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May 5, 2009

Nirvana, With Sock Puppets

One of Kurt Cobain's most famous songs, as reinterpreted by Polyphonic Spree with sock puppets.

Need I say more?

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue May 05, 2009 | Comments (4)
Category: Music, Puppets and Automatons, 1990's

$400k Down the Hatch

What do Argentina, booze, and homosexuals have in common? Or, maybe, a better question is, why is the US spending $400k to find out? Six lucky researchers (no sexual preferences mentioned) get to travel to Buenos Aires to find out. YT$AW
Posted By: Expat47 | Date: Tue May 05, 2009 | Comments (5)

May 4, 2009

So, We Taste Like Bacon?

Ever wondered what human flesh would taste like but you've never been trapped in the Andes due to a horrific plane crash? Then this cute little robot has the answer. Designed by researchers in Japan, the Winebot is supposed to be for sorting different types of wine, cheese and hors d'oeuvres. But when a reporter placed his hand against the sensor, he was declared to be "bacon". Anyone care to confirm?
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Mon May 04, 2009 | Comments (10)
Category: Animals, Body, Cannibalism, Inventions, Robots

Follies of the Mad Men #66

[From Look magazine for July 22 1958. Two scans, top and bottom.]

Sure, you've all heard of one of the most infamous Madison Avenue displays of ignorance ever, the "flesh-colored Band-aid." But how many of us have actually seen the offending ad?

Here is one instance from many in that racist campaign.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon May 04, 2009 | Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Health, Stereotypes and Cliches, Stupidity, 1950's

Finishes and Starts

Dear Fellow WUvians,

Let me just add my two cents to the ongoing dialogue about this blog. First, I've had a wonderful time doing it, working alongside such geniuses of the bizarre as Alex and Chuck. Second, I'm proud of and honored by the community of readers and participants that has evolved here. You can congratulate yourselves on being the First Family of Weird.

But the economics of all this fun are insupportable, alas. I currently spend from 1.0 to 1.5 hours daily on WU. That sounds trivial, doesn't it? But consider that that amounts to one work week per month! A week in which I generate no money to feed a plump cocker spaniel named Brownie. Look at him: could you resist his entreaties for more kibbles? And kibbles cost money.

In any case, I applaud and support Alex's attempt to change the site to viewer participation, and I'll probably contribute in the far future as circumstances allow. But for all of May and June, I intend to perform at my regular rate of two posts per weekday and one apiece on the weekend days, so as to reach our one-year anniversary in July with head nobly upheld.

Stay weird!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon May 04, 2009 | Comments (9)
Category: Weird Universe, Paul

May 3, 2009

Float On

Barry White, they ain't!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun May 03, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Music, Sex Symbols, 1970's

May 2, 2009

Two Weird Books

In the UK, sex services leave their advert cards in phone booths, These items are known as tart cards. A representative sampling has been collected in book form, as you can see in the link below.

But aren't phone booths going extinct everywhere? Who will save the endangered tart card?!?

And of course, the Golden Age of print magazines is long gone or vanishing as well. But you can encounter the weirdest examples of the great Era of Zines in a new volume entitled Bad Mags 2. It's supposed to release in June, although Amazon is uncertain, so you'll have to check out its predecessor first. And visit the Bad Mags site here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat May 02, 2009 | Comments (9)
Category: Magazines, Sexuality, Advertising, Books

The Plan (or, how to volunteer to post stuff)

Thanks to everyone who has expressed an interest in posting content here.

So here's the plan. If you'd like to post content, send me an email (alex at Over the next few days, I'll set things up so that the volunteers can start posting stuff. I'll tell them via email how it's done.

I'm going to keep the group of people able to post content on the front page restricted to those who send a request via email, so I'll be able to personally weed out any spammers. And I'm also going to reserve the right to take away anyone's ability to post on the front page. (For instance, if someone really doesn't seem to understand the general theme of the site and keeps posting political diatribes, or something like that.)

I'll also probably create a forum which will be open to pretty much anyone. So the top tier of the site will be the front-page blog, and the second tier will be the forum.

Anyway, for now that's the plan. Stay tuned!
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat May 02, 2009 | Comments (3)

May 1, 2009

Listen Up, News of the Weird-o’s

Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is with a heavy heart, as they say, that I announce that I have to pull out of the "Daily" business.
Now, many of my readers probably never realized I was in the "Daily" business, but a couple thousand of you have been following me around for parts of eight years in my various "Daily" (aka "blog") versions, and I regret to be disappointing you.
News of the Weird continues, though, in two forms: (1) the weekly column, which I've done for the past, er, 1,109 consecutive weeks, and (2) an additional once-a-week e-mail post (that I'll call News of the Weird/Pro Edition) that I'll start running through Google Groups sometime this month, with links to the best stories I've seen in the past week (along with some personal commentary and high-handed cynicism). (If remains alive, I'll post Pro Edition there, also.)
In other words, News of the Weird, Good; "Daily," Bad.
Thank you for your support.
Chuck Shepherd
[More information on how to keep in touch with my various lists is underneath this post.]
Posted By: Chuck | Date: Fri May 01, 2009 | Comments (4)

How to Stay in Touch with Chuck

(1) Be on the Google Group NewsoftheWeird. I'll let you know when Pro Edition is ready. If you're already on, great. Like to join? Go to this link:
(2) If you're on the Google Group DailyWeird, I'll contact you when Pro Edition is ready. (Except for that, the DailyWeird group becomes dormant after today.)
(3) If you're afraid of Mr. Google and his Groups, send me an e-mail message, and I'll notify you when Pro Edition is ready. But please don't e-mail me if you're already on a Google Group. Please send the e-mail, blank except for your address and the subject line Keep Me Weird, to cshepherd15 at Earthlink dot net. Don't use that address for anything else except the Keep Me Weird message.
(4) Weird news tips and comments welcome, as usual, but better to use one of these two addresses:
WeirdNews at Earthlink dot net
MinisterChuck at GMail dot com
In no event should you use my old WeirdNewsTips address at Yahoo, for I'm closing that account as of June 1.
(5) If remains vibrant, I'll post Pro Edition there once a week.
Chuck Shepherd
Posted By: Chuck | Date: Fri May 01, 2009 | Comments (0)
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