Weird Universe Archive

December 2018

December 13, 2018

Drunken Walking

drunken walking is beginning to get the attention it merits. The problem appears so intractable that federal Department of Transportation officials have allocated $370,000 this year to study how and why this type of accident occurs.

Actually, although it sounds odd to study the problem of drunken walking, I wouldn't want to trivialize the problem. There was a case just recently here in San Diego of a young college student who decided the quickest way home from the bar was to walk across I-8. She didn't make it.

Tallahassee Democrat - Jan 1, 1994

Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 13, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Weird Studies and Guides, 1990s

Stanisław Szukalski



Stanisław Szukalski was a painter and sculptor who also developed the pseudoscientific historical theory of Zermatism, positing that all human culture was derived from a post-deluge Easter Island and that mankind was locked in an eternal struggle with the Sons of the Yeti. He illustrated this theory in his works.


Article source.

Artist's homepage.




Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 13, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Outsider Art, War, Documentaries, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, Europe, Twentieth Century

December 12, 2018

Double-Back Shorts

Fashion brand R13 has introduced shorts that kind of look like two pairs of clothes have gotten stuck together in the dryer. Price: $565.



Posted By: Alex - Wed Dec 12, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Denim, Overpriced Merchandise

Russian Version of Mary Poppins

Why rush to a crowded theater and pay fifteen dollars to see the new MARY POPPINS, when you can sit at home and watch the Russian version for free?

Unfortunately, embedding not permitted, so you must make the far journey to YouTube.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 12, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Movies, Fantasy, 1980s, Russia

December 11, 2018

Miss Popcorn

A few of the holders of the "Miss Popcorn" title. It seems the title must have been discontinued after Miss Popcorn of 1952 generated a bit of bad press.

Chicago Tribune - Oct 21, 1950



Cincinnati Enquirer - Mar 11, 1951



Palm Beach Post - Nov 12, 1952





Windsor Star - Aug 6, 1953

Posted By: Alex - Tue Dec 11, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Food, 1950s

Richard Teschner, Art and Puppets





Teschner segment starts at 1:50.

Lots more at this link. Then be sure to follow the two additional links at the bottom of the page.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Dec 11, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Puppets and Automatons, Surrealism, Europe, Twentieth Century

December 10, 2018

$1000 Cooler

Another ridiculously overpriced item you had a chance to buy in 2018. Designer Alexander Wang collaborated with Magnum Ice Cream to produce this black-leather cooler. Yours for $995.00 (though now sold out).

Bella Hadid, who modeled the cooler, said: "I’m a strong believer in living life to the fullest... The Magnum x Alexander Wang cooler bag allows you to enjoy an indulgent moment wherever and whenever."

Yeah, but couldn't you do that just as well with a $10 cooler? And for an extra $5, you could even spray paint it black.



Posted By: Alex - Mon Dec 10, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Overpriced Merchandise

Follies of the Madmen #400



And just as lethal!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 10, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Death, Tools, 1920s, Weapons

December 9, 2018

The girl who inhaled a Christmas tree

Fort Myers News-Press - Dec 17, 1995


Posted By: Alex - Sun Dec 09, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Holidays, 1990s

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