Weird Universe Archive

September 2022

September 20, 2022

Armored Shorts

According to info on quora.com, there's been a long, ongoing effort to develop armored shorts. However, soldiers inevitably find them uncomfortable, even though they appreciate the effort to protect their private parts.

Such shorts are sometimes referred to as 'tactical diapers' or 'battle nappies'.

I like the detail that the armored shorts (below) developed during the Korean War were "capable of deflecting about 65 per cent of all missiles."



Louisville Courier-Journal - Dec 11, 1952

Posted By: Alex - Tue Sep 20, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Military, 1950s

Inflatable Woman’s Bathing Suit Top

We've all seen those famous vintage ads that show inflatable bras.



But I had not realized that the gimmick had been applied also to bikinis. I cannot find any such currently for sale, however, which seems to show the idea was...a bust!

Source of article: The Paducah Sun (Paducah, Kentucky) 30 Jul 1992, Thu Page 11



Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 20, 2022 - Comments (9)
Category: Fashion, Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, 1990s

September 19, 2022

The Miss Black America Crown

The Miss Black America beauty contest was launched in 1968 to protest the lack of black women in the Miss America pageant. There's nothing weird about that. But what is a bit odd is the crown that was introduced in the second year of the contest. It looks like miniature Christmas ornaments on sticks, or extraterrestrial antennae.

There must have been a reason for this unusual crown, but I haven't been able to find any info about it. Perhaps the contest organizers thought it looked more modern and space-age?

It was used for three years and then, in 1972, the contest reverted to a more traditional crown. Again, no explanation given that I can find.

Gloria O. Smith, Miss Black America 1969



Stephanie Clark, Miss Black America 1970



Joyce Warner, Miss Black America 1971

Posted By: Alex - Mon Sep 19, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Headgear

Johnny Corncob

The Wikipedia page.

Did YELLOW SUBMARINE have any imitators? Check out this film, embedded below.





Posted By: Paul - Mon Sep 19, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Cartoons, Psychedelic, 1970s, Europe

September 18, 2022

Harley-Davidson Perfume

Classic business failure: "Hot Road," an eau de toilette released by Harley-Davidson in the mid-1990s and quietly discontinued a year or two later. It wasn't exactly an "on brand" product.

More info: Milwaukee Magazine



image source: parfumo.net

Posted By: Alex - Sun Sep 18, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Business, Products, Success & Failure, 1990s, Perfume and Cologne and Other Scents

An Account of Some Well-Authenticated Miracles

This small book gives details on a few miraculous incidents "authenticated" by the Catholic Church.



Posted By: Paul - Sun Sep 18, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Religion, Supernatural, Occult, Paranormal, Unexplained Historical Enigmas, Nineteenth Century

September 17, 2022

Combined coat hanger and musical instrument

I wonder if Louis Jacobs thought he was going to strike it rich when he came up with his idea for a "combined hanger and musical instrument." From his 1918 patent:

Be it known that I, Louis Jacobs, a citizen of the United States, residing at San Francisco, in the county of San Francisco and State of California, have invented new and useful Improvements in Combined Hangers and Musical Instruments, of which the following is a specification.

The object of the present invention is to provide a device for hanging shoes and other articles, and which can also be used as a musical instrument.




But how did it work as a musical instrument? Again from his patent:

The device may also be used in the following manner as a musical instrument: Thin pieces of paper are placed on opposite sides of the wire screen frame, and the frame, after the paper has been thus placed, is brought up to the mouth and the performer sings, speaks, or hums through the paper. The sound of the voice is first split up through the fine pores in the paper, striking the front side of the wire screen and causing vibrations therein, then passing through the holes to the rear side of the wire screen, again causing vibrations therein, so that the sound of the voice is magnified. Any tone, or tune, or the sound of any instrument or the phonograph can be imitated thereby. The effect of these vibrations on the nerves is soothing and quieting. It is also useful in talking to deaf persons, as the sound can be heard by them much better than the ordinary voice.

I can just imagine Jacobs talking to deaf people through his musical coat hanger.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Sep 17, 2022 - Comments (4)
Category: Music, Patents, 1910s

The Royal Teens, “Short Shorts”

What were those lyrics again?

Their Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 17, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Music, Public Indecency, Teenagers, 1950s

September 16, 2022

Asleep in the deep with a jeep

A 1943 AP story about a jeep that traveled around the Pacific tied to a submarine became the centerpiece of an ad for ice cream the following year. The somewhat tenuous connection between the two was that the submarine crew eventually sold the jeep to a warship in exchange for three gallons of ice cream.

Nebraska State Journal - Aug 6, 1943



National Geographic - July 1944



Posted By: Alex - Fri Sep 16, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Military, Advertising, 1940s, Cars

Chuck’s 2017 Farewell



Below is a screenshot of Chuck's goodbye when he retired.

I should mention that I knew Chuck for only 32, years, not 40. Our acquaintance dated to my awareness of him when he was profiled in THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY. You can read that article here.




Posted By: Paul - Fri Sep 16, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Statues, Monuments and Memorials, Chuck

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