Weird Universe Archive

January 2018

January 15, 2018

Ronald’s no protester

But I wonder how Ronald ever got targeted by the selective service system if he hadn't registered yet.

Press and Sun Bulletin - Mar 13, 1968

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jan 15, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Military, War, 1960s

Follies of the Madmen #347



Wait for the radioactive soap traces.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 15, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1950s

January 14, 2018

Breadwoman

Breadwoman is a character who wears rags and a loaf of bread on her head while she dances to electronic music. She was created in the mid-1980s by performance artist Anna Homler, apparently having emerged from Homler's "background as an anthropologist and her inexplicable desire to wear bread." Although Breadwoman's mask was originally a hollowed-out loaf of bread, it's now made out of latex.

More info: LA Times, Paper, Brooklyn Vegan.



Posted By: Alex - Sun Jan 14, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Food, Performance Art

Cool Breeze



"Cool Breeze is cold business!"

Extra points for the lead actor's extra-juicy name: Thalmus Rasulala.

Wikipedia entry.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jan 14, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Crime, Movies, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1970s

January 13, 2018

Buttless Jeans

The new look in jeans from UK fashion brand The Ragged Priest. Cost: $125. Underwear not included.

More info: Yahoo! Lifestyle



Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 13, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Fashion

The Vidiot



No relevance at all to today's lifestyles.

The artist's Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 13, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Music, Avant Garde, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1950s

January 12, 2018

Static Copyrighted

From a recent New Yorker article:

Sebastian Tomczak, an electronic musician from Australia, uploaded a ten-hour white-noise video to YouTube, and was promptly walloped with five infringement claims...

White noise is generally defined by hazy and inharmonious hissing—it’s noise-eating noise, anti-noise, a way of drowning out other sounds. Per a BBC report, the claimants accusing Tomczak of infringement included companies who peddle white-noise recordings as sleep therapy. It turns out that his nondescript hissing mirrored their nondescript hissing.


The white noise in question:

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jan 12, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

Follies of the Madmen #346



I was unaware that mermaids were lured by cigar smoke.


Full ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 12, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Cryptozoology, Tobacco and Smoking, 1940s

January 11, 2018

Drive-Thru Funeral Home

In 1968, Herschel Thornton of Atlanta, Georgia opened the world's first drive-thru funeral home. He called it a "mortatorium." The press dubbed it the "remains to be seen" funeral home.

It featured five windows in which bodies could be viewed from the comfort of one's car. Thornton noted, "Folks will be able just to drive by and view the last remains of their loved ones, and then keep going."

The Thornton Mortuary is still around. Herschel died in 1995, so the mortuary is now run by his son and grandchildren. Their website has a page about the "historic drive-thru viewing window." But based on the Google street view image of the mortuary, it looks like the drive-thru option is no longer available.

Jet - Mar 28, 1968



image source: professionalcarsociety.org



image source: Thornton mortuary



The Greenville News - Mar 14, 1968



However, other funeral homes eventually followed in the path blazed by Thornton. Quartz magazine reports that Japan debuted its first drive-thru funeral home in 2017. And below is an AP news report about a drive-thru mortuary that opened in Michigan in 2014.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jan 11, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Death, 1960s, Cars

The Fireballs, COME ON, REACT



"You've got your bag, and I've got mine."

Their Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jan 11, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Music, 1960s

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