In the world of weird, there is weird and then there is WEIRD. Kenneth Pinyan was WEIRD.He was depraved..he was sick. He was a Boeing aerospace engineer and businessman at the time of his death. His death was both untimely and highly unusual in that it came due to engaging in receptive anal sex with a stallion. He suffered a perforated colon afterwards and fearful that his injuries would adversely affect his career, refused to go to seek medical treatment.
Later a documentary film about Pinyan was made called Zoo. It was one of 16 award winners out of 856 entries in 2007 at the Sundance Film Festival.It was also chosen as one of the top five American films to be presented at the Directors Fortnight sidebar at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. Highly acclaimed because of it's sensitive treatment of a very delicate subject the Toronto Star said "gorgeously artful ... one of the most beautifully restrained, formally distinctive and mysterious films of the entire festival".
So, in the world of weird there is weird and then there is Kenneth Pinyan who by all rights might be the King of Weird.
Rumor has it that pigeon or squab is a delicacy, particularly to the Asian community in New York's Chinatown district. This might explain the mysterious ongoing disappearances of many of the pigeons there. These pigeon abductions have also occured in the Greenwich Village area. It's clear from the Youtube link that humans aren't the only ones partaking of this culinary delight.
Here are two commercials to watch. I believe that you will see a startling similarity emerge that will shake you to the core (or maybe just halfway to the core).
So far, so good. It's your basic ad for cosmetics, showing a heavily airbrushed woman who looks somewhat like an android (gynoid?), poncing around in an empty, black, out-of-focus room, interspersed with product shots against a stark white background. (I'm always a little saddened when the real product doesn't create lines of light in contour around my wife's face.) I don't know to much about the product's specific properties.
What I know for sure is that it bares a startling similarity to a fictional product I have seen before.
Zyzzyx Road will probably go down in history as the lowest grossing movie ever. On February 25, 2006, Zyzzyx Road was released in one theater and made a total gross of $30. According to boxofficemojo.com, the film made $20 opening weekend and got to the staggering total of $30 in it's six day theatrical run. Watching the trailer you can probably tell why it did so poorly even in it's one theater that it played in. Still not available on DVD and oft confused with a film of a similar name (Zzyzx), Katherine Heigl fans should be glad that this didn't ruin her career. I know I'd watch it if it were available though.
The new Weird Universe seems to be off to a good start. So far we have around 25 official contributors (not counting me, Chuck, and Paul). Thanks to everyone for being so supportive of this new direction for the site.
To add a small element of competition to the site, I've added a "top recent posts" box in the sidebar. So if you post something that proves very popular and generates a lot of comments, you'll see your post floating to the top of the leader board.
The leader board only includes posts from the previous two weeks, which should prevent a post such as my "this is the end" post getting permanently stuck at the top.
I'll probably be tweaking the site in a number of small ways during the next few weeks to adapt to the new reader-contributed format.
An F-state prison guard decided that the best way to help his co-workers' kids understand what it's like to work in prison was to tase them. Please note that this is now an international story.
Bonus Quote: 'The big shock came when I got fired.' the Daily Mail
I am not Chuck. So I don't hope to replace him in any way. But the Daily Loser and Jury Duty segments of WU are some of my favorites and I would miss them. Here's hoping you guys don't mind if I pick up the torch.
Your Daily Loser - Police in Northwood, New Hampshire needed an innertube to pull a burglary suspect out of a lake. The young man and his friend tried to break into a house Saturday night but were caught because a passing driver heard glass breaking and called the cops. Out of curiosity, what did they use to break the glass? Dynamite? How loud can breaking glass be that you would hear it while driving by someone's house? When the police arrived, the suspect fled, jumped into the freezing Northwood Lake and had to be rescued. The Story. // The Video.
Jury Duty - Two young men in Palmyra, New York have been accused of luring a calf out of a barn and butchering it because they were hungry. Sadly the article only has the mug shot from one of the suspects. Story and Mugshot.
Paul Di Filippo
Paul has been paid to put weird ideas into fictional form for over thirty years, in his career as a noted science fiction writer. He has recently begun blogging on many curious topics with three fellow writers at The Inferior 4+1.
Chuck is the purveyor of News of the Weird, the syndicated column which for decades has set the gold-standard for reporting on oddities and the bizarre.
Our banner was drawn by the legendary underground cartoonist Rick Altergott.