Weird Universe Archive

January 2009

January 5, 2009

Name That List, #12

What is this a list of? Click on "More" or "Comments" for the answer.
  • A live opossum in a cage
  • An 8' tall and 8' wide 800-pound peach
  • A wooden duck
  • A mossbunker fish
  • A lighted ukulele
  • A 900-pound brass acorn
  • A walleye fish named "Captain Wylie Walleye"
  • A wooden cow
  • A large Lebanon bologna stick
  • A sphoctagon
  • A huckleberry
  • A wooden cigar held by a lion
  • An illuminated pear
  • A giant electric moon pie


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Posted By: Alex - Mon Jan 05, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Name That List

January 4, 2009

Kenner 1973 Toy Catalog, #7

Evil Randy Runcemeyer had the stag cassettes, featuring Fat Albert and Sabrina doing the nasty!

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Posted By: Paul - Sun Jan 04, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Toys, Advertising, 1970s

January 3, 2009

Man vs. Watermelon

If there's a special stunt you claim to be able to perform, at least be able to do it. Otherwise you'll end up on TV with people watching in horror as you desperately slam your head against a watermelon.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 03, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Human Marvels

Kenner 1973 Toy Catalog, #6

With these kids, hygiene has crossed the line to perversion.

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Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 03, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Toys, Advertising, 1970s

January 2, 2009

Washington’s Innovative Programs (and Matthew Peverada’s Innovative Crime Strategy)

More Things to Worry About
from News of the Weird Daily
Friday, January 2, 2009

2 British EMTs were arrested, captured on audio debating whether to help the heart-attack victim or to report him as DOA (because the victim's phone was still open back to the 999 [911] dispatcher). The Times

Washington state presses a bold, innovative gov't strategy: If an illegal alien commits a crime, deport him instead of buying him room and board in jail. Bold. Who could object to that? Oh. Associated Press via MSNBC

Washington, D.C., presses a bold, innovative, cost-cutting gov't strategy: If someone goes to the public library to sleep, kick 'em out. Who could object to that? Oh. (Said an advocate for the homeless, it'll "be hard on people.") Washington Post

Yes, the lawyer fell asleep during his client's robbery trial, but nothing to see here, says a federal appeals court (since even a caffeine-addled Type A personality lawyer couldn't have saved this guy). Tampa Tribune

Matthew Peverada tried to rob Dipietro's Market twice, but there was no money either time, so he said he'd be back at 11 p.m. and that there better be money (unclear about money at 11, but there were definitely cops at 11). Portland Press Herald

It's tough being the $150,000 clone of your owner's beloved dog Missy and having the owner sarcastically dogging you, "Hrmmph! Missy was housebroken." New York Times

Comments on Things to Worry About?
Comments 'worry_090102'

Your Daily Loser
Roy Harris, 44, lost his hand in a fireworks accident, and it wasn't even New Year's Eve. It was 3 days before. He had just left his AA meeting, was in the parking lot, and somehow (not a part of the 12 steps) got convinced to hold 50 sparklers together in his hand. Associated Press via KWCH-TV (Wichita, Kan.)
Comments 'roy_harris'

People Whose Sex Lives Are Worse Than Yours
Michael Dick, 46 and dressed like the day he was born, allegedly broke into the home of an 88-yr-old woman and tried to dry-hump her several times before she grabbed his jewels and gave 'em a yank, sending him fleeing. KPTV (Portland, Ore.)
Comments 'michael_dick'

Today's Newsrangers: Sue Clark, Tom Barker, Mark Neunder, Keith Yearman, Scott Langill

Posted By: Chuck - Fri Jan 02, 2009 - Comments (0)
Category:

Kenner 1973 Toy Catalog, #5

How sadistic is a father who actually has pre-printed cards ready, announcing "The Phantom Strikes!"...?

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Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 02, 2009 - Comments (6)
Category: Toys, Advertising, 1970s

Who Fools the Foolkiller?

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The creative folks at Marvel Comics pride themselves on the fact that their fictional universe closely mirrors the real one--with the addition of superheroes, natch.

For instance, Spider-Man operates in New York City, not some imaginary "Metropolis."

And when the President of the USA is depicted, it's not Lex Luthor, but the real office-holder of the moment.

But the recent issue number four of the miniseries Foolkiller reveals a startling incongruity between the Marvelverse and ours.

Either that, or scripter Gregg Hurwitz and editor Axel Alonso have never ridden in an actual airplane before.

You see in this page the fat victim of the trained assassin enter a lavatory on a commercial flight. We'll give Hurwitz and Alonso props for mentioning that it's a tight fit. Nonetheless, enormous victim and killer somehow squeeze in together, whereupon the lav suddenly enlarges like a Tardis.

And then the killer drowns his victim in the potty.

Airline toilets simply do not feature basins of standing water. They operate with the push of a button and a sparse rinse of famous blue chemicals.

This killing, then, requires a larger suspension of disbelief than the existence of the entire Avengers, and will surely jolt any half-awake reader completely out of the attempt at realism.

That's just weird.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 02, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Hygiene, Stupidity, Comics

Odd Medical Disorders (such as Georgia’s Right-to-an-Attorney Delusion)

News of the Weird Daily
Friday, January 2, 2009 (part one)

"Jumping Frenchmen of Maine Disorder"
The Wall Street Journal reviews odd medical syndromes, mostly familiar to News of the Weird readers (Capgras Delusion, Foreign Accent Syndrome, Alien Hand Syndrome). The rarer ones, also mentioned in NOTW, include Stendhal Syndrome (swooning upon exposure to great art in museums) and Jerusalem Syndrome (similar behavior, except that there are 7 agreed-upon symptoms). But the Jumping Frenchman thing, named for its first sighting among lumberjacks in Maine in 1878 is, well, weird. "Sufferers jump, twitch, flail their limbs and obey commands given suddenly, even if it means hurting themselves or a loved one. It's also been observed in factory workers in Siberia and Malaysia." Genes or environment? Uh, yes. Wall Street Journal
Comments 'medical_disorders'

Can't possibly be true (but it's Georgia, so maybe that "right to an attorney" stuff is just optional)
Accused murderer Jamie Weis, 31, was arrested 8 months ago but as yet has no lawyer because of bureaucracy, negligence, and the stinginess of the state's funds for indigents. Since witnesses' memories fade, and evidence gets lost, he's already screwed, basically. Four outraged lawyers have filed a lawsuit against the state on Weis's behalf. New York Times
Comments 'jamie_weis'

The land of opportunity!
What a country! A man can grow up on a farm, dirt-poor, get a job in a factory, and through hard work and perseverance rise up to become . . the wealthiest man in mightiest industrial engine in the world! What a country, indeed! Of course, I'm speaking of Mr. Liu Yongxing, the richest man in China. New York Times
Comments 'richest_liu'

It's hard work getting Asians to smile
China, Japan, and Singapore notoriously set up gov't or industry programs to teach "smiling" calisthenics so that their people wouldn't be seen as dour by Westerners. Thais, on the other hand, smile easily, but gov't turmoil, and now the economy, have them in lock-step dourness. One remedy: During this first week of 2009, motorcycle cops in Bangkok will wear white smiley-face masks with eyeholes as they go about their patrols. This is supposed to make people more comfortable with police. However, as you can see by the photo, it more conjures up Scream, Jason, and the rogue cops in Magnum Force. International Herald Tribune
Comments 'thaicops_smile'

Latest Lysistrata strategy
A women's movement was picking up steam around Naples, Italy, a few days ago: If their men won't refrain from setting off dangerous New Year's fireworks, no sex! BBC News
Comments 'naples_nosex'

Good ideas gone way-bad
Police set up a random DUI checkpoint for New Year's at the only parking-lot exit from an all-night festival, to keep drunks off the road. But that meant that the line to get out was hours-long. The tally: 31 drunk, 956 sober. The Mercury (Hobart, Australia)
Comments 'dui_checkpoint'

Your Daily Jury Duty
["In America, a person is presumed innocent until the mug shot is released"]
Charles Armstrong, Sarasota, Fla., accused of making a bogus 911 call to divert the cops chasing him for a traffic violation. Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Comments 'charles_armstrong'

Posted By: Chuck - Fri Jan 02, 2009 - Comments (0)
Category:

Nose Bidets

A "nose bidet" (also known as a neti pot) is a device used for nasal irrigation. I'm not really sure how it works, but I think it involves pouring water into one nostril so that it comes out the other. Wikipedia reports that in some parts of India, this practice is as common as brushing one's teeth.

But even better is the yogic nasal cleansing practice of Sutra Neti:

One end of a cord, or rubber catheter, is passed from the nose into the back of the throat where it is grabbed by the fingers and pulled out of the mouth. Holding the nose end of the cord with one hand and the mouth end with the other, the cord is gently pulled to and fro.

I already floss my teeth once a day. I don't think I need to floss my nose.

(The picture is from yoga-age.com)

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jan 02, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Body, Hygiene

January 1, 2009

Kenner 1973 Toy Catalog, #4

No one ever suspected Garden Gal of growing dope.

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Posted By: Paul - Thu Jan 01, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Toys, Advertising, 1970s

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