Weird Universe Archive

December 2019

December 21, 2019

Gaming Shoes

Newly released by Puma: "Active Gaming Footwear" — so that your shoes don't hold you back while you're playing computer games.

Some of the touted benefits:

Medial wrap-up grip in SEEK mode
Lateral wrap-up support in ATTACK mode
Heel wrap-up stability in CRUISE and DEFENSE mode

I have no idea what any of that means (though I'm not a gamer... maybe it would make perfect sense if I was).

Posted By: Alex - Sat Dec 21, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Shoes

December 20, 2019

Canned Dandelions

Reports from the late 1980s claimed that the Wells family in Maine were the only producers in America of canned dandelions. The family had been in this business since 1894 when Walter Scott Wells founded the dandelion cannery. In the 1960s, the family also began offering canned fiddleheads, selling both under the Belle of Maine label.

However, the Strange Maine website indicates that since 2012 the Wells family has given up canning and is now only selling fresh, in-season fiddleheads and dandelions. Which would mean that it's apparently impossible to buy canned dandelions... at least, in the US. Not sure if a dandelion cannery still exists somewhere else in the world.



Hartford Sentinel - May 27, 1988

Posted By: Alex - Fri Dec 20, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Food

December 19, 2019

The Temple of Plastic Excess

Created by British artist Andy Hazell circa 2010 for a New Year's parade in Newcastle. It's street legal and uses more than 4000 LEDs. He says, "I tried to imagine what Barbie and Ken would use for wedding transport."

More info: andyhazell.co.uk

Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 19, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Art, Religion, Cars

John Thoburn Williamson, Parsimonious Millionaire





Source for story. (Follow whole text across multiple pages.)

His Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 19, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Antisocial Activites, Eccentrics, Money, Twentieth Century

December 18, 2019

The Standard Toilet

Created to discourage employees from sitting on the toilet too long. As explained in wired.co.uk:

the StandardToilet sits at a downward angle of 13 degrees. After around five minutes of sitting, this will cause strain on the legs, similar to a low level squat thrust, but “not enough to cause health issues,” reassures Mahabir Gill, founder of StandardToilet. “Anything higher than that would cause wider problems. Thirteen degrees is not too inconvenient, but you’d soon want to get off the seat quite quickly.”

It was inspired by a series of annoyances. As a consulting engineer for 40 years, Gill sometimes discover workers asleep on the toilet, and in his free time, was increasingly annoyed by queues for public toilets. The final straw came while he was shopping in a department store the morning after a particularly heavy night out, and in desperate need for a toilet, could only find locked cubicles. Thus, the idea for the StandardToilet was born.

I can imagine this would do wonders for employee morale.

More info: standardtoilet.net

Posted By: Alex - Wed Dec 18, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Bathrooms

December 17, 2019

Thuggies Dolls

Introduced in 1993, Thuggies were dolls that came with a "rap sheet". As described in the Philadelphia Daily News (Feb 3, 1993):

Carolyn Clark claims that playing with make-believe crooks helps young children avoid becoming real one. To that end, Clark and her partner, Rennie Resmini, both Philadelphians, have designed “Thuggies,” a line of 17 dolls.

Each comes packaged in a cardboard “jail cell” with a “rap sheet” describing his or her crime — and the penalty being paid. For instance, “Bonnie Ann Bribe” is said to be serving time by reading to senior citizens an hour a day. Bonnie, who did not read in first grade, wanted to bribe her way through school. “Dwight Collared Grimes,” who wears a pin-striped suit and a tie and, according to his rap sheet, used to have his hand in other people’s cookie jars, is said to be “presently on cookie-baking duty.”

According to Clark, the positive effect of cuddling these criminals comes from the notion that the doll’s young owner plays a role in “reforming” them. She explained that the dolls, expected to cost about $35 each, have a report card that explains what they have to do to go straight.




Posted By: Alex - Tue Dec 17, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Toys, 1990s

Follies of the Madmen #457

Man, that's a hard-nosed ad! No mincing words. Could it run today?





Source.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Dec 17, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Insurance, Death, 1950s

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