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Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues

Snail Cream

You no longer need to let snails crawl across your face to stay looking young. Because Charmzone is now selling Snail Wrinkle Recover Cream (available from Amazon for $59.99 a jar), which it claims is the first cream formulated with concentrated filtrate of snail mucus. Just smear the snail mucus all over your face and enjoy the glow of youth. [via]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Apr 14, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Cosmetics

Hodges, James & Smith

In 1973 they signed a recording contract with 20th Century Fox Records. Their first album, "Incredible" ...was not! The only thing incredible about it was the speed it reached cut-out bins at discount record stores.... Another 20th Century album "Power In Your Love," disappeared so fast that most people can't recall its release.

I suspect part of the reason for their lack of success was a constant series of chest colds from being undressed in the studio all the time.


Their story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Mar 25, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Music, Public Indecency, Sex Symbols, 1970's, Breasts

Balayage au Cotton

The things people do for fashion.

The shop [Cinandre on 11 East 57th Street] has imported a young man named Yvan from the Carita salon in Paris to do what he calls a "balayage au cotton." Starting at the nape Yvan lifted out fine strands and applied a lightening paste with a thin brush. Instead of the usual foil wrapping, he tucked pieces of cotton wadding to support the strands in process and keep them from the rest of the hair.

When he was three-quarters through, he had used 1000 feet of cotton stripping and Miss Weston looked as though she were wearing an enormous white wig. [NY Times - Apr 1, 1974]

Via The Lively Morgue
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Nov 15, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, 1970's, Hair and Hairstyling

Crazy Pygmy—Hilarious Dancing

What day is not brightened by the inexplicable and thoughtlessly ridiculed antics of a small person?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Nov 01, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Ethnic Groupings, Human Marvels, 1930's, Dance

Jeanne Mordoj

How sad I am to have missed Jeanne Mordoj in her recent New York performance, which THE NEW YORK TIMES describes thus:

At the start of her solo Ms. Mordoj stood at the back of the stage in near darkness. Holding a briefcase under her chin and dressed in a jacket, skirt and heels, she began to vocalize softly and then with increasing strength. Performing on a runwaylike strip of the stage that extended to the audience, Ms. Mordoj, her eyes bulging, stuffed an egg into her mouth — and then another and another, all the while grimacing, but keeping them down. Or so it appeared; she knows a thing or two about illusion.

As if her skin were shedding, crushed eggshells dropped to the floor. Eventually, she removed her jacket and attached two falsies to her bra while contracting and distending her belly, a feat both grotesque and stunning. At a certain point, she stopped trying to be funny — another relief — and slowly lowered herself to the floor. Bits of shells stuck to her face and chest, transforming her clown face into a spooky ritualist mask. The metamorphosis worked its magic: Ms. Mordoj held us captive.

“I Can’t Take a Boy with THAT Many Pimples!”


My question: if this happened to Jack in 2013, could he launch a successful discrimination lawsuit?

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Oct 08, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Body, Work and Vocational Training, Advertising, 1930's
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