Weird Universe Archive

September 2012

September 28, 2012

Happy Food



This one is best enjoyed at full-screen dimensions.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Sep 28, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Food, Cartoons

Do Giants Live Amongst Us?


As I pondered this ad, which ran in Time magazine (May 1983), I realized that here on WU we've slowly been accumulating evidence that a race of giants lives amongst us, whose existence is occasionally revealed to the world in advertisements. Consider, for the sake of comparison, these two other ads that Paul and I have previously posted:



Posted By: Alex - Fri Sep 28, 2012 - Comments (11)
Category: Advertising, Giant People in Ads, Cars

September 27, 2012

Syncronization

This isn't, quite, the "grass growing" clip it will appear to be at first. The excitement starts to mount around the 2min mark and hits its apex about 30sec later.

Pay attention to the 2ed metronome in the last column.

Posted By: Expat47 - Thu Sep 27, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category:

Sit Down and Dance!

Warning! These video clips might want to make you boogie in your chair. The best parts are at the beginning, before the instructor decides to park herself in front of the camera.



Posted By: Alex - Thu Sep 27, 2012 - Comments (10)
Category: Elderly and Seniors, Exercise and Fitness, Sports

Parker Brothers Billionaire Game

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Perhaps it's wise that this 1973 game is no longer manufactured. Hard to imagine it being very popular in today's economy. But if you still want a set, so you can pretend to be part of the 1%, check out the link to Amazon below.

More info here.

And here.




Posted By: Paul - Thu Sep 27, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Games, Money, Outrageous Excess, 1970s

September 26, 2012

Larry Gross, the Slacker Hippie Dentist


Hippies need dentists too, and back in 1973, Larry Gross (pictured) was their man. He lived in a house in Mt. Vernon, Maine without electricity, running water, or central heat. His dental office was a converted cow shed.

He was reportedly a good dentist, except for one problem. He often forgot appointments and wasn't there when patients showed up. Because keeping to a schedule was "such a hassle, man." From the Bangor Daily News, Mar 26, 1973:

With Dr. Gross, it's usually the dentist who breaks the appointment. It's not too unusual to see patients standing in the knee-deep snow in the farmhouse yard, waiting for him to show up for the appointment.
"It's such a hassle, man, trying to get back into some kind of schedule," he said...
Larry, 31, likes doing something that people need, and charging low prices for his services. It is the schedule, the hours that he has trouble with.
"You know, one of the teachers brought up 15 kids for dental work yesterday, and I wasn't here. I just forgot all about it. I really felt terrible."

Posted By: Alex - Wed Sep 26, 2012 - Comments (8)
Category: Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1970s

Candy and Women



Two WU essentials in one song!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Sep 26, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Music, Candy, 1940s, Women

September 25, 2012

Onion As Weather Forecaster

No, we are not talking about the brilliant humor publication, The Onion. Rather, we are interested in this bizarre bit of folk wisdom:

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Here's another account, whose hero is depicted below, with greater details as to the proper procedure.

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How long has this been going on? At least seventy years, as we can see from this account.

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Has anyone ever heard of this before, or know of the origin of the practice?

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 25, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Agriculture, Regionalism, Superstition, Vegetables

Mutant Genital-Biting Female Mice


After tweaking the genes of some laboratory mice, Swiss scientists have produced female mice that exhibit an unusual sexual behavior. They bite the genitals of their partners. The male mice respond by running away in terror.

This unusual trait is passed through the female line, from mother to daughter. The scientists aren't sure if humans have a similar 'genital-biting' gene, but they're hopeful that "future studies addressing the genetic basis of behavior in humans may be very informative in this respect."

The video is worth watching just to see the female mice going at it.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Sep 25, 2012 - Comments (13)
Category: Animals, Science, Genitals

September 24, 2012

Key To Longer Life For Men

A study has found that castrated men live longer than those who aren't. Or maybe it just seems longer.

Posted By: patty - Mon Sep 24, 2012 - Comments (9)
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