Weird Universe


The Zimphone


When telephones were the cutting-edge of technology, cheap knockoffs arose. This Radio-Shack-style wired intercom sought to cash in on Ma Bell's high standards. Imagine stringing one mile of wire from your house to your friend's home through the neighborhood.

There are several sets for sale on eBay as I post.



Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri May 16, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Communications, Imitations, Forgeries, Rip-offs and Faux, Technology, 1950's

My Dog Can Skype

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jan 16, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Communications, Internet, Dogs

Pay Phones

What was once normal and not-weird becomes weird with the simple addition of that magical ingredient, "time."

Imagine an era when NYC had "tens of thousands" of payphones!

The other two segments of this video are less strange, but still worth watching.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 06, 2012 | Comments (12)
Category: Communications, Money, Technology, 1940's, 1950's

Follies of the Mad Men #153

Apparently the South Koreans believe these popstar girls can sell everything from cellphones to pizza.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jul 25, 2011 | Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Communications, Food, Sex Symbols, Dance, Asia

Weird Florida, part 1: Carrabelle

Carrabelle is a small town about 20 miles from Apalachicola. It is also home to the world's smallest police station
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Posted By: fyshstyxx | Date: Mon May 18, 2009 | Comments (7)
Category: Architecture, Buildings and Other Structures, Communications, Cops, Sightseeing

What NOT To Say At Work

There are some very specific things you shouldn't say to your co-workers. Offensive things. Questions and comments that could lead to a lawsuit, or getting fired. But how do you know exactly what those things are? Aside from using your common sense, the Delaware Department of Transportation was kind enough to make this brochure. They also issued an apology when, surprise!, people found the brochure to be offensive.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Tue May 12, 2009 | Comments (12)
Category: Communications, Government, Jobs and Occupations, Signage, Work and Vocational Training

Soviet Space Stamps

These were sent to me by my Belgian pal Peter Dans-

Click on the image twice, to get them really big!
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