Weird Universe Archive

June 2019

June 30, 2019

Raw-Egg Diet

Orlando Sentinel - Dec 12, 1974

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jun 30, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: 1970s, Dieting and Weight Loss

Plaid Stallions

Endless hours of browsing at this blog dedicated to 70s culture.





Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 30, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Cult Figures and Artifacts, Culture and Civilization, Customs, Pop Art, 1970s

June 29, 2019

Peanut Sneakers

A little over a month ago we posted about croissant sneakers. Food-themed sneakers are apparently the big new thing, because Planters Peanuts has now debuted peanut sneakers, retailing for $170.





And not to be outdone, Ruffles Chips has introduced limited-edition Ruffles sneakers.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jun 29, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Food, Shoes

Bugs Bunny and the Pirate

Could you make an effective cartoon with sound only? See what you think.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 29, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Stupid Criminals, Cartoons, 1950s

June 28, 2019

Coated tongue means self-poisoning

From back in the day when advertisers just tried to scare consumers silly:

"Coated tongue means self-poisoning. Correct it by all means."

Click to enlarge
New York Daily News - Apr 14, 1932

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 28, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Advertising, 1930s, Diseases

June 27, 2019

Rosa Hernandez: The Cleaning Lady

When San Diego performance artist Claudio Cano does her act, much of the audience isn’t aware that she’s actually performing, because her performance consists of dressing up as a Latina maid (whom she calls Rosa Hernandez) and sweeping or mopping the floor of art galleries. She notes that people in the galleries will often complain to the front desk about the maid cleaning while they're trying to look at the art, unaware that the "maid" is part of the art.

Cano also sometimes performs outside, where, in her maid outfit, she does stand out more. But even then, she notes, people rarely pay much heed to her, seeming to go out of their way to avoid her.

More info: ClaudiaCano.com, Only Here Podcast

Cano performing at SDSU Downtown Gallery



Performing at Oceanside Pier

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jun 27, 2019 - Comments (6)
Category: Jobs and Occupations, Performance Art

Gags and Gals:  Mail Order Brides

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jun 27, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Movies, Sexuality, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1930s, Women

June 26, 2019

Using Coca-Cola to dissolve phytobezoars

Coca-Cola isn’t just for drinking. It also has a medical use: to dissolve gastric phytobezoars (masses of indigestible material in the gastrointestinal system). Doctors administer the Coca-Cola via a tube threaded through the nose down into the intestines. As noted in a 2015 article in the World Journal of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, "An administration of Coca-Cola® is believed to be the primary choice for phytobezoar treatment because it is safe, inexpensive, and effective."

The same article further explains:

Although the mechanism has not been fully elucidated, it has been speculated that some ingredients in Coca-Cola® play a key role in bezoar dissolution. Such hypotheses include enhanced bezoar digestion by the mucolytic effect of sodium bicarbonate and/or by the acidifying effect of carbonic acid and phosphoric acid. Destruction of the bezoar may also be assisted by the carbon dioxide bubbles, which penetrate into the bezoar through the microscopic pores on its surface. Diet Coke®, Coca-Cola Light®, and Coca-Cola Zero® all contain these ingredients. Since the clinical success of bezoar dissolution by Diet Coke®, Coca-Cola Light®, and Coca-Cola Zero® was documented in previous reports, several authors have speculated that these sugar-free beverages have the same effect of bezoar dissolution as the regular version of Coca-Cola®.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 26, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Medicine, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages

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