Weird Universe

Industry, Factories and Manufacturing

Big Role for Rock

Here's my question: who the hell ever first thunk up this elaborate, non-intuitive processing of gypsum, a rock out of the ground? The ingenuity of mankind and our genius ancestors is awesome and baffling.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Dec 11, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Technology, Industry, Factories and Manufacturing, 1950's, Natural Resources

Push Button Weather

The miraculous Chronotherm! First line of defense!

Sad to contemplate that all these decent-paying job that once provided a good living for so many families have been farmed out to robots and other nations today.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Nov 19, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Technology, Industry, Factories and Manufacturing, Appliances, 1950's

Great-Grandpa Is Buried Where?

The GM factory in Detroit contains an old Jewish Cemetery. When GM acquired the land they agreed to leave the cemetery,which has had no burials since the '40s, intact. The company allows visitors just twice a year due to security concerns.

The Popular Pickle

There is so much to love about this video, from the whimsical music which makes it seem as if the cucumbers are just going on holiday, instead of being wrenched from their happy fields and families, then sliced and seasoned for consumption by monstrous hairless apes, to the very phrase "pickle packer." The one omission, understandable in light of 1950s' reticence, is no mention of the cucumber as sex toy.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 10, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Regionalism, Advertising, Industry, Factories and Manufacturing, Farming, Vegetables, 1950's

Three Alarm Fire At Fire Extinguisher Factory

Its like rain on your wedding day. A fire at the fire extinguisher factory, isn't it ironic.

Granular Sugar Pneumatic Conveying Test

Seven minutes of monotone narrator and watching sugar flow through a semi-opaque tube. Have we surpassed TIMBER BRIDGE INSPECTION yet?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon May 13, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Boredom, Industry, Factories and Manufacturing

Chicken Plucker

A new height in boredom--until the actual killing begins.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Mar 04, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Boredom, Death, Food, Industry, Factories and Manufacturing, Rube Goldberg Devices
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