Weird Universe Archive

July 2018

July 26, 2018

Ankle phone-holder

From French fashion house Maison Margiela.



If you have the tolerance for it, you can check out the video of their runway show in which a few of the models are wearing the ankle phone-holder. Though the phone holder may be the least weird part of the show. I think at least one of the models was wrapped in fiberglass insulation (see picture below). Others seemed to be wrapped in carpets.



Posted By: Alex - Thu Jul 26, 2018 - Comments (8)
Category: Fashion, Technology, Telephones

The Baileys of Balboa

The Wikipedia page, which says:

The show was primarily developed for the network because its president, James T. Aubrey, insisted that Gilligan's Island, which premiered the same season (and which he personally loathed), would have been a better show if it had centered on the exploits of a charter boat captain operating in a marina, and had his old friend Keefe Brasselle produce his version of the idea in order to prove his point.




Raquel Welch in this clip.





Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 26, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Humor, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Television, 1960s

July 25, 2018

Armpit-vertising

Japan's Wakino Ad Company has announced that it plans to start selling advertising space on the armpits of young women. And it's already got a customer: a beauty treatment chain that will be advertising its underarm hair removal procedure.

The company website
via Sora News 24



Posted By: Alex - Wed Jul 25, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Advertising

Follies of the Madmen #376



A quick hit of sugar at bedtime will send those kiddies straight to slumberland!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jul 25, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Children, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, 1930s

July 24, 2018

Attack of the Killer Umbrellas

In Ocean City, Maryland a woman was recently impaled in the chest by a wind-blown beach umbrella [6abc.com]. She's alive, but I assume in serious condition.

And just a week before another wind-blown umbrella stabbed a woman in the leg at the Jersey Shore.

The umbrellas are active this summer.

We've reported a number of other attacks by wind-blown umbrellas here on WU. In 1979, Paulette Fabre was killed by one on the French Riviera. And in 2010 a woman at Ocean City (again!) had an umbrella go straight through her thigh.

Forget the sharks in the water. It's the wind-blown umbrellas people need to worry about.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jul 24, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Accidents, Death

Stereopticon



Let us know when you bail. The visuals start after 45 seconds.

“Stereopticon treats sense data or phenomena as the root of structured
thought. It is not in the line of experimental films which present
visual and audial phenomena as matter directly perceived. Instead
Stereopticon delineates its own structure by means of a moving interposed
view point and counter viewpoint : by continuous motion it implies or
circumscribes a complete cosmology. The structure is musical and circular,
rather than dramatic and linear, and is constructed of six movements and mood cycles...”

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 24, 2018 - Comments (9)
Category: Movies, Pop Art, Surrealism, 1960s, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

July 23, 2018

Sound Effects—U.S. Air Force Firepower

A 1962 release that included tracks such as:

• Sonic Boom: F-104 "Starfighter"
• F-100's Fire Mixed Loads Of Rockets At Ground Targets
• Mass Napalm Attack By F-100's (Ground Bursts)
• Nuclear Bomb Explosion, Yucca Flat, Nevada
• 20 MM Vulcan "Gatling Gun" Type Aircraft Cannon

You can peruse the full list of tracks at discogs.com.



The Akron Beacon Journal - Oct 4, 1962

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 23, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Military, 1960s, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

A Forecast of Amazon?



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 23, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Retailing, Futurism, 1950s

July 22, 2018

No-Wash Underwear

Organic Basics boasts that its Silvertech 2.0 line of underwear has been treated with anti-microbial silver chloride, and therefore never needs to be washed. Or, at least, only needs to be washed every few weeks.

Maybe that pitch works for some people, but it doesn't work for me. I don't want to be rewearing a pair of sweaty, old underwear, even if it has been anti-microbially treated.

Product page (Kickstarter)





Posted By: Alex - Sun Jul 22, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Hygiene, Underwear

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