Weird Universe Archive

May 2012

May 28, 2012

The Zombie Apocalypse Begins

This one is exceptionally weird even for the F-state. A naked man was shot and killed by a police officer when he refused to stop eating the face off of another naked man on a highway off ramp. When the officer approached and commanded the attacker to stop the attacker raised his head and growled at the officer. Sounds like something out of The Walking Dead.

Posted By: patty - Mon May 28, 2012 - Comments (9)
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William Hamilton Bones, Washington Goat

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Here is a picture of a goat who came to live among high-powered Washington, DC, politicians in the year 1929.

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You can read the full story of the goat's dazzling ascent to power here.

But like many Washington insiders, he had an unwholesome addiction that led to his downfall. Find out what it was here.

I think we need a goat today in DC to add a proper sense of absurdity to proceedings.

Posted By: Paul - Mon May 28, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Pets, Politics, 1920s

Catch the first boat for Europe…

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A moment of high drama in the Listerine lab, 1934.

Posted By: Alex - Mon May 28, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Hygiene, Advertising, 1930s

May 27, 2012

Psychic Land

Posted By: Paul - Sun May 27, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category: Aliens, Food, Surrealism, Cartoons

May 26, 2012

News of the Weird 2.0 (May 26, 2012)

News of the Weird 2.0
(Almost) Daily, Since May 21, 2012

Underreported News, Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
May 26, 2012
(datelines from May 21 or later) (links correct as of May 26)

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Chilean-born artist Sebastian Errazuriz has created "Christian Popsicles" featuring actual priest-blessed (sneakily so) wine, i.e., "the blood of Christ." After sucking down the 'sicle, you're left with a stick figure of Jesus on the cross. Particularly harsh, but on the other hand, he set off the Catholic League's apoplectic Bill Donohue, which is always entertaining. CNN /// Secular News Daily

Weird People

Chutzpah!: Ms. Stormy Moody didn't even try hard to cover up the massive burglary of her next-door neighbor. She emptied closet and dressers and then flaunted one of the outfits in front of the victim. WBBJ-TV (Jackson, Tenn.)

Denver: Late-blooming Steve Crecelius learned at age 57 that he was from the other team. He went in the ER for a kidney stone problem, and they told him that, by the way, you have both boy and girl parts, and suddenly all those lifelong urges became an A-ha Moment. He's now Stevie, and his wife and kids still love him. WGHP-TV (Greensboro, N.C.)

Funny Old World*

U.S.-Style Perfectionism in India: It says in this rant that a TV ad for Clean & Dry Intimate Wash (using animation) convinces Indian women that what they really need is a lightening of their vulva skin. The Age (Melbourne, Australia)

Cologne, Germany: The survey firm Rheingold found that sometime after the 2006 World Cup, Germans turned more dour than usual, with 55% now feeling they've lost their ability to feel good at all (including in sex, worried as they are about looking bad or performing poorly). Plus, these days, y'know, they're totally responsible for all of Europe. Spiegel Online

Redditch, England: Andy Kelso retired as a Church of England vicar. God told him one day (said Andy) to go forth and spread the word as Elvis Prayersley. So he's a full-time impersonator doing gospel songs. World's Greatest Newspaper

News of the Weird 1.0

Again: Here's a patient so obese that she couldn't fit through the doors of her own home to be taken to the hospital. Firefighters and carpenters had to take out walls, erect scaffolding, etc. What's Different This Time: The 784-lb. patient is still a teenager and once went through a U.S. fat farm to get down to 250, but let herself go again. Wales Online

Again: Awwww, MOM! Chicago drug dealer Jesus "Pepe" Fuentes, 27, had tickets for a Scarface concert scheduled at the same time that a 10-kilo shipment of heroin was due in and so dispatched his trusted mother to pick it up for him. She got it, and everything would've been fine if she hadn't gotten traffic-stopped for failing to signal a turn. Chicago Tribune

Thanks to the mighty NOTW Board of Editorial Advisors. (* stolen from Private Eye; [Chuck's editor: Stolen? You're better than that.] [Chuck: I'm not.])

Posted By: Chuck - Sat May 26, 2012 - Comments (5)
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In the future, we’ll all be speaking Super Cockney

Almost 87 years have passed since this professor made his prediction. Is there any chance it might still come true?
From the St. Petersburg Evening Independent, Nov. 25, 1924.

Posted By: Alex - Sat May 26, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Futurism, Languages

May 25, 2012

It’s Everybody’s Business



Wouldn't it be swell if things actually still worked this way?

Posted By: Paul - Fri May 25, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Business, History, PSA’s, 1950s

Drunken Heifers


Its not polite to crash parties.

Posted By: patty - Fri May 25, 2012 - Comments (6)
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Judd Harris, Gravedigger



Shown is Judd Harris, the gravedigger in Cordova, Alaska circa 1940. He became a gravedigger because it was more certain work than prospecting for gold, though not easier because of the rock and frozen ground. He made $15 to $18 a grave, but averaged only eighteen graves a year... "and some bad years there are hardly a dozen."

You can read about Judd Harris and other Alaskan characters of the mid-twentieth century in Harry Franck's The Lure of Alaska.

Posted By: Alex - Fri May 25, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category: Jobs and Occupations, 1940s

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