Weird Universe Blog — September 14, 2020

Music to move families by

"a promotional release given to families who moved in 1960 using Allied Vans services."

image source: Unearthed In The Atomic Attic

You can listen to the entire album via YouTube:

Posted By: Alex - Mon Sep 14, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Music | 1960s

The Return of Pipilotti Rist

Longtime WU-vies will recognize the name of this artist, since we've been covering her almost since the blog commenced. Now, late to the party, THE NEW YORKER has discovered her "genius."

Let us savor one of Rist's newer works, posted to YouTube in November 2019. Don't let the fact that its views number in the low double digits dissuade you from its worth!

Posted By: Paul - Mon Sep 14, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Art | Avant Garde | Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art | Magazines | Europe

September 13, 2020

Ice Cream for Small Plants

Authored by Etta Howes Handy and published in 1937 by The Hotel Monthly Press.

Of course she means manufacturing plants, but I prefer to imagine people feeding ice cream to their house plants.

Amazon link

Posted By: Alex - Sun Sep 13, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Food | Books

The Techno-Chemical Receipt Book

This is one of those volumes you pack away for when civilization collapses, as it give the formulas for making from scratch glass, nitroglycerin, glue, and a thousand other handy things.

Read it here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Sep 13, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Science | Technology | Books | Nineteenth Century

September 12, 2020


Or, how to ruin an engine, courtesy of the OSS.

The "Caccolube" was a simple but effective device to disable an enemy vehicle. It was a condom filled with abrasive powders and crushed walnuts, and was dropped into an engine crankcase. "After the engine heats up," the OSS manual explained, "the hot oil will deteriorate the rubber sac and free the compound into the lubricating system.
"When circulated through this system, the compound fuses and welds the moving metal parts of the machinery. Slipped into a truck, the Caccolube takes effect after the truck has been driven from 30 to 50 miles. It reacts so thoroughly on pistons, cylinder walls and bearing journals that the vehicle is not only thrown out of service but the engine is destroyed beyond repair."
This lethal "lube job" replaced the original effort using sugar, when it was discovered that sugar actually promoted better engine performance in the vehicles of that era.
Source: Jack Anderson, "Rare arsenal used by spies," Santa Cruz Sentinel, Mar 9, 1987.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Sep 12, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Motor Vehicles | War | Weapons | Spies and Intelligence Services

September 11, 2020

Eurobad ‘74

Eurobad '74 was some kind of 1974 European interior design exhibition. It showcased rooms such as a kitchen-stable combo, a kitchen-garage combo, and a bathroom seemingly designed by M.C. Escher.

More at

Posted By: Alex - Fri Sep 11, 2020 - Comments (8)
Category: Design and Designers | 1970s

September 10, 2020

Remove the braces, or else…

I'm sure this must have been the strangest day in Norman Carstens' career as an orthodontist:

The boy had apparently asked other dentists in the area to remove his braces before visiting Carstens' Mack Avenue office on Feb 8, "probably because he lives three or four blocks from my office," Carstens said. "He (came) in to see me and said he wanted them off. I said he wasn't finished with his treatment and I couldn't take them off without a letter from his parents and his regular orthodontist.
"I had him in the chair and he leaned over and pulled the gun out of his pocket and said, 'Would this make you change your mind?' and I said, 'Yes,'" Carstens said.

(click to enlarge)
Central New Jersey Home News - Feb 16, 1985

Posted By: Alex - Thu Sep 10, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: 1980s | Weapons | Teeth

Nocturnal Butterflies

Posted By: Paul - Thu Sep 10, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Art | Surrealism | Cartoons | 1990s

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