Weird Universe


Unlucky On Christmas

A fire that happened in a shop window over Christmas was caused by sunlight through a snow globe igniting reindeer food and other decorations. Score one for Ebenezer.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Dec 27, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Disasters, Can't Possibly Be True

Doomsday for Pests

Spray that DDT everywhere!

Aren't you a little sad for all those cartoon bugs?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jul 12, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Disasters, Insects, Nature, 1940's

Flameproof Playsuits


Were children more prone to catch fire for no reason in the past during innocent recreational activities than they are today?

Original ad here. (Page 23.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jun 27, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Death, Destruction, Disasters, Fashion, Comics, Children, 1940's

Charley Says

In this dangerous world, God help all kids who don't have a child-sized cat friend with feline Tourette's Syndrome.

So popular, they have been collected on DVD.

Not to be confused with this other "Charlie says!"

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 27, 2013 | Comments (10)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Death, Disasters, PSA's, Advertising, Candy, Cats, Europe

Doc Owens, Con Man

As early as December 1900, the notorious Doc Owens was making headlines, having established his racket of fleecing sea-going sheep.




Three years later, The New York Times did a special feature on Owens and his fellows (with his photo miscaptioned).

Click here for very readable PDF download.



But Owens was to meet poetic justice in 1912, as our final piece reveals.


Follies of the Madmen #197


As gross-outs go, the notion of a giant head raining its dandruff on helpless humans (or is that a normal-sized head raining on shrunken doll people?), is pretty far up the scale. Not sure, however, that it makes me want to buy the product.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jan 24, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Disasters, 1940's, Hair and Hairstyling

The Butterfly Effect

I hope every WU-vie's morning goes better than this.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Dec 19, 2012 | Comments (6)
Category: Death, Destruction, Disasters, Humor, Science, Cartoons

Baldwin Hills Dam Disaster

Today we are used to seeing disasters unfold live on TV. But in 1963, it was all new.

More info here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Sep 23, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Disasters, 1960's, TV News

Atomic Planes

[Clicke either half to enlarge.]

Sometimes even generals come to their senses. The notion of airborne nuclear reactors proved too worrisome even for the military, despite the brilliant failsafe plan of catastrophic ditching into water.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Mar 22, 2012 | Comments (10)
Category: Accidents, Disasters, Flight, Military, Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1950's

Winky Dink and You

The voice of Betty Boop launched a thousand TV screen scribbles and parental curses....

Have fun playing with your "winky dink" at home!

Full story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jan 31, 2012 | Comments (6)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Disasters, Television, 1950's
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