Weird Universe

Riots, Protests and Civil Disobedience

Staging a Left-olution

Today's post features a bunch of sinister, leftist radicals, in honor of International Left Handers Day (August 13).

Also, check out the Bill of Lefts.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Aug 13, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Riots, Protests and Civil Disobedience, Video, Poetry

Stripping Striker, 1964

The artists' models at Rome's Academy of Fine Arts... sent their negotiator, Anna di Vetta, out onto the streets to press their claims. In girdle, bra, and high heels, Anna paraded through the city with a sign promising complete exposure of her 40½-31-40½ figure if her union's demands were not met. Instead of bravely meeting the challenge, the combined ministries of Labor and Public Instruction crumbled. They promised a fixed salary of $150 a month and fringe benefits—but only, reported a triumphant Anna, "if I promised not to take off all my clothes."

Source: Newsweek - Dec 28, 1964
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jul 21, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Riots, Protests and Civil Disobedience, 1960's

Outdoor Manhattan Banana Food Fight


I would have paid good money for a safe ringside seat at this riot.

From The New York Times for April 24, 1901.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Mar 22, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Food, Riots, Protests and Civil Disobedience, 1900's

Wanna be a leader?

Someone has to pick up the flag a lead the fight. It could be you!!

My favorite part is the surrender at about 1:19.

Surrender or fight on?
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Thu Apr 14, 2011 | Comments (2)
Category: Riots, Protests and Civil Disobedience

Parking Chairs

I live by the code of the parking chair. Someone (the writer didn't even know that the magnificent parking chair had a name, let alone all that it stands for) fired off a letter to my local paper today vilifying the practice, and it had me outraged. I've since submitted a rebuttal. In the course of research for the letter, I found the following recent story from The Morning Call in Allentown, PA detailing what can happen when you don't respect the parking chair. The police may have assured the man he did nothing wrong by moving the chair, but I bet he doesn't do it again. And if you believe in the chair like I do, you can always show it!
Posted By: qualityleashdog | Date: Thu Mar 18, 2010 | Comments (18)
Category: Crime, Riots, Protests and Civil Disobedience, Urban Life, More Things To Worry About

All Apologies


The Mgt. of WU--Alex, Chuck and Paul-- would like to apologize to our readers for foisting an overly political and jejune and tendentious post on you, even by proxy. You'll note that it's been deleted--although the comments formerly attached to it remain behind, so as to archive the wise and tasteful responses of our loyal readers.

Please forgive us, and continue reading as before.

1979 Disco Riot

With these hard times, who's to say that anti-disco riots will not spontaneously break out again?

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Feb 05, 2009 | Comments (11)
Category: Fads, History, Music, Riots, Protests and Civil Disobedience, 1970's
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