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June 21, 2009

3D 1939 World’s Fair Chrysler Film

How to Build a Chrysler-
Made for the 1939 NY World's Fair this very cool 3D Technicolor animation was very cutting edge at the time.

Posted By: StanFlouride | Date: Sun Jun 21, 2009 | Comments (2)

No retreading this art

15 astounding creations made with recycled tires.

Various artists from all over the world have approached the idea of using this plentiful material as a medium for their art.
Visit the gallery here:
Posted By: StanFlouride | Date: Sun Jun 21, 2009 | Comments (2)

We are what we stuff in our Fridges

Artist Mark Menjivar has created a work that is as much an anthropological study as it is art. By taking photographs of the contents of strangers' refrigerators he allows us a glimpse into not only a moment in their food storage but into the pattern of their lives as well.
Posted By: StanFlouride | Date: Sun Jun 21, 2009 | Comments (1)

It’s All Relative

Familial relationships don't always pay off and sometimes they can kill ya.
A California woman had some of her husband's sperm harvested and frozen after his death in1995. In 1999 she concieved and gave birth to his child with the use of the frozen sperm. Since that time she has been trying to collect Social Security survivor benefits for the child, born a full five years after her biological father's death. So far her attempts are unsucessful. Read the story here-
Thomas Parkin wasn't about to let a little thing like his mom's death ruin his standard of living. So for the last six years he and his buddy have been working together to keep Irene Prusik alive in the eyes of the Social Security Administration. They have been very sucessful too. The friend cashed Mrs. Prusik's Social Security checks for 'her' each month as her nephew. Then Parkin went to the DMV, in drag, to renew mom's drivers license-oops! Check it out here-
Then we have the love story of the couple who shall remain nameless. Atleast till after the autopsies. The man and woman were found faces up in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor of the home they shared. Neighbors say they seemed happy toghether. Police say they apparently stabbed eachother to death. Ah love!-
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun Jun 21, 2009 | Comments (6)

June 20, 2009

Alabama Curiosities

My pal Andy Duncan is a wonderful fiction writer, and loyal reader of WEIRD UNIVERSE. But I never knew he had written this compilation of weird Alabama stuff till he showed me a copy of the second edition this weekend. I think a road trip to Alabama is definitely in order for all WU-vies.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jun 20, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Regionalism, Weird Studies and Guides, Books

June 19, 2009

Whale blows bubble rings—like smoke rings

I know some people who can blow smoke rings, but I don't know if this is the same technique.

The whales also play "trade the ball" and one is instructed to do circle spins. These japanese whales are seriously smart. Watch until the end and the whales wave goodbye.

Free room and board, a chance to perform, maybe I have chosen to be the wrong species. But I don't know if I could do the tricks!!
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Fri Jun 19, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Animals

Forgotten and Unseen Electronics Part 20

A few months ago a big remote for Windows Media Center appeared on It was made from two Dance Dance Revolution mats. If you want to learn how to do it yourself you can find the source code on this site:

Posted By: phantomspy1 | Date: Fri Jun 19, 2009 | Comments (1)

Heavy Metal Bee Gees

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jun 19, 2009 | Comments (1)
Category: Humor, Parody, Music, 1970's

Boris Artzybasheff

The art of Boris Artybasheff certainly qualifies as weird. You can sample it in a recent reprint of one of his classic books, seen to the right.

Or, you can admire some of his covers for Time magazine.

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jun 19, 2009 | Comments (4)
Category: Art, Pop Art, Surrealism, Magazines, 1950's

June 18, 2009

More Weirdness From PETA

You'd think the President of the United States has more important worries than a house fly. Apparently PETA doesn't though. During an interview on Tuesday President Obama swatted and killed a pesky fly. Like most people would do, but not those bug lovin' PETA people. A spoksman for the group said the act shows the President isn't perfect even though his Senate record shows him voting for animal rights often. They are sending a 'humane' catch and release fly trap to the White House. Maybe one Secret Service Agent could be designated fly catcher for the President. Catch the whole story here-
Posted By: patty | Date: Thu Jun 18, 2009 | Comments (8)
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