Weird Universe Archive

January 2016

January 24, 2016

The Bandleader Shirt

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All your contemporary T-shirts with images of rappers put together will never be as cool as this.

Original ad here.

Larger image here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jan 24, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Fashion, Music, 1940s

January 23, 2016

Baked Beans in Boots

One of life's unanswerable mysteries — Why did the man have baked beans in his boots?

London Times - June 30, 1998



What's in the boot, then?
A motorist who was stopped for a routine police check in Colchester, Essex, was found to be wearing wellington boots filled with baked beans in tomato sauce.
Officers warned him to choose more suitable footwear. A spokesman said: "We have no idea why he was doing it, but it is an offence not to be in proper control of a car. Wearing boots could cause the driver to be distracted and have an accident."

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 23, 2016 - Comments (20)
Category: 1990s, Cars

Mystery Illustration 14

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What orgasmic product was this illustration touting? Vibrators? Lingerie? Diamond rings?

The answer is here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 23, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Advertising, 1960s

January 22, 2016

GUINEA PIG WHAT?

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The horror that is haggis has been rendered , if you can believe it, even more horrifying. A Scottish Chef, consulting with a Peruvian Chef, has doubled down on how gross haggis is already by making it using guinea pigs.

Posted By: patty - Fri Jan 22, 2016 - Comments (11)
Category: Food

Elvis in Latin

Finnish academic Jukka Ammondt made a name for himself by singing Elvis songs in Latin.

In the video below, he starts out with a Dire Straits song, "Calling Elvis" (in Latin), and then transitions to two Elvis songs — "Don't Be Cruel" and "It's Impossible."

I like the thrilled reaction of the high school students forced to listen to him.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jan 22, 2016 - Comments (13)
Category: Music

Shirley Dinsdale and Judy Splinters

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Female ventriloquists are pretty rare. So it's always weird to find a forgotten one, especially one who might be remembered for garnering the first Emmy award ever given. Shirley Dinsdale might have been talented, but Judy Splinters was surely ugly as all get-out.



This 1945 radio show (not embeddable) features her act in its prime, starting after the 3-minute mark.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 22, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Entertainment, Puppets and Automatons, 1940s

January 21, 2016

Canhead

Jamie Keeton has the unique ability to make cans stick to his head. No glue is used. Just his head's natural suction power.

And he's making quite a bit of money off this talent. He earns up to $1000 a day by renting out his head to companies who want their products stuck to his head. And sometimes he earns $8000 for an entire weekend of head suction.

More info: wzzm13.com

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jan 21, 2016 - Comments (6)
Category: Human Marvels

January 20, 2016

The minister who didn’t leave

Jackson, Mississippi. 1966: Rev. Dennis McDonald, being a new preacher in town, visited local residents with his two sons to invite them to his church. But he was shocked (shocked!) when he paid a visit to Mrs. Pendergrass and found her sunbathing outside in her birthday suit. Naturally he had to report her to the police, who fined her $50.

But Mrs. Pendergrass appealed the fine, and the court took her side, noting that a) she was on her own property, not in public; and b) if the minister was so shocked, why did he hang around at her house for 45 minutes?

You can read the court case here: MRS. ROY C. PENDERGRASS v. STATE OF MISSISSIPPI.

Kokomo Morning Times - Dec 20, 1966

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jan 20, 2016 - Comments (12)
Category: Law, 1960s

Cobra Skins for Sale

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Original ad here.

How much are you willing to bet that these snake skins were a) not cobras and b) were not imported from "British India"...?

And by the way:

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Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 20, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Taxidermy, Scams, Cons, Rip-offs, and General Larceny, 1950s

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