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Floating Volcano

Change of plans for the first WU cruise. The Kate Gosselin cruise is out. Instead we'll be sailing on the Tropical Island Paradise, built by Yacht Island Design. It features its own volcano! Once a day the volcano will erupt, shooting out deadly fireballs and streams of lava.

Of course, we'll have to wait for the ship to be built...

(via Nourishing Obscurity)

Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 07, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Weird Universe

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.

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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

Rick Altergott News

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What has the brilliant cartoonist Rick Altergott--who created our fabulous site banner--been up to lately?

He's started a new online strip about a young woman's romantic travails. And he's offering free sex advice!

Episode 1 here.

Episode 2 here.

Sex advice here.


Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 15, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Sexuality, Weird Universe, Comics

We had a little hiccup

Paul's post about the combo pocket-knife/revolver attracted the attention of boing boing and gizmodo, and the subsequent traffic spike promptly crashed our server, taking us offline since last night. Our apologies. I think I've got everything working again. Please return to the regular weirdness.

Update: I see Paul beat me to the explanation. But one other thing I should note. I temporarily disabled "member tracking" in order to alleviate the strain on the server. I'm honestly not quite sure what this tracks, exactly, or if we ever need to have it on at all. But the webhost told me it would help to turn it off. So I did.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Nov 16, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Weird Universe

Back Online!

Sorry for our downtime! When we got linked-to by BOING-BOING and GIZMODO yesterday, it swamped us!

But we're back, thanks to Tech Wizard Alex!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 16, 2011 - Comments (1)
Category: Technology, Weird Universe, Alex

Comments Decorum

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Friends and Fellow WU-vies:

I note that some comments are trending into personal vituperation. May I ask that all offenders tone down their remarks and respect our forum....?

Otherwise, the Righteous Hammer of Wrath will have to be employed.

Thanks!

Posted By: Paul - Tue Aug 16, 2011 - Comments (9)
Category: Weird Universe, Comments

Sucked into the Social Network

Weird Universe is officially twitterfied and facebooked. Links to our social network pages can be found in the "About Weird Universe" box in the right-hand column.

There's no reason to visit Weird Universe's facebook or twitter pages if you visit here, since WU posts (or, at least, the titles) will simply be reposted on those sites automatically — with a slight delay. However, if you feel a need to "like" us, or "follow" us, you now can.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Aug 11, 2011 - Comments (11)
Category: Weird Universe

Missing Post

Chuck and I have no idea yet of what happened to his missing post--but we're on the case!

Stay tuned!

Posted By: Paul - Mon May 09, 2011 - Comments (1)
Category: Weird Universe, Chuck, Comments, Corrections

Thank You,  Patty!

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I think most regular readers of WU would agree that our contributor Patty is at the heart and soul of this misguided enterprise. She makes terrific posts, and always manages to comment kindly and intelligently on what others do. This blog would not be the same without her.

I've been wanting to send her a little token of thanks, but could not come up with the perfect item--until I was out book-hunting today and came across a copy of the volume pictured to the side.

Patty--send me your snailmail address privately through the SUGGEST LINK mechanism, and this invaluable compendium of "boners" will go out to you in Monday's mail.

And thanks again for all your creativity!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 04, 2010 - Comments (11)
Category: Humor, Sexuality, Weird Universe, Reader Recommendation, Books

Return of Alex!

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Regular WU-vies realize that the blog has been missing one-third of its voice for the past many months, as Alex Boese hunkered down to finish his new book. Well, over at Alex's Museum of Hoaxes blog, he's just announced his return to active blogging.

Let's hope that includes some time here at Weird Universe!

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 16, 2010 - Comments (5)
Category: Weird Universe, Alex, Books

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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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