Weird Universe Archive

December 2018

December 26, 2018

What does Mrs. Claus do when she gets lonely?

Don't the elves keep her company?

Esquire - Jan 1971

Posted By: Alex - Wed Dec 26, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Advertising, 1970s, Christmas

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot

I believe we've seen the birds-and-guitars piece before, but not the others.







His Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 26, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Museums, Music, Europe, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

December 25, 2018

Christmas Hats

Tampa Times - Jan 4, 1939



Wisconsin State Journal - Dec 30, 1957



The Munster Times - Dec 20, 1965

Posted By: Alex - Tue Dec 25, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Headgear, Christmas

Merry Christmas 2018!



Posted By: Paul - Tue Dec 25, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Holidays, Music, 1950s

December 24, 2018

Slow-Speed Chase

The Billings Gazette - Mar 29, 1998

Posted By: Alex - Mon Dec 24, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Stupid Criminals, 1990s

Christmas Cracker

The first item is okay if bland, but the next two are fairly weird.

Christmas Cracker, Jeff Hale, Norman McLaren, Grant Munro & Gerald Potterton, provided by the National Film Board of Canada


Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 24, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Holidays, Cartoons, Stop-motion Animation, 1960s

December 23, 2018

Santa dies again

What would Christmas be without Santa dying?

Back in 2016, I posted a list of various Santas that have died over the years, often collapsing in front of crowds of horrified children. The Moscow Times reports that it's happened again:

A Russian Santa Claus has reportedly died during New Year’s festivities at a kindergarten in Siberia.
Known as Ded Moroz, or Father Frost, Russian versions of Santa Claus host children’s holiday parties with the fairy tale snow maiden Snegurochka, in a still-popular Soviet-era tradition.
A man in a Ded Moroz costume died during festivities at a kindergarten in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, the local sibdepo.ru news website reported Tuesday.
“The man felt ill in the kindergarten, he was taken in an ambulance but died on the way to the hospital,” the outlet cited an unnamed medical source as saying.
The unidentified 67-year-old Ded Moroz “complained of chest pain” and died before the ambulance arrived, Interfax cited another unnamed source as saying.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Dec 23, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Christmas

Ralph Slater, Hypnotist Against Hitler

I suspect that Slater would pitch anything just to get publicity.

Here he claims he can deprogram Nazis.



He did not fare so well in 1948.

Here's the man himself.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Dec 23, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Delusions, Fantasies and Other Tricks of the Imagination, Crackpots, 1940s

December 22, 2018

The Church of Batman

Dr. Terwilliger said ‘Batman,’ the once-popular television show, was an instance of subliminal religion. He said Batman is a Messianic cult in a fantasy. “He is invoked. He comes with his miracles. The problems he solves are demonic. He is purely an ambiguous savior but he satisfied a sort of religious need,” the speaker said.


(L) Wilkes-Barre Times Leader - Apr 5, 1968; (R) R: Wilkes-Barre Times Leader - Aug 8, 1966



Posted By: Alex - Sat Dec 22, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Religion, Comics

Karina Smigla-Bobinski



The artist's homepage.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 22, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Europe

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