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How to make a roller-skating witch

Instructions from Humpty Dumpty Magazine - Oct 1954. via And Everything Else Too (which has full-size scans).

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Oct 31, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Holidays, Toys

Happy Nutcrack Night!



Original article here.

Who knew that Halloween used to be a time of divination for romance?

LOVE TESTS OF HALLOWEEN tells of other forgotten customs.

Whether you are roasting your lover's nuts, or going door-to-door for candy, have a swell night!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Oct 31, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Holidays, Superstition, Nineteenth Century

Happy July 4th!


Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jul 04, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Holidays, Sex Symbols

Father’s Day Greetings

Happy Fathers Day
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jun 15, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Holidays, Husbands, Parents

Puss Sunday

The folks of County Clare, Ireland, have a rather unpleasant way of celebrating what is there known as "Puss" Sunday — the first Sunday in Lent, — by making general sport of all young women who failed to get husbands before Ash Wednesday, and are, consequently, left over for another season, and are known as "pussy" girls. It seems to be a local April fool's day for the spinsters, with whom the small boys have a good deal of fun, it being one of their favorite amusements to dip their hands in flour and leave the imprint of their fingers on the backs of these luckless ones, or to mark them with chalk, as they appear in the street, as unmistakable signs that they are still in the market.

Source: Good Housekeeping - May 29, 1886

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jan 20, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Holidays, Nineteenth Century

Best Xmas Card 2013


Now that the season is officially over, I can state with certainty that the best card I received this year was from WU's own Rick Altergott, depicting the artist, his charming and beautiful wife Ariel, and their son Eddie.

Happy New Year to all!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jan 01, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Art, Holidays, Weird Universe


Here we are, once again, my friends on the threshold of a new year. Aside from generalities like world peace what resolutions, if any, are each of you making this year? Share a bit of yourselves in extended. Please make all your celebrations fun and safe tonight, see you next year!
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Dec 31, 2013 | Comments (12)
Category: Holidays


The current Times Square Ball is a geodesic sphere, a fact that seems well suited to WU. That and some other interesting New Years facts are presented here for your enjoyment. Also included is a link to the full lyrics of Auld Lang Syne which is a much longer song than expected.
Posted By: patty | Date: Mon Dec 30, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Holidays

Robot Carol

Nothing sparks the Xmas feelings like hearing an animated tin can perform a semi-rap song.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Dec 12, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Holidays, Movies, Music, Robots

Santa Claus’s Punch & Judy

Santa Claus finally brings the puppet ultra-violence to Xmas that the holiday has traditionally lacked.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Dec 07, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Holidays, Puppets and Automatons, Toys, 1940's
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