Weird Universe Archive

September 2012

September 11, 2012

Slow Kids Equal Speed Bumps?

Be careful in this neighborhood. There may be unexpected speed bumps.

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I've always wondered about the "Slow Children" signs.

Posted By: gdanea - Tue Sep 11, 2012 - Comments (13)
Category: Children

Bacon Related Violence

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Bacon is delicious and wonderful, but you should not beat up your mom over it. Four months in jail for performing the beat down is not the only reason either.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Sep 11, 2012 - Comments (10)
Category: Bacon

Girl in the Hot Pants



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Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 11, 2012 - Comments (13)
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The Great Antonio

The strongman Antonio Barichievich (1925-2003), aka the Great Antonio, seems Weird-Universe worthy. Here's a few brief facts about his life (via wikipedia and mrkurtnielsen.com):
  • He first made it into the Guinness Book of World Records in 1952 by pulling a 433-ton train 19.8 metres.
  • He weighed 465 pounds (at his heaviest) and stood about 6 foot 4┬áinches.
  • He could eat 25 chickens or 10 steaks at one sitting.
  • He claimed that he trained by running head-on into trees from a distance of 60 metres.
  • He sang with a soft, beautiful voice, and at one time wanted to tour with Tiny Tim.
  • He owned what was possibly the world's largest rocking chair — 4 meters high and 2 meters wide.
  • He believed he was descended from extraterrestrials.
  • As he grew older, he braided his dreadlocks into a club held together with masking tape and used this to play "hair golf."
  • Later in life, the only way to contact him was to leave a message at the Dunkin' Donuts in Rosemont, Canada.
  • He died of a heart attack at the age of 77.






Posted By: Alex - Tue Sep 11, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Eccentrics, Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, Human Marvels

September 10, 2012

10 Door Truck

Ten people can jump in this truck at the same time.

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If you have more than ten friends, I guess two doors could always be added.
It doesn't look like every door works, but you could still jump in the back.

The real question is what did they buy at the 7-11?

Posted By: gdanea - Mon Sep 10, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Transportation

The Pipes of Pain

Would you go to a dentist called Dr. Pain? Would your decision change if you knew he was going to play bagpipes for you as he waited for your anesthesia to take effect?

Unfortunately, the question is moot, since Dr. Rodney Pain, the bagpipe-playing dentist of San Francisco, is surely no longer in practice. (He's probably no longer alive.) A photo and caption detailing his unusual blend of dentistry and Scottish music ran in newspapers back in early 1966. [Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, Spokane Daily Chronicle]



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Posted By: Alex - Mon Sep 10, 2012 - Comments (14)
Category: Medicine, Music, 1960s

Giant Weiner Dog

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"Half a dog high and two dogs long so all the kids can pet him" just doesn't cover it with Obie. He weighs 77 pounds! He is getting help to slim down now, good luck pup.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Sep 10, 2012 - Comments (9)
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September 9, 2012

Snake In Your Bonnet

It sounds worse when English newspapers report it. The bonnet isn't a hat -- it's the hood of your car. Finding a 16 foot rock python under the hood of your car is bad, especially when you have just watched it slither under your car. When it doesn't come out, do you have the guts to open the hood?

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Even more surprising, since there was no one around to help, they drove -- WITH THE SNAKE IN THE CAR -- three miles to a lookout station to coax out the snake. Here's the link to the bonnet story.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/python-found-in-car-engine-16-ft-1309075

By the way, they were there to see lions.


Posted By: gdanea - Sun Sep 09, 2012 - Comments (7)
Category: Animals

Nutritional Advice from BOYS’ LIFE

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Posted By: Paul - Sun Sep 09, 2012 - Comments (17)
Category: Magazines, Candy, Chocolate, Junk Food, Nutrition, 1930s, 1940s

Crime-Fighting Babies

Business owners in southeast London are decorating their store fronts with giant pictures of babies, in the hope that such pictures will deter criminals and rioters. [The Blaze]

Maybe it's just me, but something looks odd about the baby in the picture. I think it's the hair. I know some babies are born with more hair than others, but that kid has such a full head of hair that he looks like he's wearing a wig. Also, (and I know this is not a comparison that would occur to most people) he vaguely reminds me of the (fake) baby Adolf Hitler.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Sep 09, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Babies, Crime

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