Weird Universe Archive

May 2019

May 26, 2019

World record for most severed hands reattached in one week

As far as I can tell, their claim to this record remains unchallenged.

Palm Beach Post - Nov 1, 1997

Posted By: Alex - Sun May 26, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: World Records, Surgery, 1990s

May 25, 2019

Lowell Mason - The Singing Midget

It always helps to have a gimmick in the music industry, and Lowell Mason’s was that he claimed to be “the world’s smallest gospel singer.” Some info about him from missioncreep.com:

born in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1937. Mason's singing career began at the tender age of nine, when his father, a minister, would send him out to churches and revival meetings across the southern and mid-western United States. Mason said, "My folks used to put me on a Greyhound bus, I'd travel somewhere, someone would meet me at the other end of the line, I'd go and sing, then that same person would put me back on the bus and send me home."

He appears to have been fairly successful. And, in fact, he's still going strong. Check out his website. Though, at 82, he now focuses more on his church activities than his singing.



Posted By: Alex - Sat May 25, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Little People, Music

May 24, 2019

Water Bottle Warning

A water bottle left on a car seat may potentially be a fire hazard. How? Because the water can act as a magnifying glass, concentrating the sun's rays and setting the upholstery on fire.

This was news to me. During past road trips, I've left water bottles on the car seat many times.



Via Book of Joe

Posted By: Alex - Fri May 24, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Stupid and/or Dangerous Products, Cars

Time Travel to 1978



Posted By: Paul - Fri May 24, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Television, Advertising, 1970s

May 23, 2019

Name That List, #58

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

  • A deep-fried canary
  • Ground-up bird beaks mixed with myrrh
  • Two pickled sheep's eyes
  • Your own sweat
  • The juice of tree ivy
  • Tea made out of rabbit dung
  • Coca-Cola and milk
  • Powdered human skull, dried viper, and "spirit of hartshorn"
  • Bull-penis soup
  • Raw eels
  • Sheep lungs and two owl eggs




More in extended >>

Posted By: Alex - Thu May 23, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Name That List

Body Paint Animals of Johannes Stötter







His home page, with more videos.

Posted By: Paul - Thu May 23, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Art, Surrealism, Body Painting

May 22, 2019

Cow Dung AC

Photos posted on Facebook by Rupesh Gauranga Das who writes:

Best use of cow dung I have ever seen
It’s in Amdavad
To counter 45 degrees heat temperatures and protect car from getting hot
Mrs. Sejal shah has plastered her car with cow dung





The Indian Express offers some further explanation:

Traditionally, in rural India, there is a common practice of applying cow dung on floors and walls allowing it to dry, as it is believed that coating it makes the structure remain warm in winters and cold in summers. Also, as it is a regarded as a natural disinfectant and mosquito repellent, the practice is quite common in villages.

I have to say, Mrs. Sejal Shah did a very professional-looking job of applying the cow dung to her car.

Posted By: Alex - Wed May 22, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Cows, Cars

The Pepperell Family on Cotton Cay

A deservedly shortlived advertising campaign that seemed to equate wearing cotton clothing with the life of a shipwrecked family.



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Posted By: Paul - Wed May 22, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Antisocial Activites, Advertising, Foreign Customs, Hermits, 1960s

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