Weird Universe Archive

September 2018

September 22, 2018

Sponge Shoes

New from designer Christopher Kane: shoes with kitchen sponges glued onto them. They retail for around £800 (about $1046), but are already sold out.





But if they were available, you could round out the look with a sponge clutch from the same designer.



And to really complete your kitchen cleaning look, don't miss these mop shoes, also from Christopher Kane. (More info: refinery29)

Posted By: Alex - Sat Sep 22, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Fashion

Follies of the Madmen #385



Our shoes are comparable to hideous sea monsters.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 22, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Business, Advertising, Shoes, 1940s, Fictional Monsters

September 21, 2018

Paved Deer

I've heard of road-line painting crews not bothering to move roadkill out of the way. But I hadn't heard before of a paving crew simply paving over a dead animal instead of moving it.

For some pics of roadkill painted over see: improbable research

Allentown Morning Call - Aug 22, 1996



Allentown Morning Call - Sep 14, 1996

Posted By: Alex - Fri Sep 21, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Death, Highways, Roads, Streets and Traffic

Smoker’s Robot



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Sep 21, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Tobacco and Smoking, Chindogu, 1950s

September 20, 2018

Footprint Rugs

A fad in the early 1970s. I can't find them available for sale anywhere now, however.



Posted By: Alex - Thu Sep 20, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Interior Decorating, 1970s

Mystery Gadget 65



What's this machine do?

The answer is here.

And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Thu Sep 20, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Technology, 1910s

September 19, 2018

Girl Frozen Alive

A popular publicity stunt for selling cars during the 1960s.

Philadelphia Inquirer - July 10, 1968



Louisville Courier-Journal - Nov 12, 1965



Marion Star - June 17, 1965



Lebanon Daily News - Oct 7, 1968



Cincinnati Enquirer - May 7, 1969

Posted By: Alex - Wed Sep 19, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Death, Publicity Stunts, 1960s

The Anti-Dancing Devil




Source.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Sep 19, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Antisocial Activites, Costumes and Masks, 1920s, Dance

September 18, 2018

Urban transport of the future

"The nightmare of traffic jams. On a street in New York City, the postal clerk George A. Compton, immobilized with his car in a traffic jam, after an exasperating wait went berserk. He got out of the car and took off his shoes and started to climb the river of cars, leaping easily from car to car."



"Will cities be like this? Here's how the problem of traffic in cities could be lightened, if not completely solved: tiny single-seater cars that occupy a small area."



Source: La Domenica del Corriere - December 16, 1962 (via ebay)

Posted By: Alex - Tue Sep 18, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Mass Transit, Transportation, 1960s, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Follies of the Madmen #384



How the heck did that tub get out there, and how's that naked gal going to get home?

And without plumbing, will she fill it, pail by pail, with seawater?

Inquiring minds want to know!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 18, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Nature, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1950s

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