Weird Universe Archive

October 2018

October 22, 2018

George the Giant’s Strange Museum of Oddities and Wonders

I found out at the last minute about a weird "pop-up" museum that was opening for a few days in Bakersfield, CA: George the Giant’s Strange Museum of Oddities and Wonders. It was a four-hour drive from San Diego, but I figured I had to see it. So my wife and I did a road trip on Saturday to check it out.

It was an excellent collection of oddities, but the best part might have been the live displays in which George demonstrated sword swallowing and drove a long spike into his nose. He also performed the 'blade box' trick with an assistant.

George hopes to be able to return with his Strange Museum next year. So if you're in the Bakersfield area next October, check it out!

By the way, you might have seen George in the movies. He played the character of Colossus in Tim Burton's Big Fish.





Alligator Boy



Fiji Mermaid




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Posted By: Alex - Mon Oct 22, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, Human Marvels, Magic and Illusions and Sleight of Hand

The Mystery of Ambrose Small

Master Weirdist Charles Fort once made a jest involving two mysterious vanishings: "Was somebody collecting Ambroses?"

One of the Ambroses involved was the famous Ambrose Bierce.

The other was much less-known: Ambrose Small.

One would think that after so many years, all had been said about Small's disappearance. But I can't find any reference to this further extension of the case as seen below.






Original article here.

More on the Small case.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 22, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Crime, Cult Figures and Artifacts, Death, Twentieth Century

October 21, 2018

Manpons

Strange ads created by the charity WaterAid in 2015 asking people to imagine what the world would be like if men had periods and had to use 'manpons'. This then served as a lead-in to the info that 1.25 billion women worldwide don't have access to a toilet during their period.





Posted By: Alex - Sun Oct 21, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Hygiene, Body Fluids, Advertising

Shame of the Jungle

Cartoon nudity.

The Wikipedia page.




Posted By: Paul - Sun Oct 21, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Sexuality, Cartoons, 1970s, Africa, Europe

October 20, 2018

Unoccupied car bursts into flames

A short-circuit? Sounds more like the car was possessed.

The Bridgeport Post - Apr 10, 1972

Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 20, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: 1970s, Cars

Rossa Richter, the First Human Cannonball



Not generally cited in the sterling list of accomplishments by women throughout history.

A small article.

Her Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 20, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Human Marvels, Women, Nineteenth Century

October 19, 2018

Expando-Vision

Introduced in 1983 by Stimutech. It was a device that could flash subliminal messages on your TV screen as you watched TV. The maker emphasized the ways this could be put to use for self-help (weight-loss, stop smoking, stop drinking, etc.). But they did sell a "Sexual Invitation" program that surreptitiously flashed messages of seduction: "Sex is OK, Let us make love, I am OK, We share sexually, Let us kiss, Let us caress, Let us be naked, We explore bodies, Let us be together.”



John Dvorak, InfoWorld - Dec 26, 1983



Lansing State Journal - Dec 4, 1983

Posted By: Alex - Fri Oct 19, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Innuendo, Double Entendres, Symbolism, Nudge-Nudge-Wink-Wink and Subliminal Messages, Technology, Psychology, 1980s

Starlit Stairway





Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 19, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Amateurs and Fans, Regionalism, Television, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s

October 18, 2018

Name That List, #49

What is this a list of? The answer is below in extended.

  • Qoop
  • Fairtilizer
  • Ipipi
  • Heekya
  • Thoof
  • Qriously
  • Doostang
  • Weebly
  • Yoono
  • Zlio
  • Diigo
  • Insala
  • Jiglu
  • Mzinga
  • Oooooc
  • ooVoo
  • Sclipo




More in extended >>

Posted By: Alex - Thu Oct 18, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Name That List

Follies of the Madmen #390



Our coffee is appreciated by harridans and idiots.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 18, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Annoying Things, Business, Advertising, Products, Coffee and other Legal Stimulants, 1950s

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