Weird Universe Archive

February 2013

February 3, 2013

Happy Superbowl Watching… Please Pass the Feces!

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has a message for all the people going to Superbowl parties today:

More than 1.23 billion chicken wings will be devoured as football fans watch the San Francisco 49ers take on the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl... Just five wings have more calories, fat, and cholesterol than a Big Mac. Sickening, but more nauseating: Most chicken products people eat are tainted with feces.

They go into more detail:

A typical large processing plant may slaughter more than a million birds per week. There, chickens are stunned, killed, bled, and sent through scalding tanks, which help remove feathers but also act as reservoirs that transfer feces from one carcass to another. After scalding, feathers and intestines are mechanically removed. Intestinal contents can spill onto machinery and contaminate the muscles and organs of the chicken and those processed afterward.


Posted By: Alex - Sun Feb 03, 2013 - Comments (7)
Category: Food, Excrement

February 2, 2013

Name That List, #19

What is this a list of? The answer is below in extended.
  • A lamp shade, quite gaudy
  • One rubber band
  • Two artificial flowers
  • One chain off a bathtub plug
  • One shoe lace


More in extended >>

Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 02, 2013 - Comments (2)
Category: Name That List

Air Devils Toy



Kids today, with their ubiquitous sophisticated remote-control helicopters, don't know how lucky they have it, over previous generations with their more primitive toys.

But why did we have so much fun?

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 02, 2013 - Comments (3)
Category: Toys, Advertising, 1970s

February 1, 2013

The Continuing Effort To Destroy Childhood

Hide and seek is a dangerous game for children to play, here's why.

Posted By: patty - Fri Feb 01, 2013 - Comments (5)
Category: Political Correctness

Don’t Bury Me Yet!!

When you're 101, be careful about sleeping too well, especially if you have no detectable pulse and don't seem to be breathing.

You may be placed in a coffin and be prepared for burial.

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Here's the link to the story.

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2013-01/23/content_27773242.htm

The best part is where she sits up and says "Hello, there" to the mourners.

Quick, change the sign -- "Condolences" "Congratulations!"

Posted By: gdanea - Fri Feb 01, 2013 - Comments (2)
Category: Screwups

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Sioux Falls, S.D.: Loretta Lacy had to put pedal to metal across Minnesota to get to her granddaughter’s recital in Racine, Wis., even if it meant a speeding ticket. How about four tickets in 2½ hours (88, 88, 99, 112 mph)? She arrived late. Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Bristol, England: And speaking of relentless, the ever-hardy Derek Edwards, 69, was finally cited on January 8th for soliciting a prostitute--after cops had already caught him for soliciting twice that night. He had only been lectured to in the earlier incidents. swns.com (Bristol)

Bristol, England: And speaking of Bristol, again, a court there has rejected Anthony Gerrard’s appeal, thus keeping his massive porn collection safe, inside police vaults. He had 888 GB of adult porn movies (legal), but included were 11 incidental images of possibly underage models. Thus, police won’t return his computers--because then the police would be “distributing” child porn. (The magistrate had earlier refused to prosecute him for the 11, reasoning that they were probably downloaded mindlessly amongst his humongous adult-porn files.) (Wily Legal Argument: If they gave me my 888 GB back, I’d stay off the vile, disgusting Internet because with my 888 GB, and at age 59, I don’t have that many raging-hormone years left.) (Didn’t work.) ThisIsBristol.com

Connersville, Ind.: Jennifer (a nurse) and Jeff Counceller (cop) found an injured deer, nursed it back to health for two years, and had not gotten around yet to releasing it back into the wild, when the state Dept. of Natural Resources charged them with misdemeanor possession of a deer. The Councellers are getting support from all over the world--but DNR won't let go. Indianapolis Star

TV Program Alert: In case you missed the episode of My Strange Addiction on TLC, you should know that “Lisa” is fine with her habit of licking cat hair. Licking it off of the sofa is OK, but Lisa apparently prefers all-natural (i.e., she grooms, too). Gawker.com

Harare, Zimbabwe: The finance minister reported that the famously inflation-amok country has only $217 in the bank right now. (Buried Ledes: Zimbabwe has a finance minister. He keeps a checkbook register.) (73% of the budget goes to pay bureaucrats and soldiers.) NBC News

Jury Duty
[In America, you're presumed innocent . . until the mug shot is released]:

Jefferson County, Mont.: William Province, 42, was accused of waterboarding four boys in his home. Really, does this guy look like he could possibly do such a thing? Montana Standard (Butte)

Posted By: Chuck - Fri Feb 01, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category:

The Anti-Collision Train

Imagine you're riding in a train, when you see another train hurtling toward you on the same track. No problem. You're on the "anti-collision train," designed by P.K. Stern of New York. It was a bold idea for improving travel safety, but it never caught on. The Strand magazine (1904) explained the concept:

A single track is used, on which railway-cars are caused to travel. Two cars are rushing towards each other at a speed of twenty-five miles an hour, so that a collision would, under ordinary conditions, be inevitable, when suddenly one of the cars runs, not into, but over the top of the other and lands on the track on the other side, where it continues in perfect safety to its destination. The underneath car has proceeded as if nothing had happened.

The cars, although they run upon wheels, are really travelling bridges, with overhanging compartments for the accommodation of passengers. Over the framed structure of the cars thus constituted an arched track is carried, securely fastened to the car and serving the purpose of providing a road-bed for the colliding car. This superimposed track is built in accordance with well-understood principles of bridge construction.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 01, 2013 - Comments (9)
Category: Inventions, Travel, Transportation, Trains

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