Weird Universe Archive

July 2011

July 22, 2011

Sign Up for Space!

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I thought this was a fitting item for the first day of the post-Space Shuttle era.

I wonder if the Hayden Planetarium kept these applications from 1952 on file down to the present?

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 22, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, 1950s

July 21, 2011

The Tooth

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 21, 2011 - Comments (6)
Category: Aliens, Body, Screams, Grunts and Other Exclamations, Health, Cartoons

You Just Can’t Give Some People Money

Foxworthy said the above about rednecks, but Arab royalty can be added to the list. Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Ahyan, known as the Rainbow Sheik, a member of the Abu Dahbi ruling family and President of the UAE has proved the point. A construction crew spent weeks carving his name in the sand in letters that are half a mile high and span two miles. Large enough to be seen from space.
Nothing exceeds like excess.

Posted By: patty - Thu Jul 21, 2011 - Comments (2)
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July 20, 2011

An Oldie But A Goodie


It may be from 2009 but it is new to me! Enjoy the video clip with the story.

Posted By: patty - Wed Jul 20, 2011 - Comments (5)
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Follies of the Mad Men #152



This hideous, repulsive mutant with the torso and head of a child and lower limbs of an adult proves that you don't need Photoshop to create anti-product abominations.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jul 20, 2011 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, 1970s, Fictional Monsters

Watch Dog

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Ok, maybe chihuahuas are vicious after all.

Posted By: patty - Wed Jul 20, 2011 - Comments (4)
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What Do Anne Boleyn And Marky Mark Have In Common?


Spare nipples, but not on their feet like this unnamed young lady.

Posted By: patty - Wed Jul 20, 2011 - Comments (4)
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July 19, 2011

4 x PES









Perhaps you recall the Roof Sex stopmotion video by PES that was featured here years ago?

Here are four clever commercials by him.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 19, 2011 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Stop-motion Animation, Alcohol

July 18, 2011

Get to Know A Water Industry Specialist

Get to know a Water Industry Specialist from Norm Friesen on Vimeo.



I did not think it was possible, but I have found an industrial video to rival in boredom the famed "Timber Bridge Inspection."

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 18, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Authorities and Experts, Boredom, Utilities

News of the Weird / Pro Edition (July 18, 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
July 18, 2011
(datelines July 9-July 16) (links correct as of July 18)

Prescient German Engineering, Plus Mac & Mag & Cheese and Fun with Corpses

★ ★ ★ ★!

Love Dolls, the Early Years: A mainstream British historian, peeling through records on the history of the Barbie doll, learned of the Borghild Project, in which Adolf Hitler, wary that STDs (especially syphilis) were disabling more soldiers than munitions were, ordered production of the forerunner of life-sized anatomically-correct female dolls, to encourage, umm, stress relief. Turned out that the allied bombing of Dresden in 1945 wiped out the factory and the project. Thus, Mattel and Doc Johnson had to start elsewhere. (Bonus: And don't forget the talking dogs!) Daily Mail (London) /// Mother Nature Network

Citizen-Legislators: How refreshing, the narrative goes, that from time to time in America, we elect ordinary people (yay!) in place of professional politicians (boo!). Enter Tennessee state Rep. Julia Hurley, newly-elected following a stint as a Hooters gal. Turns out that, in the lege's first late-night session, featuring complicated budget issues, the bored-silly Rep. Hurley carved her initials in her lege chamber desk. Associated Press via Knoxville News Sentinel

Fine Points of the Law: Marc Gilbert, in Tacoma, Wash., is likely the only U.S. prisoner allowed child porn in his cell . . in fact, quite a stash (100 DVDs). (The videos depict him molesting boys--the centerpiece of the case against him--and since he has permission to be his own lawyer at trial, he gets access to the evidence.) KOMO-TV (Seattle)

Out of Order!: Melissa Hartwick lodged an informal objection to the judge's ruling ("contempt of court," 10 days' lockup), and by "informal objection," I mean she tried to climb over the judge's bench and take Her Honor out. Of course there's video. WLEX-TV (Lexington, Ky.)

Absurdities

Frances Ragusa threatened her ex-husband: No more delays on that $14,000 child support! (Bonus: It's 34 years overdue, the kids are way-grown, Frances is 75.) New York Post



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Posted By: Chuck - Mon Jul 18, 2011 - Comments (3)
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