Weird Universe Archive

May 2019

May 21, 2019

Bad-Breath Evaluator

Not as bad a job as being a gasmask tester. But still, pretty bad.

The patient sits behind a privacy screen and exhales into a tube. The breath evaluator sniffs the breath coming from the tube and assesses it.

San Francisco Examiner - Oct 21, 1997

Posted By: Alex - Tue May 21, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Jobs and Occupations, 1990s

Mystery Gadget 75



What's it for?

The answer is here.

And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Tue May 21, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Technology, 1920s

May 20, 2019

The Jetway 707

Built by American Quality Coach. Introduced in 1968. Its design was based on the 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado. Some more info from coachbuilt.com:

[American Quality Coach's] first product was an airport limousine - the AQC Jetway 707. It was 28' long with a wheelbase of 185", had 8-doors, seated twelve to fifteen, and featured twin rear axles - the first stretch limousine known to use them. The Jetway 707 featured an unusual vista-cruiser-style raised roof, with integral sky-lights and a completely enclosed cargo area with a hinged rear door.

A complete line of AQC hearses, ambulances, combination cars and limousines were planned, but unfortunately all of their working capital was tied up in the tooling for their first run of airport limos, and when they failed to sell, the firm was forced to abandon the other coaches. A current owner believes that only 52 Jetways were built between 1968-1970, although professional car historian Bernie DeWinter believes that the number is closer to 150.


Posted By: Alex - Mon May 20, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Motor Vehicles, Cars, 1960s

Flying Body Parts Lawsuit



Ruling in what it called a "tragically bizarre" case, an appeals court found that the estate of a man killed by a train while crossing the Edgebrook Metra station tracks can be held liable after a part of his body sent airborne by the collision struck and injured a bystander.

In 2008, Hiroyuki Joho, 18, was hurrying in pouring rain with an umbrella over his head, trying to catch an inbound Metra train due to arrive in about five minutes when he was struck by a southbound Amtrak train traveling more than 70 mph.

A large portion of his body was thrown about 100 feet on to the southbound platform, where it struck Gayane Zokhrabov, then 58, who was waiting to catch the 8:17 a.m. train to work. She was knocked to the ground, her leg and wrist broken and her shoulder injured.




More details at the source.

Posted By: Paul - Mon May 20, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Accidents, Body, Death, Lawsuits, Trains and Other Vehicles on Rails, Twenty-first Century

May 19, 2019

Blue Jeans Speedo

AKA the 'jeado'. Available for pre-order from shinesty.com. Price: $39.99.





Posted By: Alex - Sun May 19, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Fashion, Denim

Imogene Winchester in LIFE Magazine



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Sun May 19, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Body, Human Marvels, Children, 1930s

May 18, 2019

Man sues God

Donald Drusky, of McKeesport, Pa. (which happens to be my mother’s hometown) specifically wanted God “to grant him the guitar-playing skills of famous guitarists, along with resurrecting his mother and his pet pigeon.”

Suing God, and perhaps even winning, would seem to be the easy part. Collecting payment is what’s hard.

Asbury Park Press - Mar 16, 1999

Posted By: Alex - Sat May 18, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Religion, Lawsuits, 1990s

Accidental Family

Jerry van Dyke could not buy a good show for the longest time.

The Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Sat May 18, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Domestic, Family, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Television, 1960s

May 17, 2019

Even Can’t Literally Cocktail

The Yuzu bar in Lakewood, Ohio is offering a new "menstrual-themed" cocktail to help raise money for a local women's shelter. From their facebook post:

It's that time of the month-- time for a new menu that is-- like this new cocktail-- Even Can't Literally / a berry #margarita thoughtfully complimented with a tampon applicator garnish / also $1 towards every purchase of this drink go to a donation fund for a #cle area women's shelter.


Posted By: Alex - Fri May 17, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Body Fluids, Nausea, Revulsion and Disgust

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