Weird Universe Archive

January 2023

January 6, 2023

Merck satisfies your growing appetite for MSG

A full plate of MSG, but you already need more... MORE!

Never fear, "You can depend on Merck for unlimited quantities of MSG." In Crystal or Fine Crystal form.

Food Technology - Sep 1958

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jan 06, 2023 - Comments (1)
Category: Drugs, Food, Advertising, 1950s

Groovin’ with “The Glass Bottle”

Oh, man, what a flashback! I saw The Glass Bottle at Fillmore East!

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 06, 2023 - Comments (2)
Category: Packaging, Wrapping, and other Protective Measures, Advertising, 1960s

January 5, 2023

An egg inside an egg

In 1949, farmer Fred Bollman of St. Louis found that one of his hens had laid an unusually large egg. When he picked up the egg, it cracked, revealing a second egg that had formed inside.



The phenomenon of an egg inside an egg is extremely rare. It's caused by the process of "counter-peristalsis contraction." As explained by cbc.ca:

It occurs when a formed egg begins traveling backwards in a hen's oviduct and becomes embedded inside a second egg in the process of developing.
The second egg forms around the first, hence the large size.

In March 2018, Wendy Devuyst found that one of her hens had laid an unusually large egg. She suspected it was an egg-inside-an-egg (because the same hen had previously laid one of these), so she filmed herself cracking it open. And sure enough, it was.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jan 05, 2023 - Comments (4)
Category: Eggs

Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits

The Bard's words as you have never dared to imagine them before.





Posted By: Paul - Thu Jan 05, 2023 - Comments (2)
Category: Literature, Music, Vinyl Albums and Other Media Recordings, 1960s

January 4, 2023

Shelter Suit

From 1939. Something casual to throw on when the air-raid signal sounds. Plus, "the wearer is safe from mustard gas, because it will stand penetration for one hour."

Wear it in a blast-resistant house and you'd have no worries.

Derby Evening Telegraph - Oct 24, 1939



New York Daily News - Oct 2, 1939



Related post: Air Raid Apparel

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jan 04, 2023 - Comments (4)
Category: Fashion, War, 1930s

January 3, 2023

Gus Comstock, Champion Coffee Drinker

Gus Comstock of Minnesota set a record back in 1927 by drinking 85 cups of coffee in 7 hours and 15 minutes.

Bridgewater Courier-News - Jan 18, 1927



Others subsequently claimed to have beaten his record. Albert Baker of San Francisco claimed to have drunk 157 cups of coffee in 6 hours 20 minutes. However, Comstock complained that there was nothing official about his challenger's claims. They just said they had beaten his record. And Comstock ended up being the most well-remembered champion coffee drinker. Stumbeano's Coffee Roasters (located in Comstock's home town of Fergus Falls) now sells a "Gus Comstock Blend" of coffee.

source: stumbeanos.com



I haven't been able to find any more recent coffee-drinking records. Probably because drinking that much coffee has to be potentially lethal.

Back in my twenties I used to regularly drink 3 or 4 cups a day. Nowadays I limit myself to one cup in the morning.

More info: clickamericana.com

Washington Evening Star - Jan 14, 1927

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jan 03, 2023 - Comments (6)
Category: World Records, Coffee and other Legal Stimulants, 1920s

The Better Sex

Surely this could be rebooted for 2023 in our absolutely carefree and non-contentious cultural atmosphere.

The Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 03, 2023 - Comments (0)
Category: Games, Rivalries, Feuds and Grudges, Television, Men, Women

January 2, 2023

Lafleur!

As far as I know, the genre of disco hockey-instruction music is limited to this one album released by Guy Lafleur in 1979.



Montreal Gazette - Sep 11, 1979

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jan 02, 2023 - Comments (3)
Category: Music, Sports, 1970s

Unauthorized Dwellings 27

As you can read at the Wikipedia page, these evictions were for naught, as the planned dam was never built.

Newspaper source: The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania) 28 Feb 1974, Thu Page 7






Column below is extension of leftmost column above.






Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 02, 2023 - Comments (0)
Category: Regionalism, Lakes, Ponds, Rivers, Streams, Swamps and Other Bodies of Fresh Water, Unauthorized Dwellings, 1970s

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