Weird Universe Blog — November 27, 2017

Bras across the grand canyon

A great dream that never came to fruition. In the early 1990s, the California artist Nicolino launched a project to string 10,000 bras across the Grand Canyon. First he needed to get 10,000 bras. Then he needed to get permission from the park service. He never got either.

Saint George Daily Spectrum - Nov 16, 1993

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - June 1, 1994

Albuquerque Journal - Dec 25, 1993

Posted By: Alex - Mon Nov 27, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Art, Underwear, 1990s

Follies of the Madmen #337

This seems to elide the whole issue of whether a stepchild SHOULD be treated badly! It's just a given!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Nov 27, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Children, 1930s, Face and Facial Expressions

November 26, 2017

Vitamin Hats

Hats adorned with "a tasty array of carrots, artichokes, peaches, peppers, asparagus, broccoli, figs and many other delicacies adored by vegetarians."

Lancaster Eagle Gazette - May 25, 1953

Posted By: Alex - Sun Nov 26, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Headgear, 1950s

Mystery Gadget 54

What tha--?

Answer is here.

And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 26, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Technology, 1920s

November 25, 2017

Shampoo as suicide prevention

The idea of people who try to kill themselves three ways at once is something that occasionally pops up in weird news. Though I'm not sure if it really belongs to weird news or is more of an urban legend.

Back in 2014, I posted about an attempted 4-way suicide that was reported in 1922. A man tried to torch, hang, poison, and shoot himself simultaneously. But I was also suspicious of that reporting.

Life - Oct 6, 1952

Posted By: Alex - Sat Nov 25, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Advertising, Suicide, 1950s

The Land of Oz Playground

Alas, for human failure:

The Land of Oz playground was located within the Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks War Memorial Park located at 14201 Huston Street in Sherman Oaks. Planning for the playground, which broke ground on November 27, 1964, began as a joint venture between the Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Department, the Van Nuys Junior Chamber of Commerce, and the Valley Children's Play Park Association. However, lack of funding for the 'Wizard of Oz' themed playground caused construction to drag on for more than a decade. In the end, the city withdrew further support for the failed project which was left incomplete and with only a few structures standing, the 'Over the Rainbow' bridge and 'Munchkinland' castle. Over the years, with no funding for maintenance or security, the play area and its structures fell victim to gang and drug activity, vandalism, and decay and were demolished in the late 1980's.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 25, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Disasters, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Government, Fantasy, 1960s

November 24, 2017

Atomic Hairdos

How the atomic bomb inspired hairdressers.

La Grande Observer - July 30, 1946

Liliana Orsi, a 22-year-old beauty in Rome, Italy, displays her new atomic hairdo and the photo of the atomic blast which inspired it. It took a hair stylist 12 hours to arrange Liliana's coiffure, so it's not recommended for daily wear. It's an old fashion and something dangerously new. — Mar 8, 1951

What these press agents won't think of! From one Las Vegas beauty salon comes this hair style, modeled by showgirl Terry True. And that big upsweep at the top is supposed to symbolize a mushroom cloud effect of a bomb explosion. The dark ring is a switch, with a jeweled clip to brighten things up.
(AP Wirephoto — Mar 2, 1951)

Mansfield News-Journal - Apr 29, 1946

Posted By: Alex - Fri Nov 24, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1940s, 1950s, Hair and Hairstyling

Follies of the Madmen #336

Original ad here.

Wow. This sets the bar pretty high, or pretty far out in the hi-falutin' and pretentious end of the spectrum, in order for a person to purchase or own a ring from Zale's.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 24, 2017 - Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Eccentrics, Family, 1960s

November 23, 2017

Ham Kills Turkey

Back in 1984, the social studies class at Highland Middle School in Louisville had a six-week study of the American pioneers' way of life, in honor of Thanksgiving. This included having the eighth graders decapitate a live turkey named Willy Wally. Some of the students held down Willy Wally while a student named Robin Ham swung an ax down on its neck.

Said Ham, "It was bleeding everywhere. It was flapping around a little. It was kind of grossing me out." Then added, "It was a neat experience. I feel it was pretty enriching, but I don't think I want to do it again. I've had enough of enrichment."

Louisville Courier-Journal - Nov 16, 1984

Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 23, 2017 - Comments (3)

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