Weird Universe Archive

June 2009

June 30, 2009

The Dog Ate My ...

...Passport.
17 year old Jon Meier missed out on his Spanish class trip to Peru because some of the numbers on his passport were unreadable. Airport Security was unmoved by his reason for the damaged document. The family's one year old golden retriever, Sunshine, had apparently been chewing on it. To bad Sunshine didn't prefer shoes. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31663499/ns/travel-news/

...Checks.
Kristin Banfield is in a little trouble for paying her bills from her ex-hubby's account. But she does have a good reason, Her dog ate her checks. So of course she had to use her ex's account to get the bills paid. The cops aren't buying it though. She's under investigation for identity theft and forgery.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31667929/ns/us_news-weird_news/

Posted By: patty - Tue Jun 30, 2009 - Comments (8)
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Pepsi fun

It's amazing to me the creative ways ad agencies get me to drink Pepsi.

I am Spartacus.



Grasshopper, when you can take the Pepsi from my hand...



Japan Soccer Loss



Exotic destinations, creative situations, and a good old Pepsi.

Posted By: gdanea - Tue Jun 30, 2009 - Comments (3)
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Coleco Electric Football Game

Was there ever a stupider toy?

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jun 30, 2009 - Comments (13)
Category: Sports, Toys, 1970s

Let’s All Go To The Lobby

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jun 30, 2009 - Comments (8)
Category: Food, Candy, Movies, Advertising, 1950s

Mystery Object #5

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What kind of food is this?

Answer after the jump!



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Posted By: Paul - Tue Jun 30, 2009 - Comments (10)
Category: Food, Asia

Forgotten and Unseen Electronics Part 26

If you can never remember to water house plants than you can buy this one called The Botanicals Twitter plant system. Whenver it needs to be watered it'll give you a message on Twitter and when you do water it it'll give you another message saying Thank you. You can buy it on this site:

http://www.botanicalls.com



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Posted By: phantomspy1 - Tue Jun 30, 2009 - Comments (2)
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Weird Weddings

In Saudi Arabia it is the groom who traditionally bears the cost of the marriage, and often men will put off the event to save for a bigger ceremony. So the prize of an all-expenses-paid wedding by a Saudi charity is quite an offer, even when it does come with a catch. To enter the draw you have to give up smoking. The charity "Purity", who is behind the campaign, will award the grand prize plus 20 runners-up prizes of free furniture in August, with all the winners being drawn from those men who complete a seven-day course on quitting. Hundreds of men have entered, including one who admitted taking up smoking just so he could enter by quitting (BBC News).

Mind you, it might be as well to get as healthy as possible before the big day, because according to recent research, marriage puts pounds on you. Lona Sandon, of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, claims that newlyweds commonly gain up to 10 pounds in the months following the wedding. But before anyone assumes this is scientific proof that your partner has let himself/herself go, be advised that most often both partners gain weight together (Examiner).

Meanwhile, in Japan, most of the weight gain is starting to happen before the ceremony, as it is becoming increasingly common for the bride to be "eating for two". What was a shameful thing in Japan less than a generation ago is now being increasingly celebrated as a dekichatta kon or "double joy" wedding. According to Chika Hirotani of Watabe Wedding as many as 20% of weddings they supply are so blessed (Telegraph).

Another sort of double joy wedding also took place in Russia this week, when twin brothers married twin sisters in a twin ceremony. Alexei and Dimitry Semyonov finally tied the knot with their sweethearts Lilia and Liana after the four of them met at a dance party a year ago (MOS News). A video of the ceremony is also available (if you sit through the advertisement).



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Posted By: Dumbfounded - Tue Jun 30, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Addictions, Babies, Ceremonies, Weddings

June 29, 2009

Forgotten and Unseen Electronics Part 25

A while ago I showed you the biggest remote. I have now found the biggest computer keyboard. It was made by Marin Donneaud. There isn't anywhere you can buy this but you can see how it was built at this site:

http://hackaday.com/2008/05/28/giant-fabric-keyboard/



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For some reason he didn't make it a QWERTY keyboard.

Posted By: phantomspy1 - Mon Jun 29, 2009 - Comments (3)
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Workplace Tragedy

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jun 29, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Humor, Parody, Work and Vocational Training, South America

Housekeeping Notice

The COMMENTS feature for the SELECTAVISION entry has been reactivated, thanks to Alex. So if you had comments bottled up, now's your chance.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jun 29, 2009 - Comments (1)
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