Weird Universe Archive

June 2018

June 30, 2018

Push-Button Toothpaste

Toothpaste in a shaving-cream can.

Colorado Springs Gazette - Nov 24, 1972

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jun 30, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Products, 1970s, Teeth

Follies of the Madmen #372



Sentient cigarette fulfills its duties as matchmaker, despite dying an excruciating fiery death.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 30, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Tobacco and Smoking, 1930s

June 29, 2018

Marybel - the doll that gets well

Introduced in 1959 by the Alexander Doll Co. You could break her bones or give her measles, then nurse her back to health.

via Theriaults


"I need crutches and I must wear a cast 'cause I broke my leg riding pony too fast."

"I broke my arm when I stumbled and fell. Now I wear a cast to make it well."





Cincinnati Enquirer - Oct 21, 1959


Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 29, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Toys, 1950s

Artwork Khrushchev Probably Would Not Have Liked 14



Wood Gaylor, "Rites of Spring"

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 29, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Art, 1910s, Russia

June 28, 2018

Vend-a-Joke

In 1971, Ussery Industries debuted a vending machine that for 10 cents would play a joke by Henny Youngman as well as dispense a candy bar.

Sample jokes: "My mother-in-law got a mud pack. For two days she looked nice. Then the mud fell off."

"Let me tell you about my brother-in-law. I wish he would go to trade school so I would know what kind of work he is out of. He tells people he's a diamond cutter; mows the lawn at Yankee Stadium."

The vend-a-joke machine apparently didn't do very well. But two years later Youngman was featured on one of the first dial-a-joke lines in New York City, and that did much better.

The Odessa American - Jan 28, 1971



Posted By: Alex - Thu Jun 28, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: 1970s, Jokes

June 27, 2018

Opposed cream in coffee

The French scholar Arsene Thiebaud de Berneaud liked his coffee black. So much so that he "opposed with ferocity the then comparatively new custom of adding milk or cream to black coffee."

"He seems to have had an obsession that all mixtures of fluids were injurious... Sustained by this preconceived notion, he was able to publish a long diatribe in 1826, in which he accuses cafe au lait of causing almost every derangement known to medicine."

I've been able to find almost no other information about de Berneaud, so this one odd theory seems to be the most enduring thing he left behind.

The Chatham Press - July 15, 1922

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 27, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Health, Weird Theory, Coffee and other Legal Stimulants, Nineteenth Century

Miss Garter Throw of 1958



I can't find much on this beauty contest, nor any indication it was more than a one-time thing in 1958.

Source of foto.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jun 27, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, 1950s, Legs

June 26, 2018

A quarter pounder, hold the cheese

Cynthia Kissner and Leonard Werner have filed a class-action lawsuit against McDonald's, complaining that the cost of a Quarter Pounder without cheese is the same as it with cheese.

As people who like their Quarter Pounders without cheese, they feel ripped off and are asking for $5 million in damages.

Read their complaint here.

More info here.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jun 26, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Lawsuits, Junk Food

Mystery Illustration 73



What was this pleasant little old lady famous for?

The answer is here.

And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jun 26, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Women, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century

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