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April 29, 2009

Dancing with a cat

A small man dancing with a cat. Or is it an enormous cat dancing with a man?(From Flickr)
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Apr 29, 2009 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Photography and Photographers

The Baron of Arizona

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Bernie Madoff was a piker.

He stole a few score billion dollars.

But how much is a whole state worth? All the land, natural resources, and structures?

That's what James Addison Reavis stole--almost getting away with the theft too.

Last night I watched THE BARON OF ARIZONA, a 1950 film by Samuel Fuller and starring Vincent Price. It tells the true story of Reavis, who cooked up an incredible con job to lay claim to the entire territory of Arizona in the year 1883.

You can read a fascinating essay about it here.

This is one film definitely worth renting for those with a taste for weird history.

[News] Chuck’s Links for Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sounds Like a Joke: Malaysian Airlines demanded a huge excess-baggage fee from a traveling group (the Malaysian national bowling team headed to Italy for the world championships, i.e., they don't use balls off the rack). Reuters via Yahoo

Palm Beach County prepares for the iguana-invasion season, e.g., ya can decapitate them but ya can't beat 'em up, and yes, Florida has Nile Monitor lizards, which can reach 7½ feet in length, and even the smaller green iguanas poop out a pound a day. TCPalm.com

There was an Int'l Fantasy Hair Competition in Manchester, N.H., last week, and here you go with the indescribable, in a slideshow. Associated Press via Yahoo

Preferred strategy in Nakuru, Kenya, for a wife to get the neighbors' attention to a domestic beating: Scream that you're being beaten by . . an uncircumcised man (uncut being an embarrassment in Kenya). East African Standard (Nairobi)

It says here that two men were arrested in Pine Bluff, Ark., for stealing a truck . . that wouldn't start . . because it was just there for cannibalizing parts . . and so the men were caught pushing the truck down the road. Associated Press via Yahoo

Management of the De Oeverlanden park in a town near Amsterdam has a designated cruising area so that gay men know where to get off, or, er, where family people shouldn't be taking their kids. Agence France-Presse via Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Britain bids to gross out Octomom-conscious America: A 420-lb. Coventry woman gave birth to triplets (took a hospital team of 68, at a cost of £200k ($295k) and a specially-built operating table for her Caesarean) and started feeding 'em McD's at six months of age. Daily Mail

Today's Newsrangers: Wade Johnson, Barry Rose, Paul Pruitt

Posted By: Chuck | Date: Wed Apr 29, 2009 | Comments (8)
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April 28, 2009

Political Poster Dress

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Look magazine for August 20, 1968, contained this image, with a small bit of text detailing how famed illustrator Norman Rockwell licensed his images to a firm called Sterling Paper Fashions to produce these election-year paper dresses. How much do you imagine they'd be worth today on the vintage fashion market or elections collectible market?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Apr 28, 2009 | Comments (12)
Category: Fashion, Politics, 1960's, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Garden Monsters

Click on descriptions to visit catalog and purchase your very own!

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Plastic coyote to deter intruders of any species



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Floating gator head attempt to simulate F-state environment

Thanks to Poplar Street Penny!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Apr 28, 2009 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Reader Recommendation, Landscaping

[News] Chuck’s Links for Tuesday, April 28, 2009

This election commission in India is using the ol' indelible-ink-fingertip to prevent double-voting, but they chose the left middle finger to ink, which presents interesting photo images of voters showing their pride in just having cast their ballots. The Times of India

The Power of Beer: Motorist John Woodward, 23, was arrested with a .134 reading in Silver Springs, Fla., but sped away from deputies because "he didn't think they needed to be involved and that the whole incident was 'the most fun' he'd had in two yrs,'" according to the police report. Star-Banner (Ocala)

Shoe-throwing is becoming the expression of choice for protesting in India, and it is especially significant among the poor because where they have to hang out assures their shoes are way-less sanitary than even a pair of your ol' Cons. Washington Post

Shoe-protesters are sissies: In Novi Pazar, Serbia, union official Zoran Bulatovic, complaining that some of his colleagues hadn't been paid at their textile factory "in years," chopped off his left pinkie and ate it. Reuters via Yahoo

There are gun fights, and knife fights, and sword fights, even, and in Myrtle Beach, S.C., an estranged couple had a glue fight. The Sun News (Myrtle Beach)

A mobile masturbation van. Garrett Scheg, 37, was arrested in West Seneca, N.Y., in a parked van, with pornography spread out over the dashboard and front seat and Garrett wearing only a sock. Buffalo News

Life Imitates the Sci-Fi Channel: Tens of millions of crickets march through remote towns in northern Nevada and Utah in May, hunting for food and sex, and there's nothing that can be done about them . . except laying out lots of boomboxes and playing rock music at max volume, which seems to work. Wall Street Journal

[Jury Duty] Josephine Gatchell, 57, was accused of stabbing a priest in the confessional at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach, Fla., but the charge is ridiculous because that sort of thing couldn't really happen in a church, could it? WFLX-TV (West Palm Beach)

Today's Newsrangers: Sara Spencer, Scott Langill

Posted By: Chuck | Date: Tue Apr 28, 2009 | Comments (10)
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Meat Cards

Imagine your name lasered onto a piece of meat. Imagine always smelling like beef jerky.

Doesn't look like these are on sale yet, but as soon as they are, I'm sure their creators will make a fortune.

(Thanks to Prof. Music for the link)
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Apr 28, 2009 | Comments (13)
Category: Business, Food

Ferguson Safety Smock

Why you should buy a Ferguson Safety Smock:
  • They're virtually indestructible.
  • They have no hard fasteners that can be filed into weapons.
  • They have no nylon hook-and-loop fasteners that can be torn off and used as a rope.
  • They include a sanitary belt "designed for self-destructive females on their menses."
  • Plus, they make a great fashion statement!
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Apr 28, 2009 | Comments (10)
Category: Fashion, Prisons

April 27, 2009

Follies of the Mad Men #65


[From Look magazine for 3-4-58.]

Worst. Cocktail Recipe. Ever!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 27, 2009 | Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Inebriation and Intoxicants
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