation of armed robbery.

Santa Clarita Signal - Apr 17, 1981

Posted By: Alex - Tue Nov 10, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Crime | Jokes

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