Weird Universe


God Made Me Do It

If this book is not pure catnip for us WU-vies, I'm not sure what is. Here's the product description from the link to the right:

Does God, in His infinite wisdom, convince people to get rid of their car insurance? Does He encourage cannibalism? Does the God of more than six billion people actually have time to root for the Minnesota Vikings?

According to some, yes. How do they know? God told them. Luckily, God also told Marc Hartzman to write this book, a collection of the most shocking, absurd, and hilarious things people have ever claimed God asked them to do, and to present them for your pure reading enjoyment.


* The man that God told to perform surgery on himself
* God's generous offer to miraculously fill his believer's gas tank
* The fateful day God (assumedly feeling nostalgic for his teen years) asked a man to TP a police station
* The woman God instructed to direct traffic—topless
* And, sadly, many more

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Mar 10, 2010 | Comments (2)
Category: Eccentrics, Religion, Books

Bad Music

Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown from alex Bondonno on Vimeo.

Maybe this book can explain this video.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jan 27, 2010 | Comments (1)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Music, Books

Amazing and Unusual USA

This new guidebook certainly seems as if it would make a fine Xmas present for your favorite WU-vie!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Nov 04, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Pop Culture, Regionalism, Travel, Landmarks, Sightseeing, Books

Cult Magazines

I've just gotten the advance galley of this book from my pal Luis Ortiz, the publisher. I can guarantee that WU-vians will love it!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jul 28, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Eccentrics, Collectors, Magazines, Subcultures, Books

Alabama Curiosities

My pal Andy Duncan is a wonderful fiction writer, and loyal reader of WEIRD UNIVERSE. But I never knew he had written this compilation of weird Alabama stuff till he showed me a copy of the second edition this weekend. I think a road trip to Alabama is definitely in order for all WU-vies.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jun 20, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Regionalism, Weird Studies and Guides, Books

Weird Stuff from The History Channel

Seems as if there should be some prime material of interest for WU-vies in these five titles.

Or in the DVDs of the History Channel show they derive from.

Or even in the official boardgame!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 16, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Games, Video, Books

Voodoo in Benin

Nearly twenty-five years ago, I wrote a novel titled CIPHERS, which featured scenes of voodoo in Benin. Long before YouTube was even a concept, I had to do all my research in books. I would have killed to see this video.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jun 08, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Music, Religion, Books, Dance, Africa

Two Weird Books

In the UK, sex services leave their advert cards in phone booths, These items are known as tart cards. A representative sampling has been collected in book form, as you can see in the link below.

But aren't phone booths going extinct everywhere? Who will save the endangered tart card?!?

And of course, the Golden Age of print magazines is long gone or vanishing as well. But you can encounter the weirdest examples of the great Era of Zines in a new volume entitled Bad Mags 2. It's supposed to release in June, although Amazon is uncertain, so you'll have to check out its predecessor first. And visit the Bad Mags site here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat May 02, 2009 | Comments (9)
Category: Magazines, Sexuality, Advertising, Books

Jonathan Bayliss, RIP

The Boston Globe reports the death of one Jonathan Bayliss, an eccentric self-published writer of enormous tomes.

Here's a sample from one of his novels. (Click on text to enlarge.) There's plenty more here, if you want it!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Apr 25, 2009 | Comments (7)
Category: Eccentrics, Literature, Books, Writers, Obituaries

How to Tell the Birds from the Flowers

As children, my sibs and I were utterly fascinated by this weird little book. We studied the drawing for hours. Now you can too, thanks to the magic of the internet!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 17, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Nature, Books, 1900's
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