Weird Universe Archive

July 2009

July 18, 2009

Was The Wiener Insured?

That's the question Wisconsin homeowner Nick Krupp must be asking. Friday morning the driver of Wienermobile was attempting to turn around in Mr. Krupp's driveway. The driver didn't manage to put the thing in reverse before hitting the gas to back up. The Wienermobile shot forward hitting the deck and becoming lodged under it. The foundation of the home was cracked and the Wienermobile was moderately damaged. And yes, according to an Oscar Mayer spokesperson, insurance will cover the damage. The story and a picture are available here- http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weird-news/story/1146685.html

Posted By: patty - Sat Jul 18, 2009 - Comments (9)
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The Power of Beer—ad from India (NSFW?)

This ad from India makes me laugh out loud every time I watch it, but it (the ending?) may not be safe for work. Maybe it just depends on where you work.



That is some powerful beer!!

Posted By: gdanea - Sat Jul 18, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Body Fluids

July 17, 2009

The Circle of Life, Japanese Style

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 17, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Death, Surrealism, Cartoons, Stop-motion Animation, Asia

Jolly Green Giant + Stumbo = ?

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 17, 2009 - Comments (10)
Category: PSA’s, Technology, Advertising, Cartoons

Chocolate Just Got Better!

Swiss chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut, who supply such companies as Cadburys and Nestlé, think they may be on to a winner after secretly developing a type of chocolate with 10% of the calories of the ordinary kind, and which melts at nearly twice its temperature. The company hopes the new chocolate, codenamed "Vulcano", will appeal both to health-conscious Western markets and to Asian and African consumers who have traditionally shunned chocolate because it melts too readily in the local climate. The new recipe stays hard up to 55°C (130°F) and has crispy, light texture according to Barry Callebaut food engineer Simone Cantz (The Guardian).

FYI: Chocolate was, as everyone knows, invented/discovered by the Aztecs. But what is less well known is that they did so at least 3000 years ago, and were probably trying to make beer. Anthropologists John Henderson, of Cornell University, and Rosemary Joyce, of University of California, discovered cacao residues on pottery vessels dating back to 1000 BCE that are believed to be from a drink formed by fermenting the pulp and seeds (PNAS).

(Image by Wikipedia.)

Posted By: Dumbfounded - Fri Jul 17, 2009 - Comments (20)
Category: Food, Candy, Nutrition, History, Archaeology, Products

Got Milk?

Let's have a vote. Is this commercial supposed make you thirsty for milk, or make you laugh milk out of your nose?

Posted By: fyshstyxx - Fri Jul 17, 2009 - Comments (10)
Category: Food, Television, Asia

July 16, 2009

Weird Proposal

Here's a man after our own hearts here on WU. Pete Simson found a delightfully weird way to propose to his beloved, Hannah McDonagh. Telling her they were going to see a French film, he took her to Watershed Theater. But the film was really one of Pete, in various pairs of underwear, at local outdoor sites. He was lipsincing to Daniel Bedingfield's 'If You're Not The One'. Pete's roommates helped him make the short film over three evenings. The theater had employees and willing customers pose as fellow movie goers and even ran pre-film advertisements. Hannah watched, stunned and bemused to the end of the film. Next a spotlight shone on Pete and he asked Hannah to marry him. She accepted to a round of applause. Read the story and check out pictures from the film here- http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/article.html?Pants_man_proposes_in_spoof_Bedingfield_film&in_article_id=703348&in_page_id=2

Posted By: patty - Thu Jul 16, 2009 - Comments (2)
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Beijing theatre builds own Transformer

As part of promoting the new Transformer movie, this movie theatre created a VW Passat Transformer.

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Here's a link to a story about the car and more pictures:

http://www.autoblog.com/2009/07/16/beijing-mall-builds-its-own-transformer-out-of-vw-jetta/

No information on if it really works.

Posted By: gdanea - Thu Jul 16, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Robots

Forgotten and Unseen Electronics Part 32

If your normal computer mouse is making your hands hurt you can get the Roller Mouse. Instead of always using your hand to move it you slide your arm over it to make the arrow move. You can buy one here:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000AQSBC8?tag=craziestgcom-20&camp=213381&creative=390973&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=B000AQSBC8&adid=07G5ZCBNSJZ3C1D97KXP&



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Posted By: phantomspy1 - Thu Jul 16, 2009 - Comments (2)
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July 15, 2009

Water balloon slow motion

The first part of this post has some slow motion animals, but the best part is at about :45 where a water balloon is popped and the water retains the shape of the balloon momentarily.



Notice how the guy closes his eyes when the balloon is popped!

Posted By: gdanea - Wed Jul 15, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Experiments

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