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May 14, 2009


This video is pretty weird on its own terms. But an added strangeness: all the manipulated images are "found art" from the Library of Congress.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 14, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Art, Music, Video, Libraries

How To Yodel

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 14, 2009 | Comments (6)
Category: Movies, Music, Regionalism, 1940's

Dead Weird

In what can only be described as going beyond the spirit of friendly competition, undertaker David Wood stole the keys from a business rival's hearse, when the vehicle was - how you say - "occupied". The funeral of Patricia Thorburn was immediately disrupted as the car she had requested to be carried in, a 1968 Rolls Royce Phantom, was too heavy to push. Finally the car's owner, funeral director Joel Kerr, resorted to tearing out the walnut dashboard and hot-wiring the engine (BBC News).

Also in the UK, life-long bike fan Stuart McIntyre got his last wish in April, when friends built him a special "side-car hearse" so that he could take his final journey in the manner he had taken so many previous ones (Craven Herald).

Apparently, bike hearses are all the rage right now. Jay Howard of "Hometown Hearse" in Battle Creek has also recently added one to his line-up (WZZM13).

In fact, hearses seem to be so popular nowadays some people can't wait for the inevitable to take a ride in one. Certainly Sammy Townsley of Perthshire in Scotland was in a bit of a hurry, having stolen the hearse in the early morning hours, Townsley lost control of the car at high speed minutes later and crashed it into a telegraph pole (Perthshire Advertiser).

Finally, if you're up that way, the Montreal "Musée de Château Dufresne" is hosting an exhibition on the subject of death, funerals and their accoutrements; surely the perfect family day out. Called Celebrating the Dead: A Living Heritage, the exhibition is there till the end of August (Château Dufresne).
Posted By: Dumbfounded | Date: Thu May 14, 2009 | Comments (15)
Category: Boredom, Death, Museums, Stupid Criminals

Fun With Peeps

In keeping with all of the food posts recently, I provide images that might scar you for life. (Be warned! The music from the official Peeps website will slowly drive you insane.) Peeps, the traditional marshmellow Easter candy, isn't just for eating anymore. The Chicago Tribune holds a contest every year for the most creative use of Peeps. Some of these entries are cute, others are a bit weird (some of the non-winning entries go beyond weird into pure freakishness), but all of them say "I have way too much free time." See the ten winning entries, or see all of the 246 entries.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Thu May 14, 2009 | Comments (10)
Category: Art, Food, Pop Culture, Eating

More “Beer Pong” News

Scouts on a camping trip were given beer and cigarettes by their scoutmaster, it is alleged. Police arrested scoutmaster Michelle Edwards after a park ranger came across the scouts playing "beer pong". Although Edwards denied the charges, claiming the contraband had been smuggled onto the trip, video footage from a local store clearly showed her and two of the scouts buying the beer, said a spokesperson for the Bossier Sheriff's Office. Can you get a badge for "beer pong", I wonder ( - with video).

And even if there isn't a badge, wouldn't the title of "Beer Pong Champion of 2009" look good on your resume? Four students from the University of Nevada have hatched a plan to stage the world's largest "beer pong" tournament, in Nevada, in August this year. A thousand two-player teams are expected to compete for the title and the $10000 first prize (Nevada Sagebrush).
Posted By: Dumbfounded | Date: Thu May 14, 2009 | Comments (7)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Stupid Criminals, Juvenile Delinquency, Alcohol

Your Daily Loser & Jury Duty for May 14th

Your Daily Loser - Make a note, gentlemen. When you are asked to leave a bar because you are behaving badly, just leave. Don't copy Graham Brunson of Naples, Florida. Mr. Brunson decided to show his displeasure by urinating on the bar. The cops were called, Brunson ran, the cops gave chase, and... rearranged his face. The Story. (includes Mugshot!)

Jury Duty - Beer-Pong goes horribly wrong. Joseph Jiminez shot and killed his friend when dared to during an argument over a game of beer-pong. The Story. I especially like how the reporter takes the time to explain what beer-pong is.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Thu May 14, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Crime, Your Daily Jury Duty, Your Daily Loser, Alcohol, Goofs and Screw-ups

The Fridge Was So Nasty that 911 was Called, a Hazmat Team Dispatched,325 Evacuated, 7 Hospitalized,

The San Jose AT&T call center building was evacuated for two and one half hours while the odoriferous leftovers were laid to rest.

San Jose Mercury
Posted By: hickory_johnson | Date: Thu May 14, 2009 | Comments (4)

May 13, 2009

A Part of You Up Close

Can you guess which part of you is pictured here? The link has lots of great close-up electron microscope photos in full color.
Here's a hint -- this is 250x magnification
click here to follow the link!!
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Wed May 13, 2009 | Comments (2)

[News] Chuck Will Be Back June 1st

News of the Weird's Pro Edition will begin appearing bright and early on Monday mornings beginning June 1st, with 15-20 brief descriptions, notations, and/or mini-rants, with links, of course. (Inevitably, maybe a couple of the stories each week will have appeared first on Weird Universe, and if that turns out to be the case, I apologize in advance to the originator for not syncing with the earlier post.) If you're already on either the DailyWeird Google Group or the NewsoftheWeird Google Group, you'll get instructions next week, maybe, on how to sign up for Pro Edition. If you're not on either group, but would like to know how to get Pro Edition (other than reading this-here blog), send me a blank e-mail to cshepherd15 at the domain Earthlink dot net with the subject line Keep Me Weird.
Posted By: Chuck | Date: Wed May 13, 2009 | Comments (7)

Your Daily Loser, Midwest Divison, May 13th

Jermaine Askia Cooper "knew he was going to jail for a while” and wanted to get one last burrito. So he did the only logical thing he could: drive 90mph across two counties to get it. Read about the incident and the myriad charges he now faces at the Journal Gazette
Posted By: qualityleashdog | Date: Wed May 13, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Your Daily Loser
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