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Frozen Turkey Comes Back To Life

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you all enjoy your turkey dinner — and that your frozen turkey doesn't come back to life.

Sioux Center News - Nov 28, 1940

Frozen Turkey Comes Back To Life
Following the snow storm Neal Spaan, Orange City hatchery man loaded up his frozen turkeys and peddled them. One customer, wanting to keep the turkey frozen for a few days put it into a snow bank and covered it with snow. When he came to dig it up the turkey lifted its head, stood up, shook off the snow and calmly walked away.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Nov 26, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: Animals, Holidays, 1940's

Mystery Illustration 12


I have smudged out the relevant information, so now you have to guess. What crime did all these folks have in common?

The answer is here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Nov 01, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: Crime, 1940's

Divorced because of comic books

I'm sure she was better off rid of that comic-book-reading weirdo.

Idaho State Journal - Oct 8, 1949

Wife Asks Divorce Because Hubby Reads Comic Books
SALT LAKE CITY — Mrs. Ida Thompson Thursday sued Henry G. Thompson for divorce because he "frequently bought comic books by the dozens and sat around and read them while refusing to help care for our baby."
In asking for a legal ending to their 16-month marriage, Mrs. Thompson requested custody of their infant child and possession of a table and chair set. Their only other possession, she said in her complaint, was a leather saddle which Thompson had bought with a loan. She said he could have the saddle.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Oct 31, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Divorce, 1940's

Mean Stranger Gives Eye Test

Perhaps an ophthalmologist in a bad mood?

The Terre Haute Tribune - June 21, 1949

Man Decides Boy Has Normal Vision
LOS ANGELES, June 21 — Harvey Bornstein, a studious 10-year-old, needed a new pair of horn-rimmed glasses today.
Harvey groped his way into Wilshire police station yesterday to report that a middle-aged man came up and snatched his specs while he was playing on the street with another boy. Then the stranger held his open hand up before Harvey and asked:
"How many fingers do you see?"
"Five," said Harvey instinctively.
"You don't need glasses," said the stranger. He threw the spectacles on the street, stamped on them and walked away.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Oct 26, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: 1940's

Funeral Traffic Control

1948: Chicago's Mt. Carmel cemetery sought FCC approval so that it could operate a two-way radio system to direct funeral processions, so as to avoid traffic jams in the cemetery.

I wonder if they had to build a traffic control tower as well?

Freeport Journal-Standard - Apr 14, 1948

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Oct 17, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Death, Jobs and Occupations, 1940's

Idleness, Profligacy, and Dissipation

San Bernardino County Sun - Apr 29, 1949

Marriage Fails After 64 Years; Divorce Sought
LOS ANGELES, April 28 — After 64 years of marriage, Mrs. Calogera Cassaro, 85, has decided she wants a divorce.
She sued today for dissolution of her bonds to 86-year-old Sebastian Cassaro and restraining order to keep him from molesting or threatening her.
Sebastian, she stated in her complaint, is able-bodied and she wants him to support her, but she claims that of late he has been living "in idleness, profligacy and dissipation."
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Oct 14, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Divorce, 1940's

Laura the Nazi-Saluting Parrot


Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Oct 12, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, 1940's

Wrong Date

Leroy Irwin, a 92-year-old farmer living in Allegan, Michigan, decided to have the dates of his life carved on his gravestone before he died, because (having no children) he wasn't sure who would pay to do it after he died.

He carved the dates 1856-1950, but it turned out he was a little too optimistic. He died in November 1949, seven weeks shy of reaching 1950.

The Escanaba Daily Press - Apr 25, 1949

The Escanaba Daily Press - Nov 14, 1949

Update: To answer Patty's question (in the comments), the incorrect date wasn't changed. Leroy Irwin's grave (with the wrong date) remains standing in Hudson Corners Cemetery.

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Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Oct 03, 2015 | Comments (13)
Category: Death, 1940's

Where the heck am I?

1949: Street sweeper Joseph Pistolese, age 74, just keep sweeping until suddenly he looked up and realized he had no idea where he was.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle - July 27, 1949

After coming across the news clipping about Pistolese, I then noticed the birthday card below on sale at the supermarket. Since it reminded me of him, I had my wife snap a photo of it with her iPhone.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Sep 28, 2015 | Comments (15)
Category: Elderly and Seniors, 1940's

Bond Clothing Sign, NYC



The Wikipedia entry tells us:

Between 1948 and 1954, Bond Clothes operated a massive sign on the east side block of Broadway between 44th and 45th streets in New York's Times Square. The sign had nearly 2 miles of neon and included two 7-story-tall nude figures, a man and a woman, as bookends. Between the nude figures, there was a 27-foot-high (8.2 m) and 132-foot-wide (40 m) waterfall with 50,000 gallons of recirculated water. Beneath the waterfall was a 278-foot-long (85 m) zipper sign with scrolling messages. The Bond zipper was made up of more than 20,000 light bulbs. Above the waterfall was a digital clock with the wording "Every Hour 3,490 People Buy at Bond."[7] Some of the sign remained in place to advertise the Bond Stores location until the stores closure in 1977.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Sep 28, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Signage, Giant People in Ads, 1940's, 1950's
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