Weird Universe Archive

February 2012

February 26, 2012

Follies of the Mad Men #176

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Here's my concern. Is this a human Sherlock Holmes wearing a can disguise? If so, it's not one of his masterstrokes.

Or is this a living tin can with fleshy appurtenances? In which case, the ad is the stuff of nightmares!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Feb 26, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Body, Business, Advertising, Products, Literature, Surrealism, 1930s, Fictional Monsters

February 25, 2012

Mystery Gadget 7

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Is this woman being photographed? X-rayed? Framed as a target?

Answer here. Scroll up.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 25, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Technology, 1930s

Flame Glove

Here's a variation on the old buzzer-hidden-in-the-palm-of-your-hand prank. It's a flame thrower in the palm of your hand!

Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 25, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Inventions, Technology, Weapons

Drawing A Gun

A four year old draws a picture of a gun at school, might warrant a parent /teacher conference, right? Not at a Canadian school, at least the Canadian school in the story. In that school the police and social services were called and without a word of explanation, the father was arrested, strip searched and jailed for several hours. The mother was picked up and brought in to the station and all 3 of their children were taken by child protective services. Everyone backed off and the man was released but, geesh, overreact much??

Posted By: patty - Sat Feb 25, 2012 - Comments (17)
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February 24, 2012

Bob’s Birthday

Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 24, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Domestic, Marriage, Humor, Cartoons, 1990s

Cat Mask Synchronized With Facial Muscle Movements

Cutting-edge science stuff:

Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 24, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Science, Technology, Cats

February 23, 2012

Incredible Teen


Pretty amazing feat, and he was not even exposed to Gamma rays.

Posted By: patty - Thu Feb 23, 2012 - Comments (5)
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Hefnawi the Pyramid Climber

Back in the day -- the 1950s and 60s -- Hefnawi Adel Nabi Fayed was known as the Champion of the Great Pyramid, because of his skill at running up and down the pyramid. According to the short bio of him on champion-sportswear.de, he was working as a pyramid guide in the 1940s when it first occurred to him to run up the thing:

"One day I decided to challenge myself and do something different," remembers Hefnawi with a chuckle, "I took off my shoes and started running up. When I came down I found it had taken me eight minutes." The barefoot feat changed his life. Tourists visiting the area would wager on whether he would be able to make it up and back down again. It tums out that coming down is much harder than going up. "It is easy to fall when you are coming down," explains AI-Batal, "because there are sandy pots, and if you trip, the block behind you will push you off because of the angle". He thus memorised a route making the feat possible time and again, and in so doing, he made a lot of money.

Eventually he got his time down to five minutes running up it, and two minutes coming back down. That's got to be the ultimate hill training. Check out his legs in the picture below.


(I found the picture on eBay)

Posted By: Alex - Thu Feb 23, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Exercise and Fitness

February 22, 2012

The world’s largest rope Swing

Moab Utah

These kids sure seem to be having FUN! The making of video is cool too!

Posted By: Tyrusguy - Wed Feb 22, 2012 - Comments (6)
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Some might call this guy loopy!

Alexandre Lane Roue Cyr Circonvolution improbable

I love circus folk! hope you do too!

Posted By: Tyrusguy - Wed Feb 22, 2012 - Comments (7)
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