Weird Universe

Oceans and Maritime Pursuits

SURFER BOY by the Supremes

The Supremes as the Beach Boys? To me, that's far enough off their baseline to be weird!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Oct 10, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Music, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, 1960's

Dolphin-Assisted Birth

Spiritual healer Dorina Rosin and her partner Maika Suneagle plan to have a "dolphin-assisted" water birth in the ocean, even though experts are warning that this poses many risks. For instance, there's the chance that a great white shark may show up. Also, dolphins in the wild aren't exactly the most docile creatures. They've been known to "toss, beat, and kill other mammals for no apparent reason despite enjoyment."

Nevertheless, Rosin and Suneagle feel these risks are worth it. After all, as long as they don't wind up dead, they believe their ocean-born baby will be able to speak dolphin. More info: CBS Atlanta

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Sep 06, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Babies, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Pregnancy

Kite Boarding

Also known as kite surfing Is a popular if dangerous sport. It combines surfing with getting blown around while flying a kite. The main problem with it, as far as I can see, is not so much the flying/surfing as it is the starting and stopping. Another place for Darwin-esque culling of the herd to take place.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Sep 05, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Accidents, Fads, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Recreation

Cornelis Van Blaaderen and his Floating Safe


After the Titanic, inventors tried to think of ways to preserve items during a sinking. Dutch inventor Cornelis Van Blaaderen came up with his Floating Safe, which never quite caught on.

This site has a brief explanation in English.

This website has the full story, but all in Dutch. Google translate should help. But even if you don't bother, there are great pictures and a film!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jun 20, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Disasters, Inventions, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, 1910's, Europe



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Who ever knew that a nice day at the beach could cause such horrors?

Explanation of Tatcho.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Dec 22, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Nineteenth Century, Hair and Hairstyling

Virgil Partch

I just finished reading this great book on cartoonist Virgil Partch, who defined cartoon weirdness for several decades.

The book revealed that Partch was a great joker in real life as well. He and some buddies founded the Balboa Island Sculling and Punting Society, which was an excuse to putter around the marina, freak out the squares and get drunk. Not satisfied with those activities however, they aimed higher. First they decided to take a "boat ride" from their West Coast hangout to Las Vegas. How? By putting a boat on a truck and riding inside the craft while being driven across the desert.


Then they decided to take a train to Catalina Island, by a similar expedient.


Here's a fuller account of their exploits.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon May 19, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Comics, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1950's

By Chevy From Cuba to USA


With the recent migrant tragedies at sea around the globe, we must always recall one of the great refugee success stories: turning an old Detroit truck into an ocean-going vessel.

More photos here.

Full story here.
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