Weird Universe Archive

December 2011

December 10, 2011

December 9, 2011

Unusual CDC Warning

Castrating lambs with your teeth can make you sick, the CDC warned recently. This due to a couple of ranch workers becoming ill from a bacteria associated with fecal contamination. The workers indicated that they had castrated lambs using their teeth and that was determined to be the likely cause of their illness. Anyone ever heard of this before??

Posted By: patty - Fri Dec 09, 2011 - Comments (11)
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Even Dwarfs Started Small

Perhaps these clips will give you some small taste of my weird viewing experience last night: Werner Herzog's Even Dwarfs Started Small.

First, the movie's "theme song," heard at intervals throughout.



Next, a scene from the middle, where sighted dwarves torment blind ones.



Finally, the closing scene.



Rent this immediately, to cement your standing as a true WU-vie!

Posted By: Paul - Fri Dec 09, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Ambiguity, Uncertainty and Deliberate Obscurity, Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, Horror, Movies, Surrealism, 1970s

December 8, 2011

Plane Beautiful

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One hundred pictures taken from airplane windows and its not a slide show!

Posted By: patty - Thu Dec 08, 2011 - Comments (7)
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Fiesta Soundie



Continuing our series of musical stereotypes.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 08, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Music, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1940s, Central America

December 7, 2011

Herb Bartlett

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Let us all hail the great American tradition of amateur inventors, personified today by the forgotten Herb Bartlett, whose love for hovercraft extended to making his plans available to the youth of the USA, contacted through his ad in Boys' Life magazine

Original ad here. (Scroll down a bit.)

Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 07, 2011 - Comments (4)
Category: Eccentrics, Engineering and Construction, Inventions, Mad Scientists, Evil Geniuses, Insane Villains, Motor Vehicles, 1960s, 1970s

I Love Ewe Deer

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A sweet love story of star crossed lovers who refuse to be parted. At first the zoo was going to separate them, but have decided to leave the pair together now.

Posted By: patty - Wed Dec 07, 2011 - Comments (4)
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December 6, 2011

Orange Wine


Did anyone know there are orange wines?

Posted By: patty - Tue Dec 06, 2011 - Comments (4)
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Follies of the Mad Men #168

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"Why, yes, sir, I was just about to xerox my butt!"

Posted By: Paul - Tue Dec 06, 2011 - Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Technology, Sex Symbols, 1970s

December 5, 2011

Turner Prize Winner Improvement?

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The signature work of past winner Tracey Emin.

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The signature work of this year's winner, Martin Boyce.

Full report here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 05, 2011 - Comments (5)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art

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