Weird Universe Archive

March 2009

March 12, 2009

Obama Fingers

Sprehe Foods has decided to call its new line of frozen chicken strips "Obama Fingers." The name doesn't sound appetizing to me, but then these will be sold in Germany, the land of Armin Meiwes, so I figure Sprehe must know its market. And they come with a curry dip! [Spiegel]

Posted By: Alex - Thu Mar 12, 2009 - Comments (8)
Category: Cannibalism, Food, Politics

March 11, 2009

The Show-Off

I suspect that most WU readers will identify with the bad boy, rather than with the prissy narrator here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 11, 2009 - Comments (19)
Category: Clowns, Education, Movies, Documentaries, Teenagers, 1950s

THE MASTER TOUCH Car Chase

Enjoy this battle between Detroit and European steel from Kirk Douglas's THE MASTER TOUCH.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 11, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Destruction, Movies, 1970s, Cars

Chicken and Waffles

Chicken and Waffles, as Wikipedia notes, is "a dish combining waffles, typically a breakfast food, with (usually fried) chicken." I've never had this dish, though I've had both chicken and waffles on their own, and I love them both, so I'm betting I'd love them combined.

This unusual combination of food is considered soul food, and its invention is often attributed to none other than Thomas Jefferson, who brought a waffle iron back from France in the 1790s. According to another theory, Jefferson also invented Mac and Cheese. So the man's influence on the American diet is perhaps even more profound than his influence on our politics.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Mar 11, 2009 - Comments (16)
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Turtle Loves Shoe

In the past, biologists have recorded examples of animals attempting to mate with "biologically inappropriate objects". Konrad Lorenz observed a parakeet who grew frisky with a "small celluloid ball." During the 1950s researchers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center witnessed a hypersexual cat who attempted to mate with a dog, a female rhesus monkey, and an old hen. And here we have a turtle with a shoe fetish:

Posted By: Alex - Wed Mar 11, 2009 - Comments (13)
Category: Animals, Fetishes

March 10, 2009

Follies of the Mad Men #57

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[From Look magazine for April 19 1966.]

This hideous creature is giving me the whim-whams. It's a total juju fetiche. I cannot imagine how any ad man thought this frightful apparition would sell towels. You just know that it's going to scoop out some housewife's eyes with the spoon and scramble her brains with the whisk, all while beating the courageous but small family dog with those wooden legs.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 10, 2009 - Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Domestic, 1960s

The New People

A TV series about plane-crash survivors on a weird island? Must be Lost, right?

Well, not in 1969. Back then, it was THE NEW PEOPLE.



Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 10, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Fads, Pop Culture, Television, 1960s, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Sharks and Waves

Prof. Music recently sent us a link to this site that allows you to snorkel from your monitor. (Watch out for the shark!)

It reminded me of another site I had seen recently, As If Pulled By a Magnet, which simulates the experience of being a buoy bobbing up and down in the water. (Or maybe you're a piece of debris lying on the beach... It's hard to tell.)

Anyone know of similar sites?

Posted By: Alex - Tue Mar 10, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Entertainment

March 9, 2009

Mikaela Vien Bautista

Someone stop this kid from singing again! Or at least stop her relatives from posting on YouTube!





Posted By: Paul - Mon Mar 09, 2009 - Comments (8)
Category: Music, Children

Tribute to the Doner Kebab

Posted By: Paul - Mon Mar 09, 2009 - Comments (9)
Category: Food, Music, Foreign Customs, Cartoons, Middle East

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