Weird Universe Archive

August 2013

August 28, 2013

The Death Patrol

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A ten-year-old, a zoot-suiter, a swami, a cannibal king and a caveman. What evildoer would not die laughing?

The history.

Read the whole story here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 28, 2013 - Comments (3)
Category: Stereotypes and Cliches, Comics, 1940s

The dangers of soap dust

Soap dust was one of the things people had to deal with in the days before liquid detergent became more common.

It got up your nose:



Plus, it was explosive:

Posted By: Alex - Wed Aug 28, 2013 - Comments (17)
Category: Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods

August 27, 2013

Borrah Minevitch & His Harmonica Rascals



Posted By: Paul - Tue Aug 27, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category: Movies, Music, 1930s, 1940s

Left behind in the acupuncture clinic

Acupuncturist Dr. Jeff Tsing says he's "baffled" at how he could have closed up his business for the day and gone home, failing to remember that a patient was still lying on his table, needles in. wfaa.com

Posted By: Alex - Tue Aug 27, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Medicine

August 26, 2013

The End of Resistentialism

Had to share this. Our very own Paul talks about resistentialism:

[Fractal'12] "The End of Resistentialism" by Paul Di Filippo from Universo Fractal on Vimeo.

About two minutes in, he asks someone off-camera to cue up a video projector. I honestly thought the projector was going to refuse to work, and that would be the example of resistentialism.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Aug 26, 2013 - Comments (11)
Category: Paul

Maestro Subgum







Which would you do first, to avoid experiencing this "music?" Puncture your eardrums, or gouge out your eyes? It's a tough call.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 26, 2013 - Comments (7)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Music

Anti-Cheating Hats

What desperate Chinese teachers are resorting to nowadays. The hats would also make a great fashion statement outside school. [via ryot.org]



And here's what seems to be an American version of these hats (though the picture looks a little photoshopped):

Posted By: Alex - Mon Aug 26, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Education, Headgear

August 25, 2013

A Motorhome Drives Into A Bar

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Now stop me if you've heard this one. Perhaps the name of the town is explanation enough.

Posted By: patty - Sun Aug 25, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category: Alcohol

Face Rocks

The Hall of Curious Rocks in Japan collects "Face Rocks," which are rocks that look like faces. They currently have over 900 of them. The bottom image shows one of the prides of their collection, the Elvis Rock. I'm sure if I looked around my backyard, I could find a few face rocks to contribute to their collection. [via kotaku]

Posted By: Alex - Sun Aug 25, 2013 - Comments (3)
Category: Collectors

Egyptian Deities Cigarettes

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After our look at Murad cigarettes, here's another brand of the period. I wonder how well they would sell in today's geopolitical climate? And isn't there something sacrilegious about naming your product after another religion's sacred gods?

Posted By: Paul - Sun Aug 25, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category: Art, Business, Advertising, Products, Tobacco and Smoking, 1920s, Middle East

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