November 29, 2009

For the Guys


Wow, she's a tall drink of water, huh? There are some more pics at the link-
http://thechive.com/2009/11/26/new-photos-of-the-worlds-tallest-model-arrive-10-photos-1-video/
But I thought this one would pique your interest. As a 5'2" female I find her to be really cool!

Posted By: patty - Sun Nov 29, 2009 - Comments (7)
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An Apple a Day…

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A 68-year-old Swedish man, Ingemar Westlund, was cleared of murder charges when elk hair and saliva were found on his wife's clothing. It all happened back in September of 2008, when his wife took their dog for a walk in the woods and never returned. When she didn't come back, Mr. Westlund went looking for her and found her body next to a lake near Loftahammer. Even though elk normally steer clear of humans, apparently "the animals can become aggressive after eating fermented fallen apples in gardens." BBC

Posted By: mdb777 - Sun Nov 29, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Death, Wives

The Walls Keep Talking



How many Big Band songs recounted literal horror stories worthy of Stephen King? Probably just this one.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 29, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Horror, Music, 1940's

Spam Troubles

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We realize that spammers are clogging our wonderful comments section, the lifeblood of WU. Alex, the closest we have to a techie, is researching the matter.

Thanks for your patience and continued support!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 29, 2009 - Comments (17)
Category: Weird Universe, Comments, Paul

November 27, 2009

The Stuffed Owl

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I'm reading a Mark Twain book currently, Following the Equator. In it, he mentions a notoriously bad poet, Julia Moore, a name I had not thought of in ages. Moore's fabled lack of talent produced scads of bad poetry. You can read about her career here.

Google has digitized at least one of her books, which you can read here. Be prepared to encounter such excruciating verse as this sample to the right.




Moore is included in The Stuffed Owl, a volume of the world's worst poetry. Wouldn't that make a swell Xmas gift for the literary type in your life?

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 27, 2009 - Comments (9)
Category: Eccentrics, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Literature, Nineteenth Century

November 26, 2009

Bohemian Rhapsody Muppet Style—viral!!

Here's another Muppet piece which has gone viral in just a few days. If you missed it, here is all the gang waxing bohemian!!



Three million hits in just three days -- top that!! Favorite characters?

Posted By: gdanea - Thu Nov 26, 2009 - Comments (6)
Category: Music

November 25, 2009

Electric Chair for Lobsters



A Lawyer in Jolly old Britain has invented a new method of killing lobsters. The "Crusta-Stun" (presumably a shortening of crustacean and stun gun) will retail for about £2,000. That's around $3,300. Yikes.

This "humane" way to dispatch your lobster is supposedly even sanctioned by PETA. If we invented machines big enough for cows, does that mean beef's back on the menu too?

The image above originally comes from MAKE

Posted By: dherlich - Wed Nov 25, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Food, Ethics and Morals

Beaker Electocuted

I was thoroughly enjoying this creative tribute to "Ode to Joy" until the unfortunate accidents at the end of the clip.



I wonder if "Beaker" and the "Roadrunner "are related? Meep meep.

Posted By: gdanea - Wed Nov 25, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Puppets and Automatons

No Suprise Here

A Japanese man has become the first person to marry a video game character. The man in question, Sal9000, married the character Nene Anegasaki from the game Love Plus on the Nintendo DS. The ceremony was held at TIT ( Tokyo Institute of Technology). Boing Boing

Also, don't forget to check out the honeymoon photos here.

Posted By: mdb777 - Wed Nov 25, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Video, Videogames, Asia

Life Imitates Comics

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A real-life Batman villain! Read about Two-Face here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 25, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Body Modifications, Scary Criminals, Comics

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