Weird Universe Archive

May 2014

May 10, 2014

Room 237 Clothing Line

Today is the last day you can order items from the clothing line based on the carpet pattern outside Room 237 in Kubrick's The Shining. Available for purchase is a sweater, cardigan, scarf, ski mask, door mat, and an area rug.



Posted By: Alex - Sat May 10, 2014 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Horror, Movies

May 9, 2014

Are You Ready for Marriage?

Posted By: Paul - Fri May 09, 2014 - Comments (3)
Category: PSA’s, Sexuality, Husbands, Teenagers, Wives, 1950s

“Women are soft and gentle, but they hit things”

Makes it sound like they need anger management training.

Posted By: Alex - Fri May 09, 2014 - Comments (16)
Category: Advertising, 1960s

May 8, 2014

Sara Mapelli, the Bee Queen

For more info, you can check out her website. The video of her "bee dance" goes on for quite a while, but at around minute seven she stops dancing and (still wearing her shirt of bees) joins a tea party already in progress.

Posted By: Alex - Thu May 08, 2014 - Comments (14)
Category: Insects

Strawberry Letter 23



Not for nothing were The Brothers Johnson known as "Lightnin' Licks" and "Thunder Thumbs."


Posted By: Paul - Thu May 08, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: Fashion, Music, 1970s

May 7, 2014

Flowertown, USA, by Altergott

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Be sure to check out the new ongoing strip by WU's own Rick Altergott, at VICE magazine.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Posted By: Paul - Wed May 07, 2014 - Comments (7)
Category: Sexuality, Weird Universe, Comics, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, Wimps, Milquetoasts and Cowards

Arthur Gehrke, the Human Hibernator


Arthur "Turkey" Gehrke of Watertown, Wis., had an odd habit. Every November he would go to bed and stay there until the following April. He told the press, "I hibernate and don't get into trouble; while I may miss some fun, I also miss a lot of disagreeable things." He also said, "If more folks went to bed all winter, there wouldn't be so much trouble and confusion in the world."

Strangely, his business didn't suffer because of his sleep habits. He owned a bar, the Turkey's Roost. He hired a temporary bartender to replace him during his hibernation, and the publicity because of his hibernating actually attracted extra business.

Gehrke began his habit of hibernating in 1913 and continued it until his death in 1942.

Here's some sources where you can read more about him: The Milwaukee Journal - Sep 29, 1935, Watertown History, and the Wisconsin State Journal.

Posted By: Alex - Wed May 07, 2014 - Comments (7)
Category: Eccentrics, Sleep and Dreams, 1930s

Cyrus Eaton III, Runaway Scion

We often hear of folks such as "Clark Rockefeller" who are born poor and masquerade as rich people. But what about a fellow born rich who wants to be poor?

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Original article here.

A picture of Cyrus Eaton III circa the runaway period.

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No doubt it was hard being the grandson of Cyrus Eaton the First, creator of the family fortune.

Here's Grandpa leading the pack in 1958, with Cyrus the Third appearing as the third child behind Grandpa.

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Cyrus Eaton the Second followed pretty much in his father's mode, as we learn from the obituary of Cyrus Eaton II.

And guess what else we learn from that obit? Cyrus Eaton the Third has become "Cyrus Wind Dancer." A little googling finds out he now runs a clock repair business in Santa Rosa, CA.

Free from the burdens of wealth at last!

Posted By: Paul - Wed May 07, 2014 - Comments (8)
Category: Family, Misbehavior, Rebellion, Acting-out and General Naughtiness, Money, 1950s, 1960s

May 6, 2014

Anti-DNA Spray

We last reported on artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg a year ago when she was collecting random samples of DNA on the street (bits of hair, saliva on cigarette butts, etc.) and then using the genetic information to reconstruct what the person whose DNA it is looks like.

Now she's back with a new project. She's started a company called BioGenFutures that will be selling a spray called "Invisible" for $99 that you can use to erase your DNA from everything you might leave it on. In case you're worried about leaving your DNA around.

I'm not sure what's in the spray, but I imagine bleach would break down DNA and be a lot cheaper than what she's selling.

Posted By: Alex - Tue May 06, 2014 - Comments (9)
Category: Art

Follies of the Madmen #219

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The connection? I can only assume that once upon a time, tennis rackets were restrung with sheep guts. But the image is certainly bizarre.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue May 06, 2014 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Sports, 1940s

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