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August 21, 2010

Another PES Film

Old-time WU-vies will surely recall the stop-motion video of furniture sex by PES. Here's another neat one, shorter and tamer, since it's an actual commissioned ad.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Aug 21, 2010 | Comments (5)
Category: Games, Advertising, Stop-motion Animation

More Cool Tech

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I have actually seen a phone used to send signals from a pacemaker to the doctor's office. But seeing this technology become common to the home is kinda nifty.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Aug 21, 2010 | Comments (6)

August 20, 2010

Don’t Drink And Drive-Drive On Your Drink

Scottish scientists have come up with a way to use the waste from whisky making to create a new bio fuel. They even claim it is ready to be used without modifying car engines as required with ethanol and can be used as a higher percentage of blended fuel than ethanol as well. Wonder how long it will take to get across the pond.
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Aug 20, 2010 | Comments (15)


Guys! Never wash your underwear again! Just wear it till it rots, and get new ones in the mail!

Manpacks is your savior!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Aug 20, 2010 | Comments (5)
Category: Business, Underwear, Men

August 19, 2010

Oh The Horror!

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Zombie ants? Not quite, but the fungus discussed in the clip does take over the will (for lack of a better word) of the infected ants. To the point that the insects will hang from the bottom of a leaf till they die, at which point the fungus sprouts from their bodies. SHUDDER worthy pictures of fungus sprouting insects in the clip as well.
Posted By: patty | Date: Thu Aug 19, 2010 | Comments (10)

Highway Distraction

Four delightful sculptures adorn the South 24th Street Bridge in Council Bluffs, Iowa. So striking is the artwork that atleast one resident claims the distraction caused him to hit another vehicle. Another resident charmingly refered to the scultures as looking like Freddy Krueger's hands coming down to grab somebody. Some people just don't appriciate art.
Posted By: patty | Date: Thu Aug 19, 2010 | Comments (11)

Follies of the Mad Men #119

Mad Men, here's a secret: music is the realm of emotion and poetry and piercing observations, of romance and satire, of history and dreams.

So when you create a song that is full of boring statistics about a boring object, you look like an idiot, and so does your product.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Aug 19, 2010 | Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Domestic, Appliances, Music, 1960's

August 18, 2010

The Girls of Murder City

I just read this book (pictured to the right, with link) which offers a rich and fascinating glimpse of a moment in Chicago when there were several female murderers simultaneously occupying the headlines and jails. This is always prime WU material in any era, and I don't believe you will be disappointed if you read this excitingly written historical account.

Why the video of an old song in this post? It's the tune that one of the murderesses played and danced to, over the corpse of her victim!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Aug 18, 2010 | Comments (4)
Category: Crime, Feminism, Music, Regionalism, Wives, Books, 1920's

August 17, 2010

It Sucks To Be A Chinese Citizen

The Chinese have come up with a way to make people pay to sit on a park bench. A meter is attached to the bench as are short metal spikes. Drop your change and the spikes retract, time's up and the spikes deploy. They are not long or sharp enough to do harm, just enought to make sitting uncomfortable.
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Aug 17, 2010 | Comments (11)

The Swing Wing

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Aug 17, 2010 | Comments (5)
Category: Toys, 1960's, Brain Damage
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