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Weird Studies and Guides

Two New Weird Books




The book on the left proves that for every conceivable product in the human consumerist culture, there exist fanatical collectors.

The book on the right shows that you don't have to travel to exotic lands to discover weird things.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 18, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Regionalism, Weird Studies and Guides, Books, Collectors

Alex’s New Book!

I hope everyone is enjoying having Alex back as much as I am. Yay, Alex!

Perhaps you recall months ago when I touted his new book. Well, that was its UK edition only. Finally, in June, the US edition arrives.

Why not use the link the pre-order your copy now?


Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 07, 2012 - Comments (7)
Category: Weird Studies and Guides, Books, Alex

Something Weird Videos



This site seems like a vast natural resource for WU-vies.

You can get a sampler disc of their wares--100 film snippets--for only $4.95.

Have fun!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 20, 2011 - Comments (0)
Category: Movies, Weird Studies and Guides, Weird Theory

Strange As It Seems



News of the Weird has several ancestors. One is Strange As It Seems.

Strange as it Seems featured bizarre stories based on cartoons created by John Hix who was a staff artist at the Washington Herald. The comic strip Strange as it Seems was syndicated in American newspapers between 1928 and 1944. Strange as it Seems was comparable to Ripley's Believe It Or Not. Sponsored by Exlax in the 1930s and Palmolive Shave Cream when the show reappeared in 1947-1948.


The brand has recently been revivied, and features a YouTube Channel. Check it out!



Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 17, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Newspapers, Radio, Weird Studies and Guides, Comics, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s

The Skeptic’s Dictionary



I'm certain every reader of this blog could happily spend hours at The Skeptic's Dictionary, whose mission since 1994 has been to explore "Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions."

For instance, why not learn more about the bunyip?

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 25, 2011 - Comments (4)
Category: Authorities and Experts, Cryptozoology, Fictional Monsters, Weird Studies and Guides, Weird Theory

Alex’s New Book!

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You can't buy it yet, but here's the cover of Alex's new book!

If you visit the Amazon link, you can at least reserve your copy now!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jan 09, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Authorities and Experts, Weird Studies and Guides, Weird Theory, Books, Alex

What Tree Did You Fall From?

I'm sure you've heard the saying "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree", which has something to do with how kids aren't so different from their parents. But does it matter what kind of tree you fall from? According to this chart that I found here, it does! This is a unique take on the usual "what's your sign?" perspective most people use to get to know others. So, what's your tree?

Posted By: Nethie - Tue Aug 17, 2010 - Comments (33)
Category: Humor, New Age, Superstition, Weird Studies and Guides

Alabama Curiosities

My pal Andy Duncan is a wonderful fiction writer, and loyal reader of WEIRD UNIVERSE. But I never knew he had written this compilation of weird Alabama stuff till he showed me a copy of the second edition this weekend. I think a road trip to Alabama is definitely in order for all WU-vies.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 20, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Regionalism, Weird Studies and Guides, Books

High Weirdness by Mail

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The year 2008 marks the twentieth anniversary of a classic tome: HIGH WEIRDNESS BY MAIL.

In those antique pre-internet days of the book's debut, your only resources for contacting and receiving strange information was the USPS. There are plenty of cheap copies of HWBM available online, if you want to get a nostalgic snapshot of that era.

But the SubGeniuses behind the book have also launched THE HIGH WEIRDNESS PROJECT, which strives to replicate the book as a web-based experience.

Pay them a visit, and get your slack on.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 03, 2008 - Comments (7)
Category: Eccentrics, Religion, Weird Studies and Guides, Books, 1980s

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

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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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