Weird Universe


Suicide Machines

Created by artist Thijs Rijker. They're not machines that help people commit suicide. Instead, they're machines that slowly destroy themselves.

One machine saws into its own structure, until eventually the saws will reach the engine. Another machine pours sand into its gearbox until the gears wear out.

Perhaps it's a metaphor for the planned obsolescence of modern consumer goods, which are designed to break down or wear out sooner rather than later, so that we constantly have to buy new stuff.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Oct 21, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Art, Technology

Cremation and Alkaline Hydrolosis Tour

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Oct 11, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Death, Technology

Windup Razors



Once upon a time, in a simpler age when electricity was expensive or balky, windup razors were popular in Europe and Russia.


In the Space Age, you could even buy the NASA-approved version!

But except for vintage models (a mere $100.00), purely mechanical razors seem to have vanished from the marketplace. Although in this era of environmentalism, it seems they should fulfill a certain demand.


The closest such product I can find cheats by using electricity--though it is hand-cranked!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Oct 09, 2013 | Comments (10)
Category: Inventions, Technology, Environmentalism and Ecology, Facial Hair

Build Your Own Dog Stroller

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Sep 18, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Technology, Dogs, Asia

Mystery Gadget 18


Take your best guess first!

The answer is here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Aug 18, 2013 | Comments (9)
Category: Technology, 1920's

Nintendo Love Tester

Wikipedia explanation.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 31, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Technology, 1960's, Asia, Love & Romance

Superman Invents 3-D Printing!

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From 1964! Click the right-hand image to enlarge.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 03, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Technology, Comics, Superheroes, 1960's


A 1976 industrial film made for AT&T, narrated by William Shatner.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jun 29, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Technology, 1970's

The iTray

Waitering goes high-tech. Somehow I don't think this will be widely adopted.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jun 10, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Restaurants, Technology
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