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Gumby on the Moon

I tend to forget--and perhaps a younger generation never knew--just how weird Gumby was, right from his first adventure, seen here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Aug 05, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Family, Surrealism, Stop-motion Animation, Space Travel, 1950's

The Herriges Horror


The more things change, the more they stay the same. Human nature, good or evil, is invariant.

Read the whole story here, in a small book from 1870.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jun 19, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Crime, Family, Horror, Nineteenth Century


Once upon a time, sheer Jewishness was exotic enough to supply material for sitcoms and product spokesmanship.


Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 05, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Ethnic Groupings, Family, Stereotypes and Cliches, Television, 1940's, 1950's

First They Came For The Gingers

There is now a simple DNA test available to let people know if they have the gene responsible for red hair. Designer babies are just around the corner. Blonde hair and blue eyes for everyone!
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun Jan 27, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Family


OZO from OZO Team on Vimeo.

This one deserves to be watched in fullscreen mode.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jan 04, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Cryptozoology, Family, Babies and Toddlers, Parents, Cartoons

Test Tube Babies

Intrigued by the trailer?

Watch the whole film below!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Oct 28, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: Family, Babies and Toddlers, Movies, Sexuality, 1940's, Pregnancy


Home from Luiz Stockler on Vimeo.

Caution: ridiculous cartoon nudity.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Sep 20, 2012 | Comments (9)
Category: Body, Family, Surrealism, Cartoons

Long-Term Betting on Your Kids

According to the BBC, it's becoming increasingly popular for parents to place long-term bets with bookmakers on whether their kids will achieve fame and fortune during their lives. For instance, whether their kid will become a famous soccer player or a great golfer:

A particular type of long-time achievement bet - parents having a bet on their children achieving something in their life - has increased tenfold in the past five years, according to Ladbrokes.
"Parents betting on their children's future successes is as popular as betting on the final of the X Factor," says Jessica Bridge, from the firm.'s not all about sporting prowess, he says. Many parents will place bets that their children will pass a particular exam. And then there was the grandmother who thought her granddaughter so beautiful that she wagered she would grace the front cover of a leading fashion magazine.
"People do it for a variety of reasons," says Sharpe. "They are demonstrating that they have real faith in someone - have every confidence in them. They may be using it as an incentive. Or it could just be a bit of fun. Something to talk about, or put on the wall.

If only my parents had placed a bet when I was a child that I would grow up to be a blogger at Weird Universe, they'd be rich! Although the internet didn't exist back then, so it would have been a real longshot bet.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jul 11, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Family, Children, Games, Gambling, Casinos, Lotteries and Other Games of Chance

Over The Top

Best--if only--movie about arm-wrestling ever? Watch the trailer, then the whole thing, then decide.

Or save a painful 90 minutes by reading this review.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jun 16, 2012 | Comments (2)
Category: Family, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Movies, Wrestling, 1980's


"The story is about a husband and father and his battle with pornography. Actual home movies and interviews tell the story of the terror the family faces when a box of pornography is opened and something is unleashed."

Backed by a religious group. Surprised?

And if you haven't guessed, despite the subject matter, it's Safe For Virginal Eyes.
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