Weird Universe Archive

April 2015

April 30, 2015

Valley Girl Contest

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 30, 2015 - Comments (12)
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Tomorrow:  Television!

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 30, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Technology, Television, 1940s, Yesterday's Tomorrows

April 29, 2015

Better than a Hummer

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When I win the lottery I want one of these.

Posted By: BrokeDad - Wed Apr 29, 2015 - Comments (11)
Category: Destruction, Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, Trucks

The Selfie Arm

Created by artists Justin Crowe and Aric Snee who describe it as a "sarcastic solution to a quintessential problem — nobody wants to look alone while they mindlessly snap pictures of themselves." The stick is shaped like an arm, so in the pictures it looks like you're holding someone's hand.



Posted By: Alex - Wed Apr 29, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Photography and Photographers

The Rotoped

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Early "walking machine." Article and actual fotos here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 29, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Technology, 1970s

April 28, 2015

Through The Looking Glass

Recently a shady club owner was outed by a comedian for having a two way mirror in the ladies room. He refused to remove it when confronted so she put it on YouTube. The police are now investigating.

Posted By: patty - Tue Apr 28, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Bathrooms, Sex Lives Worse Than Yours

Starbucks Gift Card Redux

Back in 2013, I posted about a Starbucks gift card that cost $450 to buy, but only got you $400 in store credit.

The folks at Starbucks were probably wondering how they could possibly top that deal. But they managed!

For Mother's Day, they're now offering a gift card that costs $200, and comes generously pre-loaded with a full $50 of store credit. The other $150 pays for the card, which is made of metal and ceramic (and comes in a fancy box).

Posted By: Alex - Tue Apr 28, 2015 - Comments (12)
Category: Overpriced Merchandise

Follies of the Madmen #247

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Original ad here.

An elegant motto for a useless product.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 28, 2015 - Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, 1950s

April 27, 2015

Stoopid Tall

Richie Trimble proved that he can ride a 15-foot bike through San Francisco. Next he has his sights set on a 20-foot bike.



(via The Presurfer)

Posted By: Alex - Mon Apr 27, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles

Miss Pickle of 2014

Here is a new post that joins two previous ones: my post with the video about the PICKLE INDUSTRY, and Alex's post about MISS KANGAROO.

It appears that at least since 1964, the union known as the Pickle Packers International has been choosing a woman to be "Miss Pickle."

The first foto below comes from THE DAILY EGYPTIAN for October 30, 1964. The second foto comes from the BUFFALO COURIER-EXPRESS for June 24, 1967, while the article comes from the TUSCALOOSA NEWS for May 7, 1967.

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Finally, we come to Miss Pickle of 2014, who seems more like a cartoon company mascot than a beauty-queen.



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Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 27, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Celebrities, Food, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, 1960s

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