Weird Universe Archive

June 2019

June 6, 2019

Boil Tested Buttons

Are modern buttons boil tested in the year 2019? It seems overkill to me, even back then. If you had the plastics formulation down pat, and tested it once, would you have to boil every button that came off the "assembly" line?





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Posted By: Paul - Thu Jun 06, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Destruction, Domestic, Fashion, Advertising, Twentieth Century

June 5, 2019

Jaw Relation Simulator

“to help police investigations related to people who have been bitten by other people and who retain marks in their flesh from the experience.”



Chicago Tribune - Apr 1, 1990

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 05, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Police and Other Law Enforcement, Teeth

June 4, 2019

Birch-Bark Suit

Created by Finnish artist Erkki Pekkarinen. There's not a lot of info to be found about him in English on the Internet. But Finland's Contemporary Folk Art Museum offers some:

Pekkarinen has bent bark to make both the largest birch bark shoes in the world (2.7 metres) and the smallest (3.8 millimetres). He is, however, best known for his all-bark ”forest-folk national costume”, which became the emblem of the 2001 ITE exhibition at Meilahti Art Museum in Helsinki. Pekkarinen has given his unfeigned performance in the same suit at many an ITE exhibition opening, wearing bark shoes, bark Stetson and carrying a bark briefcase. He always brings along a collection of smaller bark shoes in a tiny portable showcase.





His giant birch-bark shoes

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jun 04, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Art, Fashion

Follies of the Madmen #427



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Posted By: Paul - Tue Jun 04, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Crime, Fashion, Sexuality, 1960s

June 3, 2019

Name That List, #59

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

  • Can-Cell
  • Thwip
  • Gorg
  • Haa
  • Frog-Dog
  • Pikobi
  • Laa
  • Kaadu
  • Pelikki
  • Peko-Peko
  • Fambaa
  • Odupiendo
  • Shaak
  • Aiwha
  • Acklay
  • Nexu
  • Orray
  • Dactillion
  • Ginntho
  • Gualaar
  • Kod’Yok
  • Runyip
  • Goaty-Chicken
  • Ronto
  • Jerba
  • Nudj
  • Sleen
  • Worrt
  • Verkle
  • Tip-Yip



More in extended >>

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jun 03, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Name That List

I Was a Teenage Brain Surgeon

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jun 03, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Humor, Music, Surgery, Teenagers, 1950s, Brain

June 2, 2019

Koala Fingerprints

Odd trivia: the finger (and foot) prints of koalas are so similar to those of humans that not even a scanning electron microscope can detect the difference. They’re more human-like than even those of chimpanzees.

Sydney Morning Herald - Nov 6, 1996



Posted By: Alex - Sun Jun 02, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals

Cornwall Superstitions

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 02, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Superstition, United Kingdom

June 1, 2019

Oreo Magic Dunkers

'Magic Dunkers' were Oreo cookies that turned milk blue when dunked, but they were only available for 2 months in 2000.

I'm surprised Nabisco has never introduced a unicorn version of these that would turn milk rainbow colors. (If they ever do, then I called it here first!)

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jun 01, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Food

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