Weird Universe Archive

January 2010

January 24, 2010

She Demons

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jan 24, 2010 - Comments (6)
Category: Stereotypes and Cliches, Superstition, 1950s, Women, Dance, Africa

January 23, 2010

Canned Beer Turns 75


Canned beer has been around for 75 years as of Sunday. So, here's to 75 years of liquid refreshment, drink up folks!
http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20100123/sc_livescience/cannedbeerturns75

picture from wordpress.com

Posted By: patty - Sat Jan 23, 2010 - Comments (3)
Category:

Grand Theft Auto


Michael Ray Ekes was arrested in Haines City,Florida for car theft. When they picked him up he was playing Grand Theft Auto, a video game. Perhaps if he was going to use the game as a training exercise, he should have played it more before actually stealing a car.
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2010/01/23/Suspect-found-playing-Grand-Theft-Auto/UPI-11501264271575/
picture from bing.com

Posted By: patty - Sat Jan 23, 2010 - Comments (6)
Category:

Authentic Bus Jump



Reader Frank has good evidence that our earlier clip of a bus jump was staged by a business. But here's an authentic one.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 23, 2010 - Comments (2)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Reader Recommendation, Europe

What Is Business?



With the global economy in shambles, perhaps we all need a refresher course....

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 23, 2010 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, 1940s

January 22, 2010

Squashed

Three hundred pound Mia Landingham was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 120 pound boyfriend. While they were fighting last August she sat on Mikal Middleton-Bey, the father of her three children, and killed him. That's right, she sat on him and killed him.
http://www.fox8.com/news/wjw-overweight-woman-sentenced-boyfriend-death-txt,0,2227632.story

Posted By: patty - Fri Jan 22, 2010 - Comments (2)
Category:

Bus Jumper



Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 22, 2010 - Comments (8)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Europe

Harold Lee’s Frog Farm

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Did you ever stop to think about those noble, hard-workin', gun-slingin', range-ridin', gal-kissin', rustler-huntin' ranchers who raise--FROGS?!?

I'm not sure what frog-ranching today is like. But one of the first guys to do it successfully was a fellow named Harold Lee, pictured to the right.

You can read about ol' Harold here, in this 1951 POPULAR MECHANICS article.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 22, 2010 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Farming, 1950s

January 21, 2010

Speed Cameras

Thank goodness for those speed cameras making our streets and neighborhoods safe. Except, of course, for the one in Jeff Buck's neighborhood in Great Britain. Jeff parks on the street in front of his home where there happens to be a speed camera. He has twice been ticketed for speeding while his car sat there. But I'm sure that's the only one that malfunctions and all the rest both there and over here are perfectly accurate. So just pay your fine.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7043325/Driver-parked-in-front-of-speed-camera-gets-tickets.html

Posted By: patty - Thu Jan 21, 2010 - Comments (2)
Category:

January 20, 2010

Excellent Disguise for Robbery - Not

Using duct tape as a disguise for a robbery isn't so new, but the picture is worth a thousand words.

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The robbery took place in Kentucky, and rumor is, they pulled the duct tape off before he went to jail.

Posted By: gdanea - Wed Jan 20, 2010 - Comments (4)
Category: Stupid Criminals

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