Weird Universe

October 15, 2014


Went looking for a link to the song for a slow taxi comment and found this!
The weird thing is the taxi in the song NEVER comes!
Posted By: Tyrusguy | Date: Wed Oct 15, 2014 | Comments (1)

Slow Taxi

Need to get somewhere slow? The Turtle Taxi service, currently operating in Yokohama, promises to drive as slowly as possible. They'll even turn off the engine at red lights. The service is said to be popular with pregnant women, the elderly, and parents with sleeping children. []

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Oct 15, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Transportation, Asia

Raffaella Carra & The Beatles

Best Beatles cover versions ever! The singer.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Oct 15, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Music, Pop Art, 1960's, 1970's

October 14, 2014

Painter of Nuts

Most people see peanuts as just something to eat, but artist Steve Casino sees them as a canvas. He paints them to look like celebrities. And one of his painted nuts costs anywhere between $300 to $1000. Check out more of his work at his website.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Oct 14, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Art

Feeling Nuts

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Oct 14, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Medicine, PSA's, Genitals

October 13, 2014

Empty Tank, Empty Head


Original article here.

Her obituary, curiously enough, makes no mention of this brush with fame.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Oct 13, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Education, 1980's, Cars, Brain Damage

Blaustein’s Hotel Soap Collection

Albert Blaustein had an impressive resume. He was a constitutional law expert who consulted on the national constitutions for over 14 countries. According to his wikipedia page, he was also editor of the 20-volume work Constitutions of the Countries of the World.

But in his personal life, he pursued a more eccentric passion. He collected hotel soap. He started collecting it in 1942, and by 1988 he had some 1400 bars of soap from different hotels. (See the article below.) By the time of his death in 1994, he had amassed around 2500 hotel soap bars. Following his death, the entire collection was (according to the Philadelphia Inquirer) bought by a Ripley's museum in Texas for around $1500.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Oct 13, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Collectors

October 12, 2014

Wrong Way

Frozen poop pills?!? Yes, that is what they are using to treat Clostridium difficile, or C diff, a bacteria that when over abundant in the bowel causes debilitating diarrhea. Samples of feces from a healthy donor with a good bacterial balance in the bowel are put in capsules that are acid resistant and frozen. The capsule is acid resistant so it will not dissolve before carrying the good bacteria to the intestines where it is needed. It is frozen to make it easier for the patient to swallow. The treatment has been very successful and that is great, but I have one word for the Doctors involved: suppositories!
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun Oct 12, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Drugs, Diseases, Disease, Nausea, Revulsion and Disgust

Wendys, the Musical

A few months back I posted about McDonalds, the Musical. In a similar vein, here's Wendy's, the musical employee training video.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Oct 12, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Restaurants, Video

News of the Weird (October 12, 2014)

News of the Weird
Weirdnuz.M392, October 12, 2014
Copyright 2014 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.

Lead Story

Police in Japan's Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and commandeered a list of about 1,500 purchasers of the company's signature "tosatsu”'s--shoes with built-in cameras. Investigators have begun visiting the purchasers at home to ask that they hand in the shoes (but, out of fairness, said they would not cause trouble for customers who could produce a legitimate reason for needing to take photographs and video by pointing their shoe at something). (The seller was charged with "aiding voyeurism" and fined the equivalent of about $4,500 under a nuisance-prevention law.) [United Press International, 9-23-2014]

The Entrepreneurial Spirit

Doris Carvalho of Tampa is raising venture capital to expand her hobby of crafting high-end handbags from groomed, recycled dog hair (two pounds’ worth for each bag). With investors, she could lower her costs, and the $1,000 price tag, since it now takes 50 hours’ labor to make the yarn for her haute couture accessory. [ (St. Petersburg), 9-9-2014]

Among the suggestions of the Brisbane, Australia, company Pets Eternal for honoring a deceased pet (made to a reporter in September): keeping a whisker or tooth or lock of hair or having the remains made into jewelry or mixed with ink to make a tattoo. Overlooked was a new project by the Houston, Tex., space-flight company Celestis, known for blasting human ashes into orbit (most famously those of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry). Celestis, working with a California company, will soon offer to shoot pets’ remains into space and back ($995) or perhaps even to the moon ($12,000). [ (Sydney), 9-23-2014] [Associated Press via KRLD-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth), 7-30-2014]

The Continuing Crisis

Ontario's top court rejected Bryan Teskey's complaint in August over how Roman Catholics continue to be discriminated against by the laws of British royal succession. Even though Ontario (along with many Commonwealth countries) recently removed some aspects of bias (ending the ban on the royal family's marrying Catholics), Teskey pointed out that, still, Canadian Catholics do not have a fair shot at becoming King or Queen (although Teskey did not claim that he, personally, had been a candidate). [Canadian Press, 8-27-2014]

Names in the News: (1) One of the three suspects in an August arrest for making fraudulent purchases at a Jupiter, Fla., shop: Ms. Cherries Waffles Tennis, 19. (2) The president of the Alabama Public Service Commission (who invoked prayer in July as the most effective way to fight federal restrictions on coal-fired power plants): Ms. Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh. The investigator for the Ohio state auditor’s office who was ordered by his supervisor in July to end a romantic relationship with another government official: Jim Longerbone. [Palm Beach Post, 8-21-2014] [ (Birmingham), 7-28-2014] [Columbus Dispatch, 7-30-2014]

Venezuela, already in a recession, suffered a particularly cruel blow (according to a September Associated Press dispatch from Caracas) with the recent shortage in availability of breast implants for its beauty-obsessed senoritas. Restrictive currency controls are limiting enhancement surgeries from the 85,000 performed last year and, according to a local joke, will force Venezuelan women to start developing their personalities. (However, according to leading surgeon Dr. Daniel Slobodianik, when potential patients are told their preferred size implant is back-ordered, many merely choose the next-largest available size.) [Associated Press via CTV News (Toronto), 9-15-2014]

But It’s About “Safety,” Not “Money”: On the same day in September, Washington, D.C., and New York City made traffic-camera announcements, with Washington declaring a revenue crisis and New York revealing that just one speed camera in Brooklyn had earned the city $77,550 in a single day. The District of Columbia had projected $93 million in annual camera income, but estimated it would collect only $26 million, and New York City, which has many fewer cameras, was marveling at the 1,551 tickets the Brooklyn camera zapped on July 7th. [Washington Post, 9-29-2014] [Theother Washington Post story that day]

American Scenes

(1) Staci Anne Spence, 42, was hauled to jail for assault in Sandpoint, Idaho, in September, but when the squad car arrived at the station, officers learned that during the ride, she had completely gnawed through the back seat--foam padding and seat cover. (2) A 38-year-old man was taken, unconscious, to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn., in August. He had been allegedly choking the mother of his (male) spouse, and when police were called, they tried a stun gun to no effect, at which point the man dramatically KO’d himself with an empty beer bottle. [KXLY-TV (Spokane, Wash.), 9-23-2014] [Post Bulletin (Rochester), 8-25-2014]

Doctors Just Want to Have Fun

An August West Virginia Board of Medicine report accused Martinsburg doctor Tressie Montene Duffy, age 44 and owner of a “weight and wellness” clinic, of over-prescribing drugs and repeatedly exposing herself to co-workers--including forcing one employee to “motor boat” Duffy’s surgically-enhanced breasts. [Charleston Daily Mail, 8-12-2014]


Leonard Decides Whether You Can Be Nervous or Not: Leonard Embody was spotted in September marching up and down a sidewalk in front of Hillsboro High School in Nashville, Tenn., in military clothing and with a rifle on his back and a GoPro camcorder attached to his chest--just his latest street demonstration supporting Tennessee's "open carry" gun law. According to a WSMV-TV report, this episode made even some supporters edgy because of the school setting, but Embody failed to see the problem. "Other people may think I look terrifying," he acknowledged, but he doesn’t think he does, and if you disagree, he suggests psychology counseling. (Tennessee bans guns on school property, but a few inches away, on the sidewalk, Embody has decided that there is no problem.) [WSMV-TV, 9-19-2014]

Least Competent Criminals

Not Ready for Prime Time: (1) Police in West Valley City, Utah, searched for an exceptionally unintimidating man in August after reports that the man tried to rob a Subway sandwich shop and a Family Dollar. In each episode, an employee told the man to wait while the employee went to a back room, but then simply failed to return, leading the “robber,” eventually, to walk away empty-handed. (2) In Londonderry, Northern Ireland, in August, Kevin Clarence, 20, was arrested for an inept attempt to rob a supermarket. He entered the store, and only then, according to witnesses, put a plastic garbage bag over his head and decided to wait in line for his opportunity to address a cashier. He quickly got tired of waiting and said, "I'll be back," but was caught by police minutes after leaving the store. [KSTU-TV (Salt Lake City), 8-30-2014] [BBC News, 8-14-2014]


In 1993, News of the Weird introduced readers to Kopi Luwak coffee--whose beans had first passed through the digestive tracts of Asian civet cats (to give them, supposedly, a certain tartness, as well as a certain hipster price tag). Canadian entrepreneur Blake Dinkin, 44, now believes his Black Ivory Coffee tastes even better because his pre-digested beans are recovered from elephant dung in Thailand--and less bitter, in that the pachyderms, unlike civets, are herbivores. Dung-farming labor in Thailand may be inexpensive, but it takes 33 pounds of Arabica beans to achieve the precise blend Dinkin demands, and he told NPR in August that he anticipated sales only to upscale resorts in the Middle East (and to one elephant-themed store in Comfort, Tex.). [NPR, 8-20-2014]

A News of the Weird Classic (October 2010)

Donald Denney and his father (also named Donald Denney) concocted a plan on the telephone for Dad to smuggle a ball of black-tar heroin into the son’s Colorado prison during visiting hours, to be passed by mouth via kiss from a female visitor. However, Dad failed to find a woman with a clean-enough rap sheet to be admitted as a visitor. Still enamored of the plan, however, the father decided to be carrier, himself, and inserted the “package” into his rectum for later transferral to his mouth (though the eventual messy kiss of the son would be awkward). Neither Denney realized, despite audio warnings, that all phone calls were monitored, and in September [2010], prison officials were waiting for the father, with a body-cavity search warrant, as he arrived. [, 9-21-10]

Thanks This Week to George Bayrd, Chuck Hamilton, Bruce Leiserowitz, Steve Dunn, and Sam Scrutchins, and to the News of the Weird Board of Editorial Advisors.
Posted By: Chuck | Date: Sun Oct 12, 2014 | Comments (5)
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