Weird Universe Blog — June 5, 2020

Social Distancing Shoes

Created by Romanian shoemaker Grigore Lup. More info from

According to Lup, when two persons are wearing the shoes and facing each other, there will be 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) of distance between them. Each pair uses one square meter of leather — they can be fabricated in a number of colorways, with either rubber or leather soles — and it takes Lup two days to craft each style. On his website, he charges a minimum of 500 lei, or roughly $115, per pair, with prices going up for extra-long styles.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 05, 2020 - Comments (8)
Category: Shoes

Mystery Illustration 95

What type of craft was host to these scenes? Luxury railroad car perhaps? Ocean liner? What's your guess?

The answer is here.

Or after the jump.

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Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 05, 2020 - Comments (6)
Category: Travel | 1920s

June 4, 2020

Game Skirts

Source: Life - Oct 19, 1953

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jun 04, 2020 - Comments (8)
Category: Fashion | Games | 1950s

June 3, 2020

Concentrated Ocean Water

A dubious medical cure-all from the early 1960s: bottles of briny water marketed as 'concentrated ocean water'.

The sellers claimed it could prolong life, cure arthritis, cancer, Parkinson's disease, hardening of the arteries, etc.

The FDA, which shut down the companies selling it, called it "the great sea salt swindle."

I couldn't find anyone selling concentrated ocean water today. Though there are plenty of present-day products that are similar in spirit — such as those cans of Swiss Mountain Air I posted about recently.

Newport News Daily Press - Apr 21, 1961

Arizona Republic - Mar 26, 1961

Tampa Bay Times - Apr 24, 1961

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 03, 2020 - Comments (6)
Category: Health | Patent Medicines, Nostrums and Snake Oil | 1960s

Unlikely Reasons for Murder No. 2

Our beloved Chuck Shepherd used to feature a theme which was, as I recall, along the lines of "unlikely reasons for murdering someone." It's probably time to revive the topic.

Here, a wife kills her husband--and others--so that no one will take her husband away.

Source (scroll leftwards).

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jun 03, 2020 - Comments (5)
Category: Death | Family | 1950s

June 2, 2020

Bitten desserts in advertisements

Do consumers find images of desserts in advertisements more appealing if the desserts are whole, cut, or bitten?

The answer: it depends on whether or not the consumer is currently on a diet. That's according to research conducted by Donya Shabgard at the University of Manitoba for her 2017 master's thesis. From the thesis:

While participants without any dieting experience seemed to be unaffected by the bitten dessert, those with dieting experience who viewed the bitten dessert responded more favorably (higher purchase intentions, desirability evaluations, etc.) than those who viewed the cut and whole desserts. These findings were expected as research has shown that dieters differ from non dieters in their responses to food cues (Frank, Kim, Krzemien, & Van Vugt, 2010)...
These findings explain that the bitten dessert is percieved as more real and authentic in comparison to the cut and whole dessert, and, thus, these perceptions of realness resulted in its positive evaluations. After the bitten dessert, the cut dessert was perceived as being the next most real, with the whole dessert being viewed as the least real of the three.

via Really Magazine

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jun 02, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Food | Advertising | Psychology | Dieting and Weight Loss

June 1, 2020



image source: Smithsonian

Wilkes-Barre Times Leader - May 25, 1938

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jun 01, 2020 - Comments (6)
Category: Hygiene | 1930s | Teeth

Follies of the Madmen #478

The horrifying Hotpoint Corporate Spokesbeing, with a giant Hotpoint logo wedged into its brain, appears to a mother and child.


Posted By: Paul - Mon Jun 01, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Aliens | Business | Advertising | Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings | Domestic | Surrealism | 1940s | Brain Damage

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