Weird Universe Archive

April 2016

April 30, 2016

Insure It

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Nick Hawk from the reality series Gigolos has insured his penis for $1 million dollars. I have heard of dancers insuring their legs and even sports professionals insuring various parts depending on what game and position they play. But usually those people are famous and talented. To be fair this show has been on for 6 years so Nick must be some what famous in certain circles. Hope the guy never has to collect though.

Posted By: patty - Sat Apr 30, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Publicity Stunts, Genitals, Sex

LifeSkills Pod

Barclays Bank in the UK has created a "LifeSkills Pod" which it explains is a "futuristic work experience simulator" that mirrors "real-world work scenarios."

Pods will be installed in various schools so that young people can sit in the pod and "build the skills needed in the workplace."

Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 30, 2016 - Comments (12)
Category: Jobs and Occupations, Technology

Hoesy Corona at Labbodies



LABBODIES: the pretentious gift that keeps on giving!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Apr 30, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Regionalism, Gender-bending

April 29, 2016

Small But Mighty


Watch this little bee pull a long nail out of brick. Pretty impressive, I doubt I could have removed it with a claw hammer and pliers!

Posted By: patty - Fri Apr 29, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Insects, Natural Wonders

Cable Car Nymphomaniac

In my latest article over at About.com, I tell the story of the 1970 Cable Car Nymphomaniac lawsuit — which is still one of the most infamous legal cases in SF's history (and was recently made into a musical).

Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 29, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Lawsuits, 1970s

App for Body Odor

Nivea has developed a smartphone app (called Nivea Men Nose) that will let men know if they have stinky body odor. The app also requires you use a special phone case that has sensors to detect body odor chemicals. To find out your B.O. level, you just hold the phone close to your armpit.

I don't know why it's for men only. Perhaps male and female B.O. chemicals differ?

Also, seems to me that the people who worry enough about having B.O. to use this wouldn't be the people with really bad B.O. anyway.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 29, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Hygiene, Technology

Detroit 9000



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Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 29, 2016 - Comments (6)
Category: Crime, Movies, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1970s

April 28, 2016

Wheaton College Mass Confessions

February 1950: During a chapel service, the students of Wheaton College were invited by the college president to come forward and confess their sins. What followed was 38 hours of uninterrupted confessions as one student after another came forward. Many confessed more than once. Classes were cancelled to allow the spontaneous confess-a-thon to continue.

One student confessed that he wasn't sure if he loved his fiancee or God more, another to cheating in Bible class. A somewhat cynical student confessed that she couldn't believe all the confessions were sincere. Then asked forgiveness for doubting their sincerity.

Finally the college president halted the continuing stream of confessions, noting that "outsiders might think the revival has become too showy."

Wheaton students pray and listen to confessions
Newsweek - Feb 20, 1950



Decatur Herald - Feb 11, 1950

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 28, 2016 - Comments (11)
Category: Religion, 1950s

Capturing Lions by Aeroplane



"The odor of gasoline indicates great wealth and to this they show due respect." So then: nothing has changed in the Middle East in nearly 100 years!

Cautionary note: numerous lions were hurt in the making of this film.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 28, 2016 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Hunting, Trapping and Other Wilderness Activities, Air Travel and Airlines, 1920s

April 27, 2016

Name Change

July 1959: Upon becoming a U.S. citizen, Turkish-born Haroutioun A. Aprahamian changed his name to Haroutioun A. Abrahamian.

I know this got reported as weird news in the 1950s because it seemed like an odd twist on the phenomenon of immigrants Americanizing their names, but this guy probably just wanted to correct the spelling of his name which perhaps had been misspelled by an immigration official.

When my dad moved to the States from Germany in the 40s, our last name Böse got written as Boese, making it unpronounceable. My sister was smart enough to start spelling it as "Bose" from an early age (actually, whenever possible she insists it be spelled "Böse"), but I never did, so now I'm stuck with the unpronounceable spelling.

The Wilmington News Journal - July 11, 1959

Posted By: Alex - Wed Apr 27, 2016 - Comments (10)
Category: Odd Names, 1950s

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