Weird Universe


Otto Witte, the King of Albania


Wikipedia article here. Click text below in first article to enlarge.




Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jul 28, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Disguises, Impersonations, Mimics and Forgeries, Eccentrics, 1910's, Europe

The Nicotine Fairies

Unless he was smoking something else.....

The Woman With Don Martin Feet



Original foto here.

It's number 46 in a slide show, and you'll have to click thru to reach it. But I think WUvies will enjoy the other shots of UK depravity as well.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 26, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Comics, Europe, Natural Wonders, Feet

Tightrope Wedding

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jun 08, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Husbands, Wives, 1950's, Europe

The Strangeloves

Here's the story of a fake band that had to become real.

Their big hit:

Curiously enough, when the Strangeloves were marketed in France, they somehow became connected to another contrivance: a new manufactured dance "craze" called "the Monkiss." I can't see that they ever recorded the song heard in the following video, which was really by Rocky Roberts and the Airdales (last video).


Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat May 31, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Imitations, Forgeries, Rip-offs and Faux, Music, 1960's, Europe

Consul the Chimp



A once-famous resident of the Bellevue Zoological Gardens in England, known for his pipe-smoking habit.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon May 26, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Smoking and Tobacco, Europe, Nineteenth Century

Ski Cycling

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 15, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, 1950's, Europe, Motorcycles

Theodor de Bry

[Click to enlarge]

I love the almost-human arms and legs on this enormous alligator, which is being attacked, ostensibly, by Native Americans, as depicted by 16th-century artist Theodor de Bry.

"The verisimilitude of many of de Bry's illustrations is questionable; not least because he never crossed the Atlantic. "
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed May 14, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Animals, Art, Europe, North America, Sixteenth Century

Nazi Musicals

The Ginger Rogers of Nazi Germany.

More on Marika Rokk here and here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 10, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Dictators, Tyrants and Other Harsh Rulers, Movies, War, 1930's, 1940's, Dance, Europe
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