Weird Universe Blog — August 2, 2017

What is a drawing?

New Zealand artist Kirsty Lillico recently won the annual Parkin Drawing Prize, which netted her $20,000. The question her win has raised is, was her piece, titled "State Block," actually a drawing? It consisted of pieces of carpet draped over string.

Lillico said, "Drawing, to me, it's not just about a pencil and paper. I'm using a knife and carpet and hanging it in a space to achieve the same ends."

The prize's patron, Chris Parkin, admits that the piece stretches the definition of a drawing, but he notes it was "still lines, at the end of the day... somebody has taken a knife, and started a line and taken it for a walk."

More info:

"State Block"

Posted By: Alex - Wed Aug 02, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Art

The Snobs and The Upper Crust

You can't keep a good idea down.

The Upper Crust.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 02, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Music, 1960s, Parody

August 1, 2017


It allows you to pump and do! You could even pump gas while you pump milk.


Julie Burrell is the entrepreneur behind this "totally hands-free" way to pump breast milk without taking time out from the rest of the work mothers have to do every day.
"I've driven while I'm using it. I've typed on the computer. I've chopped vegetables. You know, you can pretty much do anything," she said.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Aug 01, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Inventions

The Giant Leg Sign for Nylons

Source of foto.

Source of foto.

Judge the likeness for yourself.

Her Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Aug 01, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Body, Movies, Regionalism, Advertising, Giant People in Ads, 1940s

July 31, 2017

Limited edition mayonnaise jar

Duke's mayonnaise is celebrating 100 years in business by selling limited edition glass jars of its mayonnaise — as opposed to those plastic jars all condiments come in nowadays.

Duke's has rather passionate followers. It's some kind of Southern thing. Southerners LOVE their mayonnaise, especially mayonnaise and tomato sandwiches. And Duke's is held in high regard as being the premier Southern mayonnaise. I've had it, and I agree it's pretty good. It's not a sweet mayonnaise. In fact, it has no sugar in it at all. It's like Hellmanns, but a bit tangier.

Anyway, some people love the stuff so much that they've arranged for their ashes to be stored in a Duke's jar after their death. So if you order the limited-edition jar, that's one thing to do with it once you've eaten the mayo.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 31, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Death, Food

Mystery Illustration 52

What is the secret technique behind this drawing?

The answer is here.

And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 31, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Art, 1940s

July 30, 2017

Electric horse for exercise

Evidently there's a long history of horse riding simulators as exercise devices.

Electro-mechanical horse with five gaits
ranging from a trot to a running gallop.

Some of the benefits of horseback riding as a form of exercise can be obtained indoors with the aid of an electro-mechanical horse which not only provides fun for the children but sport for grown-ups as well. At a touch on the reins, the horse can be induced to break into any one of five gaits ranging from a trot to a gallop.
Source:Popular Mechanics - May 1936

A modern-day simulator — that no longer looks like an actual horse:

Update: another old time indoor horse exercise machine.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jul 30, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Exercise and Fitness

The Films of Suzan Pitt

Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 30, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Cartoons, 1970s

July 29, 2017

Bacon Costume

George J. Nicholls, author of the 1917 book Bacon and Hams, dressed as a slab of bacon.

More info about this rare and curious book at and Wikipedia.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jul 29, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Bacon, 1910s

Egg Massage

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jul 29, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, 1960s, Europe

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