Weird Universe Archive

July 2010

July 28, 2010

Zedonk


A Zedonk is the result of a donkey and a zebra cross breeding. One was recently born in a Georgia wildlife preserve. The baby's parents are a female donkey and a male zebra. The adorable little female looks like she is wearing striped soccer socks. The preserve's owner says the foal is already showing signs of zebra like instincts and will be allowed to roam freely with the other animals in about 2 weeks.

Posted By: patty - Wed Jul 28, 2010 - Comments (5)
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July 27, 2010

Stupid Baby Stuff


Just one of many ways for new parents to waste money pictured above, a cute little cardboard box/cradle and only $250! There are a number of other hilarious and stupid baby products at the link.

Posted By: patty - Tue Jul 27, 2010 - Comments (6)
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Adult ADHD

Ever feel scattered? Like it takes all your will to focus and pay attention? Or are you forgetful, of even important stuff? Maybe you have adult ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. How about taking a quick quiz to see if that is the problem. Feel free to share scores in extended.

Posted By: patty - Tue Jul 27, 2010 - Comments (15)
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Strange Change Time Machine



If you ever wanted your kid to grow up to be a mad scientist, this is the toy you bought him or her.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 27, 2010 - Comments (7)
Category: Toys, 1960s, Fictional Monsters

More Than You Ever Wanted To Know…

About disposable razors. Way back in the day, a razor was a single blade with a wooden handle. And it worked. But that wasn't good enough. Makers of disposable razors have been adding blades since the 1970s, until today, when ShaveMate introduced a razor with six (yes, six) blades. And not just more blades, but their Titan 6 has shaving cream in the handle and a moisture strip. This is great news for the man that wants to remove several layers of skin from his face without that terrible razor burn effect. Read the amusing article for more.

Posted By: Nethie - Tue Jul 27, 2010 - Comments (9)
Category: Body, Humor, Hygiene, Products, Facial Hair

July 26, 2010

Cool Prank


A bronze surfer statue in San Diego was subject to a really great prank last Friday. The statue which is named "Magic Carpet Ride" has been pranked before with bras and such, but a giant great white swallowing it, very cool!

Posted By: patty - Mon Jul 26, 2010 - Comments (13)
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Coke Adds Death?

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 26, 2010 - Comments (8)
Category: Business, Products, Death, South America

News of the Weird / Pro Edition (July 26, 2010)

News of the Weird/Pro Edition
You're Still Not Cynical Enough

Prime Cuts of Underreported News from Last Week, Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
July 26, 2010
(datelines July 17-July 24) (links correct as of July 26)

Money Buys Tender Flesh (and Alan Dershowitz), Plus Ugly Criminals, Roadkill Beer, and Pink Vigilantes

★ ★ ★ ★ ★!

Ephebophilia Legalized in Florida: Well, if you're hedge fund billionaire Jeffrey Epstein (friends: Bill Clinton, Ehud Barak, Prince Andrew, the Council on Foreign Relations), and you can pay your teenagers from abroad enough not to complain, you get a laughably mild "house arrest" for a year, and then case closed. The FBI and local police said there were up to 40 youngsters, but the federal prosecutors thought they'd make bad witnesses, especially after Alan Dershowitz for the defense started sliming the girls one-by-one as soon as the prosecutor ID'd them. [ed.: Essay Question: Is it Epstein's Jewishness that makes him the Dershowitz-required "oppressed person" in this case?] (Bonus: And anyway, who can't find enslutting evidence about girls on Facebook?) Daily Beast

Brilliance, in Five Words or Less: Candidates running independent of a party in Wisconsin are entitled to five words alongside their name on the ballot (because "Republican" and "Democrat" are so rich in meaning). Use them wisely. Ms. Ieshuh Griffin, running for the Milwaukee city council, chose "NOT the 'whiteman's bitch.'" (No can do, officials said.) Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Everything But the Colon Repair Kit: A senior embalmer at the Memphis Funeral Home saved up the tools he used in 1977 on The King and will offer them at auction in August (including rubber gloves, forceps, lip brushes, comb and eye liner, arterial tube, aneurysm hooks, stuff like that). Reuters via MSNBC

A Genuine "Writing" Contest: Former BBC reporter Reg Turnill sponsored a £1,000-prize short-story competition to honor H.G. Wells, but it attracted not a single entry. The problem, Turnill acknowledges, is that, in trying to honor sound creative-writing habits, he required that all stories be written out by hand. Kent News

But There's Also Good News in Literature: For the Toronto Burlesque Festival last week at the Gladstone Hotel, five models stripped down for "Naked Girls Reading." They chose their own texts, and it turns out they actually do know how to read. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

The Theory Behind Your Weekly Jury Duty: It's anthropometry, or physiognomy, or something like that, according to the July Fortean Times. Ugly people commit more crimes than we attractive people do (flat noses, "thieves"; one-sided grins, "brutality"). We lookers have more options in life to stay on the side of light. Better job opportunities. Better first impressions. Apparently, the ugly soon lose hope at the unfairness of it all. [ed.: I wish there was something I could do for you ugly people, but I'm just one man.] Fortean Times



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Posted By: Chuck - Mon Jul 26, 2010 - Comments (8)
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July 25, 2010

And The Sewer Rats Rejoiced

Beer drinkers in Canada were calling it alcohol abuse when almost 8,500 gallons of beer and foam exploded out of a fermentation tank. Apparently a small crack had formed in the vat at the Okanagan Springs Brewery in Vernon, British Columbia. The pressurized metal silo was blown apart, causing structural damage and tearing an aluminum door off its hinges. Thousands of litres of beer foam poured across the parking lot and onto the road. Thankfully, no one was injured in the explosion, and rain has since washed most of the beer into the sewers.

Posted By: Nethie - Sun Jul 25, 2010 - Comments (3)
Category: Accidents, Inebriation and Intoxicants, More Things To Worry About, North America, Alcohol

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Please mark your calendar for next year.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 25, 2010 - Comments (24)
Category: Food, Holidays, PSA’s, 1940s

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