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Frozen Turkeys As Deadly Weapons

According to my research, the first case of assault with a frozen turkey occurred in the 1940s. But by the end of the 20th Century, the use of frozen turkeys as deadly weapons had become fairly common. More details over at about.com.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Nov 17, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Crime, Alex, Weapons

Weirdo the Superchicken

My latest about.com article:

Posted By: Alex - Fri Oct 30, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Alex

Tree Sitting Craze

I posted this on about.com a day ago. A look back at the tree-sitting craze of 1930.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Sep 01, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Alex

Strange Volunteers

My latest about.com piece: 6 insane experiments that people volunteered for.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Aug 11, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Science, Experiments, Alex

One Of Our own

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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 - Sat Aug 01, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Authorities and Experts, Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Museums, Alex

Debtor’s Revenge

In my latest about.com article, I explore the phenomenon of Debtor's Revenge — when debtors decide to get even by paying fines with pennies. Though it's not always pennies. Might be $1 bills, or some other form of deviousness intended to spite the debt collector. There were so many examples of this that I could easily have made the article 10x as long as it was. Also might have mentioned that, if I remember correctly, Chuck once declared this phenomenon "no longer weird."

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jun 30, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Misbehavior, Rebellion, Acting-out and General Naughtiness, Money, Alex

My New Weird Job

Dear WUvians,

Just a brief note to let you know I recently landed a new, part-time writing gig as the weird news "expert" for About.com. Of course, I'm very aware that I'm not anything like a weird news expert when compared to Chuck. But hey, it's their term, not mine. (Chuck tells me he was offered the job back in the 1990s, but didn't take it.)

The deal is to produce 8 short articles a month, on any topic related to weird news that strikes my fancy. Or more broadly, weird stuff in general. The focus will be on themes in weirdness, rather than breaking weird news. I've already got two articles posted: 12 facts about poop that falls from planes and the people it hits and 7 logo design disasters that made headlines.

The latter article, I should note, was inspired by one of Chuck's recent columns in which he mentioned the state of Tennessee's minimalist new logo, produced at a cost of $46,000. I expect I'll be getting a lot of ideas from here at WU and fleshing them out in more detail over at About.com, and that'll give me the opportunity to crosslink from there back to here. So it'll kinda be like a marriage between the two sites. And I'll periodically give everyone a heads up here when I've posted new material there.

In other words, all the weirdness will continue as usual here. But 8 times a month I'll also be posting over there. So overall, an increase in weirdness!

-Alex

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 19, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Alex

April Fools!

Tomorrow is April Fool's Day — a day on which the vast majority of people will go about their lives as usual, oblivious of what day it is, and a very few people will go to extreme lengths to prank and play jokes on unsuspecting victims.

I have to confess that I've never played an April Fool prank in my life, and don't really have any interest in changing that. But over at my other home online, I've delved pretty deeply into the history of this unusual holiday. And this year I took the time to give my list of the Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes of All Time a complete overhaul. So check it out, if interested.

And if you're in the Nova Scotia area, you can catch me on a CBC radio show tomorrow, Maritime Noon, talking and answering questions about the history of April Fools.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Mar 31, 2015 - Comments (8)
Category: Alex

Thank You For Buying…

My wife noticed this posted on distractify.com and brought it to my attention. So I thought I'd share it here.

Occasionally people ask me to sign and write a note in copies of my book, and I never know what to write. But thanks to this receipt, I've now got a go-to phrase!

Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 20, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Books, Alex

WU Comments

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Fellow WU-vies--thanks to the alertness of several readers, we have been notified of a problem with posting comments. The captcha feature is glitched, working inconsistently. Our Master Hacker Alex (I think he learned all he knows from 1983's WarGames) is working on a fix now.

Thanks for your patience. Without your comments, the blog would be only half what it is.

Update from Alex: I "fixed" the problem by disabling the captcha system. Which may leave us wide open to spammers. We'll see how it goes for a few days.

Update 2: Wow! Allowing comment posting without captchas was like opening wide the floodgates of spam. So that experiment lasted only about 10 minutes. For now I've changed the admin settings so that only logged-in members can post comments. And in the meantime, I'll search for an alternative captcha system that is compatible with our very old blogging software.

Update 3: I found and installed an alternative captcha system. Let's see if it works! The neat thing is that most people won't see a captcha at all. It only shows if it thinks you might be a spammer, and it then asks you to solve a simple math problem.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 16, 2014 - Comments (10)
Category: Weird Universe, Alex, Reader Recommendation, Computers

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