Weird Universe Archive

December 2015

December 31, 2015

The MRE Diet

Army researchers are conducting a study to try to improve the healthfulness of MREs (meals, ready-to-eat), and they're looking for volunteers.

To qualify to participate, you need to live near Natick, Massachusetts and be willing to eat MREs (and nothing but MREs) for 21 days.

But the researchers say the lack of variety won't really be that bad because they've managed to come up with a book of recipes using only MRE ingredients. Recipes include "everything from specialty beverages ('Canteen Irish Cream Latte') to main dishes ('Bunker Hill Burritos') to desserts ('Fort Bliss-ful Pudding Cake')."

More info: Army Times.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 31, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Food, Military, Science

Antigravity Guy

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Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 31, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Human Marvels, 1930s

December 30, 2015

Do Not Tick Off Granny

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An elderly Austrian Grandmother spent her final days shredding over a million dollars to keep her heirs from inheriting the money. I guess they shouldn't have put her in a nursing home. Go Granny!

Posted By: patty - Wed Dec 30, 2015 - Comments (10)
Category: Elderly and Seniors, Money, Elderly

Insured his brain

1957: Lloyd McManus, president of the Southern Iron and Metal company, insured his brain for $100,000, noting that, "I make my living with my brain."

The inevitable jokes followed in the media: A penny for his thoughts, what happens if he has a brainstorm, etc...

The Bridgeport Telegram — Jan 17, 1957

Posted By: Alex - Wed Dec 30, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Insurance, 1950s, Brain

Perverts’ Mecca

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Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 30, 2015 - Comments (8)
Category: Regionalism, Sexuality, 1950s

December 29, 2015

Juicy Case

Mr. Adams dared to be different. All it got him was a divorce.

The Daily Standard (Sikeston, Missouri) — Sep 16, 1960



Juicy Case. In Cincinnati, Rita Adams was awarded a divorce because her husband Earl never talked to her, just did "odd things like squeezing a tomato in my face."

Posted By: Alex - Tue Dec 29, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Divorce, 1960s

The Incredible Shrinking Radio



Despite the technological trend being obvious in 1954, I don't think anyone--SF writers or scientists or futurists--really anticipated something like an iPod.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Dec 29, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Radio, Technology, 1950s

Not The Rib

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A Biblical scholar claims that due to a mistranslation the original scripture actually says that Eve was made from Adam's penis not his rib. The professor states that man is the only mammal without a penis bone. Guess that's where it went.

Posted By: patty - Tue Dec 29, 2015 - Comments (8)
Category: Authorities and Experts, Religion, Can't Possibly Be True

December 28, 2015

Death By Condom Machine

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Three men decided to boost a condom machine and blow it open to get at the condoms, and presumably, the money inside. They set up the blast and ran to their vehicle for cover. Unfortunately the last guy in the car did not get his door shut in time and was struck in the head by a piece of the machine when it blew up. He later died at the hospital, Darwin Award.

Posted By: patty - Mon Dec 28, 2015 - Comments (15)
Category: Accidents, Goofs and Screw-ups, Crime, Stupid Criminals, Death

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