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Big Mouth Dentist

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The dental patient depicted was a favorite at dental training college for his easy access.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 21, 2012 - Comments (7)
Category: Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, 1920s, Face and Facial Expressions

An Icicle That Looks Like A Bird


It must have been a slow news day when this photo ran in papers back in 1959. The icicle that looks like a bird was found outside a Detroit home.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Oct 19, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, Nature, Weather, 1950s

More Giants!



Pitiless beautiful-people giants stalk and dominate mere mortals, making our helpless planet and civilization their careless playground.

And that makes me want to use your airline?

Alex is on to something here!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 29, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Giant People in Ads, Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, Air Travel and Airlines, Asia, Fictional Monsters

How the Marsh Mongoose catches prey


The Marsh Mongoose (Atilax paludinosus), also known as the African Water Mongoose, has an unusual method of catching its favorite food (birds). It makes its butt look like a piece of ripe fruit, which tempts birds over to investigate — and fall right into its trap. Jonathan Kingdon, author of East African Mammals, explains:

The marsh mongoose has been widely credited by local people with employing a very bizarre subterfuge to catch birds. The story would seem quite outlandish were there not corroborative evidence for the behaviour pattern, even if not for its alleged purpose. My captive female occasionally would sun-bathe lying on her back, in which position her pale pink anal area assumed a quite startling prominence against the surrounding fringe of dark fur. This display is claimed to induce birds (including the locals' chickens), to approach and peck at the anus, whereupon the mongoose seizes the bird.

According to Animal Diversity Web, the Marsh Mongoose also has another odd trick:

When approached by a threating presence, the mongoose makes a low growl, which may be reinforced by sudden explosive barking growls in a deeper tone. When the mongoose is cornered or distressed, it ejects jets of foul brown fluid from its anal sacs.

Goes to show that you really can't compete with Nature for weirdness.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Sep 16, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, Science

The Great Antonio

The strongman Antonio Barichievich (1925-2003), aka the Great Antonio, seems Weird-Universe worthy. Here's a few brief facts about his life (via wikipedia and mrkurtnielsen.com):
  • He first made it into the Guinness Book of World Records in 1952 by pulling a 433-ton train 19.8 metres.
  • He weighed 465 pounds (at his heaviest) and stood about 6 foot 4┬áinches.
  • He could eat 25 chickens or 10 steaks at one sitting.
  • He claimed that he trained by running head-on into trees from a distance of 60 metres.
  • He sang with a soft, beautiful voice, and at one time wanted to tour with Tiny Tim.
  • He owned what was possibly the world's largest rocking chair — 4 meters high and 2 meters wide.
  • He believed he was descended from extraterrestrials.
  • As he grew older, he braided his dreadlocks into a club held together with masking tape and used this to play "hair golf."
  • Later in life, the only way to contact him was to leave a message at the Dunkin' Donuts in Rosemont, Canada.
  • He died of a heart attack at the age of 77.






Posted By: Alex - Tue Sep 11, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Eccentrics, Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, Human Marvels

Wallace Rossall, the “Upside Down Boy”

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Poor Wallace Rossall. With his "twisted insides" he was obviously doomed to an early death.

But maybe not!

If this death record pertains to our Wallace--correct birth date; still living in California at time of death--then he lived to the decent age of 65 or 66.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Aug 16, 2012 - Comments (10)
Category: Body, Diseases, Stomach, Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, 1930s

Giant Pants on a Giant

From a blog devoted exclusively to Giant Pants of the '30s.

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(via Sloth Unleashed)

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jan 31, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature

Weird Universe Cruise

It's official. Weird Universe will be hosting its first cruise, departing on August 12 from Fort Lauderdale and returning on the 19th. We'll be sailing aboard the spectacular ship the Allure of the Seas, and accompanying us onboard will be celebrity mother Kate Gosselin and her fans, allowing WUvies to study weirdness at first hand, up close and personal! Reservations are now being taken. Book your cabin at kategosselincruise.com.

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Posted By: Alex - Fri Jan 13, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Celebrities, Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, Travel, Surrealism

Postcard Gallery of Circus Fat People

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Why is it that nowadays obese people merit no special sideshow attention? Oh, right....

Gallery here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 17, 2011 - Comments (12)
Category: Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature

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