Weird Universe Archive

December 2012

December 21, 2012

The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot



What!?! A bummer Christmas song with no happy ending?!? "Last year's broken toys..." Pathetic!

Posted By: Paul - Fri Dec 21, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Holidays, Tragedy and Pathos, Children, 1930s, Fictional Monsters, Sadness

Scotch Tape Portraits

Photographer Wes Naman has a series of portraits of people with scotch tape wrapped around their face. I think I've found the appropriate way to pose for my facebook photo. (via eleven acres)







Posted By: Alex - Fri Dec 21, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Photography and Photographers

December 20, 2012

News of the Weird (12-20-2012)

The News of the Weird Blog
Angst, Confusion, Cynicism, Ridicule

Hand-Picked and Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tashiro-jima, Japan: It’s an island of 100 people, oodles of feral felines (each practicing self-hatred because it lacks tiger genes), and various monuments and chachkas in the image of cats, created by adoring visitors. Japanese don’t need a visa to visit, but if Yr Editor were running it, a note from your shrink would be required. Mother Nature Network

Yangzhou City, China: Shanghai Daily reported that Shangmao kindergarten had instituted a new fee--for parents who want the teachers to actually hug their kids: once in the morning, upon arrival, and once in the afternoon, upon departure. About US$12.80 a month. Shanghai Daily

Guangzhou, China: Speaking of fees, hey, how ‘bout those airline baggage fees, huh? It says here that this fella showed up at Guangzhou Baiyun Int’l bent on avoiding the fee. He was wearing 60 shirts and 9 prs of jeans. [Rim shot!] The Nation (Bangkok)

Hutchinson, Kan.: It says here that the 7-month-old girl had a lump in her neck. ER doctors in Wichita hypothesized that she had once stuck a bird feather in her mouth, that it migrated through her tissue and started to protrude from her neck. An ER doctor, ummm, just pulled it out through her skin. [ed.: OK, good point, but I’m supposed to know that how?] CBS News

Buffalo, N.Y.: Behold the inspiring small-business entrepreneurial spirit of Eric Gonzalez-Cerino. A McD’s called police because Eric was dealing drugs on the property. Police said that when they arrived, Eric kept selling and told them that he wasn’t leaving until he was done. Buffalo News

Pambopata National Park, Peru: We welcome our future spider overlords. Biologist Phil Torres reported observing a spider in the Rainforest meticulously constructing a “decoy” spider made of “tiny bits of leaf, debris, and dead insects,” and the real spider able to nudge the decoy too-and-fro so that predators get distracted into thinking that that one is the real spider. News.com.au (Sydney)

© 2012 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.

Posted By: Chuck - Thu Dec 20, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category:

Most Disturbing Cartoon Lion Ever

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Source of image in Amazon link.


Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 20, 2012 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Comics, 1950s

Columbia Records Posters:  1970

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My scanner could not capture this image in one pass, so I had to do it clumsily in four. But you get the idea. This is an inner record sleeve from a 1970 album. Click on any segment to see what Columbia Records thought was groovy back then.

"O. C. Smith"?!?

Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 20, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Music, Pop Art, 1970s

December 19, 2012

The Butterfly Effect



I hope every WU-vie's morning goes better than this.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 19, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Death, Destruction, Disasters, Humor, Science, Cartoons

Pubic hair grooming injuries on the rise

The article "Pubic Hair Grooming Injuries Presenting to U.S. Emergency Departments" was published in the December issue of the journal Urology. The authors note that the scientific community has paid little attention to the subject of pubic hair grooming injuries, which is why their article is a welcome correction.

The take-home from the article is that a) pubic hair grooming injuries are on the rise, mostly because more people are watching porn, inspiring them to want to look like porn stars down there, so they start grooming, sometimes with bad consequences; and b) razors were responsible for most of the injuries. The authors recommend using clippers instead.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Dec 19, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Hygiene, Medicine, Genitals, Hair and Hairstyling

December 18, 2012

Gingerbread AT AT

This bakery gets my vote for most creative gingerbread house All Terrain Armored Transport.

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Here's the link to the bakery in California.

http://www.blackmarketbakery.com/index.php/press/article/18

For the Harry Potter fans of gingerbread creativity, here's the Weasley family home, known as "The Burrows." Made with over 200 pieces, the house took Michelle Jamieson more than a week to cobble together.

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Here's the link to this and other (White House, Angry Birds, Eiffel Tower) gingerbread creations.

http://bites.today.com/_news/2011/12/22/9611093-check-out-these-over-the-top-gingerbread-houses

Merry Christmas!! Unless you'd rather have a Happy Holiday!

Posted By: gdanea - Tue Dec 18, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Food

News of the Weird (12-18-2012)

The News of the Weird Blog
Angst, Confusion, Cynicism, Ridicule

Hand-Picked and Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

© 2012 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.

Belgium: Bless Huffington Post’s heart. They found a boutique hotel at about $150 a night, and by “boutique,” I mean shaped like a human colon, a brown human colon, lying out in a field, with heat and showers and rather cramped rooms. Somebody had to think up this idea. Must have been “an artist.” Huffington Post

Springfield, Mass.: How befuddled a person do you have to be to go to city hall to pay a traffic ticket and wind up on jury duty in an assault case? The Republican (Springfield)

Tobyhanna Township, Pa.: The driver was DUI so the cops searched passenger Jasmine Ackerman, 33, whose bra housed 170 “packets of heroin” and some marijuana. Boobular symmetry would require 85 per cup, but maybe that’s being too picky. The Morning Call (Allentown)

UK: The “human Barbie,” Sarah Burge, who has had 100 cosmetic procedures over the yrs and has been tricking up her two daughters, 15 and 8, announced she’d spend about $29,000 on tarting up the two and their older sibling for Christmas this yr. World’s Greatest Newspaper

Spartanburg, S.C.: Could Benjamin Greene, 22, have reached the most dismal state of masculinity? He (1) clumsily tried to shoplift something from a (2) Spencer’s Gifts store. It was a (3) blow-up doll. Of (4) Miley Cyrus. Spelled “Milie Cyrus” and (5) didn’t even resemble her in the least except for the packaging. And on top of all that, he got caught. And on top-top of all that, he has to live with a bully-goading babyface. The Smoking Gun

Boca Raton, Fla.: Pity the defense counsel, who might have to argue to a jury that Jesse Russell, 31, is innocent of selling drugs. South Florida Sun Sentinel

Perspective: Two yrs down the road after passage of the federal fund for World Trade Center first responders’ healthcare costs, the Staten Island Advance laments that that borough’s claimants have received damned little payout utterly zilch. Staten Island Advance


Posted By: Chuck - Tue Dec 18, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category:

Sir Linit



Knights, armor, fabric clothes? And the connection is...?

Posted By: Paul - Tue Dec 18, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, 1960s

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