Weird Universe Archive

May 2013

May 31, 2013

Pretend you’re a horse and get fit

Get in shape by unleashing your inner horse. Prance, trot, and gallop your way to good health. Joanna Rohrback, creator of the Prancercise "fitness revolution" offers this definition of her workout technique: "A springy, rhythmic way of moving forward,similar to a horse’s gait and ideally induced by elation."



Posted By: Alex - Fri May 31, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category: Exercise and Fitness

Follies of the Madmen #206



Posted By: Paul - Fri May 31, 2013 - Comments (11)
Category: Animals, PSA's, Tobacco and Smoking

May 30, 2013

Horizontal Shower

Available from Dornbracht:

For the first time, HORIZONTAL SHOWER permits showering using the AMBIANCE TUNING TECHNIQUE while reclining. The application combines six WATER BARS recessed into a broad shower field above a reclining space, along with an eTOOL as the main operating element. Just as with VERTICAL SHOWER, with HORIZONTAL SHOWER the user can also choose from among a variety of pre-programmed choreographies, offering a range of settings for water temperature, intensity and quantity.

Just wondering how practical this would be for actually washing yourself, as opposed to lying down and getting a water massage. I'm also guessing most people wouldn't have enough water pressure in their house to install something like this. And, of course, there's no mention of price, because if you need to know how much it costs, you can't afford it.

Posted By: Alex - Thu May 30, 2013 - Comments (8)
Category: Bathrooms, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods

May 29, 2013

Let Mr. Mouse’s Nightmare Help You!

Psychotherapy via mouse torture. Milwaukee Sentinel - Nov 16, 1941.

Posted By: Alex - Wed May 29, 2013 - Comments (7)
Category: Science, Psychology, 1940s

Wacky Races and You



Posted By: Paul - Wed May 29, 2013 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Destruction, Motor Vehicles, Cartoons, 1960s

May 28, 2013

Weighed down by a cushion


Performance artist Stephen Sheehan's latest piece is called "Weighed down by a cushion." It consists of lying down in the middle of a Liverpool shopping center with a cushion on his chest [liverpoolecho]. He explains:

An excuse is  something you have  mentally placed upon  yourself. The cushion is a  lightweight object that I  placed on my chess. I  imagined this cushion as a  heavy object in order to  stop me from moving. We both know that the  cushion and excuse could  be easily removed but we  choose to keep them in  place to reduce the chance  of disappointment or failure.

You can find many of his other performances via his facebook page, such as his piece "Standing in a box, in a field for 33 seconds."

Posted By: Alex - Tue May 28, 2013 - Comments (7)
Category: Performance Art

Antique Homicide Photos from NYC Archives

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Over 300 gruesomely fascinating murder victims, at the NYC Archives. Of course, the 800K+ other shots are pretty cool as well.

Posted By: Paul - Tue May 28, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Death, Photography and Photographers, Urban Life, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century, Blood

May 27, 2013

The Dog Saucer

Greg Hudome is hoping to raise $600,000 on kickstarter to start production on his "Dog Saucer" invention. So far he's managed to raise $100, so he's got a ways to go.

Posted By: Alex - Mon May 27, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category: Dogs, Motorcycles

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