Weird Universe


ATM Machine Unveiled in 1966

According to Wikipedia, this wasn't the very first ATM, but it was among the earlier, prototype models. I like how the caption presciently refers to the machines as "future monsters." Google news link: Saskatoon Star Phoenix, October 31, 1966.

I'm young enough that I can't remember the first time I used an ATM machine. Their presence was something I always took for granted. But people 50 or older probably remember when these machines started to appear in the 70s.

Better quality picture:

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Apr 23, 2012 | Comments (13)
Category: Money, Technology

Pay Phones

What was once normal and not-weird becomes weird with the simple addition of that magical ingredient, "time."

Imagine an era when NYC had "tens of thousands" of payphones!

The other two segments of this video are less strange, but still worth watching.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 06, 2012 | Comments (12)
Category: Communications, Money, Technology, 1940's, 1950's

Robot Bass Player

More info and another video to be found here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Apr 01, 2012 | Comments (2)
Category: Inventions, Music, Technology, Performance Art, Europe

Mystery Gadget 8


What is this gadget doing to the poor goat?

Find out here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 11, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Technology, 1930's

Mystery Gadget 7


Is this woman being photographed? X-rayed? Framed as a target?

Answer here. Scroll up.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Feb 25, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Technology, 1930's

Flame Glove

Here's a variation on the old buzzer-hidden-in-the-palm-of-your-hand prank. It's a flame thrower in the palm of your hand!

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Feb 25, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Inventions, Technology, Weapons

Cat Mask Synchronized With Facial Muscle Movements

Cutting-edge science stuff:

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Feb 24, 2012 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Science, Technology, Cats

Mystery Gadget 6


What's the purpose of this sprayer? It's not the obvious!

Answer here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Feb 13, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Technology, 1930's

Radioactive Mama

From the musical genius who brought us the theme song for George of the Jungle and was the voice heard whenever Mr. Ed the Talking Horse sang.

More info here and here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Feb 10, 2012 | Comments (2)
Category: Armageddon and Apocalypses, Emotions, Humor, Music, Technology, 1960's
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