Weird Universe


Bus Driver Asks Kids If He Should Hit Dog, Then Does

January 1994: A school bus driver in Port Washington, Wisconsin insisted he was only joking when he shouted out "Should I hit the dog?" seconds before he hit a dog on the road. The animal belonged to two of the children on the bus. It often came up to the road to meet them. The driver, who later resigned, blamed the accident on icy conditions.

The Journal Times - Feb 4, 1994

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Feb 03, 2016 | Comments (1)
Category: Accidents, Animals, Dogs, 1990's

Mystery Illustration 15


Why was this horse brought inside a house, if not just as a photo stunt?

The answer is here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jan 31, 2016 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Interior Decorating, 1960's

Coyotes High on Mushrooms?

Along Highway 1 near Bolinas, CA, there have been numerous reports of coyotes (or maybe just one coyote on multiple occasions?) "staring down automobile drivers as they drive through this twisting, turning section of highway." A driver said, "It's a terrifying, yet beautiful thing to behold."

Why is a coyote staring at motorists? One theory is that the animal ate some hallucinogenic mushrooms, and the cars have become "some sort of coyote vision, a dark vision of human interlopers."

Another, more mundane, theory is that someone fed the coyotes by throwing food from their car, and so the coyotes are now sitting and waiting for more food.

More info: Pacific Sun
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jan 28, 2016 | Comments (14)
Category: Animals


The adorable little guy above is not what you may think. He's a Tanuki, a raccoon dog. They are indigenous to Japan and while they are a bit different than other canines they are still in that family. They exist in the wild, but are also kept as pets like the one in the story at the link. I'd have sworn the little guy was an actual raccoon.
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Jan 26, 2016 | Comments (9)
Category: Animals, Dogs, Asia

Cobra Skins for Sale


Original ad here.

How much are you willing to bet that these snake skins were a) not cobras and b) were not imported from "British India"...?

And by the way:

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jan 20, 2016 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Taxidermy, Scams, Cons, Rip-offs, and General Larceny, 1950's

Kenny The Tiger

Of course Kenny the tiger did not have Downs syndrome, his deformities were due to inbreeding. He was an interesting looking cat though. Unfortunately, Kenny's lifespan was significantly shortened as well, he only lived for 10 years. So to the breeders, in the words of Kyle and Stan on South Park, "They killed Kenny!" "You bastards!"
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Jan 16, 2016 | Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, Health, Nature

Turkey Flight

I am sure you have heard of emotional support animals. They soothe people with mental issues and are afforded the same exemptions to enter places as service animals such as seeing eye dogs. Most often emotional support animals are dogs and cats, but not always. When someone has an unusual support animal like, say, a turkey, that animal is also allowed to accompany the person. Everywhere, even on an airplane. A turkey on an airplane, I wonder if the TSA patted down that passenger.
Posted By: patty | Date: Thu Jan 14, 2016 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals

Suicidal Deer

Illinois has put up new and different kind of deer crossing signs in order to get driver's attention. The idea came from a relative of an Illinois Township Highway commissioner. The relative had been to Colorado and seen them there. Cool idea, as it does grab one's attention.
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Jan 12, 2016 | Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Public Utilities

Mechanical duck attacks puppy

Merry Weird Christmas, everyone!

The San Mateo Times — Dec 26, 1951

Mechanical Duck Attacks Puppy
CHICAGO, Dec. 26 — A mechanical duck disrupted the Christmas day quiet in the Lonnie Miller home.
The toy, wound up by 8-year-old Donald Miller, waddled across the floor and latched on to the tail of Smokie, a 10-month-old puppy.
Smokie howled. So did Donald. The duck held on grimly to the tail which was entangled in its clockwork mechanism.
Donald's father took Smokie and the duck to the animal welfare league where Allen Glisch separated the two with pliers, a screwdriver and wire snippers.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Dec 25, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Holidays, 1950's

Fighting Tigers

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Dec 24, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Movies, Asia
Page 1 of 60 pages  1 2 3 >  Last »
Custom Search

weird universe thumbnail

This page has been viewed 39796459 times.
All original content in posts is Copyright © 2008 by the author of the post, either Alex Boese ("Alex"), Paul Di Filippo ("Paul"), or Chuck Shepherd ("Chuck"). All rights reserved. The banner illustration at the top of this page is Copyright © 2008 by Rick Altergott.