Weird Universe Archive

August 2021

August 26, 2021

The Ballad of a Gentle Laxative

These 1987 TV ads for Doxidan laxative, featuring the 'Doxidan Cowboy,' seem to inspire both love and hate. A lot of people on YouTube remember them fondly, but in newspapers from the time they were often cited as being among the most annoying commercials on TV.

The singer was Skeeter Starke. He has a YouTube channel.





Fort Myers News-Press - Jan 25, 1987



via History's Dumpster

Posted By: Alex - Thu Aug 26, 2021 - Comments (3)
Category: Music, Advertising, Excrement, 1980s

Crocodile Teasing at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo

The head in mouth bit comes after the four-minute mark.



The Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Aug 26, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Death, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Asia

August 25, 2021

Grade Up To Elite Cow

BoardGameGeek.com describes this boardgame (which came out in 1986) as a "game of skill and chance for Dairy Farmers' made by Waddingtons of behalf of 'The British Friesian Cattle Society of Great Britain and Ireland.'"

YouTuber David Ball offers more details, describing it as a "rare cow-insemination boardgame," noting that the aim of the game is to "to collect semen, then inseminate your friesian cows & breed an 'Elite Status' herd."

It reminds me of the game Antler Island, which is about stags mating with does. The existence of these two games, taken together, means there's a genre of boardgames about animal breeding.



source: University of Reading

Posted By: Alex - Wed Aug 25, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Games, Cows

Please Kill Me

Unsolved after 20 years, and from what I can see, unsolved to the present day.

Source for first clipping: Joplin Globe (Joplin, Missouri) 11 Nov 1948, Thu Page 4

Source for second clipping: The Emporia Gazette (Emporia, Kansas)17 Aug 1968, Sat Page 11







Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 25, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Death, Unsolved Mysteries, 1940s, North America

August 24, 2021

Round Hot Dogs

Hot dogs shaped like hamburgers. So you don't have to buy separate hot dog and hamburger buns. Available from Rastelli's.

The inventors of these think they're unique enough to be patentable. But their patent application is still pending.

More info: philly grub blog



Posted By: Alex - Tue Aug 24, 2021 - Comments (7)
Category: Patents, Junk Food

August 23, 2021

Miss Banana-Matic

The Continental/Moss-Gordin Banana-Matic could ripen, store, and display bananas in a controlled atmosphere "thus eliminating spoilage loss."

In 1967, Linda Gipson of Pensacola, Fla. had the honor of being named 'Miss Banana-Matic'.

Prattville Progress - Apr 17, 1967

Posted By: Alex - Mon Aug 23, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, 1960s, Bananas

Mad God

Looks exceedingly weird.

The homepage.



Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 23, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Horror, Movies, Stop-motion Animation, Surrealism, Science Fiction

August 22, 2021

Dining table with cat-hole

The Japanese store Dinos is selling an oak table with a hole in the center to allow a cat to poke its head through. The product description states: "You will be healed by your cat who pops out of the hole in the table."

The table costs 159,500 yen, which is about $1500.



Posted By: Alex - Sun Aug 22, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Furniture, Cats

Hell Up To Date

A modern (1894) version of THE INFERNO. Many more weird illustrations at the link, where you may read the whole thing.





Posted By: Paul - Sun Aug 22, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Fate, Predetermination and Inevitability, Literature, Religion, Parody, Satire, Nineteenth Century

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