Weird Universe Archive

July 2018

July 11, 2018

Urine crystal bling

Fashion student Alice Potts has hit on the idea of adding some bling to clothes by embellishing them with crystals formed from bodily excretions such as sweat and urine. She says, "Instead of using plastic accessories to maybe embellish garments ... we can start like growing onto our garments these new materials and more natural materials."

Her website: http://www.alicepotts.com
More info: Huff Post





I'm assuming she must have made the crystals using a technique similar to the one outlined in the video below. She just added urine or sweat in addition to the other ingredients.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jul 11, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Science

The Statue



The Wikipedia page for the film.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jul 11, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Movies, Statues and Monuments, 1970s, Genitals

July 10, 2018

Death by Snails

November 1979: World-champion snail eater Marc Quinquandon died soon after eating 72 snails in three minutes and four seconds.

More info: Death of a snails man (Washington Post - Nov 29, 1979)



San Bernardino County Sun - Nov 27, 1979

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jul 10, 2018 - Comments (11)
Category: Death, Food, World Records, 1970s

Hot Rod Hop



Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 10, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Music, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1950s, Cars

July 9, 2018

Dung Lung

Death by breathing in dung fumes. It doesn't sound like a pleasant way to go, though perhaps not the worst since apparently before it kills you it paralyzes your sense of smell. But it's definitely a weird way to die.

“Agricultural Disorders of the Lung,” RadioGraphics (1991); 11:625-634.



Mansfield News-Journal - Sep 24, 1982

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 09, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Death, Health, Excrement

The Art of Collage



As a guy who has done his share of collages, I had to chuckle at this British Pathe treatment of the "weird" art form.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 09, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, 1950s

July 8, 2018

In Gold We Trust

Back in 1907, banks had run out of U.S. gold coins because depositors had withdrawn them all, fearing a recession. So a bank in Baker City, Oregon, having access to gold from a nearby mine, decided to print up its own gold coins. It stamped them with the phrase "In Gold We Trust" to differentiate them from official currency. Which immediately made them a collector's item.

However, government agents soon showed up and destroyed all the existing coins and the dies, since private minting of currency is, of course, illegal. I'm not sure if any of the coins survived.

via Oregon's Golden Years



I found a 1984 replica of the coins on eBay going for around $2000.



The Numismatist - April 1908

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jul 08, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Money, 1900s

Propellor-Driven Snowmobiles

This notion goes way back.

The Russians tried them at the start of the 20th century, with the Aerosani.

Here's one from the 1930s.



And finally, one from 2016.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 08, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Motor Vehicles, Nature, Weather, Twentieth Century, Twenty-first Century

July 7, 2018

Giant long-legged teddy bear

There's something weird about long legs on a teddy bear. Especially on a giant teddy bear. It makes it look too close to human.

This long-legged aberration is on sale at Amazon for $109.99.

image via reddit



Posted By: Alex - Sat Jul 07, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Toys

Follies of the Madmen #373



Somehow, anti-knock engine supplement conflated with performing saintly miracles.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jul 07, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Motor Vehicles, Religion, 1930s

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