Weird Universe Archive

December 2017

December 22, 2017

Rusty Cans

It seems to me that you could spend many enjoyable hours at Rusty Cans, looking at the fotos and reading the highly informative and entertaining text.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Dec 22, 2017 - Comments ()
Category: Collectors, Twentieth Century, Alcohol

December 21, 2017

Cigarette Perfume

From Etat Libre d'Orange. For women who actually want to smell like an ashtray.

Transparency in sophistication, just a trace of jasmine mingled with the so far neglected smell of a cigarette. Jasmin et Cigarette is the twilight zone, the banned, the addiction. She is an icon, the longed-for woman.




Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 21, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Perfume and Cologne and Other Scents

Follies of the Madmen #342



Nestle's = "Ness-uls" Down Under? Who the heck knew? In any case, girls sure do love chocolate-affiliated horoscopes, don't they?

Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 21, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Candy, 1960s, Women, Australia

December 20, 2017

Cultural Shock

I wonder if somewhere the film of this experiment in 'cultural shock' still exists.

Cincinnati Enquirer - Apr 6, 1971

Posted By: Alex - Wed Dec 20, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Anthropology, 1970s

Queen Angelita

Modern dictators just don't have the style and panache of olden tyrants. At an international exposition in his country in 1956, Rafael Trujillo crowned his 16-year-old daughter as "Queen Angelita," and gave her a court of 150 ladies-in-waiting.





Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 20, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Ceremonies, Dictators, Tyrants and Other Harsh Rulers, Teenagers, 1950s, Caribbean

December 19, 2017

The prettiest Christmas dollies

From Mademoiselle magazine, 1970.





Reminds me of this.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Dec 19, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Advertising, 1970s

Tirza’s Wine Bath

The original Tirza was not always available, and so Mary Hood often substituted.



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Posted By: Paul - Tue Dec 19, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Entertainment, Innuendo, Double Entendres, Symbolism, Nudge-Nudge-Wink-Wink and Subliminal Messages, Public Indecency, Sex Symbols, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1940s

December 18, 2017

Personal body space

As the population increases, we will all have to learn to accept strangers on the street standing very close to us.

One of the students would speak to a stranger on the street and begin asking him questions pertaining to the local police department. While talking the interviewer slowly moved closer and violated the stranger's personal body space. The person's reaction was then filmed.

According to recently collected facts, there were three basic reactions: (1) He-she slowly backed away as the interviewer got closer, (2) He-she struck a defensive pose such as folding arms, looking down, or even turning to one side, and (3) No reaction, though most people do have some kind of reaction...

According to Mark, most people have this "wall" about 18 inches around them that excludes all people from entering. What the interviewers were doing when they moved closer to the person was violating personal body space, causing them to react.

Steve says, "It's a shame this happens because as our world gets more and more crowded, we'll have to get closer together. Let's all start getting closer together and break down that wall."


Terre Haute Tribune - Mar 31, 1974

Posted By: Alex - Mon Dec 18, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Experiments, Psychology, 1970s

When Dad Does SFX for a Living

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 18, 2017 - Comments ()
Category: Children, Parents, Special Effects

December 17, 2017

Neverlasting Miracles

I just received my contributor's copy of this phenomenal book, full of the most gorgeous weird art by my friend Todd Schorr. My part in it was tiny, just a small essay on the art. But I am extremely proud to be connected in any way with this genius work.

A perfect gift for yourself or other weirdos!





Posted By: Paul - Sun Dec 17, 2017 - Comments ()
Category: Art, Surrealism, Books, Paul

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