Weird Universe Archive

November 2017

November 30, 2017

Service for smiles

Given an equal choice, will a store clerk first serve a smiling or a frowning customer?

Science provides the answer. Clerks go toward the smiler.

Maybe this is why it's so hard to ever get help in Home Depot. I need to be grinning more.

Elmira Star Gazette - Dec 11, 1972

Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 30, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Science, Psychology, Shopping

A Rose and a Baby Ruth



Apology on the cheap.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 30, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Music, Nature, Teenagers, Candy, 1950s, Love & Romance

November 29, 2017

Indecent Apes

McAllen Monitor - Nov 19, 1993



The offending cover. It's true, you can see a dangly bit there, as well as some naked ta-tas.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Nov 29, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Censorship, Bluenoses, Taboos, Prohibitions and Other Cultural No-No's, 1990s

A Is for Atom PSA



Dr. Atom is a hideous abomination of nightmare fuel.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 29, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: PSA's, Science, 1950s

November 28, 2017

Circulatory effects of trumpet playing

"Circulatory Effects of Trumpet Playing" (British Medical Journal - 1959) details a self-experiment by a professional trumpet player to determine the best position in which to play the trumpet to avoid blacking out while playing high loud notes. He determines that laying down flat offers the most blackout protection.

Another curious detail from the article: his suggestion that trumpeters in orchestras could avoid blackout by wearing pressure suits "which could be surreptitiously inflated by a switch on the conductor's desk."



It is well known among professional trumpeters that playing high loud notes for more than a few seconds may cause dizziness or occasionally 'black-out.' Indeed, many leading orchestras carry an assistant or 'mate' to take over from the first trumpet in prolonged difficult passages...

Apart from the discomfort of occasional dizzy sensations or black-outs, trumpet players are not likely to come to any harm. Vasodilation from heat or previous hyperventilation will exaggerate the effects of a given intrathoracic pressure. It is better to sit than stand, but the strict supine posture, which would be better still, seems hardly feasible. For orchestras in severe financial difficulties it might be possible to dispense with the assistant or 'mate' if the trumpeter wore a pilot's pressure-suit, which could be surreptitiously inflated by a switch on the conductor's desk.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Nov 28, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Music, Science

November 27, 2017

Bras across the grand canyon

A great dream that never came to fruition. In the early 1990s, the California artist Nicolino launched a project to string 10,000 bras across the Grand Canyon. First he needed to get 10,000 bras. Then he needed to get permission from the park service. He never got either.

Saint George Daily Spectrum - Nov 16, 1993



St. Louis Post-Dispatch - June 1, 1994



Albuquerque Journal - Dec 25, 1993

Posted By: Alex - Mon Nov 27, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Art, Underwear, 1990s

Follies of the Madmen #337



This seems to elide the whole issue of whether a stepchild SHOULD be treated badly! It's just a given!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Nov 27, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Children, 1930s, Face and Facial Expressions

November 26, 2017

Vitamin Hats

Hats adorned with "a tasty array of carrots, artichokes, peaches, peppers, asparagus, broccoli, figs and many other delicacies adored by vegetarians."

Lancaster Eagle Gazette - May 25, 1953



Posted By: Alex - Sun Nov 26, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Headgear, 1950s

Mystery Gadget 54



What tha--?

Answer is here.


And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 26, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Technology, 1920s

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