Weird Universe Archive

December 2017

December 31, 2017

Dry-Cleaning-Bag Dress

Designed by Jeremy Scott for Moschino. Originally sold as a “cape sheer overlay dress” for $735. Now listed as out of stock.




Posted By: Alex - Sun Dec 31, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Fashion

December 30, 2017

Unko Button

New from Japan, the Unko Button. It's a gadget that lets you post on social media about your baby's bowel movements with just a push of a button. It's got two buttons. One for poo, the other for pee.

More info: RocketNews24



Posted By: Alex - Sat Dec 30, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Inventions, Body Fluids, Excrement

When Havoc Struck



It's never news or entertainment when something goes right, only when it goes wrong. The 1978 TV series WHEN HAVOC STRUCK knew what people wanted. Glenn Ford must've needed a paycheck.

Other episodes on YouTube.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 30, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Accidents, Goofs and Screw-ups, Death, Destruction, Engineering and Construction, 1970s

December 29, 2017

Unicorn Food Phenomenon

One of the curious food trends of 2017: transforming normal food into unicorn food by rainbowfying it.

Unicorn Cereal from Kelloggs



Unicorn Frappuccino from Starbucks



Unicorn Tears Gin Liqueur from Firebox



Unicorn Macarons from Mac Lab Bakery



Unicorn Pizza from Industry Kitchen



Unicorn Bread from El Bolillo Bakery

Posted By: Alex - Fri Dec 29, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Food

Death of a Fly



The product.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Dec 29, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Death, Insects

December 28, 2017

Miss Plump of Coney Island

The winner of the 1925 Miss Plump of Coney Island contest was Jolly Irene, which was the stage name of sideshow performer Amanda Siebert. According to Marc Hartzman's American Sideshow:

Amanda Siebert wasn't always the jiggly Jolly Irene. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, she was quite normal for the first twenty-one years of her life. In 1901 she weighed a respectable 120 pounds and gave birth to a child. Not only was a baby born, but because of a few glands gone awry, so was Jolly Irene.

The pounds piled up and the flesh got fleshier. Diets were ineffective, leaving her helpless against her newly acquired mass. One reporter later described her as having "biceps three times as large as Jack Dempsey." But at 620 pounds, rather than box the heavyweight champion, she turned her tragedy into profit by joining Ringling Bros.

Siebert died in 1940, at the age of 65.

Baltimore Sun - Aug 26, 1925



Central New Jersey Home News - Nov 20, 1925



Louisville Courier-Journal - Dec 1, 1940

Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 28, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Human Marvels, 1920s

Mystery Illustration 65



What are these guys making?

The answer is here.

Or after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 28, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Technology, 1920s

December 27, 2017

Greenhouse Helmet

Patented in 1986 by Waldemar Anguita of Brooklyn, NY. And I'm not sure, but this may be Waldemar's Twitter account. After all, how many Waldemar Anguitas of approximately the right age can there be in Brooklyn?

A principle object of the present invention is to provide a greenhouse helmet designed to contain plants secured within and the helmet worn completely over the head of a person so that the person can breathe in the oxygen given off by the plants.

Another object is to provide a greenhouse helmet that has air filters so that ambient air containing carbon dioxide will be filtered therethrough and mixed with the carbon dioxide breathed out by the person to be used by the plants.

An additional object is to provide a greenhouse helmet that will contain hearing and speaking devices so that the person can hear within and speak out through the helmet.

A further object is to provide a greenhouse helmet that is economical in cost to manufacture.

A still further object is to provide a greenhouse helmet that is simple and easy to use.


Posted By: Alex - Wed Dec 27, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Inventions, 1980s

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