Weird Universe Archive

January 2019

January 18, 2019

Daily Jury Duty

The Daily Jury Duty was Chuck's thing, but in this case I can't resist briefly reviving it.

Joshua Emery Noel (aka 'Topcat') has been charged with second-degree assault and battery for allegedly throwing hot coffee at a teenage McDonald’s employee because he was upset about how long he had to wait for his fries. The story.

As Chuck would say: no fair examining the evidence; verdict must be based on mugshot only.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jan 18, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Crime, Your Daily Jury Duty

Joe E. Lewis, Al Capone’s Favorite Entertainer



In Chicago in 1927, Lewis refused the request of Jack "Machine Gun" McGurn (an Al Capone lieutenant) to renew a contract that would have bound him to sing and perform at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, which was partly owned by Capone. After refusing, because he had been offered more money by a rival gang to appear at their own club, "The New Rendezvous", he was assaulted in his 10th floor Commonwealth Hotel room, in November 1927, by three enforcers sent by McGurn. The enforcers, who included Sam Giancana and Leonard "Needles" Gianola, mutilated Lewis (his throat and tongue were cut) and left him for dead.[2] It took him several years to be able to speak again.


Source.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 18, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Scary Criminals, Comedians, Twentieth Century

January 17, 2019

Wooly Wiglet Party







via Stupid Comics
Original Source: Young Love, June-July 1963

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jan 17, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Headgear, 1960s

January 16, 2019

Bull-sit Chair

Yet another way to make blue jeans weird.





Source: Catawiki auctions

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jan 16, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Furniture, Denim

Miss Christmas Tree 1951



Selected 'Miss Christmas Tree of 1951' by 40 members of the UCLA chapter, Sigma Chi fraternity, is 24-year-old Diane Dearborn. Miss Dearborn, who arrived in the United States seven weeks ago from Paris, France, is a singer. The collegians saw her picture in a newspaper, reported 'she seemed prettier that the rest of them'.


Source.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 16, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Holidays, 1950s

January 15, 2019

Dr. Lapp’s Sperm Bank

1957: Atomic physicist Ralph Lapp urged that the government should start stockpiling human sperm in lead-lined containers for use following a nuclear war.

In the radioactive shambles following an all-out hydrogen-bomb war, female survivors would thus have a source of prewar unirradiated sperm to replace that of her irradiated husband. “This would mean many children will have the same father, and even grandfather,” Lapp pointed out. “But it would cut the genetic consequences [of all-out war] more than in half, since the female is less sensitive to radiation than the male in terms of the sperm versus the ovum.”

New York Daily News - June 6, 1957



Newsweek - June 17, 1957

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jan 15, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1950s

Follies of the Madmen #406



Joe Louis lives in your car's engine.

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 15, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Sports, Technology, 1930s

January 14, 2019

86-year-old trapeze artist

Betty Goedhart first tried the trapeze at the age of 78, after a career as an ice skater. So she had an athletic background. Even so, she's got some seriously good genes.

More info: fox news

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jan 14, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Sports, World Records

Frances Faye and Friends

An early tribute to polymorphous perversity.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 14, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Music, Sexuality, 1950s

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