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Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues

Astounding Beauty Clay



Go here for expandable version where text can be read.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 16, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Advertising, 1920s

1958 Rocket Queen



"Karen Barger, 14-year-old queen of Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Water Carnival of 1958, steps down from simulated rocket ship to open show."

Original photo here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 03, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, 1950s

Miss Smog

Another addition to our ongoing exploration of unusual beauty contest titles. I've found two smog-related titles.

In 1951, Helene Stanley won the title of Miss Smog Fighter. And in 1970, Debra Wolf of Philadelphia was named Miss Smog America.

Los Angeles Times - May 23, 1951



Tampa Times - Aug 7, 1970


Posted By: Alex - Fri Mar 23, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Contests, Races and Other Competitions

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #23

2018 NOTE: More masks.


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If these horrifying masks are "lifelike" in the world you come from, I don't want to visit!

From the 1950 catalog.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 15, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Disguises, Impersonations, Mimics and Forgeries, Johnson Smith Catalog, 1950s

Cheerleader Effect

image source: dwilliss/flickr


Pro-tip for non-photogenic people: You'll look better in a group photo than on your own. This is known as the Cheerleader Effect, and it's been scientifically verified. From medicalxpress.com:

In 2003, scientific evidence of the cheerleader effect was published in a paper where across five studies, both males and females were rated more attractive when presented as part of a group photo compared to a solo photo. The authors, Drew Walker and Edward Vul, presented 130 participants with group photographs containing three female faces or three male faces. Each face was then cropped from the photograph and presented individually.

Participants rated the attractiveness of faces presented in a group and individually. Regardless of gender, attractiveness ratings were higher when people were presented in a group compared to presented individually.

However, this does not mean the bigger the group—the more attractive you are. The authors found that group size, whether 4, 9, or 16 individuals, had no effect on attractiveness ratings. Basically, a handful of friends is all you need to take advantage of this effect.

Importantly, studies have shown the cheerleader effect to be reliable. Additional studies published in 2015 and one just this month continue to find a groups' attractiveness is significantly higher than the attractiveness of an individual group member.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Mar 04, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Psychology

A Community of Respectful Pals



Dear WU-vies:

Alex and I have just taken a step which I do not believe we have ever needed to take before in the long history of WEIRD UNIVERSE. We deleted someone's comment because it was nasty, rude, hostile and generally boorish. (And may I also say that the suffering longtime member of the community, the commenter to whom the insults were addressed, reacted with restraint, dignity, calm and a noble nature.)

Let me take this unfortunate occasion to remind everyone that WU has always been a landmark of collegiality and friendliness and acceptance, albeit happily flavored with irony, black humor and appreciation for the world's incredible stupidity. Especially in comparison to much of the internet, WU remains a happy place. Let's try to keep it that way.

Thanks, as always, for your attention, support and understanding.



Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 22, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Etiquette and Formal Behavior, Weird Universe, Comments

Salad Beauty Treatment

Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 06, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, 1960s, Europe

Miss Geico

Am I alone in this, or does Miss Geico appear to be one of the hideous sea-folk who live off the coast of Lovecraft's Innsmouth, and conspire to interbreed with humans, producing hybrid abominations?




Home page.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Feb 04, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Business, Advertising, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, Horror, Motor Vehicles, Fictional Monsters

Cavalcade of Jazz Beauty Pageant

There is very little historical information about the annual "Cavalcade of Jazz" festival held in Los Angeles at Wrigley Field. Surprising, in light of lots of appearances by big-name artists.

But one thing is certain: they also held a beauty contest.







Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 05, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Music, 1940s, 1950s

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