Weird Universe Blog — February 15, 2018

Cardinal Sin

In April 1976, Pope Paul VI named Monsignor Jaime L. Sin, Archbishop of Manila, as a new cardinal, thereby making him Cardinal Sin. From wikipedia:

His title and surname as Cardinal Sin (another term for a deadly sin) were a point of humour in the Philippines and for Filipino Catholics. Examples included "The greatest sin of all: Cardinal Sin," and even his own pun of "Welcome to the house of Sin" that he used to greet guests at Villa San Miguel, the Archbishop's palace in Mandaluyong.

Cardinal Sin

Clarion Ledger Sun - May 16, 1976

Posted By: Alex - Thu Feb 15, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Odd Names, 1970s

Mystery Illustration 68

Who is the ultra-famous (deceased) actress in the middle?

Answer is here.

Or after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 15, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Movies, 1930s

February 14, 2018

Love Carefully Day

Back in 1976, the Zero Population Growth society launched an effort to get Valentine's Day rebranded as "Love Carefully Day," as a way to bring awareness to the problem of teen pregnancy.

"Happy Love Carefully Day" doesn't have quite the same ring to it as "Happy Valentine's Day," but their effort must have been somewhat successful, because Google reveals that even this year a few places, such as Allan Hancock College, will hold Love Carefully Day events.

Lincoln Journal Star - Feb 13, 1976

Tampa Tribune - Feb 13, 1976

Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 14, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Holidays

Uranium Burger

Source of second foto.

Thanks to pal Dan Murphy!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 14, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Fads, Food, Reader Recommendation, 1950s

February 13, 2018

Disco Star Wars

After Meco Monardo created a hit disco version of the Star Wars soundtrack in 1977, the next album he planned was Meco's Time Machine. He explained, "We'll visit eight different time periods of Earth's history and observe events. Those events will be translated into music. We'll start before the dawn of man, in prehistoric times, and we'll end in New York in 1980."

But it doesn't seem like that album ever came out. Instead, Meco spent his entire career producing disco versions of movie soundtracks, including Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek, and An American Werewolf in London.

And don't miss his Ewok Celebration single, featuring a rapping Ewok.

Plenty more of his stuff on YouTube, if you're interested.

Starlog Magazine - Jan 1978

Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 13, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Movies, Music, Space-age Bachelor Pad & Exotic, 1970s

February 12, 2018


In 1980, Danya Padilla of Montclair, New Jersey came out with the "SWEAT-T." It was a grey t-shirt with artificial sweat marks under the arms and down the front and back, designed for people who hated exercise but wanted to look like jocks anyway.

I haven't been able to find any pictures of an actual SWEAT-T, but the picture below is what I imagine it must have looked like.

Shrewsbury Sunday Register - July 6, 1980

Posted By: Alex - Mon Feb 12, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, 1980s

Artwork Khrushchev Probably Would Not Have Liked 10

I think it's unfair that we have not yet allowed a female artist to rile up Khrushchev. So here is Hedda Sterne with "Cadavre exquis 259," 1930-1932.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 12, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, 1930s, Women, North America, Russia

February 11, 2018

Twinkie Diet

Back in 2010, in order to prove his theory that "in weight loss, pure calorie counting is what matters most — not the nutritional value of the food," Kansas State University professor of human nutrition Mark Haub lived almost entirely on Twinkies for 10 weeks. He ate one every three hours.

Though he added some variety into his diet with side helpings of Doritos, sugary cereals, and Oreos. As well as a multivitamin pill, protein shake, and some vegetables daily.

But by limiting himself to 1800 calories a day he lost 27 pounds, and other measures of health, such as cholesterol levels, all improved.


Posted By: Alex - Sun Feb 11, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Food, Junk Food, Dieting and Weight Loss

Carlton, Your Doorman

A never-purchased pilot for an animated cartoon series starring the Doorman from the Rhoda show.

Read the fascinating background story here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Feb 11, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Cartoons, 1970s, 1980s

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