Weird Universe Archive

February 2022

February 4, 2022

The Haus-Rucker-Co Live Exhibition



Source.

View the official catalog for this happening here.

One of the catalog pages below.





Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 04, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Pop Art, Museums, 1970s

February 3, 2022

The Bosom Battle of Mesquite

April 1988: In Mesquite, Texas, two women came to blows at a truck stop while arguing over which of them had the biggest bosom.

Witnesses told police the two women had been arguing earlier over citizens band radio and, about 2 a.m., agreed to meet at the truck stop to compare bosoms.

Abilene Reporter News - Apr 21, 1988



About a year later, a reporter tried to track down more info about this incident. He was able to speak with both the police officer who investigated the case and an employee at the truck stop, both of whom remembered the incident very well. But no record remained of who these women were, or which of them won the size contest.

Clarion Ledger - Sep 26, 1989

Posted By: Alex - Thu Feb 03, 2022 - Comments (9)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, 1980s

Cooking for Witches

Read it here. Samples below.







Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 03, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Domestic, Food, Cookbooks, Supernatural, Occult, Paranormal

February 2, 2022

Brainbeauism

While serving in World War II, Lt. George E. Lemon suffered a head injury from a jeep accident. As he described it, this gave his brain a "tilt" which resulted in a "me-to-me talkathon" and ended with him realizing "the only way to end war, inflation, unemployment, trade deficits and death."

Lemon stewed on his realization for almost four decades until he retired in the 1980s. Then he renamed himself J.C. Brainbeau and began placing classified ads in various magazines offering to share his comprehensive "4 WAY PEACE PLAN" with anyone who sent him a self-addressed stamped envelope. Those who responded to him, however, just received more ads.

Donna Kossy offers some analysis in her book Kooks: A Guide to the Outer Limits of Human Belief:

Philosophical ads existed before Brainbeau. They can still be found in the back pages of magazines like Gnosis, Fate or Biblical Archeology Review. Typically, such ads proclaim "Esoteric Secrets of the Egyptians can be Yours," "You Possess Hidden Powers," and once in a while something like, "Jesus Never Existed." While ads such as these might lead you something philosophical, their main purpose is to peddle books and amulets, not to communicate ideas.

For Brainbeau, the ads themselves were esoteric truths. Those who sent Self Addressed Stamped Envelopes (SASE) to Brainbeau expecting to receive literature, products or information received even more ads! They revealed Brainbeau's plans, bit by bit, ad by ad. Several sheets of closely spaced Brainbeau ads could be fit together like a jigsaw puzzle, but the resulting picture would be just another sheet of ads.

I figured someone on the Internet would have archived Brainbeau's bizarro ads. But I found nothing. So below are some of his ads that Kossy reproduced in her book.

You can read more about Brainbeau at Kossy's Kook Museum, which is now archived at the Wayback Machine.





Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 02, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Eccentrics, Crackpots, Advertising

Follies of the Madmen #525

Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 02, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Sports, Advertising, Junk Food, Dogs, Asia

February 1, 2022

Surviving a fall from the Empire State Building

Two people have jumped from the observation deck of the Empire State Building, intending to commit suicide, and survived.

The first was Thomas Helms, a 27-year-old artist from Hawaii. He jumped on Dec 22, 1977, but the winds blew him onto a ledge 15-feet below. After lying stunned for a while, he managed to crawl back inside through a window.

The second survivor was Elvita Adams of New York City. She jumped on Dec 2, 1979, but again the wind blew her back toward the building, depositing her on a balcony on the 85th floor. A security guard noticed her there and pulled her back inside.

For whatever reason, the case of Elvita Adams attracted more attention. It inspired an off-Broadway one-man show, "I've Been Elvita Adams," which didn't get good reviews.

Based on these two cases, windy days in December would seem to be the best days for surviving a jump from the Empire State Building.

Bridgewater Courier-News - Dec 23, 1977





Provo Daily Herald - Dec 3, 1979

Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 01, 2022 - Comments (4)
Category: Death, Suicide, 1970s

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