Weird Universe Archive

May 2011

May 25, 2011

No Laughing Matter


Cataplexy, is a condition suffered since childhood by Claire Scott of Jersey, UK. The condition causes her to drop off to sleep when laughing. She recently dropped off after her 5 year old told her a joke. Just wait till that kid is a teen, " Let me tell mom a joke and we can sneak out."

Posted By: patty - Wed May 25, 2011 - Comments (7)
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Brilliant Photographic Endeavour

A very cool picture of the Space Shuttle Endeavour soaring through the clouds. Links at the site take you to other great pictures as well.

Update: The link takes you to the Astronomy Picture Of The Day so it will be different each day. The Endeavour picture is available in the site archives along with many other fascinating pictures of various heavenly bodies.

Posted By: patty - Wed May 25, 2011 - Comments (2)
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Follies of the Mad Men #142



1) Brenda Vaccaro is scary and threatening.

2) Not a mother, but will have her say anyhow.

3) Plastic better than cardboard?

4) Giant swimming pool = all the embarrassing flood dangers women risk if wrong tampon is chosen.

Posted By: Paul - Wed May 25, 2011 - Comments (13)
Category: Body, Blood, Business, Advertising, Products, Hollywood, Hygiene, Body Fluids, 1980s

May 24, 2011

The Civilized Pun

There are pun championships! I can think of a few WUvians who would take the day in such an event(Dumbfounded). One of the O'Henry Pun-Off champions, John Pollack, has written a book, The Pun Also Rises, detailling the way puns have advanced language and civilization. Puns have also advanced the fun and groan-worthy appreciation of our stories here on WU. Long live the PUN!

Posted By: patty - Tue May 24, 2011 - Comments (11)
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May 23, 2011

News of the Weird / Pro Edition (May 23, 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
May 23, 2011
(datelines May 14-May 21) (links correct as of May 23)

My Superfund Hideaway, Plus the Honest Cop and the Toothpick Acupuncturist

From Yr Editor

Greetings from Heaven! Y'all mortals' news says the Rapture failed. They're lying, people! It's just that there are fewer of us up here than I imagined. Harold Camping, for instance, must've missed his flight. Anyway, this Pro Edition is brief because I'm just getting settled in. Best thing up here so far: unlimited porn!

★ ★ ★ ★!

Too Hip for the Room: Four households in Brooklyn believe they're out in front of everyone because they've created tax-free, innovative waterfront living quarters in the midst of a struggling neighborhood, running party houses with gals sunbathing on the docks. One residence even has rain-harvesting water supply, solar panels, and an oxygen-regenerating bamboo water filter. Reality: They're jury-rigged houseboats, and the waterfront is the Gowanus Canal Superfund stream, where the city illegally dumps a million gallons of sewage every day. Mmm-mmmm! Livin' large! New York Post

The Best Entry-Level Jobs in California: That fear of California governments running out of money was only in your imagination. Take, for instance, Newport Beach, whose 13-person full-time staff of lifeguards starts at $58,000 a year (plus overtime and generous benefits) and tops out at over $200,000 worth in value for the chief. (Or, you could be a California prison guard, paid at the rate of $36,000 annually just for training, then $45,000 to $65,000 starting, up to $124,000 after 20 years, plus generous benefits and super-generous overtime and bonuses and 85 percent retirement salary at age 55. Bonus: They're more selective than Harvard--120,000 applied last year, 900 chosen.) Associated Press via Globe & Mail (Toronto) /// Wall Street Journal [4-30-2011]

Picking on Big Bonnet: This time it was U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, who tore into another of those adult babies who wear diapers and sleep in cribs and eat Gerber's every day. This Big Bonnet was Stanley Thornton Jr., 350 lbs., and he and his girlfriend/nurse Sandra Dias were featured on the delicious National Geographic Channel series Taboo, which disclosed that both draw federal Supplemental Security Income, which drove Coburn nuts (SSI qualifications: some sort of disability plus low income; benefit: currently, $674 a month, with possible add-ons). (Similar outrage issued forth in Michigan, where Leroy Fick, 59, won $2 million last year in the state lottery but then it recently got out that Leroy never left the food stamp program after he won. He told WNEM-TV in Saginaw, "If you're going to . . . try to make me feel bad, you aren't going to do it." Bonus: It's a lottery-law loophole, and the legislature is scrambling to fix it.) Washington Times /// Detroit Free Press

He Honored the Police Application Instructions But Not the Policeman's Creed: It says no-lying on the questionnaire for applying to the San Diego Police Department . . so Robert Williams answered (#172) yes, he has had sexual contact with a child and (#175) yes, he has been involved with child pornography. One search warrant later, he was arrested instead of hired. KGTV (San Diego)



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Posted By: Chuck - Mon May 23, 2011 - Comments (2)
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May 22, 2011

Tiger


If you left a full size stuffed tiger toy in a field in Hedge End, Great Britain the local police would like a word with you. Apparently enough people mistook it for a real one that an expert team from the local zoo was being assembled when police discovered it was a toy. They aren't sure if the tiger was lost or if someone did it as a hoax yet.

picture from Yahoo images

Posted By: patty - Sun May 22, 2011 - Comments (7)
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Accordion



Obviously, not the same type of accordion played by Myron Floren on The Lawrence Welk Show.

Posted By: Paul - Sun May 22, 2011 - Comments (1)
Category: Surrealism, Cartoons, North America

May 21, 2011

Adorable Albino Raccoons

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Three albino raccoons were found in Toronto. One is rare, but three in the same litter is amazing. So cute.

Posted By: patty - Sat May 21, 2011 - Comments (9)
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May 20, 2011

Jay Can Do It



As the YouTube commentator says--and I paraphrase--"What the hell was the point of this film?!?"

Let's look at Jay, the hero.

1) Likes to bake.

2) Can't use a hammer.

3) Owns a poodle.

4) Sets up housekeeping with a fellow male.

5) Admires a man in uniform.

6) "Jay is musical."

7) Carries a pocketbook-style basket.

It's an early gay-pride PSA!

Posted By: Paul - Fri May 20, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Family, PSA’s, 1960s

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