Weird Universe

May 8, 2009

Only In Illinois

In this series, I bring to you the weirdness of Illinois. This is kind of what Chuck does, but restricted to the good ol' state of Illinois. For my first offering, I present the following...

The town of Joliet likes its rodeo. So much that it wants to bring it back NO MATTER WHAT. The catch? A little agency known as the Environmental Protection Agency, who raised a stink when they observed Joliet failed to get the necessary permits for last year's rodeo, at the LANDFILL. The EPA is concerned about damage to the landfill inflicted last year, such as damaging the clay "cap" that seals in all things oozing and disgusting. But once those permits get signed, the rodeo is ON! On I tell you! Joliet Herald News
Posted By: Reverend Ira | Date: Fri May 08, 2009 | Comments (2)

May 7, 2009

WaterCar Amphibious is Half Ram, Half Corvette, and Half Boat

Many of you may have heard of the Amphicar, the classic half boat, half car that did neither job well, but at least it looked good not doing its job. The same could not be said about the 2009 WaterCar Amphibious, however. Supposedly styled after the 2002 Camaro convertible, it looks more like someone welded the front half of a Dodge Ram truck to the back half of a Chevrolet Corvette, and then replaced the chassis with the bottom of a speedboat. The link contains several pictures of the vehicle on land as well as in the water.
Posted By: Salamander Sam | Date: Thu May 07, 2009 | Comments (8)
Category: Boats, Transportation, Goofs and Screw-ups

Deluxe Hugs

Why give your hugs away for free when you can charge people for "deluxe" hugs. It looks like it could be a good way to make some extra money.

Posted By: mdb777 | Date: Thu May 07, 2009 | Comments (4)
Category: Humor, Pranks

They Had That Back Then? #1

This series will showcase vintage examples of what you may have thought were relatively recent developments. Today's lesson: Traffic Cameras.

(from the May 1956 issue of Popular Science)

(from the August 1959 issue of Popular Science)
Posted By: Salamander Sam | Date: Thu May 07, 2009 | Comments (3)
Category: Photography and Photographers, Transportation, 1950's

Times Have Changed #1

This new series will focus on what some of our most common tech phrases used to mean. Today's episode: the Desktop Computer.

(from the August 1959 issue of Popular Science)
Posted By: Salamander Sam | Date: Thu May 07, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Computers, 1950's, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Cows that attack rabbits

More evidence of the violent nature of cows. You might be innocently wandering in a field, minding your own business, when what you thought was a cow will start shooting at you with an air rifle.

Of course, in the above scenario, "you" are a rabbit, and the cow is a tractor camouflaged as a cow. You see, British farmers are camouflaging their tractors as cows in order to be able to sneak up on rabbits and shoot them. The BBC has a video.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu May 07, 2009 | Comments (11)
Category: Animals

Get Your Hot and Fresh Cow Embryos Right Here!

I'm sure there's a reason for this service and people who know about breeding cows can probably tell us. In the meantime, we're left to wonder why the internet needs a cow embryo directory. If the advertisement on the left side of the directory page is accurate, you can buy one for a mere $175.00. But I assume you would need something to keep it in...
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Thu May 07, 2009 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Science, Babies and Toddlers

A Slithering Spa

At Ada Barak's spa in northern Israel, slithering snakes don't give people the creeps. They give deep-tissue massages. For several years, Barak has been entertaining visitors to her carnivorous plant farm by passing around samples of the small reptiles her plants will consume. When her visitors claimed that holding the serpents was soothing, she got an idea, and thus, the Slithering Spa was born. Barak claims that the heavier king and corn snakes produce a kneading sensation as they move across your body. Want to get your own Snake Massage? Time magazine has more information.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Thu May 07, 2009 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Body, Exercise and Fitness, Nature

Your Daily Loser & Jury Duty for May 7th

Your Daily Loser - Ishmael Makone of Johannesburg, South Africa, paid the ultimate price for his stupidity. Apparently noone bothered to warn Makone that it's a really bad idea to be underneath the structure you're trying to tear down, even though the article claims dozens of witnesses had been watching him for days and worrying about his safety.

Jury Duty - This has to be the happiest drunk guy to ever end up in jail. Chris Carter of St. Petersburg, Florida, doesn't seem to mind that he was cited for violating his parole, driving under the influence and holding an open container of alcohol. The Mugshot.

Posted By: Nethie | Date: Thu May 07, 2009 | Comments (12)
Category: Death, Your Daily Jury Duty, Your Daily Loser, Alcohol, Goofs and Screw-ups

Not Sure Cleaning Up Spilled Beer Is My Idea Of Fun

You’ll make even the most functional chore fun when you use this collectible iron hand painted Bottle Opener cast from turn-of-the-century British mold! You can buy this and other Bottle Spillers, er, Openers, from Design Toscanoimage
Posted By: qualityleashdog | Date: Thu May 07, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Shopping
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