Weird Universe


COKE TIME with Eddie Fisher

"Product placement? What product placement?"

The lowdown from Wikipedia.


A show on space exploration and UFOs, from the1950s, when such things seemed very weird indeed.

It's amazing to see what they get right, and what they get wrong. "Space telescope? Nah, never happen!"

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Dec 27, 2013 | Comments (9)
Category: Science, Television, 1950's

Cigarette Karaoke

Plus, millions of free cigarettes for our hospitalized fighting men!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Dec 26, 2013 | Comments (14)
Category: Addictions, Business, Advertising, Hospitals, Television, Smoking and Tobacco, 1950's

The Day Today

A UK comedy show from 20 years ago, still offering laughs in this era of THE ONION and Borat. Once non-UK listeners get past a few very local allusions.

Full story here.

More episodes on YouTube.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Nov 24, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Humor, Television, 1990's, Europe

Major Mudd

Major Mudd, one of the TV heroes of my youth.

Any WU-vies want to share memories of their own lesser-known regional TV icons?

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Nov 20, 2013 | Comments (11)
Category: Regionalism, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, Television, Children, 1960's, 1970's

It Pays to Be Ignorant

We could use such a satirical show today.

Full history here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 24, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Radio, Stupidity, Television, 1940's, 1950's

Follies of the Madmen #208

Where to begin with this long ad? The surrealism of a Corvette on the Bonanza set? The notion that a sexy spy like Napolean Solo would drive a Corvair? The mashup of Bewitched with Bonanza characters, including the ultra-campy Agnes Moorehead? It's a commercial that just keeps on giving in the weirdness department.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jul 13, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Television, Surrealism, Crossovers and Mashups, Fantasy, 1960's, Time-travel, Cars

Captain Power

Of course, it was all a hook to sell toys, as the promo above might hint at.

But if you still doubt, check out a larger segment below.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jul 06, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Television, Toys, Advertising, Products, Science Fiction, 1980's

30-hour Interview

Norway's VGTV is conducting (or probably has by now conducted) a 30-hour interview with author/chess-player/historian/politician Hans Olav Lahlum, aiming to set a record for the longest interview ever. The station is hoping that people will really start tuning in as the interviewer and interviewee grow progressively more sleep-deprived. Because the Norwegians, you see, are big fans of "Slow TV." Previous hits have included a documentary on firewood and a 134-hour live broadcast of a boat trip. [Wall Street Journal, VGTV]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu May 23, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Journalism, Television, World Records

Odyssey Videogame Machine

I love the overlay that goes on the screen.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 02, 2013 | Comments (10)
Category: Technology, Television, 1970's, Videogames and Gamers
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