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Sadness

Chuck’s Departure



Naturally, when Chuck informed Alex and me earlier of his decision to retire, we were heartbroken--just as all of his readers are showing themselves to be.

And yet, once the dust of that explosive announcement settled, Alex and I realized--just as all of his readers must--that Chuck's long, invaluable, joyous service would remain forever an inspiration, and that no one deserved more accolades and more congratulations and more good wishes for a long and fruitful post- NOTW lifetime than he did! So, Chuck, please consider those warm feelings and congratulations delivered in spades!

Of course, after all this, Alex and I still faced the question of whether to keep Weird Universe going. We decided to give it a go, for as long as readers keep coming and seem to enjoy what we do.

The blog has not been diminished by one-third, but by more like fifty percent, with Chuck's departure. So I guess Alex and I will just have to try to fill those large shoes to some degree.

Thanks to one and all--but most of all, to Chuck, whose idea it was to do Weird Universe in the first place!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 04, 2017 - Comments (18)
Category: Weird Universe, Alex, Chuck, Paul, Sadness

Happy the Cowboy Ventriloquist Dummy

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"Happy" looks anything but, as if he's battling the DTs. Does his cigarette really emit smoke?

Original ad here. (Page 35.)

Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 09, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Puppets and Automatons, 1950s, Sadness

What A Waste


In 2003 800,000 gallons of Jim Beam was spilled into a retention pond and ignited by a lightening strike causing a fire tornado to form. Not sure why UPI reran the story of the firenado except that it was the 12th anniversary of the event. The fire show is definitely worth a view though.

Posted By: patty - Sat Sep 05, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Destruction, 2000s, Alcohol, Sadness

The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot



What!?! A bummer Christmas song with no happy ending?!? "Last year's broken toys..." Pathetic!

Posted By: Paul - Fri Dec 21, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Holidays, Tragedy and Pathos, Children, 1930s, Fictional Monsters, Sadness




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Alex Boese
Alex is the creator and curator of the Museum of Hoaxes. He's also the author of various weird, non-fiction books such as Elephants on Acid.

Paul Di Filippo
Paul has been paid to put weird ideas into fictional form for over thirty years, in his career as a noted science fiction writer. He has recently begun blogging on many curious topics with three fellow writers at The Inferior 4+1.

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Chuck is the purveyor of News of the Weird, the syndicated column which for decades has set the gold-standard for reporting on oddities and the bizarre.

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