Weird Universe Blog — January 3, 2018

Cherophobia

Back in September 2017, artist Noëmi Lakmaier lay still for nine hours as a team of balloon assistants and a "bondage engineer" attached 20,000 balloons to her immobilised body. Eventually she achieved lift-off, but since she was inside the Sydney Opera House, she didn't float away.

This was the second time she performed this piece, having first performed it in St. Leonard's Church. Designboom.com explains:

the ropes that bind the artist’s immobilized body reflect bondage techniques, including shibari — a japanese art form used to emphasize the female form. in reference to lakmaier’s body, the installation seeks to raise further questions about idealized body standards. in ‘cherophobia’, the artist becomes ‘the (imperfect) object of the viewer’s gaze.’

More info: abc.net.au.




Red Bull // Noemi Lakmaier // Cherophobia from Matt O'Brien on Vimeo.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jan 03, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Performance Art

Follies of the Madmen #344



Sleeping couple happy to be awakened by cigarette parade.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 03, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Tobacco and Smoking, 1970s

January 2, 2018

LadyCare Menopause Magnets

The manufacturers of LadyCare Magnets claim that women can ease the symptoms of menopause by magnetizing their underwear.

I guess it can't hurt, but might look a bit odd if random metallic objects (forks, paperclips, etc.) are attracted to your crotch.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jan 02, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Health, Underwear

The CSS Shenandoah

The ship that continued to fight the Civil War after the surrender of the South.




From the Wikipedia entry:

On June 27, 1865, he learned from a prize, the Susan & Abigail, that General Robert E. Lee had surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia. Her captain produced a San Francisco newspaper reporting the flight from Richmond, Virginia, of the Confederate Government 10 weeks previously. However, the newspaper also contained Confederate President Jefferson Davis's proclamation that the "war would be carried on with re-newed vigor."[9] Waddell then captured 10 more whalers in the space of 7 hours just below the Arctic Circle.

On August 3, 1865, Waddell finally learned of the war's end when he met at sea the Liverpool barque Barracouta, which was bound for San Francisco.[10] He received the devastating news of the surrender of General Joseph E. Johnston's army on April 26, Kirby Smith's army's surrender on May 26, and crucially the capture of President Davis and a part of his cabinet. Captain Waddell then knew the war was over.[9]

Captain Waddell lowered his Confederate flag, and the CSS Shenandoah underwent physical alteration. Her guns were dismounted and stored below deck, and her hull was painted to look like an ordinary merchant vessel.


Article here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 02, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Confusion, Misunderstanding, and Incomprehension, War, Nineteenth Century

January 1, 2018

83-Year Payment Plan

With the arrival of 2018, Henry Hepper can now finally stop making those monthly payments.

Detroit Free Press - Sep 29, 1935

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jan 01, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Money, 1930s

Happy 2018 To All!

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 01, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Holidays

December 31, 2017

Dry-Cleaning-Bag Dress

Designed by Jeremy Scott for Moschino. Originally sold as a “cape sheer overlay dress” for $735. Now listed as out of stock.




Posted By: Alex - Sun Dec 31, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Fashion

December 30, 2017

Unko Button

New from Japan, the Unko Button. It's a gadget that lets you post on social media about your baby's bowel movements with just a push of a button. It's got two buttons. One for poo, the other for pee.

More info: RocketNews24



Posted By: Alex - Sat Dec 30, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Inventions, Body Fluids, Excrement

When Havoc Struck



It's never news or entertainment when something goes right, only when it goes wrong. The 1978 TV series WHEN HAVOC STRUCK knew what people wanted. Glenn Ford must've needed a paycheck.

Other episodes on YouTube.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 30, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Accidents, Goofs and Screw-ups, Death, Destruction, Engineering and Construction, 1970s

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