Weird Universe Archive

February 2012

February 22, 2012

Weeeeeee!!!!!


The commercial with the pig riding a zip-line is very funny. But in reality there are people who do that to make a living. High above the jungle valley in Bolivia these guy ride 20 year old zip-lines everyday to shorten their journey to work and to transport harvests so they can be taken to market. It looks like a hell of a ride.

Posted By: patty - Wed Feb 22, 2012 - Comments (11)
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The Braincar

The Braincar is the creation of artist Olaf Mooij. He drives it around during the day, while a camera on top of the brain records videos of his travels. Then, during the night, he plays back the videos by projecting them onto the inner surface of the brain. As if the brain were dreaming... (via technabob)



Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 22, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Brain

February 21, 2012

Dogs and Their Dog-Fur-Sweater-Wearing Owners

Photographer Erwan Fichou took a series of photographs of people wearing dog-fur sweaters and coats, made from the fur of their own dogs. One image is below, but check out his site for the full series. (I can't link directly to the series, because he's got his site configured with flash, but click on "Dogwool" once you arrive at his site.)









Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 21, 2012 - Comments (12)
Category: Animals, Crafts, Fashion, Pets, Dogs

February 20, 2012

LSD-25

Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 20, 2012 - Comments (11)
Category: Drugs, Psychedelic, PSA’s, 1960s

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Posted By: Alex - Mon Feb 20, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category: Weird Universe

Chuck’s Weekly Cite-Seeing (February 20, 2012)

Chuck's Weekly Cite-Seeing Tour
The Crème de la Crème, Every Monday

Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
February 20, 2012
(datelines from February 10 or later) (links correct as of February 20)

San Luis Potosi, Mexico: U.S. Immigration agents in a $160k, heavily-custom-armored Chevy Suburban (i.e., specifically designed to protect from attack by, say, kidnapers) became kidnapers' sitting ducks when no one realized that every time ya shift into "Park," the door locks pop open. Washington Post

Betws-y-Coed, Wales: Your guess about pronunciation is as good as mine, but its tourist website found 364 different misspellings by people on search engines looking for it. BBC News /// List

Seattle: "Sovereign" David Myrland, in prison for threats against the mayor of Kirkland, Wash., filed a lawsuit claiming he's been wronged, and Yr Editor is hereby rendered totally speechless in attempting to describe how incomprehensible it is. Seattle Weekly /// Scribd.com [the filing] (Seriously)

Helena, Mont.: Sherwin Shayegan [NOTW M131, 10-11-2009] is back. He's the overweight 20-something who gets off . . by getting on . . the backs of high school athletes, begging them for piggyback rides. That's his deal. He's from Bothell, Wash., but avoids restraining orders by moving eastward, and this time made it as far as Minneapolis. (Recall that the legendary illustrator R. Crumb liked to get piggyback rides, according to an ex-girlfriend in the 1994 documentary "Crumb.") Associated Press via KOMO-TV (Seattle)

Kunming, China: Soon to be a Santorum campaign ad . . a Valentine's Day wedding of a sheep and a deer at a zoo to highlight diversity in the zoo's menagerie. Good for Santorum: One was male, one female. Bad: The male had an affair with another sheep. BBC News



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Posted By: Chuck - Mon Feb 20, 2012 - Comments (7)
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February 19, 2012

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #20

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I would think that a call to drive squirrels away from your bird feeder would sell a lot better today, now that squirrel meat is not on the dinner menu for most people.

From the 1950 catalog.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Feb 19, 2012 - Comments (13)
Category: Animals, Johnson Smith Catalog, 1950s

February 18, 2012

Bearded Boy Scouts

A few months ago, the Boy Scouts of America launched a new ad campaign featuring bearded boy scouts. I don't think anyone has yet figured out what the campaign is supposed to mean, or why it's supposed to make boys want to be boy scouts. (links: time.com, offbeatearth)

Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 18, 2012 - Comments (23)
Category: Advertising

Nobody bothers me!

Nobody bothers me!

I grew up near Washington D.C. where this ad ran non stop from the early 70's thru 1986.
What makes it weird is that the jingle was written performed and recorded by
Nils Lofgren of the E street band for a lifetime membership in the school.

Posted By: Tyrusguy - Sat Feb 18, 2012 - Comments (14)
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Moose Motorboat

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Or should that headline be "moose-motor boat"...?

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 18, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Eccentrics, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, 1920s

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