Weird Universe Archive

January 2012

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January 28, 2012

Ninja Broccoli

Katrina Dodson, who blogs at weirdvegetables.blogspot.com, reports that Brazil has a variety of broccoli named Ninja Broccoli -- or BrĂ³colis Ninja. It seems to be similar to the broccoli found most frequently in American supermarkets. In fact, it may be the same as American broccoli. (I can't quite tell from what she writes.) She isn't sure how the Brazilian variant acquired the Ninja label, but offers this possibility:

ninja broccoli began to sprout as a genetic accident, a hybrid among fields of "normal," or sprouting broccoli (recall that the U.S. "normal" broccoli is this genetic aberration). At first, farmers considered it an undesirable variant but could not get rid of this broccoli that kept appearing and spreading mysteriously. A Japanese scientist, who preferred to remain anonymous, compared these cunning broccoli to ninjas, and the name stuck, immediately snatched up by marketing professionals as a stroke of genius: Ninja broccoli, your kid's favorite vegetable.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 28, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Food, Vegetables

Follies of the Mad Men #174



I'll bet you never knew popcorn came in special hepcat/hipster/beatnik varieties.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 28, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1950s

January 27, 2012

American Legion Parades of Yore



Today, the average upstanding citizen is a pale shadow of his or her riotous ancestors. We don't drink as much or smoke as much or act goofy in public as much (despite the roll call of weird behaviors as collected by our Fearless Leader, Chuck.)

Look at this boring clip of a contemporary American Legion parade from last year.

Then view this account from 1947, when randy old codger Legionnaires rode bucking ATVs through the streets, poured water from hotel windows, and shocked innocent women with cattle prods (probably the very ones sold through Johnson Smith catalogs, as shown earlier on WU).

Now, answer truly: which era would you rather live in?

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Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 27, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Clubs, Fraternities and Other Self-selecting Organizations, Hobbies and DIY, Parades and Festivals, 1940s, Pranks

Guess What’s Going on!



What's the deal with these two? Are they:
  • A married couple?
  • Circus performers?
  • A police officer and prisoner?
  • Mother and son?




More in extended >>

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jan 27, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Photography and Photographers, Quizzes

January 26, 2012

Emma Peel Unpeeled



Anyone who ever fell for Diana Rigg as Emma Peel--and judging from the comments lately, there are many such among the WU-vies--will have their heads (and possibly other body parts) explode upon viewing this clip, which was banned in the USA at the time of its release.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jan 26, 2012 - Comments (13)
Category: Television, Sex Symbols, 1960s, Europe

Hollywood Wolf Whistle

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Original ad here. (Scroll down.)

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jan 26, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Motor Vehicles, Public Indecency, 1940s

Things trapped in drops of water

Photographer Markus Reugels likes to capture images in drops of water: superheroes, planets, evil clowns...






(via Dangerous Minds)

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jan 26, 2012 - Comments (8)
Category: Photography and Photographers

50 No-Handed Bike Moves

I've got 'The Beginner' down pat.


(via Junk Culture)

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jan 26, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Sports

January 25, 2012

Ferrari Limo

The coolest Limo ever!!!

Posted By: patty - Wed Jan 25, 2012 - Comments (8)
Category:

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