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June 22, 2009

The Past is Another Country #3

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[From The Saturday Evening Post for December 27 1958.]

Just let your filthy mind from the year 2009 have its evil way with this innocent story.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jun 22, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Domestic, Marriage, Sexuality, 1950's

Tennis Grunts

Here's an article about the controversy of grunting in pro tennis. Read it, then check out the samples in the clips below, and decide what you think!






Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jun 22, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Eccentrics, Sports, Superstition, Screams, Grunts and Other Exclamations

The Super Sniffer, the Denture-Snatcher, and the $14,000,000,000,000 Man

News of the Weird / Pro Edition
June 22, 2009 (news from June 13-20)

The Human Carpet
"Georgio T." is a 48-yr-old immigrant from Malta, whose scene is working the floors of New York City bars dressed as a rug and available for stomping upon. He doesn't actually, y'know, come when he gets stomped, but still, he says it's very pleasurable. He has a custom rug rig he can slip into and then lies face down, praying for stilettos. He's been this way since childhood: "[One of my playmates] wanted to be the doctor, [another] wanted to be the carpenter, and I would want to be the carpet." New York Times

Tex-Ass Justice in the F State
John Preston's CSI-ready genius dog, Harass II, has contributed to around 60 convictions, they say, with his amazing ability to find specific people's scents on the faintest of crime-scene evidence, even old, old evidence. One of Harass II's IDs went to death row, and many got decades in prison. Turns out Harass II was the Bernie Madoff of crime evidence, making it up as he went along. In fact, when a judge finally tested Harass II's nose, the result was a disgrace to the German shepherd breed. So, judge after judge has been eating this "evidence" up for a couple of years, and anyway, how to you cross-examine a dog's reaction to something? [Oh, right, OK . . pet psychics.] The cover's off now only because in three of Harass II's cases so far, DNA evidence finally has shown that the suspects didn't do it. So, how many of the five dozen behind bars were wrongly convicted? F State law enforcement (including the governor and the attorney general) aren't much concerned. Orlando Sentinel

Glorious Small-Town America
(1) The County Board in Lincoln, Neb., debated whether to pay a claim for missing pants (which should have been returned to a jail inmate but were nowhere around) at $10 rather than $12. ($12 won, by a 2-1 vote) (2) Mayor Julian Mullis of redneck Mulberry, Fla., is expected to survive, physically and politically, after being beaten up by his girlfriend, who is really his cross-dressing boyfriend, who lives with the mayor and the mayor's two young kids. (3) The City Attorney in Jeffersonville, Ind., turned up one morning, head-first inside a garbage can, sleeping off a bender. Journal Star (Lincoln) /// WTSP-TV (St. Petersburg) /// News and Tribune (New Albany, Ind.)



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Posted By: Chuck | Date: Mon Jun 22, 2009 | Comments (5)
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June 21, 2009

Throwing Molten Iron

During the Lantern Festival, Wang Fu performs a one-hour long "Beating Flowers in the Trees" celebration. Here's the formula for your own celebration.

1. Melt scrap iron in a furnace.
2. Put on animal skins and a hat.
3. Throw molten iron at the town wall for an hour.



The amazing "cheap fireworks" are spectacular!!

DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Sun Jun 21, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Explosives

Two Stupid for Words

Two candidates for the Darwin Awards if ever there were:

Posted By: StanFlouride | Date: Sun Jun 21, 2009 | Comments (3)
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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.

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Posted By: StanFlouride | Date: Sun Jun 21, 2009 | Comments (2)
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No retreading this art

15 astounding creations made with recycled tires.
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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:
http://jalopnik.com/5274411/fifteen-mind+bendingly-awesome-used-tire-sculptures
Posted By: StanFlouride | Date: Sun Jun 21, 2009 | Comments (2)
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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.
http://www.good.is/post/picture-show-you-are-what-you-eat/?GT1=48001
Posted By: StanFlouride | Date: Sun Jun 21, 2009 | Comments (1)
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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- http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/strange/news-article.aspx?storyid=140113&catid=82
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- http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/strange/news-article.aspx?storyid=140059&catid=82
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!- http://www.jcfloridan.com/jcf/news/local/article/unusual_double_murder_in_calhoun/78665/
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun Jun 21, 2009 | Comments (6)
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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
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