Weird Universe Archive

April 2011

April 12, 2011

Rube Goldberg Bach Device



It's had over two million views, but just in case you haven't yet seen it.....

Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 12, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Music, Advertising, Rube Goldberg Devices

World Beard & Moustache Championships 2011

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It's not too early to begin planning your trip to Trondheim, Norway, for the World Beard and Moustache Championships in May.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 12, 2011 - Comments (0)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, Foreign Customs, Europe, Hair and Hairstyling

April 11, 2011

Univac







I wonder what the computer pioneers of the 1950's would think of today's scene.....

Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 11, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Computers, 1950s, 1960s, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

News of the Weird / Pro Edition (April 11, 2011)

News of the Weird/Pro Edition
You're Still Not Cynical Enough

Prime Cuts of Underreported News from Last Week, Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
April 11, 2011
(datelines April 2-April 9) (links correct as of April 11)

The New "Prosperous Afterlife" App, Plus Homicidal Cows, People Who Can't Count to 5, and "Uterus"

★ ★ ★ ★!

The Back-Facing Camera Will Be Especially Helpful: Chinese families of the, y'know, Something-Something culture have this tradition of supporting their deceased relatives by either (a) burning, or (b) burying with them, paper models of things that were valuable to the deceased or which will protect and nurture the deceased as he or she journeys through eternity. (News of the Weird was on this in, for example, NOTW M001, 4-15-2007.) Well, now, the latest hot item for the recently departed is the iPad 2, and, as with the real thing, the suppliers of the paper models can't keep up with demand. They have plenty of first-generation iPads, but settling for last year's technology is so disrespectful to the dead. (Dead Luddites get paper shoes and shirts.) (Bonus: Also plentiful in stock are iPhones and Galaxy Tabs.) Reuters /// CNN

Indonesian Men's Curious Half-Way Morality Code: There is no native Indonesian porn industry to speak of, but men do seem somewhat daring in their horniness. A cottage industry exists in movies that feature foreign porn stars but always clothed and in roles that are part of actual storylines. Said a Muslim film producer, "We're hypocrites. People know who they are, but they won't admit it." Unassuaged: the Islamic Defenders Front (the Indonesian equivalent of the famed Saudi Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, who crack down on even clothed porn stars). New York Times

"Rosebud" "Uterus": It started about three weeks ago when a Democratic Florida state legislator taunted Republicans by imagining that they'd stop trying to regulate abortions if only women would file incorporation papers for their uteruses--because Republicans abhor regulating businesses. Responded the Republicans, "Wha? . . Hey! . . Wait! You can't say 'uterus' on the floor of the House!" So now politically-conscious Democrats all over the state say "uterus" at every opportunity, almost Tourette's-like. (Bonus: If you sympathize, you can join "The Uterati.") Miami Herald

"Mommy, What's an 'Abstract Impressionist'?: Yr Editor has loved, several times, in fact, stories showing that possibly most people couldn't tell a Mark Rothko (who does high-end art about nothing but which brings in millions of bucks at auction) from, y'know, toddler Buzz Yaskot's splatters created by clapping his dripping-paint hands together as be plays near a canvas. Now, there's a definitive study by two psychologists at Boston College, who found that people can pick out the pro artist's work and that of course they find those works superior to the splatter art and whimsical squiggles of kids (and chimpanzees, who also do randomized art). (Inconvenient finding: Actually, they only identify the "real" art 60 to 70 percent of the time. There's still plenty of room for Corporation Buzz to grow.) Richmond Times Dispatch



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Posted By: Chuck - Mon Apr 11, 2011 - Comments (2)
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April 10, 2011

Bacon Ball


The Louisville, Kentucky Visual Arts Association sponsored an event that Wuvians will. no doubt, find fascinating. A Bacon Ball!

Posted By: patty - Sun Apr 10, 2011 - Comments (3)
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Bacon Cologne


What could possibly make you want to nibble your lover's neck more than the scent of bacon. Also a few other strange food scented colognes to check out.

Posted By: patty - Sun Apr 10, 2011 - Comments (6)
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April 9, 2011

Turkey Trot



I do not foresee a revival of this particular dance step.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Apr 09, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Music, Television, 1960s, Dance

April 7, 2011

Cool Inappropriate Products


Chocolate drop Pooping Santa, WTF snowglobe, W toilet paper! Check out the slide show of 25 very funny, very inappropriate products.

Posted By: patty - Thu Apr 07, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category:

Odd Pair


A widowed goose has an unexpected protector, and a deer one at that.

Posted By: patty - Thu Apr 07, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category:

Not the Next Peter Beagle Novel

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 07, 2011 - Comments (1)
Category: Romances, Fictional Monsters

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