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July 31, 2012

Longfellow’s Wayside Inn

Please rate this video for its boredom content, always using "Wooden Bridge Inspection" as your gold standard.

Add some extra points for the irritating traffic and nature noises in the background, and the wandering eyes of the narrators.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jul 31, 2012 | Comments (8)
Category: Boredom, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Video, Avant Garde, Landmarks, Monuments

Image of Corneal Transplant

The Encyclopedia of Surgery explains:
In corneal transplant, also known as keratoplasty, a patient's damaged cornea is replaced by the cornea from the eye of a human cadaver. This is the most common type of human transplant surgery and has the highest success rate...
the eye is held open with a speculum. A laser is used to make an initial cut in the existing cornea. The surgeon uses scissors to remove it, and a donor cornea is placed. It is stitched with very fine sutures.

Image via reddit.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jul 31, 2012 | Comments (10)
Category: Medicine, Surgery

July 30, 2012

Scenes from a fashion show

Fashion designers once again demonstrated how relevant they are to everyday life at the recent Colombiamoda fashion show in Medellin. Link: Vancouver Sun.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jul 30, 2012 | Comments (9)
Category: Fashion

July 29, 2012

Smells Like Harvey Comics

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Now that DreamWorks has acquired the rights to the Harvey Comics characters, surely they will zealously protect properties such as Little Dot and issue a lawsuit against such blatant ripoffs as Dot Perfume.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jul 29, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: Lawsuits, Comics, Perfume and Other Scents

Bees In The House!

Imagine having the ceilings in your house start cracking and honey starts dripping down. Well it happened to an Ontario family. The house is infested with 2 colonies of honey bees totaling approximately 180,000, a colony of Yellow Jackets and some 2,000 pounds of honey. Oh, and the home owners insurance says they family is on their own, its not covered.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun Jul 29, 2012 | Comments (9)

Syndicated Chuck


With Chuck temporarily away from WU, it's more imperative than ever to read his weekly column.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jul 29, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: Weird Studies and Guides, Weird Universe, Chuck

Voters with amnesia

A study recently published in the American Journal of Political Science (pdf) found that patients suffering from profound amnesia can still make pretty good voting decisions. That is, even though the patients couldn't remember who the candidates were, or what their positions on issues were, they still somehow picked out the ones whose political views were similar to their own. From the abstract:

We report here that amnesic patients, despite not being able to remember any issue information, consistently voted for candidates with favored political positions. Thus, sound voting decisions do not require recall or recognition of previously learned associations between candidates and their issue positions. This result supports a multiple memory systems model of political decision making.

I'm not sure whether these results have any relevance to the American electorate. After all, the amnesic patients once knew the candidates' positions, but forgot them. But what about voters who don't know the positions and issues to begin with?
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jul 29, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Politics, Psychology

Frog Stores


This lurid, almost Lovecraftian corporate icon could be found in the year 1950 in Chuck Shepherd's own Florida stomping grounds. Proof that even 60-some years ago, the F-State was weird.

This link will take you close to the original ad, but you will have to scroll right for another page or so.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jul 29, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Products, Retailing, Horror, 1950's

July 28, 2012

Puppeteer’s Culinary Wishes

An F-state professional puppeteer who put on shows at his church has been busted with child porn on his computer. No longer weird, I know, but there were plans to cook and eat children found on the computer as well. He was even talking to a fellow pervert about kidnapping a certain boy at his church to fulfill his cannibalistic fantasy on. There's a guy who needs never see the light of day again.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Jul 28, 2012 | Comments (2)

Roller Coaster Hazard

A boy was riding the Kingda Ka roller coaster at Six Flags in New Jersey when suddenly, SMACK right in the kisser. A bird hit him in the face. It seems he was not badly hurt, thank goodness. The bird, unfortunately, was not so lucky. RIP little bird.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Jul 28, 2012 | Comments (9)
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