Weird Universe Archive

May 2009

May 31, 2009

Trust no-one. That includes birds.

First, I feel I should say that I really don't plan to only post about strange Southern Hemisphere critters doing strange things. Promise.
Having said that, here's another one...
Keas are a native New Zealand parrot, apparently somewhat notorious for being smart and nosey, trying to dismantle cars, rummaging through bags etc. This one kea (I'm wondering if a drunk avian dare was involved), snuck into the luggage compartment of a tourist bus, grabbed a passport out of a bag, and flew away.
My favourite part of this story were the comments from the Scotsman who I can only inagine is now stranded in New Zealand for the rest of his life (not really):
"My passport is somewhere out there in Fiordland. The kea's probably using it for fraudulent claims or something," he grumbled. "I'll never look at a kea in the same way."
I wonder if the kea is in fact part of an international identity-theft organisation.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/05/30/2585161.htmimage

NOTE: photo taken by Markus Koljonen

Posted By: shadowkat - Sun May 31, 2009 - Comments (4)
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Russian Electrician admits electrocuting student

If you think you have found a good source for some spare computer parts, especially if you are in Russia -- RUN!!

The electrician in question has been accused of five other disapperances linked to computer component sales. Make sure you read to the bottom of the article to find out about 3 other "inventions".

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http://www.russiatoday.com/Top_News/2009-05-30/Nutjob_electrician_executed_victims_on_electric_chair.html

If he invented the electromagnetic beam... I forgot what I was going to say.

Posted By: gdanea - Sun May 31, 2009 - Comments (1)
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Forgotten and Unseen Electronics Part 4

For some reason all I can find for weird electronics lately is stuff to do with Nintendo.

In 1980 Japan released the AV Family Computer. In 1993 they released it again to North America as NES 2 (also known as the Top Loader). This might be where they got the idea of how the Super Nintendo would look. It also had no LED light on it so you couldn't tell if it was turned on.


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Posted By: phantomspy1 - Sun May 31, 2009 - Comments (5)
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Witchita Bans the Color Blue

Apparently blue sno-cones are poison so they've been banned at the zoo. But that begs the question about all the other colors.
Raspberry Blue looks like degreaser
Root Beer Brown looks like motor oil
Cherry & Strawberry Red looks like hydraulic fluid
Lemon Yellow looks like .... well we know what that looks like.

Zoo Serves Poison

Posted By: Expat47 - Sun May 31, 2009 - Comments (3)
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All Apologies

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The Mgt. of WU--Alex, Chuck and Paul-- would like to apologize to our readers for foisting an overly political and jejune and tendentious post on you, even by proxy. You'll note that it's been deleted--although the comments formerly attached to it remain behind, so as to archive the wise and tasteful responses of our loyal readers.

Please forgive us, and continue reading as before.

Posted By: Paul - Sun May 31, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Eccentrics, Politics, Riots, Protests and Civil Disobedience, Weird Universe, Comments, Corrections, Reader Recommendation

Kate Smith

Sure, Susan Boyle's great, even if she did finish second. But what exactly was so surprising about a fat, homely gal with a great set of pipes? Has everyone forgotten Kate Smith so soon?

Posted By: Paul - Sun May 31, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Music, 1970s

The Arts: Surrealism

I am a big fan of the arts, and Dali and the Surrealist movement in particular. There is a small collection of surreal artwork by various artists on Photobucket, as well as good collections at BEINART and surrealartists.org (Due to possible copyright infringement, I will not post any artwork on this site)

Posted By: fyshstyxx - Sun May 31, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Surrealism

May 30, 2009

Watch Where You Throw The Toy!!

When you play catch with the dog, try not to throw the toy up a tree. The dog may just run up and fetch it!!



My dog would do this. When her frisbee is on the roof, she keeps tryng to figure out a way to get up there. Good thing a tree like this is not nearby!!

Posted By: gdanea - Sat May 30, 2009 - Comments (2)
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Professor Music’s Weird Links

Garbling Motley Crue (where's my umlaut key? Oh yeah, üp hërë) Mötley Crüe today: URLs URLs URLs >

Make your Links shorter --

ShortURL

TinyURL!™

Shortest URLs on Earth ➡

Or make your Links LONGER:

GiantURL was created as a free service to make posting short URLs harder.

HUGE URL

Freaking Huge URL

Or make your Links silly:

Turn your URLs into a quote from Dickens

I can haz short urlz now? kthxbai

continuing on that theme, SoCuteURL

Every URL goes better with bacon.

Posted By: Professor Music - Sat May 30, 2009 - Comments (2)
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Your Daily Loser & Jury Duty for May 30th

Your Daily Loser(s) - I normally use this space to highlight the stupid actions of regular folks who are caught breaking the law in some way. Today, however, the honor of being a Daily Loser goes to a few police officers, in Baltimore, Maryland. You see, Joshua Kelly and Llara Brook, of Chantilly, Virginia, went to watch the big game between the Orioles and Kansas City in Camden Yards. But they had never been to Camden Yards before, so... they got lost. Read the story to find out how the police reacted when Joshua and Llara tried to ask for directions.

Jury Duty - There is a long history of people taking the law into their own hands in order to mete out justice. Jerome Ersland of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is now firmly established in that history. Ersland has been charged with first-degree murder for killing a teenager who tried to rob his Pharmacy. The Story.

Posted By: Nethie - Sat May 30, 2009 - Comments (8)
Category: Cops, Crime, Your Daily Jury Duty, Your Daily Loser, Goofs and Screw-ups

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