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Not The Rib

A Biblical scholar claims that due to a mistranslation the original scripture actually says that Eve was made from Adam's penis not his rib. The professor states that man is the only mammal without a penis bone. Guess that's where it went.
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Dec 29, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Authorities and Experts, Religion, Can't Possibly Be True

One Of Our own

No list of weird collections would be complete without the inclusion of one of our WUvian founders. Alex and his Museum of Hoaxes is, of course, one of the top weird collections on the net!
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Aug 01, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Authorities and Experts, Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Museums, Alex


The US patent office denied a trademark to a Norwegian company for the name Comfyballs for mens underwear. The name was deemed too vulgar to trademark. Maybe they could try Cradled Crotch or Non-Testy Testes.

Revenge Is A Dish Best Catered Is a website that offers revenge as a service. For prices ranging from $1850 up to $10,000 they, "will do our very, very best to make the life of that person who has wronged you completely miserable," so says company CEO John Winters. For that kind of money it had better be good, that's for sure.

Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Feb 05, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Authorities and Experts

Old age to be only cause of death!

Milford Barnes was the Head of the Department of Hygiene and Preventive Medicine at the University of Iowa from 1930 to 1952. The annual Milford E. Barnes Award for Academic Excellence in Biostatistics was established in his honor. He made this prediction in 1934. Evidently, he was an optimist.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Oct 16, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Authorities and Experts, Death, 1930's, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Federal Employee of the Year:  2011

2011 Federal Employee of the Year from Partnership for Public Service on Vimeo.

It takes a huge talent for boredom to make one of the worst disasters of the past decade seem vapid. "The pressure was somewhere between high and low." Duh....

If only this fellow had been in charge of TIMBER BRIDGE INSPECTION, life would have been perfect.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Oct 04, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Authorities and Experts, Boredom, Destruction, Government, Officials, Science

Does Satan Exist?


Some media gimmicks never go out of style. But you'd think we could have reached a conclusion during the past sixty years, since the article appeared in 1948.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat May 18, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Authorities and Experts, Religion, 1940's, Fictional Monsters

Woodsy Owl

Woodsy in the 70s, the 80s and the 90s. The newest look is horrifying, in my opinion, like some creature from THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Dec 02, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Authorities and Experts, Government, Nature, 1970's, 1980's, 1990's, Fictional Monsters

Get to Know A Water Industry Specialist

Get to know a Water Industry Specialist from Norm Friesen on Vimeo.

I did not think it was possible, but I have found an industrial video to rival in boredom the famed "Timber Bridge Inspection."
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jul 18, 2011 | Comments (2)
Category: Authorities and Experts, Boredom, Utilities

All Roads Lead From Rome…

The streets of Rome are a little quieter today as thousands of locals have chosen to skip work and head for the hills after a huge earthquake was predicted to hit the Italian Capital some time today by a well-known Italian seismologist, over 30 years ago!

Raffaele Bendandi was a self-taught scientist who believed that earthquakes were caused by the gravitational influence of the Sun, Moon and other planets. Though he never attempted to provide proof for his theories, which he believed were intuitively correct, Bendandi scored a number of notable successes in 1910s and 1920s that led to him being feted as “the man who can predict earthquakes” and made a Knight of the Crown of Italy by Mussolini (who also banned him from making public predictions). Because of this ban, Bendandi made no further earthquake predictions until the 1970s, when he successfully forecast the 1976 quake that hit Friuli, Italy.

Bendandi also claimed to have detected another planet, which he named Faenza, orbiting closer to the Sun than Mercury, but, like his science of ‘seismogenics’, his findings are roundly dismissed by modern scientists as imaginative but nothing more.

That he even made today’s prediction is a matter of dispute. Many sources claim that the prediction comes from dates written on notes found after his death and do not give a specific event or location at all, and even among Bendandi’s dedicated following, there is argument as to whether he predicted the Rome quake is due today or in 2511.

Still such is the reputation of Bendandi, who died in 1979, that as much as 18% of city employees are reported to have called in sick today, and many stores are closed and shuttered. (BBC News).

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Posted By: Dumbfounded | Date: Wed May 11, 2011 | Comments (3)
Category: Authorities and Experts, Disasters, Eccentrics, Science, Weird Theory
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