Weird Universe Blog — October 3, 2017

Wild and Wonderful

From the Wikipedia entry:

Dick Vosburgh of The Independent commented, "Critics found it hard to accept that it had taken six writers to fashion the wafer-thin tale of a jazz flautist whose marriage to a French film star is threatened by the jealous tricks of Monsieur Cognac, her neurotic, alcoholic French poodle."[5] In his obituary for Tony Curtis in 2010, Dave Kehr dismissed the film as "disastrous," noting that Curtis was rebuilding his reputation after an earlier affair with Kaufmann, his co-star in Wild and Wonderful, and subsequent divorce from Janet Leigh.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 03, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Fey, Twee, Whimsical, Naive and Sadsack, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Movies, Dogs, 1960s

October 2, 2017

Dating for Under a Dollar

Haven't read the book, but I've got a few ideas. Take your date to the Dollar Store and tell her you'll treat her to any one thing. Or take her to McDonald's and tell her she can get any one thing she wants off the dollar menu.

The book itself costs more than a dollar. Available from Amazon.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Oct 02, 2017 - Comments (7)
Category: Books, Love & Romance

Follies of the Madmen #327

Dogs appreciate fresh breath.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 02, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, Dogs, 1930s

October 1, 2017

Pause Pod

It's a personal-sized tent that you can bust out at work when you need "Your Private Space for Relaxation." Or use it at home to "Evoke Mindfulness."

Available for $99 via indiegogo.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Oct 01, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Inventions

Mette Ingvartsen

The Danish dancer Mette Ingvartsen is currently staging her nude performance "7 Pleasures" in New York City. (CAUTION: nude still image at link.) I imagine the show will look something like what you will see starting at the 2:20 mark in the video below. (More nudity, natch.)

For her theorizing, go to the second video.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Oct 01, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Body, Nudism, Avant Garde, Dance, Europe

September 30, 2017

Exposed Before Mona Lisa

Performance artist Deborah de Robertis's latest piece involved sitting in front of the Mona Lisa in the Louvre while exposing her genitals and shouting "Mona Lisa, my p****, my copyright." All while stunned tourists looked on.

Apparently she has a history of similar genital-exposing performance pieces. She explained later, "My message is to question the place of women artists in the history of art. That's why it's necessary to do my performances in museums."

She's being charged with sexual exhibitionism and assault (for biting the jacket of the security guard who dragged her away).

I'm not sure if Khrushchev would have liked her performance or not.

More info and pictures: Daily Mail

Posted By: Alex - Sat Sep 30, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Art, Performance Art, Nudism

Eight Minutes of 1979 Commercials

Talking dogs, dancing housewives, magical cleansers--plainly, we were all insane.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 30, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Advertising, Products, 1970s

September 29, 2017

Naked Chicken Research

1976: Drs. William Johnson and Robert Truax of Louisiana State University raised and studied featherless chickens.

Aside from the physical problems, the chickens have social problems and psychological hangups, Johnson said.

"I guess 'embarrassed' is as good a word for it as any. You put one of them in with a flock of normal birds, and it huddles off in a corner by itself. The other birds won't have anything to do with it until they get used to it," he said.

"And then they're just not as active sexually. They will court and strut much more than the normal bird, but they don't mate as readily."

The story reminds me of the old urban legend about KFC raising mutant, featherless chickens. Maybe this is where the story started.

Argus Leader - Aug 31, 1976

Salisbury Daily Times - Aug 31, 1976

Posted By: Alex - Fri Sep 29, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Science, Psychology, 1970s

Joe Bailon, RIP

The inventor of "candy apple red."

Posted By: Paul - Fri Sep 29, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Motor Vehicles, Pop Art, Obituaries

September 28, 2017

Lincoln-Scented Candle

When you want your room to smell like Abraham Lincoln.

Other scents available include Theodore Roosevelt, Justin Trudeau, Ronald Reagan, Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin, and Rutherford B. Hayes.


via Worst Things For Sale

Posted By: Alex - Thu Sep 28, 2017 - Comments (7)
Category: Perfume and Cologne and Other Scents

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