Weird Universe Archive

December 2012

December 18, 2012

The Ear Pull (and other painful Inuit sports)

Quoting from wikipedia:

The ear pull is a traditional Inuit game which tests the competitors' ability to endure pain. In the ear pull, two competitors sit facing each other, their legs straddled and interlocked. A two-foot-long loop of string, similar to a thick, waxed dental floss, is looped behind their ears, connecting right ear to right ear, or left to left. The competitors then pull upon the opposing ear using their own ear until the cord comes free or one player quits from the pain. The game has been omitted from some Arctic sports competitions due to safety concerns and the squeamishness of spectators; the event can cause bleeding and competitors sometimes require stitches.




The ear weight is a related competition. The goal is to walk as far as possible with lead weights (16 pounds) hanging from your ears. For many years, the reigning champion was Joshua Okpik, Jr. (shown below) who went half a mile with the weights. From People magazine (Aug 11, 1986):

As Okpik entered his fifth circuit of the Big Dipper Arena in Fairbanks, the crowd of 2,000 picked up a clapping beat. Around and around he padded, his ear darkening from purple to black, his neck muscles straining like cables. Six, seven, eight circuits he went, face contorted in pain, the audience now rocking and bellowing in support. Okpik was starting his tenth lap when his twine loop slipped and the 16 pounds thudded to the floor. He had walked 1,813 feet and five inches, more than a third of a mile. What drove him? As pain tested his limits, Okpik later said, "I told myself, 'Just be tough like a man.'"



image via Tundra Times

Or there's the Knuckle Hop, which tests how far contestants can hop on their knuckles on a hardwood floor. Apparently you lose feeling in your hands after the first few hoops. So no worries!

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

December 17, 2012

Bacon Emergency Tear Sheet

Just in case you are in trouble during the holidays, you may want to prepare this bacon tear sheet.

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Here's the source:

http://www.pleated-jeans.com/2012/08/09/funny-pic-dump-8-9-12/pickmeupandshakeme/

What will you use your emergency bacon for?

Posted By: gdanea - Mon Dec 17, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Bacon

Ranger Rick







Is Ranger Rick more ghastly and scary than Woodsy Owl? Your call!

You just know, of course, when he's seated at that computer he's surfing for furry porn.



Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 17, 2012 - Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Nature, Children, 1960s

December 16, 2012

Stanley Steemer variations

You may have heard the Stanley Steemer commercials. But what started out as a voice-over demo evolved into variations on a theme -- the Stanley Steemer song. Mia Gentile worked with a friend, Roger Klug, on the piece.



There is a great summary of characters, styles and a high-energy conclusion at about 2:30.

Here's the link to the story:

http://todayentertainment.today.com/_news/2012/12/13/15842111-singer-turns-stanley-steemer-jingle-into-dazzling-romp-through-musical-genres?lite

It certainly shows a wide vocal range and a great imagination!!

Posted By: gdanea - Sun Dec 16, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category: ShowBiz

Why The World Didn’t End Yesterday


NASA Is so sure the world will not end on Dec.21 2012 that they already released a video for the day after!!

Posted By: Tyrusguy - Sun Dec 16, 2012 - Comments (18)
Category:

Paco Rabanne Bathing Suits:  1966

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[Click to enlarge. From Playboy for November 1966.]

Alex has begun a "weird bathing suit" meme, with his WOODEN BATHING SUITS post. I fear I shall have to see him his wood and raise him some plastic.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Dec 16, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Fashion, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, 1960s

Driver’s License Photo as Art

Art is usually hung on walls, but the art of Fredrik Saker is now displayed on his driver's license, because he submitted a painted self-portrait of himself to the Swedish Transport Board for them to use as his license photo. And because it's a good likeness of him, the officials at the Transport Board accepted it. The self-portrait and his license are below. Saker has titled the portrait "This is not me." The BBC News suggests that Saker's work recalls "the art of the 16th Century miniaturists like Nicholas Hilliard" as well as "the Norwegian-born artist, Kjartan Slettemark, who made a career through questions of identity and travelled round Europe in the 1970s on a passport in which his head and beard had been superimposed on a photograph of the US president, Richard Nixon."




Saker couldn't have done this in the U.S. because the state Department of Motor Vehicles don't let you submit your own photo. (At least, they don't in California, which is the one I'm familiar with.) Though it might work for a passport application.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Dec 16, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Art, Face and Facial Expressions

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

It's that time of year again when we roll out those holiday movies, pop mountains of corn, and gather the whole family in front of the TV to enjoy them yet again.

Here's one of the (ahem) better offerings from 1964.

Posted By: Expat47 - Sun Dec 16, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Movies, 1960s

December 15, 2012

Follies of the Madmen #195



This one comes courtesy of longtime WU-vie Expat47.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 15, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Junk Food, Reader Recommendation, 1950s

December 14, 2012

Trust Issues

Married for 30 years, this poor woman became a widow in February 2011. But wait, did I say widow? Not so much, as her husband secretly divorced her 8 years before. Then he continued to live with her as always but upon his death she was left with nothing. The man's grown children from a previous marriage are fighting her for everything. I guess we women will have to start checking the county records periodically if it is that easy to divorce someone without their knowlege. What a dirty rotten trick.

Posted By: patty - Fri Dec 14, 2012 - Comments (12)
Category: Divorce

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