Weird Universe Archive

June 2018

June 15, 2018

Cat’s Phee on a Gooseberry Bush

Wikipedia cites a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc called "Cat's Pee on a Gooseberry Bush" as an example of "wine humour." The site notes, "Humour is usually rare in the world of wine, and wine jokes may only be amusing to wine obsessives."

Apparently the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms didn't find the name amusing. They forced the maker of the wine to change the name of the U.S. import version to "Cat's Phee on a Gooseberry Bush," which doesn't even make sense.

The 'cat's pee' in the name was a reference to the fact that Sauvignon Blancs are occasionally known to have that scent.



Text from, Drink This: Wine Made Simple by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 15, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Odd Names, Alcohol

June 14, 2018

Hat Guard

Back in the day when the theft of hats from hatracks was an ongoing problem, Frank P. Snow of Los Angeles patented this invention designed to inflict pain on any would-be hat thieves.

A thief could take the hat, but if he tried to put it on, a "guarding prong" would jab into his skull. The prong locked in place and could only be moved if you knew the code to the combination lock.

Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office - June 2, 1914

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jun 14, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Inventions, Headgear, 1910s

World Trade Week Queen



...World Trade Week, which begins May 18 and winds up on Harbor Day, following Sunday. Princess Los Angeles will be Miss World Trade Week, the queen. Other girls her honor court. Chosen by Junior Chamber of Commerce of various cities. Left to right: Eloise Koch, World Trade Week Queen, of Los Angeles; Princes Bianca Detert, standing, San Pedro; Jane Stevenson, Princess Wilmington, and Joyce Niederberger, Princess Long Beach.


"The Princess of Los Angeles" or "The Princess of Long Beach" would make great movie titles.

Original photo here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jun 14, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Business, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Regionalism, 1950s

June 13, 2018

Impact Therapy

Shamokin News Dispatch - Aug 31, 1968



Doctor Cites Worth of 'Impact Therapy'
LONDON (AP) — Dr. John Tracy says if you can't cure it any other way, hit it.
Tracy explained in today's issue of the Practitioner Medical Journal that he uses sandbags to bash his patients into shape. He calls it "impact therapy."
Tracy says that repeated blows with a 20-pound sandbag, carefully timed and judged, send pressure waves through joints that cure aches and pains.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 13, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Health, Medicine, 1960s

June 12, 2018

A long, awkward silence

With the Trump-Kim summit all over the news, this 1969 N.Korea/U.S. meeting seems timely:

Back then, an American and North Korean general sat across a table from each other for 11 hours and 35 minutes. For the entire time, no one took a bathroom break or ate, and during the final 4½ hours, no one even spoke. They just stared at each other in silence.



Palladium-Item - Apr 11, 1969

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jun 12, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Politics, 1960s

Anna Halprin



"Since the late 1930s Anna Halprin has been creating revolutionary directions for dance..." The actual "dance" starts at 1:11.

Perhaps, after viewing that, you would like to watch a feature-length documentary on Halprin. It'll cost you $3.99 however, although the trailer is free.



Posted By: Paul - Tue Jun 12, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Avant Garde, Dance, Twentieth Century

June 11, 2018

Boned Rolled Pig

WUvie Phideaux sent along another fake vintage ad created by Cris Shapan, who's the reigning master of the genre of fake vintage ads. (About a year ago, a number of us had fun puzzling over another one of Shapan's faux ads. You can check out more of his stuff on his Facebook page.)

Arnold Zwicky, on his blog, has analyzed this particular ad in close detail and points out some interesting details, such as that the image of "boned, rolled pig" is actually adapted from an image of rolled, pink fiberglass insulation.



fiberglass insulation

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jun 11, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Advertising

Mystery Gadget 61



What's it do?

The answer is here.


Or after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jun 11, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Technology, 1950s

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