Weird Universe Archive

August 2010

August 28, 2010

Pronoun Abuse

If you lease a car for two years from any car company, you would still say it's "my" car. You wouldn't go around telling people "no that's not my car, it actually belongs to X company, I'm just leasing it." Of course you wouldn't, that would be ridiculous! But apparently the FAA has a very different set of rules. Case in point, the US Department of Transportation recently fined a non-profit air ambulance company (Mercy Flights of Medford, Oregon) $30,000 for saying that the helicopter they are leasing is "ours". You can read the details here. Thank goodness our government has the time and money to keep such blatant violations under control!

Posted By: Nethie - Sat Aug 28, 2010 - Comments (5)
Category: Flight, Frauds, Cons and Scams, Government, Can't Possibly Be True

August 27, 2010

Ghost Story Comes To Life

If you're into ghost stories, this one seems fairly tame. In 1891, a passenger train derailed on a bridge near Statesville, North Carolina, killing approximately thirty people. The story claims that on the anniversary of the wreck, the sound of the crash and screaming passengers can be heard. A number of people come to the bridge for a chance to prove the legend each year. But this year, the story took an even more tragic turn when one of the "ghost hunters" was killed... by a train. You can read the details here.

Posted By: Nethie - Fri Aug 27, 2010 - Comments (4)
Category: Accidents, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Death, Disasters, History

The Return of Doctor X



Humphrey Bogart regarded this as his biggest dog of a film. He plays a mad scientist who went to the electric chair, died, was revived with "synthetic blood," then had to subsist by draining the blood of others.

And here's the weirdest thing: almost every scene in this trailer is an outtake, not seen in the actual film! I wonder if viewers of the era felt ripped off.

'Nuff said!

Posted By: Paul - Fri Aug 27, 2010 - Comments (3)
Category: Body Modifications, Horror, Medicine, Movies, Science, Experiments, 1930s, Blood

Alternate Ending

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The funniest thing ever!!! Check out more 'how it should have ended' here.

Posted By: patty - Fri Aug 27, 2010 - Comments (7)
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Tree predicts lottery win.

I'm not going to steal this site's thunder because the comments are as good as it gets. So, while the boss isn't looking, get over there, read the story then read the comments. I left an invite for them to come a'visitin'.

Photo here but maybe NSFW.

Posted By: Expat47 - Fri Aug 27, 2010 - Comments (8)
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August 26, 2010

Dillo Holder

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Yes, I know, you were all saddened recently when you couldn't afford that expensive beer that came in taxidermied animal bottles. Well, we here at WU never like to see our readers sad, so we offer you this charming item. Beer not included.

Order yours here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Aug 26, 2010 - Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Domestic, Appliances, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Alcohol

Idiot Of The Day


A New Zealander living in Melbourne, Australia got into a bit of trouble recently. Finding a BBQ grill along the side of the road, he decided to take it home...on his motorcycle. The man drove on the highway wearing the grill and looking through the grate. A passing motorist snapped a picture and turned the man in. He ended up paying the equivalent of an $800 fine, ouch!

Posted By: patty - Thu Aug 26, 2010 - Comments (10)
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VW Camper

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Did anyone know they made a camper for the VW Bug?

Posted By: patty - Thu Aug 26, 2010 - Comments (8)
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August 25, 2010

Fried Beer


A list of some of the more interesting fried treats that will be available at the Texas State Fair. These treats are also going head to head in a contest for the best tasting and most unusual vendor recipes. Road trip anyone?

Posted By: patty - Wed Aug 25, 2010 - Comments (8)
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Follies of the Mad Men #120

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[From Life magazine for January 10 1949.]

This hideous Donnie Darko-style image will haunt you forever, and make you swear off beer-drinking at once.

Furries and beer: two things that must never mix.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 25, 2010 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, 1940s, Alcohol

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