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Holidays

Happy New Year, 2017!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jan 01, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Holidays, Weird Universe, Alex, Chuck, Paul

Striking Santas


La Crosse Tribune - Dec 18, 1966



Hazleton Standard-Speaker - Nov 24, 1990

Posted By: Alex - Sun Dec 25, 2016 - Comments (0)
Category: Holidays, Riots, Protests and Civil Disobedience

A Cosmic Christmas



Hideous aliens learn and reveal the true meaning of the holiday.

Hope all WU-vies experience the same!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Dec 25, 2016 - Comments (0)
Category: Aliens, Holidays, Television

Santa Claus Keeps Dying

We've touched before on the theme of the death of Santa Claus, such as the metaphorical death of Santa portrayed in an ad, or a man who had changed his name to Santa finally giving up the ghost.

However, there's another recurring weird news theme in which Santa Claus literally drops dead, often in front of a crowd of horrified children. What happens is that if you take a guy who's out of shape and overweight, dress him up in a hot costume, and make him do an unaccustomed level of exertion, the odds of him collapsing from a medical condition increase dramatically. Although Santas have also perished from non-medical causes (beard catching on fire, helicopter crash).

Fort Wayne Daily News - Dec 26, 1898



Belvidere Daily Republican - Dec 23, 1912



Taylor Daily Press - Dec 27, 1920



Indianapolis Star - Dec 24, 1922



San Bernardino County Sun - Dec 19, 1932



Oakland Tribune - Dec 13, 1925



Carbondale Daily Free Press - Dec 26, 1925



Hammond Times - Dec 19, 1937



Abilene Reporter-News - Dec 23, 1945



Rushville Republican - Dec 11, 1967



Louisville Courier-Journal - Dec 7, 1983

Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 22, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Holidays

Hypnotist Seeks Humane Turkey Death

November 1956: Hypnotist Arthur Ellen urged President Eisenhower to put his Thanksgiving turkey in a trance before executing it, promising him that a hypnotized turkey "tastes better due to the absence of adrenalin in the bloodstream and plucks easier because the muscles holding the feathers are relaxed."

Port Angeles Evening News - Nov 19, 1956


It's not recorded whether Eisenhower took the advice of the hypnotist. However, Wikipedia notes that, "The Eisenhower Presidential Library says documents in their collection reveal that President Dwight Eisenhower ate the birds presented to him during his two terms."

The tradition of Presidential turkey pardons only officially began with Reagan, although both Kennedy and Nixon spared some birds.

Below: Eisenhower in 1954 feeds a cranberry to a soon-to-be-eaten Thanksgiving turkey.

Image source: White House Historical Association

Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 24, 2016 - Comments (0)
Category: Holidays, 1950s

Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 24, 2016 - Comments (1)
Category: Crime, Food, Holidays

The Weeny Witch

From the 1940s to the 1970s, the makers of "Skinless" wieners tried hard, through relentless advertising, to establish "Weeny Witch" parties as a Halloween tradition. Basically, these were parties that completely centered around hot dogs. A "Weeny Witch" (a hot dog dressed up as a witch) would serve as a table centerpiece.

To make the Weeny Witch party more festive the company distributed a pamphlet with party suggestions, which included "Bobbing for Franks" as well as "Feeding the Weeny Witch." The latter involved creating a cardboard cutout of a witch's head. Blindfolded kids would then try to stick their weeny in the witch's mouth.

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Albuquerque Journal - Oct 23, 1949


Posted By: Alex - Mon Oct 31, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Food, Junk Food, Holidays

Happy Halloween 2016!



Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 31, 2016 - Comments (1)
Category: Holidays, Butt, Fictional Monsters

Go Topless Day:  August 28, 2016



Needless to say, bare chestal areas of XX-chromosome carriers in video and at homepage.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Aug 28, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Body, Censorship, Bluenoses, Taboos, Prohibitions and Other Cultural No-No's, Holidays, Parades and Festivals

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