Weird Universe Archive

June 2013

June 23, 2013

Gags and Gals



Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 23, 2013 - Comments (5)
Category: Music, 1940s, Women

June 22, 2013

Miss Treasury Department


Shown is Helen G. Sweeney who won the title of Miss Washington D.C. back in 1924. But she also served, more specifically, as Miss Treasury Department.

Apparently young women were chosen to represent all the various offices of the federal government. So in addition to Miss Treasury Department there was:
  • Miss Bureau of Standards (Betty Grace Tucker)
  • Miss Veterans Bureau (Elsie L. Schulze)
  • Miss Commerce (Estelle Meisenheimer)
  • Miss Navy (Etelka Kearney)
  • Miss State Department (Adeline Shuler)
  • Miss Post Office (Ellen S. Waller)
  • Miss Department of Justice (Helen T. Gallagher)
  • Miss Civil Service (Irma Beaver)
  • Miss Labor (Margaret McKinley)
  • Miss Bureau of Engraving (Elizabeth Thompson)
  • Miss War Department (Pearl B. Henry)
  • Miss Government Printing Office (Evelen M. Smith)
  • Miss Agriculture (Jewell Sager)
  • Miss Interior (Minnie Jean)
  • Miss Federation (Margaret M. Mattare)
  • Miss Interstate Commerce (Sarah M. Boyle)
  • Miss U.S. Employee's Compensation Commission (Edith S. Webb)
Source: The Washington Post, Dec. 1, 1924

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jun 22, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Government, 1920s

Mouth Guard Cleaners, Past & Present



The demure product of today versus the bold product of the past (1962). Which would you choose for your pressing oral hygiene & "mouthpiece filth" needs?

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Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 22, 2013 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, 1960s

June 21, 2013

New Zealand Deer Cheese

New Zealand entrepreneur Graeme Shaw is starting the world's first commercial deer cheese operation. Milking the deer is apparently a bit of a challenge, but the cheese itself is said to taste good. I'd definitely give it a try. tvnz.co.nz

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 21, 2013 - Comments (12)
Category: Food

June 20, 2013

It Takes a Thief

Around here we like to laugh at thieves and applaud those who choose not to be victims.
Here's one 'non-victim'.



Click here for the whole story.

Posted By: Expat47 - Thu Jun 20, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Radio

Endless Toilet Bowls

Constantin Brancusi's 1938 sculpture "The Endless Column" is quite famous. So much so that, as the Box Vox blog points out, not one but TWO artists independently came up with the idea of paying homage to it by making endless columns of toilet bowls — Tim Thyzel using white ceramic bowls (2001) and Konstantin Bojanov using red, acrylic resin casts of toilet bowls (2008).



Posted By: Alex - Thu Jun 20, 2013 - Comments (1)
Category: Art, Bathrooms

Life in America:  1933







Posted By: Paul - Thu Jun 20, 2013 - Comments (5)
Category: Customs, 1930s, North America

June 19, 2013

Inhale Your Food

Any food that you can turn into a soup, you can inhale using "Le Whaf." It makes the experience of eating strongly resemble taking drags on cigarettes.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 19, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category: Food

The Herriges Horror

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. Human nature, good or evil, is invariant.

Read the whole story here, in a small book from 1870.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jun 19, 2013 - Comments (2)
Category: Crime, Family, Horror, Nineteenth Century

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