Weird Universe Archive

January 2010

January 20, 2010

Follies of the Mad Men #83

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 20, 2010 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Horror, Injuries, War, Weapons

January 19, 2010

Kids Will Love It—If They Don’t See This Commercial

I've actually given these to my kids and grandkids, but after watching the advertisement from the 80's, I'm not sure I will buy them again. These Kinder Eggs are made of a chocolate hollow egg with another capsule and the prize inside.



The toys are not as cool anymore either -- Any German translations? (besides "I'm creepy and I want you to eat this?")

Posted By: gdanea - Tue Jan 19, 2010 - Comments (4)
Category: Advertising

Play in the Snow



It's still winter, folks!

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 19, 2010 - Comments (2)
Category: Games, Seasonal, Children, Documentaries, 1940s, Weather

More Female Marimba Players!





Thanks to Reader Slee, I learn that Santa Fe supports an all-female Marimba band. And then I found an Asian group too! Life is good again.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 19, 2010 - Comments (2)
Category: Music, Reader Recommendation, Women

January 18, 2010

Twinkie Facts


Twinkies are only good for 25 days, not 25 years. They do have preservatives, but really are just a baked, filled cake. Twinkies started out with banana filling and changed to vanilla during WWII when bananas were hard to get. These and other Twinkie factoids are available at the link.

Posted By: patty - Mon Jan 18, 2010 - Comments (7)
Category:

Horse in a Hamster Bubble

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Fast-forward to the 1:30 mark.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 18, 2010 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Entertainment, Europe

Reg Kehoe and his Marimba Queens



Why are there no 7-women marimba bands around today? The world has grown stuffy and dull......

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 18, 2010 - Comments (3)
Category: Music, 1940s, Women

News of the Weird / Pro Edition (January 18)

Weapon of Self-Destruction, Plus Window Captures Felon, Witnesses Vomit, and the Urban Caveman

News of the Weird/Pro Edition
Exceptionally Inexplicable Dispatches from Last Week
January 18, 2010
(datelines January 9-January 16; links correct as of January 17)

He Just Can't Stop: Scott Ritter was a leading voice against the invasion of Iraq after first being so tough as a UN weapons inspector that Saddam kicked him out of the country. In 2002 he began warning us that the "evidence" of WMDs that was so impressive to Vice President Cheney was actually trifling. In early 2003, though, Ritter was picked up for talking sex with an underage girl, his second (maybe third) such bust. He stayed off the radar until last week, when they got him again, for vividly ejaculating for a webcam during an online chat (again with an underage girl, i.e., police officer). (No conviction on any of these arrests has been reported, though.) New York Times /// TheSmokingGun.com

Transportation Security Administration says it's one of those unfounded myths going around (An 8-year-old on the "no fly" list! Ha!). That's technically true, but Michael Hicks, 8, has been on the "selectee" screening list since he was 2 and regularly gets patted down at airports. His last-used boarding pass showed 4 random screenings. There are at least 1,600 Michael Hickses in America, presumably with the same problem. (Official response: We're working on it; after all, it's only been 8½ years since 9-11.) New York Times

So many radio waves dance through the air these days that they overwhelm the aluminum foil. Arthur Firstenberg is one of the electromagnetically-sensitive who live in New Mexico for its relative isolation, but the menace is growing, and Firstenberg filed a $530,000 lawsuit against a neighbor (and former friend) because he gets nausea, vertigo, diarrhea, aches, pains, insomnia, and impaired vision from her wi-fi and cell phone. (Earlier, she had compassionately started to phase out her fluorescent lights.) He's been sleeping in his car all winter. Santa Fe Reporter /// Wikipedia.org

America's War Against Soldiers: Illinois National Guard Spec. Billy Miller is awaiting court martial for "child pornography"—actually family snapshots his mom in Galesburg sent him of a young female relative in a swim suit. The same pictures appear on the family's website and Facebook page. Associated Press via ChicagoBreakingNews.com

One of America's more prominent delusional patriots, Ed Brown of New Hampshire, got a 37-year sentence for his combination tax-evasion and 2007 stockpiled-weapons standoff with U.S. marshals (he had 60,000 rounds on hand). He and Mrs. Brown (who got 35 years) had vowed to die before paying taxes on any of her income from the previous decade. Root of all evil, says Brown: the Freemasons! Associated Press via Comcast.net



More in extended >>

Posted By: Chuck - Mon Jan 18, 2010 - Comments (4)
Category:

January 17, 2010

My Cups Runneth Over


A nightclub in Singapore called OverEasy is running an interesting promotion. Free drinks for the ladies, how many freebees a woman receives depends on her bra cup size. An A-cup gets 1 free drink coupon, B-cups get 2, C-cups get 3, and D-cups receive a bottle of vodka. Size for purposes of how many free drinks a lady gets is decided by 2 judges, one male and one female, with no touching involved.(Awwww were's the fun in that?) Of course there are some women talking about being objectified and such, but no formal complaints thus far. Those interviewed who find it objectionable are just planning to stay away. Sounds like a fun evening.
http://tnp.sg/show/story/0,4136,227094,00.html

Posted By: patty - Sun Jan 17, 2010 - Comments (7)
Category:

Video Fixed!

The Nude Skydiving video is back, re-sourced from Vimeo!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jan 17, 2010 - Comments (1)
Category: Weird Universe, Comments, Paul

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