Weird Universe Archive

July 2020

July 21, 2020

RIP Chicken Fried Steak

On July 26, 1985, the Taste of Texas restaurant in Houston buried a chicken fried steak and put up a tombstone for it, which remains there to this day.



It reminds me of the grave of Blinky the frozen chicken in L.A.

via Click2houston

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jul 21, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Death, Food, 1980s

Apollo 11 Cuisine

I'm formally a day late with this entry--but yet, the Apollo 11 astronauts were still on the Moon 51 years ago today! Eating their ham-salad sandwiches.

Source.


Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 21, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Anniversary, Food, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, 1960s

July 20, 2020

Silver Stool

The New England Journal of Medicine recently reported on a case of a woman whose poop turned silver. Or, at least, silver-colored.

She wasn't drinking silver, which would have been an easy solution to the mystery. Instead, the doctors offered this explanation:

The physical examination was notable for jaundice, hepatomegaly, and a diffusely tender abdomen. The rectal examination showed silver-colored stool (Panel A)... The appearance of silver stool results from a combination of white stool associated with obstructive jaundice and black stool of melena. After a discussion of treatment options with the patient, a decision was made to focus on her comfort. She was discharged home with hospice care.

In light of this case, the website PoopColors.com should be updated to include silver.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 20, 2020 - Comments (4)
Category: Excrement

Weird Historian

WU-vies will surely enjoy the kindred site known as WEIRD HISTORIAN.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 20, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Weird Studies and Guides

July 19, 2020

Tarantula Bedding

Available from retailer Ggtrends.

An appropriate gift for the arachnophile in your life.





Posted By: Alex - Sun Jul 19, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Furniture, Insects

Follies of the Madmen #483



Our product turns you into an arrogant jerk.

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 19, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Emotions, Smoking and Tobacco, 1970s

July 18, 2020

Occupation: Woman

The year 1850 was also a time when one large life insurance company's records showed its first policy issued to a female, reports the American Council of Life Insurance. She was one Caroline Ingraham, 36, of Madison, N.J. The policy register of November 19th, which contains the entry of Miss Ingraham's policy, lists her occupation as "Woman."

Dixon Evening Telegraph - Nov 19, 1976

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jul 18, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Jobs and Occupations, Gender, Women, Nineteenth Century

Mr. Drake’s Duck

Wikipedia page.



Posted By: Paul - Sat Jul 18, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Movies, Science Fiction, 1950s

July 17, 2020

Constitution of Alabama

Clocking in at 310,296 words, the constitution of Alabama is the longest constitution in the world. By comparison, the U.S. constitution is only 4,543 words (including the signatures).

The bloat of the document is a result of the state government deciding that it needed to micromanage the individual counties. So all kinds of local regulations have been included in the constitution. Wikipedia explains:

About 90 percent of the document's length, as of 2018, is made up of its 946 amendments ... About 75 percent of the amendments cover individual counties or cities, and some are so detailed as to deal with salaries of specific officials (e.g. Amendment 480 and the Greene County probate judge). As a result, Alabama has a very high number of constitutional officers and the constitution makes it very difficult for residents of most counties to solve their own problems.

The Constitutional Convention was called with the intention by Democrats of the state "to establish white supremacy in this State," "within the limits imposed by the Federal Constitution." Its provisions essentially disenfranchised most African Americans and thousands of poor whites, who were excluded for decades.


You can read the full document here.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jul 17, 2020 - Comments (6)
Category: Government, Regulations, Law

The Only Legal Non-Burger King Burger King

I discovered this story in SECRET AMERICA: A GUIDE TO THE WEIRD, WONDERFUL, AND OBSCURE.

See preview here.

The book is part of a series devoted to different cities, and if the national version is a good example, the individual volumes are probably worth your attention as well.

In any case, here's the lowdown on the Burger King of Mattoon, IL.






Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 17, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Food, Regionalism, Lawsuits

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