Weird Universe Blog — March 31, 2021

Do you eat enough candy?

Candy is a food! That's the first thing to know about it. Candy supplies definite needs of the body, just like milk, fruit, vegetables, cereals. Candy, in fact, furnishes several vital elements of the diet, without which you couldn't keep well!

... Caroline Hunt, noted specialist in Home Economics, has therefore recommended that candy be made a part of the "sweets" ration, which consists of about five pounds a week for the family of five. Candy may constitute whatever part of this is desired.

So they were recommending that everyone eat a pound of candy a week!

Saturday Evening Post - Oct 27, 1928. Source:

Posted By: Alex - Wed Mar 31, 2021 - Comments (6)
Category: Advertising | Candy | 1920s

Follies of the Madmen #504

I have never seen laxatives touted as a daily dose, rather than just as needed.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 31, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Advertising | Patent Medicines, Nostrums and Snake Oil | Excrement | 1950s

March 30, 2021


"Uke-TEL NAKI-U1" is the 1993 creation of the 'art collective' Maywa Denki (brothers Masamichi and Nobumichi Tosa), who specialize in creating "useless machines". They offer the following description of 'Uke-TEL' on their website:

A thrilling "fish cage" with a special device. The hanging needles fall off from the roof in time to the telephone time signal and may hit the unlucky fish swimming at the bottom

Or, as explained by We Make Money Not Art:

A fish is swimming in a cage, nails hanging on the ceiling. When you call 177 using a phone attached to the cage, nails fall into the water along with the tone.

Seems to me its use is to kill goldfish, which makes it relevant to the controversy, previously posted about, concerning the legal rights of goldfish.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Mar 30, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Art | Fish | 1990s

Cigarettes & Knickers:  Forbidden

Source: Parsons Daily Republican (Parsons, Kansas) 12 Nov 1922, Sun Page 4

Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 30, 2021 - Comments (4)
Category: Misbehavior, Rebellion, Acting-out and General Naughtiness | Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers | 1920s | Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia

March 29, 2021

Oakland Ballet Battles Virginity

1995: In an effort to attract new customers, "including singles, sports-minded men and female shopping-mall patrons," the Oakland Ballet put up billboards that displayed the message, "Go ahead, take another date to miniature golf, and die a virgin. Oakland Ballet. You just might like it."

I can understand that the ads were meant to be controversial, but what was with the weird dig at miniature golf?

More info: LA Times

Sacramento Bee - Nov 23, 1995

Posted By: Alex - Mon Mar 29, 2021 - Comments (3)
Category: 1990s | Billboards

March 28, 2021

Combined Clothes Hanger and Radio

It's fairly common to use metal clothes hangers to extend the range of a radio's antenna. So John Jerome Spina had the idea of combining the radio and clothes hanger into one. The metal of the hanger would serve as the antenna. He was granted a patent for this invention in 1978.

I'm not sure he thought through what would then happen if you hung something on the hanger, such as a coat.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Mar 28, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Inventions | Radio | Technology | 1970s

All About Albany Board Game

Too much excitement for me!

More details here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Mar 28, 2021 - Comments (4)
Category: Games | Government | Regionalism | 1980s

March 27, 2021

Miss Space

April 1959: Suzanne Adams was awarded the title of 'Miss Space' at the World Congress of Flight in Las Vegas, Nevada.

source: reddit

source: facebook

Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Apr 12, 1959

Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 27, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests | Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy | 1950s


Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 27, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues | Body | Business | Movies | Underwear | 1920s

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