Weird Universe Archive

September 2011

September 19, 2011

News of the Weird / Pro Edition (September 19, 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
September 19, 2011
(datelines September 10-September 17) (links correct as of September 19)

Fat-Hoarding (Because You Never Know) and the Elegance of Bacterial Symmetry, Plus Other Things to Worry About

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Questionable Business Models: (1) Orlando-area cosmetic surgeon Jeffrey Hartog opened a side venture: Liquid Gold, a depositary bank for liposuctioned fat, just in case patients ever need it back (like for plumping up facial wrinkles). (A surgeon at Massachusetts General said there's a good reason why nobody's done this before.) (2) Who knew that we haven't enough social networks? Biochemist Peer Bork and partners opened MyMicrobes.com so that people with similar gut bacteria profiles can get together. (There is some evidence that like bacterial inventories might be copacetic. At least, you may get sympathy for your diarrheal attacks.) Orlando Sentinel via South Florida Sun-Sentinel /// Mother Nature Network

Germany's Federal Patent Court upset the oddsmakers and granted trademark protection to the liquor manufacturer EFAG for its schnapps with the brand name "Ficken," which translates to the English F word, too. "[T]he name is unquestionably in poor taste," explained the court, but "is not 'sexually discriminatory' and does not violate public morals" (citing the many colloquial uses of the word throughout German society). Spiegel Online

The return of Michael Wyatt? The most famous toe-sucker of the News of the Weird era, who operated out of the Conway, Ark., area [NOTW 131, 8-11-1990; NOTW 179, 7-12-1991; NOTW 259, 1-22-1993; NOTW 604, 9-3-1999], might have re-surfaced, though officials are still looking for the man who recently, unconsensually, slurped one woman's toes and talked nasty (foot-wise) to another. Reuters

The parents of "Tay" Cook, 15, obviously did not receive the memo about the importance of instilling self-esteem in children. When Tay was charged (as an adult) with first-degree murder in Decatur, Ill., last week, it was revealed that his given name is Shitavious Cook. Herald & Review (Decatur)



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Posted By: Chuck - Mon Sep 19, 2011 - Comments (6)
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What Is It?!


Take a guess, what is in this Irish man's body?

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Posted By: patty - Mon Sep 19, 2011 - Comments (14)
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September 18, 2011

Crazy Machine

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This image is found on the photo archives of Life magazine under the title above. I cannot discover any accompanying article to explain what this device is. Your best guess?

Posted By: Paul - Sun Sep 18, 2011 - Comments (7)
Category: Inventions, Mad Scientists, Evil Geniuses, Insane Villains

September 17, 2011

Kiev Bridge Climb



Do not try this at home.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 17, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Buildings and Other Structures, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Stupidity, Russia

Follies of the Mad Men #160



This fellow should definitely enter the annual "grungiest sneaker" contest.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 17, 2011 - Comments (4)
Category: Body, Feet, Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene

September 16, 2011

Lisa Bufano



Astaire and Rogers it ain't.

The artist's homepage.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Sep 16, 2011 - Comments (8)
Category: Body Modifications, Avant Garde, Dance

September 15, 2011

September 14, 2011

Five Balls, No Problem!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Sep 14, 2011 - Comments (9)
Category: Human Marvels

Real-life Clown Car



Is it cheating though if you don't use adults?

Posted By: Paul - Wed Sep 14, 2011 - Comments (6)
Category: Motor Vehicles, Children, Asia

John Pugh



Non-embeddable short documentary here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Sep 14, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Art, Pop Art, Surrealism, Psychology

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