Category:
Stupidity

Professional Staring

If you had $72 burning a hole in your pocket, and you lived in the Denver area, you could have bought a full-day pass to have Croatian faith gazer Braco stare at you for an entire day. [DailyCamera.com]

Braco's silent gaze is said to effect "incredible healings and other spontaneous changes" in people.

And if you're ever in San Diego, I'd be happy to stare at you for a couple of hours, for an appropriate sum. My silent gaze has been known to provoke acute feelings of discomfort in people.

Posted By: Alex - Fri May 24, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category: New Age, Stupidity

Dimensions

Dimensions by Bernard Longpré, National Film Board of Canada



Ostensibly a primer in spatial awareness for kids, this drug-addled escapade is really an elaborate allegory for sexual tension. The geeky male's inability to physically connect with, mate with, or ultimately please the attractive female. Watch, and see if you don't agree.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 27, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Confusion, Misunderstanding, and Incomprehension, Drugs, Geeks, Nerds and Pointdexters, Sexuality, Stupidity, Surrealism, 1960s

Dumb History

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Just got my copy of this title, and it looks like a winner for all WU-vies. I'll report more soon.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Mar 18, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: History, Stupidity, Weird Studies and Guides, Books

The Standing Broom of Prattville

The Prattville Standing Broom is an old story from 2009, but I think it deserves a place on WU.



Especially since it's inspired an entire subgenre of broom-standing-on-their-own videos on youtube. Here's just one, picked at random:

Posted By: Alex - Sun Mar 18, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category: Stupidity, Interior Decorating

Electrified Lunch Box

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Wonder why this never caught on...?

Original article here. (Scroll up one page.)

Posted By: Paul - Mon Nov 21, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Food, Inventions, Stupidity, 1940s

Jack Kirby Omnibus

If you enjoy old school comics, especially by the master, Jack Kirby, you'll want to purchase the volume depicted at right. It's full of Silver Age weirdness in the unselfconscious manner of the day.

Here's my favorite example, from the story titled "I Was Big-Game on Neptune."


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An Earthman is kidnapped and finds himself in prison with five other beings, all uniquely bizarre. Pretty hard to mistake one for another, right?

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Not according to our hero, who has to label them for ease of identification, with hard-to-distinguish-at-a-distance nametags!

I love the expression on the beaky face of the orange guy. He's thinking, "This guy is dumber than a bag of Saturnian hammers!"

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 24, 2011 - Comments (4)
Category: Aliens, Stupidity, Comics, 1950s

Kiev Bridge Climb



Do not try this at home.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 17, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Buildings and Other Structures, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Stupidity, Russia

Follies of the Mad Men #158

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Men are oppressed by their wristwatches, but yours are different...? Huh?

From Playboy for November 1973.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Sep 05, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, Stereotypes and Cliches, Stupidity, 1970s, Men

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