Weird Universe


The Incredible Shrinking Radio

Despite the technological trend being obvious in 1954, I don't think anyone--SF writers or scientists or futurists--really anticipated something like an iPod.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Dec 29, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Radio, Technology, 1950's

Follies of the Madmen #237


Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Dec 19, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Radio, 1920's, Bodybuilding

It Pays to Be Ignorant

We could use such a satirical show today.

Full history here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 24, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Radio, Stupidity, Television, 1940's, 1950's

Life Before Cellphones


Original story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Aug 11, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Radio, Chindogu, Children, Parents, 1930's

It Takes a Thief

Around here we like to laugh at thieves and applaud those who choose not to be victims.
Here's one 'non-victim'.

Click here for the whole story.
Posted By: Expat47 | Date: Thu Jun 20, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Radio

Singing Eskimos

On his 1925 Arctic expedition, Admiral Donald B. MacMillan used singing eskimos to test the effectiveness of short wave radio as a communication tool for the world's navies. His experiments are credited with helping to open up previously "useless" radio frequencies.

In the picture, MacMillan is second from right. The guy standing behind him is Eugene McDonald, founder of Zenith Radio Corporation. His company built the special short wave radio gear used on the expedition. All others in the picture are the singing eskimos.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Apr 30, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Music, Radio, Experiments, 1920's

Back of the Mike

Hang in there until they start to show you the sound-effects guys.

From an era when young lads wore dress shirts and ties after supper.

Somehow I picture the Firesign Theater guys doing all this.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Aug 24, 2012 | Comments (9)
Category: Radio, 1930's

Strange As It Seems

News of the Weird has several ancestors. One is Strange As It Seems.

Strange as it Seems featured bizarre stories based on cartoons created by John Hix who was a staff artist at the Washington Herald. The comic strip Strange as it Seems was syndicated in American newspapers between 1928 and 1944. Strange as it Seems was comparable to Ripley's Believe It Or Not. Sponsored by Exlax in the 1930s and Palmolive Shave Cream when the show reappeared in 1947-1948.

The brand has recently been revivied, and features a YouTube Channel. Check it out!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Nov 17, 2011 | Comments (2)
Category: Newspapers, Radio, Weird Studies and Guides, Comics, 1920's, 1930's, 1940's

Bacon + Politics:  Two Great Tastes

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Feb 26, 2011 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Politics, Radio, Bacon

Alec Baldwin Wants to Destroy NPR

A very funny and twisted way to raise funds, from WQXR.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Oct 23, 2010 | Comments (10)
Category: Celebrities, Charities and Philanthropy, Radio
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