Weird Universe Archive

October 2013

October 31, 2013

Toyota’s Portrait-Drawing Car

As you drive, the car draws a portrait of you, based on how you drive.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Oct 31, 2013 - Comments (1)
Category: Art, Cars

Apaches



Kids are so perishable!

Get the whole story here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 31, 2013 - Comments (0)
Category: Accidents, Death, PSA's, Children, 1970s, Europe

October 30, 2013

English Professor Defends Lazy Wives

What about lazy husbands?


The Titonka Topic - April 8, 1954

Posted By: Alex - Wed Oct 30, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category: Wives, 1950s

October 29, 2013

Tyrusguy’s Geodesic Clubhouse Circa 1974

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I'm the one in the hat! With two friends who helped build it.
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We stood on top to prove how strong it was!
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Close up of the dome and kneewall.
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Me and my little brother.

Posted By: Tyrusguy - Tue Oct 29, 2013 - Comments (13)
Category:

The Real Geo

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(Flickr source.)

A reader known as "Pat@10planet@mosquitonet.com" recently wrote in with some good info on an old WU topic:

" I have been a fan of Buckminster Fuller's writings for many years and just recently found out that he actually didn't invent the geodesic dome. It was invented by Walther Bauersfeld, a German engineer, some 30 years earlier for use as the first projection planetarium. Fuller did, however, apply for and was granted the U.S. patents. He took it's design and construction further and is credited with popularizing it. We have one in Fairbanks built in 1966 at a site originally called "Alaskaland" which was built to commemorate the centenial of the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867. It's called the Gold Dome and now houses an aviation museum. Also, there were many "golf balls" in the state during the Cold War which were used for radar."

Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 29, 2013 - Comments (5)
Category: Architecture, Inventions, 1920s

Patrick Rizzo’s Dancing Robot

When Patrick Rizzo built his "walking and dancing" robot back in 1948, he said it was the only robot in the world able to perform such feats without wires and cables trailing behind it. It could walk unaccompanied into a room and then dance a jig. He valued it at $100,000. [Telegraph-Herald - Oct 22 1948]



Posted By: Alex - Tue Oct 29, 2013 - Comments (5)
Category: Robots, 1940s

Late for Meeting



Okay, maybe it does have nearly six million views, but it was new to me! And maybe to you all!

Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 29, 2013 - Comments (3)
Category: Body Modifications, Surrealism

October 28, 2013

Wallet Screams If You Don’t Have The Money

Too bad this is only a prototype -- mass distribution isn't planned. But what a great/terrible idea!!



Not only does it run away if you are out of money, it screams for help if you pick it up. It will also call your mother to tell on you.

The bad news is that when you have money it starts suggesting buying Amazon products as it scoots towards you playing classical music.

Posted By: gdanea - Mon Oct 28, 2013 - Comments (7)
Category: Money

If You Like Pina Coladas…

...And getting caught by your son! A woman decided to meet her online lover for their first face to face tryst. Unfortunately she and her cyber date were in for a couple of very big surprises. The two, who had both been using pseudonyms online, where shocked to find out they were father-in-law and daughter-in-law. Oh and the second surprise, her husband found the email about the meeting and followed her there. The family reunion that ensued was not pretty.

Posted By: patty - Mon Oct 28, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Sex

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