Weird Universe Blog — October 21, 2017


Back in 2002, computer game maker Acclaim Entertainment announced that it planned to advertise its newest game, ShadowMan2, by paying families for the right to place small billboards on gravestones. The amount paid would be proportional to how visible and well-placed the gravestone was. The company suggested that its scheme might "particularly interest poorer families."

It doesn't seem that anyone ever volunteered. Or maybe the company scrapped the idea when the Outdoor Advertising Association noted that they'd first need to obtain permission from local authorities.

More info: Guardian

Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 21, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Advertising

The Carsony Brothers

An unjustly forgotten trio of acrobats.

Full film below.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 21, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Human Marvels, Twentieth Century

October 20, 2017

Shadowgraph measures beauty

It's interesting that they always have the contestants stand at a slight angle. You'd think it would be easier to have them stand facing the shadowgraph, in order to standardize the measurements.

Minneapolis Star - July 25, 1939

Chicago Tribune - July 24, 1939

Bristol Daily Courier - July 27, 1939

Posted By: Alex - Fri Oct 20, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, 1930s

Follies of the Madmen #331

Puppet experts are always to be trusted.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 20, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hair Styling, 1950s, Fictional Monsters

October 19, 2017

Growing Up Skipper

In the Barbie family, Skipper is Barbie's younger sister. The 1975 version of her included the unusual feature that moving her arm caused her to experience "plastic puberty" (as one reporter put it). From wikipedia:

In 1975 Growing Up Skipper was released. The gimmick of the doll, which led to much controversy in the newspapers, was that if Skipper's arm was rotated, the doll would become an inch taller and small breasts would appear on her rubber torso. This concept was later used for Mattel's My Scene brand in 2007 with the "Growing Up Glam" line, which was also controversial.

Appleton Post-Crescent - Dec 19, 1975

Posted By: Alex - Thu Oct 19, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Toys

Home on Wheels

Dora Bryan was certainly somewhat homely for a famous actress, with a female assistant prettier than herself. And surely anyone who names their parakeet "Cecil Gibson" must've been a few caravans shy of a trailer park.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 19, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Motor Vehicles, 1950s, Actors

October 18, 2017

Oyster Flatulence

I didn't even realize that oysters produced flatulence, but I guess this is now something new to worry about.

A study published in the Scientific Reports journal shows that clams, mussels and oysters produce one-tenth of methane and nitrous oxide gases in the Baltic Sea as a result of digestion. Therefore, researchers have warned that shellfish “may play an important but overlooked role in regulating greenhouse gas production”.

More info:
Original study:

Posted By: Alex - Wed Oct 18, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Nature, Natural Resources

The Fish

An early forerunner of "Rock Lobster."

Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 18, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Music, Nature, 1950s

October 17, 2017

Left wife, lived in forest for 10 years

Malcolm Applegate claims that he got fed up with his wife's nagging. So he left and went into hiding in a thick woodland outside of London for ten years.

Applegate has since emerged from the woodland, reconnected with his wife, and he says, "We now have a great relationship again."

It reminds me of that story of the Iranian guy who's wife left him, so he lived half-naked in a cave for 30 years.

It also supports my theory that without their wives many men would revert to a stone-age-type existence.

More info: NZ Herald

Malcolm Applegate

Posted By: Alex - Tue Oct 17, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Husbands, Marriage

Follies of the Madmen #330

This wife has a problem bigger than an inconsiderate husband--he's a clinical alcoholic!

From THE ELKS MAGAZINE for November 1950.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 17, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Addictions, Alcohol, Business, Advertising, Products, Domestic, Appliances, 1950s

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