Weird Universe Archive

February 2014

February 6, 2014

Fox in Socks Audio



From a 1966 vinyl record, featuring the voice of Robby the Robot.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 06, 2014 - Comments (3)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Languages, Pop Art, Surrealism, Books, 1960s

Mystery Masterpiece

Who painted this masterpiece? See below in extended for the answer!



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Posted By: Alex - Thu Feb 06, 2014 - Comments (6)
Category: Art

February 5, 2014

Revenge Is A Dish Best Catered

Nefariousjobs.com Is a website that offers revenge as a service. For prices ranging from $1850 up to $10,000 they, "will do our very, very best to make the life of that person who has wronged you completely miserable," so says company CEO John Winters. For that kind of money it had better be good, that's for sure.


Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 05, 2014 - Comments (9)
Category: Authorities and Experts

Professor Turned Clown

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Discontented with the life of a professor of economics, Dr. Charles Boas became Onions the Clown.

I'm sure this thrilled any living parents who might have helped pay for years of higher education.

Read the whole story here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 05, 2014 - Comments (7)
Category: Clowns, Eccentrics, 1960s, Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia

Stuffed Sheep Bedside Table

Twenty-one lucky people will get to have one of these in their bedroom, because that's how many the artist Oscar Tusquets made. Cost is $50,000 each. More info at the Daily Mail.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 05, 2014 - Comments (6)
Category: Art, Furniture

February 4, 2014

Toby the Terrapin, Part 2

Back on Jan. 9, I posted about Toby the Piano-Playing Terrapin, owned and exhibited by Alexander Barbee of Savannah, Georgia back in the 1920s.

And then, about a week ago, I was contacted by Barbee's great-granddaughter, who reported that she came across my post while searching for info about her great-grandfather. She writes:

My great-grandfather was definitely a character.  He was written about by Joseph Mitchell for the New Yorker and also for his book, "Up in the Old Hotel".

My mother could tell you all about Toby, including the story of Toby's birth.  He was purportedly born in the hand of William Jennings Bryan (there's more to it).  And of course he would wink at the ladies, etc.  He is seated at one of my g-g's music boxes (there was an enormous collection of them).

She sent along some higher quality pictures of Alexander Barbee and Toby. In the first picture, Toby is a little hard to see, but you can just make him out on top of the table in the center of the photo (where he's seated at his piano).

WU is proud to be the premier online source of information about piano-playing terrapins!



Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 04, 2014 - Comments (4)
Category: 1920s

February 3, 2014

Polaroid Cheese Slicer

You can no longer buy Polaroid cameras, but for $10 you can get a Polaroid look-alike cheese slicer. Available at gamago.com.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Feb 03, 2014 - Comments (9)
Category: Photography and Photographers

COKE TIME with Eddie Fisher



"Product placement? What product placement?"

The lowdown from Wikipedia.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 03, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Television, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, 1950s

February 2, 2014

The Niagara Wave and Rocking Bath

From the Victorian period. Looks like it would have been kinda fun. [source: The Virtual Victorian]

Posted By: Alex - Sun Feb 02, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, Nineteenth Century

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