Weird Universe

April 25, 2010

I Want This Coke Machine

A shameless plug for Coca-cola from a Pepsi drinker. Watch for the 10 foot long submarine sandwich that emerges from the machine at about 1:47.

Flowers, pizza, free Coke. Who could ask for more?
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Sun Apr 25, 2010 | Comments (3)
Category: Advertising

Weird Salt & Pepper Shakers

My brother Bob found these salt and pepper shakers in a junk store and could not resist buying them. Two women with Marge-Simpson hairdos in the form of carrot and corn prepare to engage in fisticuffs.

Can anyone explain the iconography here? Note that they do originate in Japan, source of much strangeness.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Apr 25, 2010 | Comments (5)
Category: Agriculture, Art, Surrealism, Domestic, Interior Decorating, Collectors, Asia

April 23, 2010

What Is It About Walmart?

At the Cape Coral, Florida Walmart a woman took $163 worth of clothing into a fitting room and urinated on it before leaving the store. This story brings back one from January here in Ohio. A man walked into a Canton Walmart and urinated in a cooler full of meat. About $600 worth of steak was destroyed. So I ask the question, what is it about Walmart that encourages certain people to pee on their wares? I bet they'd like to know as well.

note: You must scroll down a bit for the story at the Canton link.

Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Apr 23, 2010 | Comments (4)

Outside His Comfort Zone

Carl Hoffman has done a few things that most of us would never dream of doing. He has flown on airlines said to have the worst safety records in the world and ridden in old buses in South America as they crawled along cliff-top dirt roads. He also packed himself into already crowded ferries on the Amazon and trains crossing Africa. Why? To experience travel not as we might while on vacation, but as an ordinary person trying to get from point A to point B as cheaply as possible. Hoffman talks about his adventures here, and in his new book, "The Lunatic Express."
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Fri Apr 23, 2010 | Comments (6)
Category: Bums, Hobos, Tramps, Beggars, Panhandlers and Other Streetpeople, Eccentrics, Mass Transit, Travel

Follies of the Mad Men #100

Well, here we are at the hundredth weird advertisement. I think we have a suitably memorable item, involving one of the most maligned and hated products of recent vintage: Crocs!

An absolutely creepy concept. Hideous living shoes molest you upon entry to your supposedly safe domicile.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 23, 2010 | Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Shoes

April 22, 2010

Professor Music’s Weird Links

I receive no remuneration for this endorsement.

They are content with the fact that he or she has just been paid to do literally nothing but occupy space.

Finding gems like this gives Professor Music's life meaning and purpose: Angry people in local newspapers.
Posted By: Professor Music | Date: Thu Apr 22, 2010 | Comments (5)

Diamanda Galás

Six-and-a-half minutes of Diamanda Galás. Please let me know individually how much each of you can stand.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 22, 2010 | Comments (12)
Category: Eccentrics, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, Music, Outsider Art

The Earth Moved

Boobquake is the name Jennifer McCreight has given to the event she's organized in response to an Iranian cleric's remarks. Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi claims that women wearing revealing clothing is to blame for, amongst other things, earthquakes. In answer at least 30,000 women will wear the most revealing clothing they own on Monday April 26th to see if they can make the earth move. If not then one Iranian holy man will have some splainin' to do.
Posted By: patty | Date: Thu Apr 22, 2010 | Comments (15)

April 21, 2010

A Pig In Sheep’s Clothing

Mangalitzas are a breed apart, so to speak. Originating in Austria/Hungary they are a hardy breed of pig that do well even in cold winter weather. When I saw the Sky News story I initially suspected the pictures were photo-shopped, but found they were real, and really cool too!
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Apr 21, 2010 | Comments (7)

Gasoline-powered Wheelchair

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Apr 21, 2010 | Comments (4)
Category: Disabilities, Inventions, Motor Vehicles
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