Weird Universe Archive

January 2021

January 16, 2021

Perfect Posture Girl

Starlet Alexis Smith, selected after elimination tests in this "Posture Meter" as the "Perfect Posture Girl" by the College of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Los Angeles.

The Wikipedia page for Alexis Smith

San Francisco Examiner - Dec 20, 1942



Birmingham News - May 11, 1942

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 16, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, 1940s

Kiss Me

The urge to prank is eternal.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 16, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: 1900s, Pranks

January 15, 2021

How to eat your Christmas tree

Artisan baker Julia Georgallis recently came out with a book that promises to tell you How To Eat Your Christmas Tree.

Amazon Link


That sounds like an interesting challenge. Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, the book doesn't tell you how to eat the entire tree. Instead, it's mostly about using the needles and bark in recipes.

But some searching on YouTube produced a video that delves into how to eat the entire tree. The catch is that to do so you'll need to pulp the wood and transform it into cellulose powder. Which is probably beyond the means of most people. But the video notes that cellulose powder derived from spruce trees is in many products, including parmesan cheese, pasta sauce, and ice cream. So almost everyone has eaten (highly processed) Christmas trees already.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jan 15, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Food, Christmas

The Umbrellaship



The creator's website.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 15, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Eccentrics, Outsider Art, Transportation

January 14, 2021

Anti-Barbecue Preacher

1929: Evangelist G.W. James, who preached against "barbecue sandwiches, cigarets, high-heeled shoes, short skirts, bobbed hair and other modern ideas," announced he was discontinuing his services due to low attendance. If the folks of Normalville wanted to hear him preach, he said, they would need to "indicate a desire for him to resume".

Connellsville Daily Courier - Oct 30, 1929

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jan 14, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Food, Religion, 1920s

Stunt Rock

The trailer first, then the backstory.

The Wikipedia entry.



Posted By: Paul - Thu Jan 14, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Death, Destruction, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Movies, Music, 1980s

January 13, 2021

Radioactive Spark Plugs

Firestone came out with radioactive spark plugs in 1940. The idea was that radioactive material (polonium) would improve the electrical conductivity of the spark plugs, resulting in better fuel combustion. More details from the Health Physics Historical Instrumentation Museum:

Other than the slightly improved performance when the plugs were first installed, their benefits were questionable. The short half-life of polonium-210 (138 days) meant that the enhanced performance was only temporary. It also put dealers in the uncomfortable position of having to decide what to do after unsold plugs sat on the shelf for extended periods. Furthermore, the inevitable accumulation of deposits on the surface of the plugs’ electrodes as the vehicle burned fuel would attenuate the alpha particles and prevent them from ionizing the gas.

Monrovia News-Post - Mar 27, 1941



Posted By: Alex - Wed Jan 13, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1940s, Cars

January 12, 2021

Shaver’s Golf

Shaver's golf = a game to find out the smallest number of strokes with which you can shave your face.

Minneapolis Star - Aug 6, 1939



A useful aid for this game would be the "stroke-counting razor" invented by engineers at Gillette a few years ago. Using this tool, Gillette determined that the average man takes about 170 strokes to shave his face. So, in the game of shaver's golf, I guess that 170 would be considered par.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jan 12, 2021 - Comments (4)
Category: Games, Sports, Hair and Hairstyling

Peanuts Cast Does “Roundabout”



This is the newest in a series, others to be found here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 12, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Music, Homages, Pastiches, Tributes and Borrowings, Cartoons, 1970s

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