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Hidden Treasures:  What Museums Can’t or Won’t Show You


This fascinating book by Harriet Baskas is a perfect gift for the WU-vie in your life. Full of rare info about the bizarre objects--such as the Soap Man Mummy pictured here--which are stashed in museum back rooms, it offers hours of fun and amazement.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Dec 15, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Museums, Weird Studies and Guides

New Weird Books Sidebar


Eagle-eyed WU-vies will have spotted the new sidebar, installed by Alex this weekend, where we will recommend books of sufficient weirdness, we hope, to deserve your attention.

The reason for picking most of the titles should be obvious, at least upon visiting their page. But if we want to expand on our reason for selecting a book, we'll do a separate post on the main blog.

We hope this new feature brings you lots of pleasant--and weird--reading!

PS: if you want to bring something worthy of dissemination to our notice, please do so!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Mar 11, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Weird Studies and Guides, Weird Universe, Books

Happy Birthday, NOTW!!!


Modest Chuck posted this little message at the end of his current column this week. I say, break out the champagne and cake!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jan 06, 2013 | Comments (8)
Category: Anniversary, Weird Studies and Guides, Chuck

Syndicated Chuck


With Chuck temporarily away from WU, it's more imperative than ever to read his weekly column.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jul 29, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: Weird Studies and Guides, Weird Universe, Chuck

Dumb History


Just got my copy of this title, and it looks like a winner for all WU-vies. I'll report more soon.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 18, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: History, Stupidity, Weird Studies and Guides, Books

The Wellcome Collection

This might be a museum WU-vies wish to visit when they are next in London.

Home page.

PS: if I shut my eyes and just listen to this video, why do I think I'm hearing the cast of A Hard Day's Night?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jan 23, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Body, Skin and Skin Conditions, Eccentrics, Museums, Weird Studies and Guides

Two New Weird Books

The book on the left proves that for every conceivable product in the human consumerist culture, there exist fanatical collectors.

The book on the right shows that you don't have to travel to exotic lands to discover weird things.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jan 18, 2012 | Comments (6)
Category: Regionalism, Weird Studies and Guides, Books, Collectors

Alex’s New Book!

I hope everyone is enjoying having Alex back as much as I am. Yay, Alex!

Perhaps you recall months ago when I touted his new book. Well, that was its UK edition only. Finally, in June, the US edition arrives.

Why not use the link the pre-order your copy now?

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jan 07, 2012 | Comments (7)
Category: Weird Studies and Guides, Books, Alex

Something Weird Videos

This site seems like a vast natural resource for WU-vies.

You can get a sampler disc of their wares--100 film snippets--for only $4.95.

Have fun!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Nov 20, 2011 | Comments (0)
Category: Movies, Weird Studies and Guides, Weird Theory

Strange As It Seems

News of the Weird has several ancestors. One is Strange As It Seems.

Strange as it Seems featured bizarre stories based on cartoons created by John Hix who was a staff artist at the Washington Herald. The comic strip Strange as it Seems was syndicated in American newspapers between 1928 and 1944. Strange as it Seems was comparable to Ripley's Believe It Or Not. Sponsored by Exlax in the 1930s and Palmolive Shave Cream when the show reappeared in 1947-1948.

The brand has recently been revivied, and features a YouTube Channel. Check it out!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Nov 17, 2011 | Comments (2)
Category: Newspapers, Radio, Weird Studies and Guides, Comics, 1920's, 1930's, 1940's
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