Weird Universe Archive

November 2017

November 15, 2017

Bikini Experiment

So why was Simone Harris standing on a Sydney street in a bikini? Was this a publicity stunt? Was she a psychologist conducting research? A performance artist being weird? I haven't been able to find answers anywhere.

Racine Journal Times - June 17, 1970

Posted By: Alex - Wed Nov 15, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Experiments, Psychology, 1970s

Mystery Illustration 62



Who, where, why?

The answer is here.


And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 15, 2017 - Comments (4)
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November 14, 2017

Craigslist Art

In an article on artsy.net, Scott Indrisek explores the strange subculture of craigslist art, which involves artists posting offbeat requests on craigslist and seeing what happens. Some examples:

Kenneth Tam offered cash to any couple who would let him observe, and film, an ordinary dinner in their home while he sat, silent, in the background.



For her 2009 “Lucky Tiger” series, Laurel Nakadate "took playfully suggestive self-portraits, and then found men via Craigslist who were willing to 'cover their hands with fingerprinting ink and touch the photographs while discussing them and passing them around.'"



For the audio installation Goodnight Call, Sophie Barbasch "provided her phone number and asked strangers to 'leave me a goodnight voicemail before you go to sleep at night as though we have been together for years.'"

Posted By: Alex - Tue Nov 14, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Art

Dali’s CHAOS AND CREATION

I would like to find the whole 17-minute video of Dali's CHAOS AND CREATION, especially after reading the description in the newspaper article. But I can only find bits and pieces. The second clip shows a brief image of the motorcycle in the pigpen.







Original article here.



Foto source.



Foto source, more at site.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 14, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Art, Avant Garde, Pop Art, Surrealism, 1960s, Motorcycles

November 13, 2017

Miss Vacant Lot of the World

The Miss Vacant Lot of the World contest was started in 1972. It was part of the Annual Armadillo Exposition and Confab held in Victoria, Texas. The contest rules were as follows:

The contest will be open to women between the ages of 18 and 65. Mandatory requirements of the contest will be certified proof of one of the following happening to the contestant while a child: broken arm or leg, dog bite, one or more of the various childhood diseases, such as measles, chickenpox, mumps, etc. If medical evidence cannot be provided, a note from the mother will be accepted. Contestants will have three minutes in the final judging to exhibit their talents, which can be anything. Judging will be on the basis of dress and talent. Beauty will not be a factor.

Valley Morning Star - May 26, 1975



Here's what I was able to find out about the first six winners of the Miss Vacant Lot title:

1972: Cindy Hudler won for her "dance of the Dasypodidae" which involved waltzing around a vacant lot in an armadillo suit.
1973: Modine Gunch won for standing on her head while spinning a hula-hoop on one leg.
1974: Algeria Sadberry won for playing a song through her nose.
1975: Elvira Rose Hunt (aka Karen Janecka) won for stuffing 264 pennies in her mouth.
1976: Linda Strelczyk won by stuffing 200 poptop tabs into her size 36EEE bikini bra while singing a song titled "Keep Your Finger Out Of It; It Don't Belong To You."
1977: A 200-pound woman (unnamed) won for dressing like an armadillo and singing an armadillo song.



Some of the prizes that the winners received included a trophy, a $25 check, a gift certificate, a bouquet of weeds, and a picture of Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. They also got to wear the Armadillo Crown.

The contest was discontinued in 1979. The organizers noted, "you can only tell the same joke so many times." However, it seems that it was revived at various times, such as in the late 1980s and again in 2011.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Nov 13, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, 1970s

November 12, 2017

Keg of Ranch

Hidden Valley has made it possible to buy a mini keg of ranch dressing for $50. This gets you five liters of ranch, or 169 fl oz. The keg is conveniently stackable, in case you need more than one.

Fortune.com worked out that you can buy 160 oz of ranch in bottles for $30. So you're paying a $20 premium for the keg.

You can order one here.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Nov 12, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Food, Overpriced Merchandise

The Door From Which There Is No Escape



Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 12, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Drugs, PSA’s, 1970s

November 11, 2017

Picnic Table Pyramid

Was it a prank, or was it art?

Des Moines Tribune - Aug 1, 1963

Posted By: Alex - Sat Nov 11, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: 1960s, Pranks

Follies of the Madmen #334



Suits for brawlers or bullies only?

UPDATE: now unfortunately hidden behind THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE paywall.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 11, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, 1930s

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