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May 10, 2009

An Orchestra of Motion

When I was very little, growing up in a small suburb of Charleston, South Carolina, one of the most exciting things to do was to sit outside the barber shop and wait for the train to roll through town. Some people might say that would be as boring as watching grass grow, but they are not "railfans". So what's a railfan? The people who camp out for hours, and even days, to watch a train go by. According to Train Magazine, there are over 175,000 railfans in the United States and more than 24,000 railfan videos on YouTube. Bill Taylor, from Montana, sums it up the best by saying "It's an orchestra of motion." Learn more about railfans here.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Sun May 10, 2009 | Comments (9)
Category: Eccentrics, Obsessions, Travel, Trains

Your Daily Loser & Jury Duty for May 10th

Your Daily Loser - "Honey, I can't find a babysitter to watch the kids while we go rob houses!" "That's ok dear, just bring them along." At least, I imagine that's what the conversation would have sounded like in the Santana household in April. Erika Santana of Queens, New York, had her two daughters in the get-away van when she was arrested, along with two men, for a whole crazy mess of felonies and misdemeanors. The Story.

Your Daily Loser Bonus For Mother's Day - It's a time honored tradition for kids to bring their mother breakfast in bed. But when this man let his kids try to cook breakfast, they set the kitchen on fire ... all the while mom is blissfully unaware upstairs. Oh sure, she heard "a commotion" but she thought the kids were arguing. Meanwhile, dad's rushing off to the hospital with badly burned hands. Remember Dads, on Mother's Day, only you can prevent kitchen fires.

Jury Duty - Either this is one of those things you do to yourself after a really long night of boozing it up with your friends, or if you hate yourself. Whatever the excuse, when Anna Clifford was arrested for driving under the influence, the mugshot officer had to make special allowances in order for her hair to fit into the picture. Her mother must be so proud. The Story. // The Mugshot.

Posted By: Nethie | Date: Sun May 10, 2009 | Comments (8)
Category: Family, Stupid Criminals, Hair Styling, Your Daily Jury Duty, Your Daily Loser, Goofs and Screw-ups

Stormy Weather For Lousiana Politics

Stormy Daniels is contemplating a change in profession. She's thinking of running against David Vitter for a U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana. You may remember Senator Vitter's name for one of two things. Either for his staunch family values stand, or the fact that he was linked to the 2007 D.C. madam scandal. Ms. Daniels current profession?
Adult film star. Appearently recieving money rather than paying for 'performing' sex acts gives her the moral high ground. I hope she runs, it will make an interesting race!
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun May 10, 2009 | Comments (3)

May 9, 2009

Chicken,Alaska 99732.

Chicken was originally called Ptarmigan due to the prevalence of ptarmigans (artic game bird of the grouse family) in the area but the spelling proved to be unsettling to the settlers there and it was agreed that they would change the name to Chicken.

Originally settled by gold miners in the late 1800's, Chicken remains a productive gold producer to this day.

As of the 2000 U.S. census the official population was 17 with per capita income pegged at $65,400.

64.070738°N 141.874894°W

How to get there: Road and air—open only during the summer season. The Taylor Highway winds its way about 60 miles to Chicken from Tetlin Junction on the Alaska Highway, 12 miles east of Tok.

Chicken..such a nice place.

ADDENDUM: the original picture was overflowing the borders, so I shrunk it to fit. Click on it for all its original glory. Signed, Paul DiFi.

Posted By: hickory_johnson | Date: Sat May 09, 2009 | Comments (8)

Are You Sure We’re In An Economic Slump?

I beg to differ. Over 28,800 orders have been placed for randomly selected "somethings" in less than two years. To the tune of $10 each "something." And no, you don't get to pick, it's a mail order lottery, only the prize is crappy merchandise. The Something Store And of course, a list of somethings you won't be getting, which soured me on the deal, I was really hoping to find $10 worth of "body fluids, stem cells or embryos" in my box.
Posted By: qualityleashdog | Date: Sat May 09, 2009 | Comments (3)
Category: Shopping

Australian Wildlife Win! (American Capture Fail)

New York state police have been stymied by the antics of Australian criminal mastermind Bandit the wallaroo for the last month, admits online newspaper The Oneida Daily. (via
Bandit broke out of his Chittenango cage in April and has remained on the lam, eluding all efforts at capture. Sightings have been made in neighbouring towns, and citizens have been warned not to approach the escaped felon.
Police hopes were raised on Tuesday, and they moved in on what they believed to be the wallaroo, but discovered that their target was in fact a deer, sitting down.

By the way, hi fellow WUers. I've been a long-time forum lurker, now hopefully Australian weird correspondent. Be gentle with me - I've never posted on a "real" website before!
Posted By: shadowkat | Date: Sat May 09, 2009 | Comments (4)

Your Daily Loser, Midwest Divison

When officials contacted Kosciusko County Coroner John E. Sadler to pick up his son's vehicle after he was arrested for drunk driving, they also had to arrest the Coroner for drunk driving. Not exactly anything new or shocking about a father and son duo making the headlines for such a reason, but I invite you to compare the disparity of their resulting sentences. The Indy Channel
Posted By: qualityleashdog | Date: Sat May 09, 2009 | Comments (1)
Category: Your Daily Loser

He Might Have Gone Too Far

A lieutenant with the Harris County Texas Sheriff’s Office has been fired after launching a full-scale investigation complete with crime scene tape because his wife was allegedly missing $16 after having her car washed.

Houston Chronicle
Posted By: hickory_johnson | Date: Sat May 09, 2009 | Comments (6)

When Rabbits Go Bad..funny stuff

Posted By: hickory_johnson | Date: Sat May 09, 2009 | Comments (4)

“Fanta, you’re fantasizing!”

Hausu is an interesting film from 1970s Japan directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi. This film is beyond bizarre with a flying lamp shade that kills and a piano that devours it's prey. I had the chance to watch this with a group of friends when it aired on IFC in April and we had a blast. The movie almost makes no sense, but is a great experience. From what I've heard, the director got the idea from a dream his daughter had, which makes sense. The effects in the film are actually pretty cool for the time period.

More in extended >>
Posted By: mdb777 | Date: Sat May 09, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Movies, 1970's, Asia
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