Weird Universe Archive

February 2016

February 21, 2016

Miss Sewer Cleaner

October 1951: Gaylia Davis, 17, was awarded the title "Miss Sewer Cleaner of 1952." She reflected philosophically that, "It may be a soggy title but if it helps my career I don't care."

I can't figure out what became of her after 1951. So it's hard to know if it helped her career or not.

Southern Illinoisan - Oct 15, 1951

Detroit Free Press - Oct 11, 1951



Detroit Free Press - Dec 23, 1951



Detroit Free Press - Dec 23, 1951

Posted By: Alex - Sun Feb 21, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, 1950s

The Last Dragon

I only wish I could find the complete movie of THE LAST DRAGON for you. But barring that, you might be satisfied with the theme song and a clip.



Posted By: Paul - Sun Feb 21, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Movies, Music, Martial Arts, 1980s

February 20, 2016

Coffee vs Alcohol

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Coffee consumption protects the liver from alcoholic cirrhosis. The more coffee the better the effect according to a 22 year study involving 125,000 subjects. Tea does not have the same effect, ruling out caffeine as the cause. So, hit the coffee if you drink much but not for any other form of the disease as alcoholic cirrhosis is the only form it benefits.

Posted By: patty - Sat Feb 20, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Health, Coffee and other Legal Stimulants, Diseases, Alcohol

Ad - Buy Paul’s Books

Buy one book on Amazon .. get Emails to buy others. Found this in my inbox while drinking my coffee.

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For anyone wanting a list here is what he has written I've purchased.

Strange Tides
Cosmocopia
Shuteye for the Timebroker
The Emperor of Gondwanaland and Other Stories
Joe's Liver *Paul is looking for a donor liver?*
Roadside Bodhisattva
Harsh Oases
Little Doors
The Steampunk Trilogy
Spondulix
Ribofunk
A Princess of The Linear Jungle
Stink Lines
Seeing is Believing
iCity
Flesh Flowers
The Paul Di Filippo Megapack

any to add Paul ?


Posted By: BrokeDad - Sat Feb 20, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Books, Paul

Baby’s burps predict his future

Back in 1964, Dr. Milton Berger called attention to the predictive power of a baby's burps. A baby with "strong and clear" burps will grow up to be a leader. However, the majority of people are "dithering" burpers. They'll become your run-of-the-mill member of the faceless masses.

Odd theory, but probably as good a predictor of future success as anything.

The Fresno Bee - Aug 21, 1964

Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 20, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Babies, Predictions, Babies and Toddlers, 1960s

February 19, 2016

Manure Spreader Weather Vane

Some years ago, Bernard Hanson of Wrenshall, Minnesota turned an old horse-drawn manure spreader into a giant weather vane. I guess, because, why not.

He says, "It takes only a slight gust of wind to spin the spreader around so it faces into the wind."

I was curious whether the manure spreader weather vane could be seen on Google Street View, but where Hanson lives is so out-of-the-way that the Google Car hasn't got there yet. Though there is a satellite view.


via Farm Show

Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 19, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Farming

Follies of the Madmen #275

Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 19, 2016 - Comments (9)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Domestic, Hygiene, Hermits, 1960s, 1970s

February 18, 2016

The Wooden Leg Rule

A great advance in American divorce law, recorded by the Detroit Free Press - Sep 19, 1882.

I wonder if the ruling still stands?

Posted By: Alex - Thu Feb 18, 2016 - Comments (16)
Category: Divorce, Nineteenth Century

Little Big Tune


LITTLE BIG - BIG DICK from little_big on Vimeo.



I have a suspicion there is a subtext to this song.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 18, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, Music, Sexuality

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