Weird Universe Blog — November 7, 2017

Name That List, #43

What is this a list of? The answer is below in extended.

  • Adventurous
  • Clever
  • Crafty
  • Cunning
  • Deep
  • Full of resources
  • Ingenious
  • Many-sided
  • Much-versed
  • Of many a turn
  • Of many fortunes
  • Of many wiles
  • Of twists and turns
  • Of wide-ranging spirit
  • Prudent
  • Restless
  • Sagacious
  • Shifty
  • Skilled in all ways of contending
  • Various-minded
  • Versatile
  • Wary and wise

More in extended >>

Posted By: Alex - Tue Nov 07, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Name That List

The Chocolate Choo-Choo

Despite what the YouTube poster writes, this song was issued to the marketplace, as you can see from the pic of the physical record and the advert.

But those circumstance do not make the song, with its faintly scatological title, any less weird.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 07, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Fey, Twee, Whimsical, Naive and Sadsack, Music, Chocolate, 1940s

November 6, 2017

Starved for 11 months

Nov 1959: Helen Putnam, a performer who went by the stage name "The Ten Ton Fun" (her theme song was 'All of me') was accepted into a weight-loss experiment conducted by Frank Tullis of the University of Tennessee. For the next 11 months she was restricted to a liquid diet consisting of nothing but black coffee, tea, water, and 900 calories a day of a milk and soy-based formula.

Except for an occasional few hours, she and three other women in the experiment were confined to a silent, dead-end wing of the hospital. The monotony was broken by visits and telephone calls from family and friends... the long days were unnerving.
"I thought I was starving. I thought the doctors didn't know what they were doing," she said. She wept. Some days she sulked in her room. On others she ranted and raved and several times threatened to leave.

She dropped from 318 pounds to 151, and in doing so became the first woman to ever complete a metabolism experiment of this kind.

I wonder if she managed to keep it off. I haven't been able to find any follow-up info about her.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Jan 21, 1961

Springfield News Leader - Jan 18, 1961

Posted By: Alex - Mon Nov 06, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: 1960s, Dieting and Weight Loss

Follies of the Madmen #333

To me, this ad at first seems to imply that people used whisk brooms on their scalps when they had dandruff. Then I got the meaning that they were always whisking the shoulders of their clothes. But in any case, a liberal application of Listerine--to the scalp, not the shoulders of the clothes--solves everything!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Nov 06, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, 1940s, Head

November 5, 2017

Soil My Undies Challenge

The California Farmers Guild is challenging farmers to soil their undies. More info:

And Scottish farmers are also taking up the challenge. (

Posted By: Alex - Sun Nov 05, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Farming, Underwear

November 4, 2017

Driftwood Collection

Whenever I come across stories about collectors of unusual items, I always wonder what happened to their collection after they died. They went to all that trouble to collect it, and then usually relatives end up tossing it all.

Fond Du Lac Commonwealth Reporter - Nov 9, 1965

Posted By: Alex - Sat Nov 04, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Collectors, 1960s

Mystery Gadget 53

What is going on inside this giant potato?

The answer is here.

And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 04, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Technology, 1930s

November 3, 2017

Coffee For Dogs

Nordic entrepreneur Jakutyte is trying to launch a new product on Kickstarter. It's coffee for dogs. Or, as she's calling it, "Rooffee." She came up with that name, she said, by combining the words roots and coffee. (Surprised me it wasn't Wroof and coffee... but that would be Wrooffee.) She swears she didn't know there's a date-rape drug called roofies. She's posted an update on her Kickstarter page saying she's gonna change the name... but hasn't decided to what yet.

Her coffee for dogs doesn't actually contain any coffee. She says it's "a coffee type of drink made from Nordic wild roots containing no agricultural chemicals or pesticides, no caffeine, and no other nonsense." So it's actually brown liquid for dogs.

via buzzfeed

Posted By: Alex - Fri Nov 03, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Coffee and other Legal Stimulants, Dogs

French Key Ring Craze

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 03, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Fads, 1960s, Europe

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