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The Continuing Adventures of the Little Cardiff Giant

The Little Cardiff Giant recently wound up his travels through New Zealand. Some pictures are below.

As you may remember, lil' CG is touring the world, hosted by readers from WU and MOH. His world tour started in Southern California, then he went to Perth, and then NZ. His next stop, if all goes according to plan, is Melbourne.







My administrative duties as the coordinator of his tour went a little awry at first. I should have created a master list of everyone who volunteered to host him, but instead I just let emails accumulate. So now I'm trying to piece together a list retroactively. This is what I have -- but if I missed someone, or you want to be added to the list, let me know.

  • Alex -- San Diego
  • Nettie -- Perth
  • Sean -- New Zealand
  • G Beattie -- Melbourne
  • C Barrett -- Melbourne
  • M Anto -- Brisbane
  • J Scharff -- Japan
  • C Morgan -- British Columbia
  • Oppiejoe -- Michigan
  • Tah -- Idaho
  • dbrunker -- Portland
  • Crafty Dragon -- Montana
  • G Pylant -- Texas
  • K O'Brien -- Philadelphia

Posted By: Alex - Tue Apr 03, 2012 - Comments (15)
Category: Travel

My Colombia Trip

Expat47 was kind enough to recall that I took a recent trip to Colombia. Those interested can read the whole report here. With lots of neat pictures.

But I never encountered the human bloodhound drug!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 10, 2012 - Comments (1)
Category: Travel, Sightseeing, Paul, South America

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.

wu cruise

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

Cardiff Giant in search of temporary home

A few weeks ago, over at the Museum of Hoaxes, I described how I came into possession of a miniature Cardiff Giant. I then decided to send it on an around-the-world tour. This involves sending it to volunteer hosts in various farflung regions who show it the sights in their neck of the woods, send me photos of its adventures, and then ship it on to the next volunteer.

cardiff giant

The giant is currently in Perth, Austrialia, and I'm looking for people in that part of the world willing to temporarily adopt him. "That part of the world" is meant, in the broadest sense, to encompass all of Asia, Australasia, and India. Because while I've got a lot of volunteers from the U.S. and Europe, I haven't got any from anywhere else. And I'd like the giant to see as much of the world as possible.

So I'm posting here to see if there are any Weird Universe readers in exotic locales who'd like to play host to the giant. If you're interested, let me know.

Even if you live in boring-old Europe and the U.S. and you'd like to host the giant, let me know also. Because eventually the giant will be touring these regions. (possibly very soon if no one from Asia/Australia can be found.) I'll add you to the list.

Just one word of caution. If you agree to host the giant, you HAVE to send him to someone else after a few weeks. If you decide to keep him permanently, you'll incur the Curse of the Cardiff Giant, which is too awful to describe in words, though it's rumored to be similar to that melting flesh scene at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jan 06, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Travel, Sightseeing, Weird Universe

Follies of the Mad Men #143


N.A.S.A. "Gifted" from three legged legs on Vimeo.



Has air travel ever looked so hideous as in this pro-airlines ad?

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jun 08, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Etiquette and Formal Behavior, Hygiene, Body Fluids, Inebriation and Intoxicants, PSA’s, Travel, Transportation, Advertising

Follies of the Mad Men #116



Airplanes, what airplanes? There were airplanes in this ad?

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 19, 2010 - Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Sexuality, Travel, Transportation, Russia

How to Go Places



Once upon a simpler time, Americans needed lessons in how to leave the house.

Posted By: Paul - Fri May 14, 2010 - Comments (12)
Category: Family, Travel, 1950s, Cars

Hope You’re Thirsty

Another great example from Engrish.com -- I wonder how much water they sell?

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Here's the link for the page -- be careful in the adult section!!

http://www.engrish.com/category/drinks/page/2/

Posted By: gdanea - Mon May 10, 2010 - Comments (10)
Category: Travel

Outside His Comfort Zone

Carl Hoffman has done a few things that most of us would never dream of doing. He has flown on airlines said to have the worst safety records in the world and ridden in old buses in South America as they crawled along cliff-top dirt roads. He also packed himself into already crowded ferries on the Amazon and trains crossing Africa. Why? To experience travel not as we might while on vacation, but as an ordinary person trying to get from point A to point B as cheaply as possible. Hoffman talks about his adventures here, and in his new book, "The Lunatic Express."

Posted By: Nethie - Fri Apr 23, 2010 - Comments (6)
Category: Bums, Hobos, Tramps, Beggars, Panhandlers and Other Streetpeople, Eccentrics, Mass Transit, Travel

6 1/2 Magic Hours



What's weird about this film? The fact that once upon a time, air travel was sexy, easy and fun!

Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 18, 2010 - Comments (5)
Category: Travel, Documentaries, 1950s

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