Weird Universe Blog — April 10, 2018

The Dutch Mountain

In July 2011, the Dutch journalist Thijs Zonneveld wrote a column in which he proposed that a mountain be built in the Netherlands. He meant the idea as a joke, but people liked it so much that a grassroots movement formed in support of the project.

Zonneveld's idea was for the mountain to be 1.2 miles high, and 3.1 miles wide. For which reason, it soon became apparent that a solid mountain wouldn't work. It would be massively expensive, and its weight might lead to earthquakes. But a hollow mountain, that was a definite maybe...

Unfortunately it seems like people have now lost interest in the mountain project. Its website has disappeared, but is still viewable via the Wayback Machine.

More info: wikipedia,

Posted By: Alex - Tue Apr 10, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Architecture | Real Estate | Europe

Tavern Trove

With over 35,000 items, ranging from beer cans to cocktail napkins, matchbook covers to letterheads and many other tchotchkes, the Tavern Trove site provides many happy hours of browsing into the weird niches of the liquor biz.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 10, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Business | Advertising | Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings | Retailing | Collectors | Alcohol

April 9, 2018

The Blessing of the Bras

June 1986: "Buddhist priests blessed 200,000 used brassieres yesterday in a temple memorial service for cast-off underwear."

Tampa Tribune - June 8, 1986

Philadelphia Daily News - June 7, 1986

Posted By: Alex - Mon Apr 09, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Religion | Underwear | 1980s

The Filling Station Ballet

Wikipedia entry here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 09, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Motor Vehicles | 1930s | Dance

April 8, 2018

Sobriety, sobriety, sobriety…

They thought forcing him to write would teach him sobriety, and yet so many writers are alcoholics.

Indianapolis Star - Oct 23, 1933

Posted By: Alex - Sun Apr 08, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Crime | Writers | 1930s

Old Cawlija

Info at source: "Old Cawlija, a five pound black bass, eats from hand and drinks Falstaff Beer from the can. The tank is placed in front of the Didda-Wa Restaurant."

Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 08, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Regionalism | Restaurants | Fish | 1950s | Alcohol

April 7, 2018

Drive the girls wild, like Jethro Tull

Billboard - May 23, 1970

You say you’re not making it with the local lovlies? That when you make Paul McCartney eyes at alluring little honeys in violet hip-huggers they respond by frowning and suggesting, “Jerk off, loser”? That even the offer of a seat next to you at a Led Zeppelin concert is insufficient inducement for a far-out nubie to spend part of the evening with you?

Then, fella, whatchoo need is a SUPER-OUTTA-SIGHT-JETHRO-TULL-T-SHIRT of the sort worn by the fullest-handed rakes everywhere.

These eye-catching sartorial groovies, which are guaranteed to reduce even the haughtiest of lovlies to a mound of hot pulsating flesh, are a divine shade of yellow designed to to flatter even the swarthiest of complexion, are the three-buttons-at-the-neck style recently made all the rage by your sharper English groups.

Dangerous Minds speculates that this must have been a joke ad to promote Jethro Tull's 1970 album Benefit.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 07, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion | Music | Advertising

Aeroflot Advertisement

Posted By: Paul - Sat Apr 07, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Business | Advertising | Air Travel and Airlines | 1970s

April 6, 2018

Cognac and yogurt

Trénais is a wonderful marriage between the finest cognac from Charente and the smooth, light yogurt of Holland.

Not a combination that would have occurred to me. But who knows. Perhaps it was really good.

Apparently this product was, like Touch of Yogurt Shampoo, an attempt to cash in on the yogurt craze that was sweeping America at the time.

Texas Monthly - Nov 1983

The Santa Clarita Signal - Aug 24, 1983

Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 06, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants | 1980s

Dog-Powered Scooter

Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 06, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals

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