Weird Universe

May 29, 2009

Pink Dolphin

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife has released pictures of an albino or 'pink' dolphin. The pictures, taken in December of 2007, were of the albino calf and it's mother in a channel south of Lake Charles. These animals are very rare. There are only 14 of them that have been seen in the world. Catch the story and pictures here-
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri May 29, 2009 | Comments (5)

Super Clarinet

A reader named Luke--thanks, Luke!--points us toward this triple-sized musical instrument. It reminds me of something Dr. Seuss would've drawn.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri May 29, 2009 | Comments (4)
Category: Inventions, Music, Technology, Reader Recommendation

Four Jills in a Jeep

The embedded video at the bottom of this post consists of an entire feature-length film titled Four Jills in A Jeep. It recounts the based-on-truth activities of four female stars on the USO circuit during WWII. You are kindly invited to watch the whole thing if you wish: there's some good singing, and a few laughs amidst the corn. But if you only have three minutes to spare, please do this:

1) Allow the whole video to load, with the sound off if you wish. It'll take a little bit, depending on your connection, natch.

2) Push the slider to the one-hour-and-nine-minutes mark. That's when our gals arrive at a North African village.

3) Wait patiently until, at the mark of 1:11:27, Kay Francis says "They brought us in on a camel caravan."

There's only one problem. Francis had a famous lisp, so the line becomes: "They brought us in on a camoo cawavan."

Watching this at home, we almost fell out of our seats, and had to replay the line several times to make sure we had heard right, laughing harder each time. I can guarantee you will not witness a funnier line-reading for a long time.

What makes it better is knowing something about Kay Francis's offscreen life. As we learn from this site:

A combination clotheshorse/workhorse, Kay Francis made 67 films from 1929 to 1946. Her life and career are a splurging record of indulgent consumption and extravagant dissipation....She usually drank a tumbler of gin for breakfast, got bored very easily, and slept around indiscriminately [with both men and women], racking up a high number of abortions... Kear and Rossman's book quotes liberally from Francis' diary, even using pull quotes from it on many of the pages, so that you feel their subject is talking directly to you. Kay repeatedly calls herself a bitch and a slut, proclaims her pooped-out boredom, and runs down her list of conquests. "Had merciless afternoon with Maurice (Chevalier)," she reports. "Four times in two hours." Her taste ran to talented directors too, like Goulding, Mamoulian, Lang, and Preminger. She could be generous: "Had to sleep with her because she wanted me," says one entry.

Four Jills in a Jeep

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri May 29, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Movies, Music, Sexuality, Sex Symbols, War, 1940's

Forgotten and Unseen Electronics Part 2

On May 21st 2008 Wii Fit came out. Ever since then there's been a lot of sites saying this is Nintendo's first exercising game. It's not. Back in 1986 a game in Japan came out called Family Trainer and in 1988 it was released in North America as Family Fun Fitness. It didn't use a small mat like Wii Fit did, instead it used a mat that looks like an early version of Dance Dance Revolution called the NES Power Pad.


Due to lack of interest from players and developers most of the games never made it out of Japan.
Posted By: phantomspy1 | Date: Fri May 29, 2009 | Comments (6)
Category: Toys

May 28, 2009

Professor Music’s Weird Links

I'm on vacation, here in Central central USA, in a silly mood (exquisitely-aged alcohol is involved) so these are mostly silly (but still weird):

Fast Food Around the World.

Sports stars that have enhanced their performances using bizarre techniques.

Cardboard Safari.

IMOTIME custom clocks.

For all of Life's unnecessary drama, The Drama Button!!!
(turn on your soundcard)
Posted By: Professor Music | Date: Thu May 28, 2009 | Comments (6)

It’s Better When There Are Two Dumb Criminals

A Coupla Dumb Cons Sitting Around Captured

It's true -- two dumb criminals are better than one.
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Thu May 28, 2009 | Comments (2)

‘His’ Space Becomes A Jail Cell

Joseph Northington robbed a bank in Columbia, SC last January while visiting a friend. Said friend saw his picture on surveillance video and turned him in to police. But hey don't blame the friend for turning him in, after all he did post it on his myspace page as well. 'On tha run for robbin a bank Love all yall.' Cops don't have computers, do they? Read the whole story here-
Posted By: patty | Date: Thu May 28, 2009 | Comments (8)

Forgotten and Unseen Electronics Part 1

Back in 1952 Tom Cranston invented the world's first trackball which used a 5 pin bowling ball. It was used for a military project called DATAR. It was never patented because DATAR was a secret military project. You can read about it here at wikipedia The Story
Posted By: phantomspy1 | Date: Thu May 28, 2009 | Comments (2)

That’s One Bad Lieutenant: Updated with Working Trailer

I'm sure some of you (if not most) know who Werner Herzog is and I thought I'd share the trailer for his next film with you. This film is not really a prequel/sequel of Abel Ferrara's "Bad Lieutenant" with Harvey Keitel, but I guess more of a reworking. I don't know, but it looks like a lot of fun. If you're at work, you might want to keep the volume down.

Original "Bad Lieutenant" trailer

More in extended >>
Posted By: mdb777 | Date: Thu May 28, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Addictions, Celebrities, Movies

Owning a Funeral Home is a Good Business ..Right?

And if you can buy one at a tax sale,it might be an especially good investment. How about when after buying that funeral home you discover four bodies that have never been buried and the building has been unoccupied for three years?

Posted By: hickory_johnson | Date: Thu May 28, 2009 | Comments (2)
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