Weird Universe Archive

August 2010

August 10, 2010

Grade A Exegesis

Posted By: Paul - Tue Aug 10, 2010 - Comments (6)
Category: Movies, Religion, Conspiracy Theories and Theorists, Cars

August 9, 2010

New Meaning For Drop Dead Gorgeous

I don't keep up with fashion trends. If I can't go somewhere wearing elastic-waist pants and a baggy T-shirt, then I don't want to go. But I think I'm in the minority. Or maybe it has something to do with age. Younger folks often seem to be obsessed with their appearance and are even willing to put their lives at risk just to look "good". For example, the government of Thailand has issued a health warning that proclaims black leggings put people at risk of catching Dengue Fever. I realize that might sound a bit paranoid, but they have a compelling reason behind the warning: the mosquitoes that transmit the disease are attracted to black and can easily bite through the thin fabric used to make the leggings. You can read more here.

Posted By: Nethie - Mon Aug 09, 2010 - Comments (7)
Category: Death, Fads, Fashion, Health, Disease, Insects and Spiders, More Things To Worry About

News of the Weird / Pro Edition (August 9, 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
August 9, 2010
(datelines July 31-August 7) (links correct as of August 9)

Neo-Nazism Cures Porn, Plus Violent Midgets, Turbo Slam-Dancing, and the Flamingo Lady

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Probably Somebody's Dream Girl: Gawker.com, doing a little actual journalism last week, notified us of Corinna Burt, who is a (a) former big-time porn star, (b) professional embalmer, (c) serious bodybuilder, (d) mother of two little girls, and (e) white supremacist (who never did interracial porn, by the way; that photo they found was just her and a black dildo). In fact, she credits "racialism" as saving her from a life of porn ("If we consider ourselves a master race then we have to act like a master race, not degenerates.") Gawker

The Case Against "Homework": Colorado gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes said he used to support establishing bike lanes for his outdoor-loving state but now can't because he's studied up on the activist International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives and learned it's part of a UN cabal. "f you do your homework and research, you realize that ICLEI is part of a greater strategy to rein in American cities under a United Nations treaty." Denver Post

Dog Eats Man: In a heartwarming story from Grand Rapids, Mich., the Jack Russell terrier Kiko saved Jerry Douthett's life by gnawing off his big toe (which was about to become gangrenous). Dogs are of course known to sense substances like cancer cells, and Jerry just happened to be nearly comatosely drunk at the time or never would have permitted such noshing. But even though Jerry is grateful and loves his dog, it's still . . trust but verify, i.e., Jerry's sleeping with his shoes on for a while, just in case. Grand Rapids Press

News of the Overprivileged: (1) International University of Monaco announced a college degree program in luxury retail management. (2) Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association filed a lawsuit against the already-budget-challenged public school system because the health-insurance plan does not cover Viagra and the like. BBC News /// Journal Sentinel

Headline: From The Union (Grass Valley, Calif.): "S.W.A.T. Team Requested for Violent Midgets." (In fact, they're steroid-using, body builder midgets, especially the "lead female.") The Union



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Posted By: Chuck - Mon Aug 09, 2010 - Comments (7)
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August 8, 2010

Three Recent Books for WU-vies







These three titles from 2009 all seem admirably desirable for our interests.


Posted By: Paul - Sun Aug 08, 2010 - Comments (8)
Category: Books

August 7, 2010

I Feel More Secure Already

I stumbled across this essay quite by accident. I was laughing at the image to the right (seriously? snow globes? they must have watched that short by Pixar where the itty bitty plastic snowman tries to blow up his globe to reach the hot mermaid in the snow globe next to his and they thought it was reality TV). Under that image was a link to the following essay, Terrorism, Tweezers, and Terminal Madness: An Essay On Security. It's not a short read, but it is definitely worth reading if you want a pilot's perspective on what airline security has become since September 11, 2001. Perhaps even more interesting is the list of air crimes at the end of the essay, sorted by date, starting in 1970.

Posted By: Nethie - Sat Aug 07, 2010 - Comments (9)
Category: Crime, Destruction, Disasters, Explosives, Flight, Terrorism and Terrorists

Follies of the Mad Men #117



Can you imagine Angelina Jolie touting a Kia? No? That's because there is no more glamour in Hollywood or Detroit.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Aug 07, 2010 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, ShowBiz, 1950s, Cars

August 6, 2010

Mystery Vegetable

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What is this mystery plant growing in a pot in my driveway?

Make your guess, then find out after the jump!




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Posted By: Paul - Fri Aug 06, 2010 - Comments (6)
Category: Agriculture, Natural Wonders

August 5, 2010

Play It Again, Rover

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[From Life magazine for January 10 1949.]

I challenge all WU readers to try to get their dog to maintain this position. Snap a pic if successful and send it in!

Posted By: Paul - Thu Aug 05, 2010 - Comments (10)
Category: Music, Dogs, 1940s

August 4, 2010

Reelly Unbelievable


Li Chang, a 43 year old fishmonger in China, had a bad experience at work recently. He fell into a tank full of eels. The animals became frightened and started slithering around, some slipping up his pant legs. Then the unthinkable happened. An eel, that was described as being two fingers wide and as long as a man's arm, slithered up his rectum. He was initially too embarrassed to tell anyone, but when he began to feel significant pain he asked for help and was transported to the ER where the eel was removed. There was enough damage to require surgery, but he is expected to recover. That is one hell of a worker's comp claim!

Posted By: patty - Wed Aug 04, 2010 - Comments (20)
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Historic Dwarfs:  Bertholde

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Imagine a day when a children's magazine would run a series entitled "Historic Dwarfs." Yet such was the case a century ago, in the pages of ST. NICHOLAS MAGAZINE.




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Read about this charmer here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 04, 2010 - Comments (7)
Category: Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, Magazines, Children, Historical Figure, Natural Wonders

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