Weird Universe

July 31, 2010


A company called Anybots is coming out with a workplace robot for the office. An employee, or the boss, can remotely control the robot from home with a laptop. Wi Fi is the only necessity for operation. The robot sends video and audio to the user and verbally communicates the users words. The CEO of Anybots uses one to work from home already. Not even safe when the boss doesn't come in anymore!
Bonus: There is a link in the story that takes you to a neat video of QB (the robot).
Link provided by danny53, thanks Dan.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Jul 31, 2010 | Comments (10)

Melodic Death Metal

Isn't "melodic death metal" a fine oxymoron? What could it possibly sound like? Well, here's a sample, as identified by THE METAL ARCHIVES.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jul 31, 2010 | Comments (7)
Category: Music, Europe, Paradoxes, Enigmas and Other Conundrums

What’s In A Name

There has been some discussion in the DC area about a snazzier nick name than 'the nation's Capitol' for it. Some are using DMV for DC/Maryland/Virginia but I felt we here at WU could come up with some better ideas. Ideas more in line with California's 'home of the fruits and nuts' than NY's 'The big apple". Whadda ya say WUvians?
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Jul 31, 2010 | Comments (15)

The Strange World of Divorce

While it might be fairly common for couples to get a divorce in the United States these days, it's certainly not easy. There are questions of support, custody issues if there are children involved, and bitter arguments over who gets to keep what; all of which can drag a divorce into months of stress. But what is it like in other cultures and in other times? In centuries past, in China, a divorce could be granted for any number of reasons, so long as the bride's family agreed to take her back. Aborigine women in Australia can convince their husbands to grant a divorce but if that's not working, then all they need to do is elope with someone else. The ancient Athenians and modern-day Eskimos share an extremely simple divorce process - live separately as though they were never married. In the UK, a man tired of his wife could slip a halter around her neck, lead her into town to the cattle market, and sell her to the highest bidder. Japan had a much more advanced view, however. Marriage was not sacred and divorce was not immoral - it was merely a mismatch between families. Women's dowrys were returned in the hopes of encouraging re-marriage. You can read more on Purple Slinky, and on Hope's Blog, and in this review.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Sat Jul 31, 2010 | Comments (4)
Category: Anniversary, Centuries, Ceremonies, Weddings, Customs, Foreign Customs, Marriage

July 30, 2010

One Way To Guarantee A Cavity Search

Novelty stickers to piss off the TSA agent. Funny and cool, granted, but you can already hear the rubber glove snapping!
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Jul 30, 2010 | Comments (16)

Self High Five Machine

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jul 30, 2010 | Comments (11)
Category: Rube Goldberg Devices, Reader Recommendation

July 29, 2010

Cheesy Beer Promotes Virility

An Austrian beer that includes cheese as an ingredient is supposed to positively affect sexual performance. After a night of the cheese infused ale men are still able to perform, unlike what often happens when a guy has too much regular beer or other drink. At least that is the brew maker's claim.
Posted By: patty | Date: Thu Jul 29, 2010 | Comments (11)

Breaking Stuff

My favorite is when they employ their heads.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jul 29, 2010 | Comments (4)
Category: Martial Arts

July 28, 2010

Subliminal Advertising

Check out this Coke ad from the 1980's. Close up of the subliminal picture in extended. NSFW.

More in extended >>
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Jul 28, 2010 | Comments (8)

Pisspot Meets Blowfly

PISSPOT MEETS BLOWFLY from Pisspot on Vimeo.

Caution: bad language.

Double caution: worse "singing."
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 28, 2010 | Comments (3)
Category: Eccentrics, Music, Outsider Art
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