Weird Universe Archive

October 2018

October 31, 2018

Pram Side Car



The antecedent of all those modern tagalong baby trailers.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 31, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles, Babies and Toddlers, 1950s

October 30, 2018

Cannibal Tourism

An entrepreneurial dream shot down by a government official.

Ottawa Journal - June 15, 1973

Posted By: Alex - Tue Oct 30, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Cannibalism, Food, 1970s

Space Raiders



In some other universe, 2017 saw the release of the tenth film in the SPACE RAIDERS franchise.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 30, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Aliens, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Movies, Science Fiction, 1980s

October 29, 2018

Skin Shoes

Created by a French duo of designers who call themselves 'matieres fecales' (or, Fecal Matter). From Vogue:

Fecal Matter’s latest creation, a skin boot that blends, or rather morphs, into its owner’s legs. It comes complete with a stab-you-in-the-eye satanic horn heel and defined piggy-wiggy toes. On the shin is a mini extension that curves upward like a thorny vestigial tail. The one non-lifelike part is a plastic platform that resembles an upside-down cup...

Fecal Matter’s philosophy behind the footwear reflects what they think humans will eventually look like as a result of body modification, social media, and advances in technology.




Posted By: Alex - Mon Oct 29, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Shoes

Follies of the Madmen #392



Not an ad that would fly in today's climate.

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 29, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Ethnic Groupings, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1970s

October 28, 2018

Nebraska—not for everyone

The state of Nebraska has decided to go for a reverse-psychology approach in its new marketing. In the hope of getting people to visit, it's rolling out new ads that joke about how boring the state is, accompanied by the tagline, "Nebraska. Honestly, it's not for everyone."



Some of Nebraska's previous tourism slogans:

"Nebraska ... the good life" — 1972-75, 1977-78
"Rediscover Nebraska during the Bicentennial" — 1976
"Vacation Nebraska" — 1979
"Nebraska ... Delightfully Different" — 1980-81
"Nebraska ... Discover the Difference" — 1982-85
"My Choice, Nebraska" — 1986
"Celebrate Nebraska" — 1987
"Come See What We're Up to Now" — 1988-91
"Send a Postcard from Nebraska" — 1992-97
"Genuine. Nebraska" — 1998-2001
"America's Frontier" — 2002-03
"Possibilities ... Endless" — 2004-2013
"Nebraska Nice" — 2014-2018

More info: Lincoln Journal Star

Posted By: Alex - Sun Oct 28, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Advertising, Tourists and Tourism

Tilda Swinton’s Dog Opera

Posted By: Paul - Sun Oct 28, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Music, Dogs

October 27, 2018

Testing Cab Drivers

Back in the 1920s, one Chicago cab company had some interesting tests it required its drivers to take. One was a "strength trial for the arms" in which the driver had to hold down a spring with his outstretched arm for as long as he could. There was also a psychological test:

The candidate is required to operate a somewhat complicated series of switches and foot-pedals according to carefully given directions, and while he is doing it, he is given unexpectedly a mild electric shock. The examiner observes to what extent the surprise upsets the equanimity and competence of the driver.

Perhaps Uber should consider similar tests for its drivers.

Popular Mechanics - Oct 1927



Sedalia Democrat - June 15, 1926

Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 27, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Jobs and Occupations, 1920s, Cars

Wallaby Fur Koozie



Get yours here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 27, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Australia, Alcohol

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