Weird Universe Blog — January 6, 2020

Name That List, #61

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

  • crayons
  • marker cap
  • chopstick
  • ballpoint pen
  • piece of toy pliers
  • lollipop stick
  • coaxial cable
  • wedding ring
  • magnets
  • screwdriver
  • bobby pin

More in extended >>

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jan 06, 2020 - Comments (4)
Category: Name That List

Follies of the Madmen #460

Those are growing underwater plants surrounding the buried woman. This is plainly a mermaid, a superhuman, or an unnaturally happy Mob victim.


Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 06, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Business | Advertising | Cosmetics | Death | 1960s

January 5, 2020

The Man Can

Its formal name was the “man-carried auto-navigation device,” but it went by the nickname “Man Can.” The Martin-Marietta Corporation received patent no. 3,355,942 for it in 1967.

It was a device designed to help soldiers avoid getting lost. The patent offered this description:

a lightweight, completely mechanical, low energy device by which small units of men may locate themselves accurately with respect to some reference point when operating in the jungle, darkness or bad weather without dependence upon visual landmarks.

It combined a compass and a pedometer. A GI would record his initial location on a map, and then the device would track his footsteps and the directions in which he turned. When he was done walking, the device would tell him his new coordinates.

A key feature of the device was that it didn't use any battery power. So the GIs would never need to worry about it running out of juice. It operated via a bellows located in the heel of the GI's shoe.

I can't find any follow-up reports about how well this gadget worked. Apparently not well enough to warrant its adoption by the army. But it was an interesting concept.

Allentown Morning Call - Dec 11, 1967

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jan 05, 2020 - Comments (4)
Category: Geography and Maps | Inventions | Military | Technology | 1960s

January 4, 2020


The inventor of exerlopers, Gregory Lekhtman, believed that "we are not designed to run." Apparently he thought it would be better to leap around like antelopes instead.

Indiana Gazette - May 3, 1988

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 04, 2020 - Comments (6)
Category: Exercise and Fitness | 1980s

The Artist’s Dilemma

This pretty much encapsulates my average workday.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 04, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Art | Surrealism | Movies | Special Effects | 1900s

January 3, 2020

Dinosaurs Live!

The name of the event did imply there were going to be living dinosaurs at the Memphis Zoo. So, perhaps the people who asked for their money back were simply sticklers for truth in advertising.

Longview Daily News - Sep 9, 1992

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jan 03, 2020 - Comments (7)
Category: Stupidity | 1990s

Election 2020

Expect absurdist acts of political theater throughout the new year, from all sides.

[Mrs. Guilford Dudley of Nashville with ear trumpet, talking into ear of Democratic donkey, played by Mrs. Mary Semple Scott in skit at 1920 National American Woman Suffrage Association in Chicago]

Photo source.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 03, 2020 - Comments (7)
Category: Animals | Anthropomorphism | Politics | Twentieth Century

January 2, 2020

The Taste Organ

Decatur Herald - Sep 14, 1926

An experimental model of the 'Taste Organ,' which was developed by a French scientist. To enjoy the taste 'harmonies' the 'listener' holds a small tube in his mouth so that the various concentrated liquids can be injected either singly or in the correct combination.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jan 02, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Food | Inventions | 1920s

Abstract in Concrete

Ten minutes of colorful blobs reflected in puddles. Not sure what audience this was aimed at.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jan 02, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Art | Avant Garde | Urban Life | 1950s

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