Weird Universe Archive

October 2012

October 25, 2012

Pedestrian Crossing



Our simpleton from "Coughs and Sneezes" returns.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 25, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Motor Vehicles, PSA's, Urban Life, 1940s

October 24, 2012

Deer Compost

I never knew how roadkill was disposed of. Turns out that in Maryland the state turns roadkill — particularly deer roadkill — into compost that's scattered by the side of the road. The process: the carcasses are taken to a "deer composting facility" where the bodies are loaded into large wooden bins. Horse manure and wood chips are piled on top. Every week the stuff in the bins is aerated and more manure and wood chips are added. Three months later, it's all moved into the open for curing. The end result is deer compost, which is scattered by the side of the road, helping to grow grass and plants that the living deer eat, until they get hit by a passing car, and the cycle is complete. [washington post]

Posted By: Alex - Wed Oct 24, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Animals, Death

Follies of the Mad Men #192

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I wish Mr. Indigo Blue and Mr. Beamish Bright had become as popular as Goofus and Gallant. What adventures they could have had while conquering constipation!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 24, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Bathrooms, Body, Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1940s

October 23, 2012

Mind-blowing Milky Way and Aurora Borealis Time Lapse

I am officially dumb-founded by the incredible images in this video.



Click on the "x" to enjoy this in full screen.

Brad Goldpoint combines over 7000 images to create this work of art.

Here's his website.

http://goldpaintphotography.com/

Great images of the Milky Way and the Aurora Borealis, plus mysterious lights which streak across the screen. Meteorites? Airplanes? UFO's? Car headlights? Satellites?

Way cool, whatever they are.

Posted By: gdanea - Tue Oct 23, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Photography and Photographers

Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer, Just Like A Chap


Check out Mr.B's WEBSITE!!

Posted By: Tyrusguy - Tue Oct 23, 2012 - Comments (2)
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Fur Trapping the Boy Scout Way

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Not quite a century ago, apparently enough Boy Scouts indulged in fur trapping that a big fur company felt compelled to advertise to them.

What would PETA say if the Scouts did that today?

Wait a minute... They still kinda do!

From Boys' Life for February 1919.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 23, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Clubs, Fraternities and Other Self-selecting Organizations, Hunting, Trapping and Other Wilderness Activities, Twentieth Century

Pencil Chair and Table

Made by German artist Kerstin Schulz back in 2005 to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Faber Castell's Castell 9000 pencil, which was the first hexagonally shaped pencil. Good for writing with, bad for sitting on. [designboom]





Posted By: Alex - Tue Oct 23, 2012 - Comments (7)
Category: Art, Furniture

October 22, 2012

World’s Thinnest House

What's less than four feet wide, thirty-feet tall and thirty-three feet deep? And has a ladder entrance ten feet off the ground?

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This 3D visualization gives you an idea what can be done when an old building and a newer building leave four feet between them. It's meant as a statement about the war destruction in Poland and the rebuilding being connected. The Keret home is named for the writer who will be living there.

He moves in Saturday, and says the narrow house is a "a kind of a memorial to my family," says Etgar Keret, whose mother's and father's families died in the Holocaust. His paternal grandfather died in Warsaw's uprising against the Nazis in 1944.

Here's the link for the whole story and more pictures.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/19/narrow-house-opening-as-a_0_n_1987050.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news&ir=Weird%20News

Toilet and shower included, plus an "almost" double bed.

Not living large -- living thin!!

Posted By: gdanea - Mon Oct 22, 2012 - Comments (10)
Category: Architecture

Dick Hats

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MMMM chocolate!

Posted By: patty - Mon Oct 22, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Sex

Protected Species?

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Is Bigfoot a protected species in New York state? Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot Expo spokesman Peter Wiemer thinks so. Cool slide show of Bigfoot pic at the link.

Posted By: patty - Mon Oct 22, 2012 - Comments (5)
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