Weird Universe Archive

December 2014

December 28, 2014

Got Mice?

The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic, Connecticut will happily accept financial donations. But they've recently begun soliciting the public for donations of a more unusual kind: mice. They need them to feed their birds and snakes.

The criteria for us to accept mice from the public is easy: the mice must be dead, chemical- and poison-free, and frozen. We recommend buying the old-fashioned snap-traps at the hardware store, slathering a little peanut butter on it, and setting them where you find mouse droppings. Freeze the mice in zip-close bags in your freezer, and drop them off to us at your convenience!

Apparently the center used to get free mice from a research lab, but that supply has now ended. So they're hoping the public will step up to the plate.

Too bad I don't live in Connecticut, because my cat catches LOTS of mice. Though he usually doesn't kill them. Just brings them inside for us to play with, and I take them back out and release them.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Dec 28, 2014 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Food

December 27, 2014

Unlucky On Christmas

A fire that happened in a shop window over Christmas was caused by sunlight through a snow globe igniting reindeer food and other decorations. Score one for Ebenezer.

Posted By: patty - Sat Dec 27, 2014 - Comments (3)
Category: Disasters, Can’t Possibly Be True

Gentle Ben





Which scenario is more likely?

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 27, 2014 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Death, Television, 1960s

Hard to say goodnight

1969 ad for Harris Slacks. Back in the 1960s, women evidently found plaid high waters to be irresistible.


[via flashbak.com, which has a whole gallery of "Swinging Sixties Menswear Adverts for Amorous Playboys"]

Posted By: Alex - Sat Dec 27, 2014 - Comments (9)
Category: Fashion, 1960s

December 26, 2014

Tony Sarg’s Marionettes:  “In the Orient”

Posted By: Paul - Fri Dec 26, 2014 - Comments (9)
Category: Puppets and Automatons, 1920s

The best photo wins

Back in 1956, there was a lot of harrumphing in political circles after Virginia Grant was elected Democratic national committeewoman from Oregon, beating her rival Gladys Last. The complaints centered on the fact that 33-year-old Grant was pretty much an unknown with no political experience (she was a waitress at the Aloha Room bar in Portland) who didn't bother to campaign much at all, whereas 46-year-old Last was an old-hand at politics and had campaigned actively.

But what really scandalized people was that in the voters' pamphlet mailed to all registered Democrats, Grant included a "glamour shot" of herself, while Last just used a "regular photo." And it seems to have been the photo that tipped the election in Grant's favor. She won by an 18,000 vote margin over Last.

Their photos are below. (I could only find a watermarked photo of Last's). Which one would you have voted for?



Posted By: Alex - Fri Dec 26, 2014 - Comments (8)
Category: Politics, 1950s

December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

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Have a super holiday!

Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 25, 2014 - Comments (3)
Category: Holidays, Comics

Merry Weird Christmas!

Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 25, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: Holidays

December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays

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To all my friends and fellow WUvians; I wish all of you joy, happiness, and most of all, love this holiday season and always.

Posted By: patty - Wed Dec 24, 2014 - Comments (12)
Category:

SANTA CLAUS WANTS SOME LOVIN’


I saw Mama kissin' Santa Claus is one thing. This version of Santa wants more than that!
I Hope ALL my fellow WUvians are having a merry Xmas eve!

Posted By: Tyrusguy - Wed Dec 24, 2014 - Comments (3)
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