Weird Universe Archive

April 2011

April 7, 2011

Blood Work

Here is my review of a great and weird new book about the earliest blood transfusions--animal to human!

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 07, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Mad Scientists, Evil Geniuses, Insane Villains, Medicine, Books

Delightful Stories

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Apparently, our ancestors operated under a different meaning of the word "delightful" than we do today.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 07, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Death, Religion, Books, Nineteenth Century

April 5, 2011

Clever Girl


A young German girl, Regina Mayer, who wanted a horse and couldn't get one came up with a clever solution to the situation. She saddle broke a cow. Now she and the cow, Luna, are the best of friends. Luna ever jumps hurdles!

Posted By: patty - Tue Apr 05, 2011 - Comments (3)
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What Does A Wombat Sound Like?

Cranky Wombat from Better Buddies on Vimeo.



Now aren't you sorry you asked?

Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 05, 2011 - Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Annoying Things, Noises and Other Public Disturbances of the Peace, Australia

April 4, 2011

CanKan


Cankan - Kıvıra Kıvıra
Uploaded by leleyla. - Music videos, artist interviews, concerts and more.

Here's one description of Cankan: "CanKan is tagged as: the worst thing ever to happen to music, failed at life, shake that ass girl, officially shallow, dark ambient. CanKan is a group that represents some random Turkish guys from Germany that makes Turkish music."

My own description would be "Borat meets The Matrix."

Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 04, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Music, Asia, Europe

News of the Weird / Pro Edition (April 4, 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 4, 2011
(datelines March 26-April 2) (links correct as of April 4)

Yardwork Meets American Exceptionalism, Plus the New Gibberish and Push-Up Bras for Adolescents

★ ★ ★ ★!

Life Is Too Long: Formal, organized lawn-mower racing (there's an association and 140 races yearly in 37 states!) is best appreciated if you try to imagine Middle East Muslims on the fence about going Western or going jihad. Hark! Hear the Syrian, the Libyan: "America! Paradise! Some day, God willing, I, too, will race lawn mowers!" (Hard-to-believe reality, said this blogger: Lawn-mower racing is actually boring.) [ed. but that's because the rules require removal of the blades!] Mother Nature Network blog

Get Government's Hands OffHands On My Tasteful Color Scheme! If only Florida's unemployed and minimum-wagers were as well organized, and operatic in their lobbying, as the state's interior designers! The drapes-selection people descended upon the legislature in droves to beg to be free of onerous, employment-stifling regulationcontinue to be heavily regulated in detail (though the Republican legislature appears headed in the opposite direction). (Microeconomics 101 explanation: The fewer the licensed designers, the higher the prices they can charge, i.e., it's a cartel.) But, oh, my, that lobbying! Who knew that unregulated interior design would contribute to "88,000" deaths a year, or that unregulated carpet selection makes people dizzy and nauseous and dries up their salivary glands? St. Petersburg Times

Almost No Longer Weird By Now . . .: Abercrombie & Fitch introduced Smurf-branded dildos for toddlers last week . . no, no, no, not that, but, yes, padded bikini tops designed for girls as young as 8 (the "Ashley Push-Up Triangle"). Child psychologists went nuts, as usual [ed. Child psychologists being "aghast" and "appalled" are merely harbingers of more ridiculous fashions six months out. Recall the full-line, high-end makeup for 8-year-olds recently on sale at Walmart, mentioned in NOTW/Pro, 1-31-2011 ]. Fox News /// Makeup at Walmart

$47 Billion: That's the supposed value of America's "pet market," according to "pet stylist" Dara Foster, 39, who is omnipresent on TV advising owners guardians how to ratchet up their own status and self-esteem by purchasing things for animals. [ed. That's not really how she explains it, but . . ..] The latest in apparel is "a grunge movement in dog fashion," Foster said, and she pointed a reporter toward the dog bathrobes and denim jumpsuits, and the fluorescent styling gel and that synthetic dog mullet wig. New York Times

What's Causing the Recent Descents into Gibberish? London's Daily Mail signals to the paranoids that maybe, just maybe, the U.S. government is running mind-control experiments that have created four recent high-profile public gibberish meltdowns, with the latest being Judge Judy, who had to halt the taping of her show when she started spouting "undecipherable nonsense" (that was apparently a major step down from the usual). (You might recall the recent episodes of TV reporters in Toronto, Los Angeles, and Madison, Wis.) (Bonus: Speaking of which, Minister Farrakhan declared last week that Brother Obama attacked Brother Moammar only because he was overtaken by demons and that a major earthquake is headed to America in retribution.) Daily Mail /// Chicago Tribune



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Posted By: Chuck - Mon Apr 04, 2011 - Comments (3)
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April 3, 2011

Let’s Make A Sandwich



Here is a transmission from an alien civilization.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 03, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Family, Food, 1950s

April 1, 2011

Beer Fast


Newspaper editor and beer blogger J. Wilson has decided to give up food for Lent. All food, in fact, the only thing he has been consuming since Ash Wednesday is Doppelbock beer and water. For those unfamiliar, Lent is the 40 days preceding Easter. Christ was said to have fasted in the desert for that amount of time, so in some religions faithful give up a favored activity or food during the same amount of time. Wilson based his fast on a 300 year old diet a sect of German monks observed during the Lenten season. His health seems to be holding up a lot better than the guy who ate fast food for a month, but he says he is sick of his chosen beer. When Lent is over and he goes out with his buddies, wonder what he will drink. Designated driver perhaps?

disclaimer: Picture was picked at random from yahoo images and has no connection to the beer consumed by Mr. Wilson.

Posted By: patty - Fri Apr 01, 2011 - Comments (2)
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Gah-roovy, Bay-bee!









Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 01, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, 1960s

You Had Me At “Bacon”

I was flipping through one of my old copies of Popular Science when this ad caught my eye, so I went to Google Books to find a digital version from their Popular Science archive.

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(From the October 1967 issue of Popular Science)

I'm sure many of you will agree that this prospect alone would be enough to shell out the equivalent of roughly $5,000 for one of those new-fangled microwave ovens...

Posted By: Salamander Sam - Fri Apr 01, 2011 - Comments (9)
Category: Advertising, Products, Bacon, 1960s, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

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