Weird Universe Archive

October 2018

October 26, 2018

ReActor—a house that spins and tilts

Located in upstate New York at the OMI International Arts Center’s Architecture Field. It can rotate 360 degrees, blown by the wind, but also tilts up and down based on the movement of its inhabitants. From the YouTube description:

ReActor is the newest work in an experimental, performative series of "social relationship architecture" designed and built by internationally renowned architect-artist duo Alex Schweder + Ward Shelley…. ReActor is a habitable sculpture, where Schweder + Shelley will live in full view of Omi's audience. The 44-foot by 8-foot structure rotates 360-degrees atop a 15-foot concrete column in response to its inhabitants' movements, exterior forces, and interior conditions, making visible the intimate relationship between architecture and its inhabitants.

The question I can't find answered is if they put any plumbing inside of it, and if so, how.

More info: AlexSchweder.com

Posted By: Alex - Fri Oct 26, 2018 - Comments (9)
Category: Architecture, Art

October 25, 2018

Strange Frequencies

Add this item to your Xmas list and you won't be disappointed!



From the intro:

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 25, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Science, Supernatural, Occult, Paranormal, Books

Brazilian bus driver training

In Cariacica, Brazil, part of the bus driver training is to have the drivers ride on a stationary bike while a bus zooms by them at top speed, to give them a sense of how cyclists feel.

It seems like with each pass the bus got closer.

via bicycling.com

Posted By: Alex - Thu Oct 25, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles, Bus

Mystery Illustration 78



What is the material and provenance of this coat?

The answer is here.

Or after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 25, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Nineteenth Century

October 24, 2018

Alternative Miss World

One to add to our ongoing theme of weird beauty contests: the Alternative Miss World contest. It started in 1972 and has been held every few years in London since then. A documentary was made of the 1978 contest (video clip below). More info: BBC News



Andrew Logan (left), founder of the contest, with Sasha Frolova (right), winner of the 2014 Alternative Miss World. Source: Facebook



The Miami News - May 31, 1985

Posted By: Alex - Wed Oct 24, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests

October 23, 2018

I Am Trash Perfume

French perfumier Etat Libre d'Orange announced earlier this year that it would launch a perfume made from the amount of waste that is left over from the industry's process of fabricating perfume. Now it's here: a luxury fragrance named "I Am Trash: Les Fleurs du Dechet."

So, what does I Am Trash smell like? Apparently a bit like strawberries. More info: adage.com

Posted By: Alex - Tue Oct 23, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Perfume and Cologne and Other Scents

Follies of the Madmen #391



You have to be tripping on LSD to appreciate us.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 23, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Motor Vehicles, Surrealism, 1950s

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




More in extended >>

Posted By: Alex - Mon Oct 22, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, Human Marvels, Magic and Illusions and Sleight of Hand

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