Weird Universe Archive

March 2013

March 22, 2013

In one end, out the other

Apologies in advance for the crappy post. I'll let the artist, Gabriel Morais, explain his project:

The idea behind this project, is to show how much the food we ingest affects our body, therefore the colour of each poop was not manipulated on photoshop. To achieve the result, the quantity I ate for each picture was:
4.5kg of beet root in 36 hours.
3.5kg of Froot Loops in 30 hours.
4kg of sweet corn in 36 hours.

So in the photos below, he shows what he ate first, followed by what eventually came out the other end.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Mar 22, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category: Art, Body, Food, Photography and Photographers, Excrement

March 21, 2013

VW Snow Bug

German police in the town of Aachen were tricked by a very talented snow sculptor/prankster. A VW Beetle made entirely of snow was built in a no parking zone. It was so realistic that it got ticketed, in fact, local police only discovered the prank when they tried to brush off the licence plate and it was solid snow.

Posted By: patty - Thu Mar 21, 2013 - Comments (5)
Category: Pranks

Long-Distance Bed Pushing

Whatever happened to long-distance bed pushing? It was a craze that swept across colleges in 1961. Time magazine (Feb. 24, 1961) reported on it:

The latest caper in Canadian colleges is bed pushing. Born at the University of Rhodesia, and perfected—as was last year's college craze, phone-booth stacking —at South Africa's University of Natal, it spread over some sort of Commonwealth bush telegraph. Last week Canadian college students from Nova Scotia to British Columbia were indefatigably mounting beds on wheels and pushing them over highways, prairies and frozen lakes. The current world's record of 1,000 continuous miles is claimed by a team from Ontario's Queens University, which kept its Simmons rolling day and night for a week.

I found reports of students continuing to push beds long distances as late as 1979 when a new world record was set (1,980 miles by students from Pennsylvania's St. Vincent College who pushed a bed in laps around a shopping center). But then the fad seemed to fade away. At least, I haven't been able to find reports of more recent updates to the record.

The picture below shows students from Ontario Western University pushing a bed along a highway back in 1961.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Mar 21, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category: Fads, World Records, 1960s

Guitar with Char



Who knew Japan boasted such guitar wizards? A weird disjunction with the common conception of "J-pop."

The fellow in the black tee-shirt, who appears to be the host of this show, is Char. The guest in the black leather is Rolly Teranishi. There's about a dozen other episodes of Char's show on YouTube.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 21, 2013 - Comments (3)
Category: Music, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, Asia

March 20, 2013

Pastafarian Prejudice

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The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is in the news again. European Pastafarians are going to court for equal rights in the EU. For those who are unaware the religion, which is well loved here on WU, came about in response to intellegent design being taught in some schools. For the curious here is the wiki page on Pastafaians and their religion.

Posted By: patty - Wed Mar 20, 2013 - Comments (7)
Category: Religion

Quantum Daughter

Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 20, 2013 - Comments (0)
Category: Science, Surrealism, Stop-motion Animation

Ice Drums

Posted By: Alex - Wed Mar 20, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Music

March 19, 2013

Upright Burial

Over in Australia, Darwin City Council Alderman Gary Lambert is in the news for proposing that bodies should be buried upright, in order to save space in the local cemetery. He also thinks the corpses should be frozen before burial because, "If it's not frozen, it will wobble and move, and this makes sure that the body is in a straight position and can fit inside the hole."

His idea about burying bodies frozen is actually more original than burying them upright, because those who worry about making the burial process more efficient have been pushing the upright burial concept for a long time. In fact, there's already an Australian company, Upright Burials, dedicated to promoting this method. Their infographic is below. As you can see, they've solved the problem of how to bury a body unfrozen without it wobbling and moving.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Mar 19, 2013 - Comments (7)
Category: Death

Sheboygan Brat Days





August is practically here! Don't forget to head to beautiful Sheboygan for their annual Brat Days celebration. The first video tells the schedule for two years ago, but I can't imagine it will be too different in 2013, although on the other hand, it's their big 60th anniversary!

Plus, as you can see in the second video, they even feature sexy pole dancing!


Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 19, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category: Food, Parades and Festivals, Regionalism, Public Indecency, Dance

March 18, 2013

You can Tell By The Smell

A UK Crimestoppers group is handing out scratch and sniff cards to familiarize the public with the smell of pot. This is in the hope that it will help people detect when neighbors are growing marijuana so they can report this serious, dangerous crime.

Posted By: patty - Mon Mar 18, 2013 - Comments (11)
Category: Drugs

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