Weird Universe Archive

February 2022

February 18, 2022

Concrete Heels

From designer Mel Diosa.

Don't wear them while swimming.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 18, 2022 - Comments (6)
Category: Shoes

February 17, 2022

Jealous Judy Prefers Gentlemen

Reno Gazette Journal - May 12, 1937

Posted By: Alex - Thu Feb 17, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Love and Romance, 1930s, Men

Follies of the Madmen #526

Are these supposed to be 18-year-old coeds at university? If so, why do they look 45?

From the SATURDAY EVENING POST for 1/14/1961.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 17, 2022 - Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Stereotypes and Cliches, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, 1960s, Women

February 16, 2022

Potato Perfume

Created as a gimmick by the Idaho Potato Commission. Already out of stock.

Formulated from essential oils and distilled Idaho Potatoes, this fragrance embodies the irresistible essence of potatoes from Idaho.

More info: Idaho Potato Commission, Instagram, upi.com



Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 16, 2022 - Comments (5)
Category: Food, Perfume and Cologne and Other Scents

Two Richard Nixon Chess Sets

In 1971, when Nixon was still flying high, he got the honor of his own adulatory chess set.

In 1973, he got one devoted to Watergate.











Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 16, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Games, Politics, Disgrace, Shame, Infamy and Downfalls, 1970s

February 15, 2022

Ann Frickman, Sharpshooter

During World War II, one of the best rifle shots in the United States was a housewife — Ann Frickman. Remarkably, she hadn't grown up shooting rifles. She first picked up a rifle in her late twenties, and eighteen months later she was beating the Army's top sharpshooters.

San Francisco Examiner - Dec 20, 1942



Pasadena Star News - Feb 24, 1942

Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 15, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: 1940s, Women, Weapons

Town Founded by a Jackass

It was Noah Kellogg's donkey that alerted the prospector to a mountain outcropping of galena, a lead ore often containing silver. This miraculous moment would attract a rough-and-tumble-type crowd to dig up and refine the resources below. What this visually stunning Silver Valley town is today — through mining ups and downs, population decline and industry changes — is just as the town motto cheekily states: "Founded by a jackass and inhabited by his descendants."



Article on the current state of the place.


Their Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 15, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Government, Humor, Regionalism, Mining

February 14, 2022

Wong Tai Tung’s Metal Brassiere

In 1968, the British Patent Office granted Wong Tai Tung of Hong Kong Patent No. 1,105,147 for "Improvements in or relating to Brassiere Garments". From his patent:

The human civilization is making progress day by day. The present thinking is in favour of increasing exposure of the parts of their body, especially the female bosom which is attractive to everybody with its charm.

It is the most important point for women to have decorated brassiere garments to enhance the beauty of the bosom.

In order to meet with their requirement, I have invented a decorative metal brassiere garment. It makes the bosom appear bigger because of the twingle and sparking light of ornaments of gems and pearls on the garment.



Posted By: Alex - Mon Feb 14, 2022 - Comments (6)
Category: Fashion, Underwear, Patents, 1960s

Happy Valentine’s Day 2022!

Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 14, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Death, Holidays, Hollywood, Magazines, Love & Romance

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