Weird Universe Blog — July 3, 2019

Follies of the Madmen #431

Has this fellow decided to masochistically shame himself by creating this pitchfork doppelganger? Or did the local bad boys construct it and leave it on his lawn, and he is now gazing at it ruefully, realizing the veracity of their taunt? Or thinking, "There, but for the grace of Vitalis, go I."


Posted By: Paul - Wed Jul 03, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Business | Advertising | 1950s | Hair and Hairstyling

July 2, 2019

B. Prosperous

Continuing our ongoing theme of strange corporate mascots:

From 1960-1962, B. Prosperous was the mascot of the Eastern Trust Company. He demonstrates a popular trend among mid-twentieth-century mascot creators, which was to slap a human head and limbs onto some inanimate object and call it a mascot.

Montreal Gazette - Mar 22, 1961

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jul 02, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings | 1960s

The Readinjack

The ad copy is unique.


Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 02, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion | Advertising | Chindogu | 1940s

July 1, 2019

Bimbo Jr., the water-skiing elephant

Bimbo Jr. wasn't the only water-skiing elephant around, but in the early 1960s she gained some fame as the youngest water-skiing elephant. She was 5 at the time.

However, her career as a water-skiier eventually came to an unusual end. In 1969, a car collided with the trailer that was transporting her. She survived, but her owner, Ted De Wayne, claimed that the experience caused her to forget how to water-ski, so he sued the driver for $10,000. He was awarded $4,500.

It's been reported in various places that the case was heard by Judge Turtle. But this isn't true. The judge's actual name was Julius Title.

Bimbo water-skiing in San Diego - Mar 20, 1961.

Bimbo water-skiing in Santa Monica - Apr 28, 1962 (via LA Public Library)

Salem Capital Journal - Feb 26, 1972

Orlando Evening Star - Feb 25, 1972

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 01, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals | 1960s

Mystery Gadget 78

What's it for?

The answer is here.

Or after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 01, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Inventions | Chindogu

June 30, 2019

Raw-Egg Diet

Orlando Sentinel - Dec 12, 1974

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jun 30, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: 1970s | Dieting and Weight Loss

Plaid Stallions

Endless hours of browsing at this blog dedicated to 70s culture.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 30, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Cult Figures and Artifacts | Culture and Civilization | Customs | Pop Art | 1970s

June 29, 2019

Peanut Sneakers

A little over a month ago we posted about croissant sneakers. Food-themed sneakers are apparently the big new thing, because Planters Peanuts has now debuted peanut sneakers, retailing for $170.

And not to be outdone, Ruffles Chips has introduced limited-edition Ruffles sneakers.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jun 29, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Food | Shoes

Bugs Bunny and the Pirate

Could you make an effective cartoon with sound only? See what you think.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 29, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals | Stupid Criminals | Cartoons | 1950s

June 28, 2019

Coated tongue means self-poisoning

From back in the day when advertisers just tried to scare consumers silly:

"Coated tongue means self-poisoning. Correct it by all means."

Click to enlarge
New York Daily News - Apr 14, 1932

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 28, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Advertising | 1930s | Diseases

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