Weird Universe Archive

October 2009

October 12, 2009

“Teacup” Hedgehogs and Floating Rafts of Snot, Plus the Week’s Least Justifiable Homicide

News of the Weird / Pro Edition
October 12, 2009
(mystifying and/or derisory news from October 3-10)

Politics for Keeps in the F State
In Broward County, Fla., the Republican Club held its meeting at a gun range, and one U.S. House candidate wrote the incumbent Democrat's initials on the target he was firing at. Then a Democratic former Broward official, who is also the father of the current county mayor, showed up at his daughter's home waving a gun (because he's running for office again, and his daughter had declined to endorse him). Pennsylvania has grim issues, also: Two mayors and a city councilman on November ballots aren't in danger . . but only because they're already dead. South Florida Sun-Sentinel /// Miami Herald /// Associated Press via PennLive.com

If 80-yr-olds Are Running Marathons, You're Gonna Need Some Catheters
An 81-yr-old runner in Minnesota made it to Mile 21 before his urethra totally failed him. As he lamented his condition at a race station, hating to quit but needing to get to a hospital before his bladder burst, a bystander said he just happened to have a catheter out in the car. Our man went off and self-administered, "evacuated," and finished the race. St. Paul Pioneer Press

Tattoos Are for Sissies; You Want to Show Commitment
Many of Cape Town (South Africa)'s ethnic "coloured" (mixed-race) teenagers have somehow convinced themselves that it's really cool to have their upper front teeth pulled. Identity, maybe. Community pride. (They're oppressed so it's politically incorrect to call them "idiots.") The rest of South Africa, who uncoolly retain their upper front teeth, started the rumor that coloureds do it to facilitate oral sex, so maybe they've got that going for them. Daily Telegraph (London)

All You Need to Know About Australia
Local residents, worried that visitors for the Bathurst 1000 auto race would get wasted and cause trouble, cracked down, imposing disturbingly onerous restrictions, such as a daily per-person maximum of 24 cans of beer. Reuters via Yahoo

GPS Comes of Age
Two more breakthroughs made possible by global satellite signals: (1) The cleanup of the Hanford (Wash.) nuclear reservation will go somewhat faster because now helicopters can pinpoint exact locations (among the site's 500-plus square miles) of radioactive rabbit poop that has to be scooped up from rabbits that have eaten contaminated plants. (2) Now, finally, at long last, copulators can upload the precise locations of their most recent sessions, forming a global database of . . what? Seattle Post-Intelligencer /// Daily Telegraph /// IJustMadeLove.com


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Posted By: Chuck - Mon Oct 12, 2009 - Comments (5)
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October 11, 2009

Same color illusion and Space Station

Compliments of one of my favorite sites -- the Astronomy Picture of the Day

First, a same color illusion (originally from Wikipedia).

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Next is the Space Station.

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Some other images to check out are the "Old Faithful Full Moon" from October 3rd and the Hologram Tea pot (with a complicated explanation) from September 13th.

This website has lots more than just pictures of the sky!!

Here's the website:

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html

Posted By: gdanea - Sun Oct 11, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Science

Professor Music’s Weird Links

OBSESSIONS:

Hotel door-hangers collected (*cough*stolen?*cough*) by his Grandfather

Photos of stuck-together Tic-Tacs

Welcome to the Hay in Art Database!

QUIZZES:

Since you "Weerdos" enjoyed 'Cheese, or Font?', your Professor of WeirdLinkology cheerfully submits the following:

Band Name, or Font?

'Star Trek' character, or erectile-dysfunction pill?

New Fragrance, or Soap-Opera character?

'Ben & Jerry's' flavor, or Pottery Barn paint color?

'Harry Potter' character, or hideous skin disease?

Apollo astronaut who walked on the Moon, or Lesser-Known Pro Golfer?

NSFW >> Pornstar, or Potato?

MISCELLANEOUS:

The Contiguous United States visualized by distance to the nearest McDonald's

A Tribute to Michael Jackson

Just in time for 2010, a Calendar - Pets made to look like rock stars

Insect sushi: (photos) (recipes)

Posted By: Professor Music - Sun Oct 11, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category:

Family Guy Maize

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Bob Connors, a farmer in Danvers, Massachusetts, took it upon himself to mow Brian and Stewie into his corn maze, with Fox's permission of course. Now he's looking to get the creator of "Famliy Guy" to come to his farm and do the voices of the characters, which shouldn't be too hard since Seth MacFarlane has family in the area. The Boston Globe/Connors Farm

Posted By: mdb777 - Sun Oct 11, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Agriculture, Entertainment, Pop Culture

October 10, 2009

Where are the robots?

I remember playing with some of these I think -- but I want the full size ones now!! This robot with sparks could have been the inspiration for Spark Skating Barbie.

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There are 32 other "Trippy Space Ads" from Life Magazine. Here's the website:

http://www.life.com/image/90006825/in-gallery/34572/trippy-spaceage-toy-art

Posted By: gdanea - Sat Oct 10, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Robots

October 8, 2009

Car flipping for the record book

If I was as strong as these guys look, It think it would be fun to flip cars for the world record. Can you beat a 360 degree car flip in under six seconds?



I wonder if there is a record for burger flipping?

Posted By: gdanea - Thu Oct 08, 2009 - Comments (9)
Category: World Records

Pygmy Hedgehogs

The newest popular little pet in Great Britain is the pygmy hedgehog. No kidding, full grown they only weigh between 12 and 18 ounces and are 5 to 8 inches long. Being bred in captivity, they are friendly and loving little creatures who will fit into the palm of your hand. They can be litter trained and will eat cat or ferret food according to Ashleigh Hunt, an animal lover, who has 24 of the little cuties. The cost is a little steep at 200 pounds or about $320 U.S. but papered puppies are that much and often more by comparison. Pretty neat little animals and they don't even shed.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1218989/24-pygmy-hedgehogs-adopted-animal-lover.html


Posted By: Alex - Thu Oct 08, 2009 - Comments (7)
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Early TV Remote

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 08, 2009 - Comments (8)
Category: Technology, Television, 1960s

One Minute Movies

The University of York Filmmaking Society has taken it upon themselves to shorten certain movies down to one minute while using only one take. Their most recent entry is "28 Days Later".





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Posted By: mdb777 - Thu Oct 08, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Movies, Video

October 7, 2009

Got lung?

Why anyone would want a plasticized lung is beyond me, but there is a reward if you happen to see one lying around.



Don't worry -- I hear there are plenty of spare bodies and body parts where these come from.

Posted By: gdanea - Wed Oct 07, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Body

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