Weird Universe Archive

November 2008

November 5, 2008

Mankinis!

Thanks to Sandy for giving us a heads up about this mankini sighting at the New York City marathon. (via gothamist)


Googling "mankini" I then came across this designer mankini created for a fashion show.

Finally, I wasted even more time browsing the online mankini shop that features a video of a guy in a mankini getting shot by paintball guns. That's got to hurt.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Nov 05, 2008 - Comments (7)
Category: Fashion

Queen of Blood

Possibly not the movie that Dennis Hopper lists first on his resume....

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 05, 2008 - Comments (7)
Category: Horror, Movies, Science Fiction, 1960s

Boy With A Knife

Experience the juvie lifestyle!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 05, 2008 - Comments (4)
Category: Family, Children, Juvenile Delinquency, Parents, Movies, Documentaries, 1950s

Holy Enforcers, Inny and Outy Genitalia

and the Morning Edition of Chuck's News of the Weird Daily for Wednesday [and there'll once again be no Afternoon Edition today, owing to the commandeering of ink and bandwidth by editors somehow preoccupied with some event or other that happened yesterday]:

Gender discrimination in indecent exposure law
A judge in Maine ruled that the two men who went skinny-dipping in an adjacent lake for the entertainment of restaurant-goers in August (jumpers would get free sandwiches) were guilty of indecent exposure but that the buck-naked lady with them was not. Official legal reason: The men dangle; the lady doesn't. That is, ya can't actually see her sex organ (from a distance). The judge said the legislature needs to rewrite. Bangor Daily News
Comments 'indecent_exposure'

Your Daily Jury Duty
[no fair examining the evidence; verdict must be based on mugshot only]
How could anyone believe that David Welker had raped a woman, much less by holding a gun on the woman's baby? WFTV (Orlando)
Comments 'david_welker'

More Things to Worry About on Wednesday

A priest and two age-80-ish nuns, of the Disciples of Santa Teresa and the Baby Jesus in southern Italy (which owns a building in town), were accused by the tenant of shaking him down, Mafia-like (a priestly chair-shot and some nunly kicks). Daily Telegraph (London)

Sticking $20's into a dancer's garter will surely cause the dancer to remember your face, which will be bad if you're on the run for counterfeiting those $20's. Jersey Journal

Half the Eastern Europeans who flocked to Britain to work during the boom, and then returned home, are continuing to bask in British money, i.e., still receiving British out-of-work benefits. Daily Mail

A winner was selected among pedigreed goats for the "most beautiful" contest, in Riyadh. Reuters via Yahoo /// Metro.uk [photo of the winner]

Today's Newsrangers: Joe Church, Candy Clouston
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Posted By: Chuck - Wed Nov 05, 2008 - Comments (0)
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November 4, 2008

George W. Flush

In honor of election day: the George W. Flush urinal, created by urinal artist Clark Sorensen:

This piece is a preview of Clark's up coming solo exhibit: "DOWN THE DRAIN - THE LEGACY OF GEORGE W. BUSH" Clark is holding an election night party to watch the elections results roll in and give George W. what he deserves - a good flush!

Posted By: Alex - Tue Nov 04, 2008 - Comments (6)
Category: Art, Politics

Chewing Gum Sculptor

I recently met a woman who could tie a knot in the stem of a maraschino cherry with her tongue. I thought that was pretty impressive. But what this Romanian chewing gum sculptor can do is even more impressive.


Posted By: Alex - Tue Nov 04, 2008 - Comments (4)
Category: Art, Performance Art, Food, Video

Yma Sumac, RIP

Goodbye, Yma Sumac, one of history's greatest and weirdest singers.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 04, 2008 - Comments (1)
Category: Celebrities, Eccentrics, Entertainment, Music, Foreign Customs, Obituaries

Marilyn Ferguson, RIP

Where would WEIRD UNIVERSE be without the New Age Movement, a belief system that has supplied us with so many great wacky incidents? Let us then pause a moment to honor the passing of Marilyn Ferguson, the woman credited with catalyzing that nascent trend toward gullible goofiness.

Here she is below in a 1992 interview, with a fellow who has a serious priest-wannabe look going on.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 04, 2008 - Comments (0)
Category: New Age, Obituaries

High Cost of Electronics

In a recent post featuring a typewriter advertisement, the discussion turned to the high cost of electronics in past eras.

Check out the price for this early calculator. The ad dates from "the early 1970's," according to the site where I found it. The Online Inflation Calculator says:

"What cost $345 in 1974 would cost $1435.60 in 2007."

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 04, 2008 - Comments (15)
Category: Business, Products, Technology, 1970s

Boils, Lingerie, Relativity

and the Morning Edition of Chuck's News of the Weird Daily for Tuesday
(and there'll be no Afternoon Edition today because, well, we Americans are all distracted right now)

Lingerie with GPS tracking device (seriously, I guess)
A Brazilian designer has introduced a £500 ($790) lingerie set, serving a purpose similar to the implanted microchips that rich people put in for in case they get kidnaped. (Can jealous boyfriends use it to track down cheaters? Yeah, but only if the women fails to turn off the system when she's out catting.) Daily Mail (London)
Comments 'tracking_lingerie'

The shifting of the betting line on whether God exists
Irish gambling outfit Paddy Power (which will take bets on things you wouldn't assume were bettable) opened a line earlier this year on whether the Hadron supercollider would reveal, scientifically, that God exists, and odds started at 20-1, going up to 33-1. [CORRECTION: poorly worded; the line didn't bet on the collider's revealing anything; the line was on God's doing something to blow His cover, with the collider being a natural platform for that.] Now, with apparently many heathen images around Ireland and the UK, the odds have dropped to 4-1. Daily Telegraph
Comments 'betting_god'

Your Daily Jury Duty
[no fair examining the evidence; verdict must be based on mugshot only]
Aaron Peeples, 29, has been accused of possessing child porn, but, y'know, innocent people get caught up in the public hysteria about these things. KTAR Radio (Phoenix)
Comments 'aaron_peeples'

More Things to Worry About on Tuesday

A fist fight in the Iranian parliament, but it's about, er, a bogus credential on a resumé. Washington Post

A prank contest in New Zealand ("Shepherd's Shermuzzle," no relation) is kinda stupid, but lookee-there at what's on that table! Manawatu Standard

Fine Points of the Law: When a cop says to a perp, Hey, What's up?, that has Constitutional implications. (Does it mean that "interrogation" has begun? If so, the cop should have Mirandized him.) Maryland Daily Record

And another Fine Point: Should there be a Constitutional right to DNA testing for a criminal suspect, so that the poor, railroaded guy can demonstrate his innocence? (Bonus: This test case involves a guy so railroaded . . that he had confessed . . and that his lawyer rejected DNA testing at his trial because she thought he was guilty . . and that he's already been released from prison and re-arrested on 17 new felonies.) Washington Post

In Mumbai, a couple finally settled their divorce issues following an arranged marriage that had immediately gone south when the husband discovered that the little lady has facial boils. The Times of India

And from last week, Paris Hilton mused on Einstein's theory of relativity. Well, that is, she had signed up earlier for Virgin Galactic's first-ever commercial space flight but has now begun to worry whether the voyage will inadvertently transport her into the future, which'll be bad because she doesn't know anyone there. Fox News [link from The Week]

Today's Newsrangers: Candy Clouston, Gary Goldberg, Karl Olson
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Posted By: Chuck - Tue Nov 04, 2008 - Comments (0)
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