Weird Universe Blog — July 16, 2020

The Working Couple’s Cookbook

The gimmick of this cookbook, published in 1971, was that it was striking a blow for Women's Lib by offering instructions for what both HIM and HER could do to prepare a meal.

From a review by James Boyett (pictured below):

The book details what the man is required to accomplish and what the better half is to do.
While most of the tasks the man is required to accomplish require only the knowledge of how to use a rolling pin or knife, I will warn you now that a couple of the recipes require the man to cook the meat — steak, pork chops.
One recipe, heaven forbid, asks the better half to only lay the table and then relax—while the man is required to open a couple of cans and then slave over a hot stove while "she" sips the fruit of the vine and relaxes.

More info: Awful Library Books

Abilene Reporter-News - Jan 23, 1972

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jul 16, 2020 - Comments (4)
Category: Food | Gender | Books | 1970s

Wakarusa Dime Store Sodas

The Wakarusa Dime Store in Indiana sells some weird stuff, most notably a variety of strange sodas. Unfortunately, you have to pick up in person.

More flavors than these at the site.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 16, 2020 - Comments (5)
Category: Regionalism | Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages

July 15, 2020

The Fashion Predictions of B.H. Myerson

If he had said the 1980s instead of the 50s, he wouldn't have been that far off.

Akron Beacon Journal - Jan 27, 1931

Saint Joseph Herald-Press - Feb 2, 1931

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jul 15, 2020 - Comments (6)
Category: Fashion | 1930s | Yesterday’s Tomorrows

The Wreck of the City of San Francisco

One weird thing about this once-famous train crash: no perp was ever found.

Even with this lead, from a contemporary account.

Rather reminiscent of the One-Armed Man from the 1960s TV show THE FUGITIVE.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jul 15, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Death | Destruction | Unsolved Mysteries | 1930s | 1960s | Trains

July 14, 2020

Will to be read in 2163

Adolph Metzer loved cats and dogs. So, in his will, he gave $1000 to the city of Evanston, as well as to ten states, with the stipulation that the money be put in a bank account and not touched until 2163. By that time, he figured, his money would have grown to $201,559,641.30. All of which could be spent to help homeless cats and dogs.

I haven't been able to find out what happened to his money. My guess is that it's long gone.

Washington Post - Mar 13, 1913

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jul 14, 2020 - Comments (6)
Category: Death | Law | 1910s

July 13, 2020

The rare 1943 copper penny

1943 copper pennies are among the most-sought after coins by collectors. In 2010, one of them sold for $1.7 million. Although around $200,000 seems to be what most of them fetch.

The reason for their value is that so few of them exist. In 1943, due to the war, pennies were made out of zinc-coated steel. But somehow approximately 40 copper ones were made by accident.

For several decades the US Mint denied the existence of 1943 copper pennies (see news clipping below). It wasn't until a few showed up, and were authenticated by experts, that the mint changed its tune. Now it states:

Approximately 40 1943 copper–alloy cents are known to remain in existence. Coin experts speculate that they were struck by accident when copper–alloy 1–cent blanks remained in the press hopper when production began on the new steel pennies.

Some strange rumors have circulated about the 1943 copper pennies. Such as that if you found one the Ford motor company would give you a free car. Not true, though if you find one, you could afford to buy quite a few cars. And a few of these pennies are potentially still in circulation.

More info:

Battle Creek Enquirer - Mar 7, 1963

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 13, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Money | Collectors | 1940s

The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome

The Wikipedia page.

Anger is still with us, as of this writing, and looking pretty scary.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 13, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Elderly and Seniors | Movies | Avant Garde | 1950s

July 12, 2020

Death by carrot juice

It was probably the enormous quantities of Vitamin A pills that Basil Brown was taking which actually killed him. Though the daily gallon of carrot juice certainly contributed.

More info: NY Times

Ottawa Citizen - Feb 15, 1974

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jul 12, 2020 - Comments (6)
Category: Death | Vegetables | 1970s

Digital Rubik’s Cube

A toy that seemed utterly immune to becoming digital...was not.

Review and details here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 12, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough | Technology | Toys

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