April 20, 2015

Worm Weather Visits Southern Norway

I finally tracked down the original story. It's copyright so click here and read all about it.

Posted By: Expat47 - Mon Apr 20, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Europe, Weather

Lost Inhibitions Wine

Church & State wines offers a product line they call "Lost Inhibitions." The bottles are printed with "evocative" messages in bright block lettering on the labels. They say the wines are "Made to enjoy with friends, family and great food." Yes, I can see a nice family dinner sharing a bottle of "Hashtag This Mother F#cker."

Posted By: Alex - Mon Apr 20, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants

Alligator Joe

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Proving that Florida, home to our esteemed Chuck Shepherd, has harbored weirdos for over a century.



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Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 20, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Eccentrics, 1900's, 1910's

April 19, 2015

Weird Universe goes Mobile Friendly

WU has taken a tentative step into the 21st Century by going "mobile friendly". Which means that if you look at the site on a mobile phone, it should actually be readable.

The biggest design change this involved was bringing back Rick Altergott's WU banner — because making an image banner automatically resize was a lot easier than rejiggering the old header.

All else should be relatively familiar. So please proceed as normal!

Posted By: Alex - Sun Apr 19, 2015 - Comments (8)
Category: Weird Universe

Kearton’s Imitation Ox

In his efforts to obtain photographs of some of the shyest birds, an English author resorted to the most ingenious devices, one of which was an imitation ox made of a bullock skin stretched over a wicker frame. Concealed in this with his camera, the lens of which peeped out of a hole in the chest, the naturalist photographer took observations and obtained some excellent pictures. An artificial sheep also proved of great service when studying birds of the moors and mountains, its realistic appearance never failing to deceive, and making it a useful hiding place.
Source: The Canadian Magazine - April 1904

Find more info about Kearton and his ox here.





Posted By: Alex - Sun Apr 19, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Photography and Photographers, 1900's

Balloon Land



Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 19, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Death, Surrealism, Cartoons, 1930's, Fictional Monsters

April 18, 2015

Seaweed Collecting


Back in the Victorian era, this was apparently a popular hobby. From Collectors Weekly:

Affluent Victorians often spent hours painstakingly collecting, drying, and mounting these underwater plants into decorative scrapbooks... Part of the appeal was what a seaweed collection said about the collector. Anyone could appreciate and collect flowers, but painstakingly obtaining, preserving, and mounting seaweed specimens demonstrated patience, artistic talent, and the refined sensibilities necessary to appreciate the more subtle beauties of nature. Queen Victoria herself made a seaweed album as a young lady.

And yes, the seaweed did smell bad. But Collectors Weekly reminds us that the Victorian era was "a more pungent time."

Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 18, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Hobbies and DIY, Nineteenth Century

The Living Theatre, Deceased





With the death this month of Judith Malina, the world will be forever deprived of "happenings" like the one in the first clip, where, I regret, Ms. Malina does not appear until the final few seconds.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Apr 18, 2015 - Comments (1)
Category: Drugs, Avant Garde, Outsider Art, Performance Art, Pop Art, Obituaries, 1970's

April 17, 2015

Pee .. Beer .. Recycle

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A company is now making Beer from urine and other sewage waste water. I think this would be good for the space station as they do something similar but only get back the water.

http://metro.co.uk/2015/04/17/brewing-company-makes-beer-out-of-human-urine-5154534/

Posted By: BrokeDad - Fri Apr 17, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Garbage, Trash, Waste and Other Detritus, Body Fluids, Excrement, Alcohol

My human time

Man sits in front of the camera for 24 hours. The result is 3 videos, each 8 hours long. Every minute his computer chimes, and he says what time it is. He claims this is the "most boring video ever." He's possibly correct.

I suppose that if you managed to sync the time in the video with the time in real life, you could have the video running continuously and use it as a speaking clock. Or you could just ignore the video, like the rest of the world.






Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 17, 2015 - Comments (9)
Category: Boredom, Video

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