Weird Universe

February 29, 2012

This Is My Home

This Is My Home from Mark on Vimeo.

Many thanks to WU-vie filmmakers Mark Cersosimo & Kelsey Holtaway!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 29, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: Reader Recommendation, Collectors

Urine Bread

Anyone wanna try making this?

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Feb 29, 2012 | Comments (7)
Category: Food, War, Body Fluids

February 28, 2012

Armored Coffee Receptacle

For the consumption of tactically sound coffee.
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Feb 28, 2012 | Comments (9)

My Excellent South American Adventure

Despite my daily posts last week, I was really among the missing. I spent from the 20th to the 27th (counting travel time) in Medellin, Colombia, being a guest speaker at this conference.

But now I'm home, and have read all the posts and comments from the past week, and just want to say a big thanks to Alex and Chuck and all the witty, talented WU-vies who make this site so wonderful.

Here are two fotos from my trip.


Salsa dancers working up a sweat to advertise something at EIGHT IN THE MORNING! I was ready to buy anything the ladies offered.


Strange grafitti. What revelation is the monkey experiencing?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Feb 28, 2012 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Conventions, Advertising, Paul, Dance, South America

February 27, 2012

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #19


"Why, could that be Officer Clancy approaching me down this poorly lit sidewalk? Let me just whip out my pistol flashlight and-- Argh, I'm shot!"

From the 1950 catalog.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Feb 27, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Johnson Smith Catalog, 1950's, Weapons

The School of Weird Facts

Back in 1989, Coppin State College in Baltimore started a program designed to teach kids critical thinking skills -- how to "formulate meaningful questions, identify pertinent data and determine fallacies and biases." It did this by having the kids examine and discuss "weird facts" and weird news stories. Perhaps Chuck's work was on the curriculum. (link: Google News)

The picture shows teacher Tom Payne teaching the kids some weird facts. I don't know what happened to the program. It doesn't seem to exist anymore. In its place, we should try to make Weird Universe mandatory reading in all high schools.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Feb 27, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: School

Chuck’s Weekly Cite-Seeing (February 27, 2012)

Chuck's Weekly Cite-Seeing Tour
The Crème de la Crème, Every Monday

Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
February 27, 2012

(datelines from February 17 or later) (links correct as of February 27)

Hong Kong: The Guizhentang pharmaceutical company is looking to expand (by 3x) the size of its bear-bile-farming operation. Bear bile is thought to be a magic curative for many illnesses (and according to the farmers, bears couldn't be prouder to give it up) (sedated) (with long-ass syringes). New York Times

San Francisco: The state Administrative Office of the Courts is collecting demographic data on all judges in the state, to encourage diversity in the selection of 50 new ones. (But they can't ask about "sexual orientation," can they?) (Yes.) The Weekly Standard

Columbia Heights, Minn.: A cop noticed that Eric King, 21, seemed to be shuffling along with the gait of someone 101 rather than 21. (It was that 19-inch TV in his pants, along with remote and power cords, from a shoplifting.) KSTP-TV (St. Paul)

Cayce, S.C.: I know how you and I can make some money! Let's scam an insurance company! Ummm, I'll handle the paperwork, and you . . your job is to let me chop off your hand, OK? WIS-TV (Columbia)

Wasilla, Alaska: Two local artists displayed their sculpture, "Warrior Within," at Wasilla High, but yanked it after three days. It's a pair of shields, surrounded by feathers, and according to people up in Palinville, it looks too much like a hoo-hah [image Completely Safe For Work]. Mat-su Valley Frontiersman (Wasilla)

More in extended >>
Posted By: Chuck | Date: Mon Feb 27, 2012 | Comments (6)

February 26, 2012

People Euthanizing Thousands (of) Animals

PETA documents show they euthanized 95% of the animals they take in. Good thing they like animals, or they'd kill 'em all.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun Feb 26, 2012 | Comments (6)

Vest Test

Apparently he's never heard of mannequins or crash test dummies. Perhaps instead of background checks gun ownership should hinge on an IQ test.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun Feb 26, 2012 | Comments (7)
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