Weird Universe Archive

October 2011

October 26, 2011

Jumpsuit Chic

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Spare a moment now to mourn the passing of the knitted jumpsuit.

Original foto here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 26, 2011 - Comments (15)
Category: Fashion, Sex Symbols, 1960s

October 25, 2011

Follies of the Mad Men #165



Be patient: the special Japanese calorie-burning underwear shows up onscreen eventually.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 25, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Exercise and Fitness, Underwear, Dance, Asia

Bone Houses

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A perfect weird book for Halloween, judging from the pages shown here!

Anyone in LA might be interested in this signing:

Paul Koudounaris signs and discusses his book, The Empire of Death
Thursday, October 27, 7 p.m.

The Brand Library
1601 West Mountain Street
Glendale, CA 91201-1209
(818) 548-2051




Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 25, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Body, Customs, Death, Religion, Books

Crazy Sign

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Dude, take your Prozac!

Posted By: patty - Tue Oct 25, 2011 - Comments (6)
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Together Forever


In northern Italy a double grave from sometime between the 5th and 6th century has been discovered. For 1,500 years, one millennium and half of another, the lovers lay holding hands and gazing at one another. A display of their love and devotion reaching across the ages. Beautiful.

Posted By: patty - Tue Oct 25, 2011 - Comments (4)
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October 24, 2011

Hollywood Party



Dig those telephone wire costumes!

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 24, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Movies, Music, 1930s

News of the Weird / Pro Edition (October 24, 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
October 24, 2011
(datelines October 15-October 22) (links correct as of October 24)

Cooking with Blood (On Purpose, Not, Like, When the Chef Cuts His Finger), Plus More Things to Worry About

★ ★ ★ ★!

"You eat meat, so why not blood," asks The Globe and Mail, describing several Toronto restaurants' favorite sanguinary cuisines. Torta di sanguinaccio, a custard of dark chocolate and slow-tempered blood, cauliflower marinated in pig's blood, spaghetti al nero di maiale, with blood-blackened noodles. You get the picture. The Globe and Mail

A day earlier, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni had recounted various "loopy" instructions received over the years from self-puffed restaurant chefs on how their delicacies should best be enjoyed. The latest (at New York City's Romera) demands various ridiculously subtly-flavored waters to be paired up with various ridiculous dishes. [ed.: Sorry to offend readers who have a grave need to be cool. I know it's not your fault.] New York Times

London's Daily Mail profiled nurse Melinda Arnold, 34, from Melbourne, Oz, who happened to be born without a womb and will soon get a transplant--donated by her own mother, which means that Melinda's kid will make him/herself at home in the very same uterus that Melinda once inhabited. Daily Mail

"Support Our Troops": The dirty secret is that, for want of $65 apiece, the Pentagon could've helped every male soldier avoid the catastrophic scrotal injuries inflicted by IEDs. There was enough in the budget for colostomy bags, but not for the double-Kevlar-enforced armored underwear. Recall that there were pallets of freshly-minted $100 bills literally thrown at Iraqi locals and opportunistic U.S. contractors, but $65 a head was not doable? Talking Points Memo IdeaLab



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Posted By: Chuck - Mon Oct 24, 2011 - Comments (5)
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October 23, 2011

Project Shellter On Thingiverse

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3D printer technology is being used for conservation of hermit crabs. Apparently there is a shortage of shells for hermit crabs to use as homes. The animals do not make their own shells and have been forced, as a species, to start using discarded bottles and such due to the shell shortage. The idea being put forth by MakerBot Industries is to make shells with 3D printers for the little creatures. The people working on Project Shellter have set up hermit crab habitats to test out this idea. They are taking suggestions for shell shapes to try within the habitats to see what the crabs like best. Crabtastic!

Posted By: patty - Sun Oct 23, 2011 - Comments (4)
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October 22, 2011

Seeing Eye Dog


Lily is a Great Dane who is blind due to an unfortunate medical condition. Maddison is her best pal and seeing eye dog. They have been inseparable for the last 5 years. Its great to have a friend you can depend on.

Posted By: patty - Sat Oct 22, 2011 - Comments (3)
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Johnson Smith Catalog Item #11

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Do you know why jokes and pranks like these don't fly any more? Because nobody gives a damn about playing their proper role these days. I'm not even going to mention the old lady with impossible neck and sadistic habits. But just look at that hobo! His hat has the classic open-can-lid top. He's wearing a Victoria Cross medal, cravat and vest. Note how carefully he cradles his cane on his arm. Note how delicately he takes the fake biscuit, with pinky finger upraised. The magnificent scowl when he bites the rubber biscuit! You'd consider your twelve cents well spent!

Now imagine giving a "surprise biscuit" to the modern incoherent and sloppily dressed drug addict sitting on the sidewalk outside your local liquor store. He'd be too out-of-it to even register the prank. If he did, he'd just grunt and toss the surprise biscuit one side, frustrating your enjoyment of your purchase.

We live in a sad age of decline.

From the 1930s catalogue.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 22, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Bums, Hobos, Tramps, Beggars, Panhandlers and Other Streetpeople, Food, Johnson Smith Catalog, 1930s, Pranks

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