Weird Universe Archive

March 2016

March 27, 2016

Happy Easter 2016!

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Posted By: Paul - Sun Mar 27, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Holidays, Headgear

March 26, 2016

The Slot Sisters

Perhaps some of you living in the U.S. are playing the Safeway/Albertsons/Vons/etc. Monopoly game, which runs from Feb 3 to May 3. (For those not playing, it's a promotion in which you receive game pieces when you shop at these stores, and if you get the right combination of pieces you win various prizes).

Those playing might be interested in the experience of the "Slot Sisters" who committed themselves BIG TIME to the game when it ran last year.

By making mass purchases of Ramen noodles, they managed to acquire 42,000 game tickets. They also toured through 6 states, driving close to 3000 miles, because they thought that getting tickets in different locations would increase their chances of winning.

Their final grand total of winnings was $365 in gift cards and $800 in free groceries. Not a great return on investment. As they note, it's "not a game for people on a food budget."

And yet they promised that they'll be playing again this year.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 26, 2016 - Comments (15)
Category: Gambling, Casinos, Lotteries and Other Games of Chance

Follies of the Madmen #278

Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 26, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Business, Advertising, Products, Religion, 1960s, Cars

March 25, 2016

Eggplant Mail

Eggplant Mail is the latest incarnation of the vegetable-mailing business fad. In a similar vein, we've recently seen Mail-a-Spud and Mail-a-Pickle (as well as Feces by Mail, though that's processed vegetable matter).

The slight variation that Eggplant Mail offers is that customers can request that a message be written on the eggplant before it's shipped to the person of their choice.

But although the business is only about a month old, its owner has already decided to cash out and is auctioning off eggplantmail.com.

The lucky buyer is getting not only a site, but a business that has already raked in some $570 in sales. However, the owner has revealed to the German version of vice.com that he's not planning on accepting less than $10,000.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Mar 25, 2016 - Comments (11)
Category: Business, Food, Postal Services

The Legend of Boggy Creek





Some weird viewing for your WU-vie weekend.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 25, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Cryptozoology, Movies, Regionalism, 1970s

March 24, 2016

Bill Ding

Continuing Paul's ongoing theme of strange corporate mascots — "Bill Ding" was a corporate mascot, created circa 1950, and shared by a number of building supply stores. But was he a giant robot, a wooden puppet, or a walking/talking building? I'm not sure.

Seems to me he's gotta rank as one of the laziest efforts ever to come up with a corporate mascot. I mean, Bill Ding. Really? (Though, to be fair, he's better than Clippy, the Microsoft Office mascot).

The name wasn't even original, since Bill Ding was also the name of a popular children's toy, Bill Ding the Balancing Clown, introduced in 1931.

Pottstown Mercury - May 24, 1950



Lethbridge Herald - Jan 31, 1950



Bernardsville News - Feb 16, 1950



Update: Thanks to Bill G. for sending along a picture of some Bill Ding Balancing Clowns.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Mar 24, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Advertising, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings

Predictions, Sponsored by the Weatherhead Company

World War II naturally had people thinking about what would come afterwards. Here are some experts offering us their visions of the future.

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Original ad here.

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Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 24, 2016 - Comments (13)
Category: Design and Designers, Futurism, Technology, 1940s

March 23, 2016

Brigit the Underwear Thief

Most cats, if allowed out, will bring home birds, rodents, and other critters that they've caught. But Brigit, a 6-year-old tonkinese who lives in Hamilton, New Zealand, has been bringing home underwear and socks. Lots of them. Says her owner, "It's all men's. It's really, really weird. She's got really specific taste."

Brigit's owner has distributed flyers on the street in an attempt to reunite the underwear with the person it belongs to. But so far no one has claimed it.

More info: NZ Herald

Posted By: Alex - Wed Mar 23, 2016 - Comments (15)
Category: Animals, Cats

Cat Who Is Artist



Another animal artist, to complement Alex's canine.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 23, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Cats

March 22, 2016

Castrato Music

By the 20th Century, the practice of castrating vocally talented young boys to preserve their singing voice had been abandoned. For which reason, the solo singing of only one "castrato" was ever recorded. These were the recordings of Alessandro Moreschi, made in 1902 and 1904 when he was already in his 40s, and some say past his prime. Wikipedia notes, "The dated aesthetic of Moreschi's singing, involving extreme passion and a perpetual type of sob, often sounds bizarre to the modern listener, and can be misinterpreted as technical weakness or symptomatic of an aging voice."

Posted By: Alex - Tue Mar 22, 2016 - Comments (9)
Category: Music, 1900s

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