Weird Universe Archive

September 2010

September 23, 2010

In the Heat of the Night



Somehow, I lived through the 1980s without becoming aware of the German disco singer Sandra.

My good luck has failed me, however, as I willingly subjected myself to this video.

Three questions:

1) How many musical instruments did they ruin in that shower?

2) Why has the noble clapstick faded from today's pop music?

3) Is the keytar the wussiest instrument known to man?

Posted By: Paul - Thu Sep 23, 2010 - Comments (10)
Category: Music, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1980s

September 22, 2010

Humor That Highlights Tragedy


The title says it all. Check out pictures of the rest of the signs in the series. Someone is an artist in both cartooning and expressing a point in a way that will be remembered.

Posted By: patty - Wed Sep 22, 2010 - Comments (3)
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Ornithopter


Ornithopter, the name Todd Reichert gave to his invention, a flying machine in which the wings flap as the rider pedals, powering flight. The successful first flight, by Todd, is shown in a clip at the link. On a bike, if you get tired and stop pedaling, you just come to a stop. I dare say with this you wouldn't want to just stop pedaling though.

Posted By: patty - Wed Sep 22, 2010 - Comments (6)
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Puppy Power!


Matthew Mazzotta's project, Park Spark is quite ingenious. At a Cambridge Mass. dog park the dog owners, when picking up their doggies' poo, are asked to deposit the um..deposit in a yellow tank on site. Methane gas extracted from the animal droppings by the two tank set up is then used to fuel a gas street lamp in the park. Pretty nifty, talk about making a silk purse out of a sows ear.

Posted By: patty - Wed Sep 22, 2010 - Comments (3)
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September 21, 2010

Bikes and Cars



Here is a "how-to" video for stopping those annoying and sanctimonious bike riders.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 21, 2010 - Comments (36)
Category: Accidents, Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles, Motor Vehicles, PSA’s

Note From Chuck About Email

I got a few messages yesterday supposedly from Chuck at WeirdUniverse.net and Alex at WeirdUniverse.net. They're bogus. If you're getting any, delete them upon receipt. I receive mail at that address sometimes, but we never use it to send. Cheers.

Posted By: Chuck - Tue Sep 21, 2010 - Comments (2)
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September 20, 2010

German Pumpkin Festival


Hey, its supposed to turn back into a pumpkin at midnight not NOON!!! Cool race.

Posted By: patty - Mon Sep 20, 2010 - Comments (6)
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News of the Weird / Pro Edition (September 20, 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
September 20, 2010
(datelines September 11-September 18) (links correct as of September 20)

Bearded Mama Plus My "Amanda Rights" and the Total Breakdown of Libido Control

★ ★ ★ ★!

Careful What You Wish For: In a tender, moving story, a sensitive adopted son, 33, finally tracked down his biological mom, aiming for a tearful reunion . . only to discover that she's a retired circus "bearded lady" (keeping herself trimmed these days to 11 inches). Still, blood is thicker than facial hair. (Note to Maury Povich: Please return their phone call; they need someone to pay for the confirming DNA test.) AOL News

(Recurring Theme) Surgeons Just Wanna Have Fun! When Dr. Red Alinsod did the hysterectomy last year on Ingrid Paulicivic, 47, he electrocauterized a 1-inch-by-5-inch "INGRID" on the old part (after he took it out, he said, which he maybe did because women have been known to actually ask for their uterii, as, y'know, souvenirs). She's suing because she can't help but think he must've done something bad to her before he removed it because she's still in pain. (In 2003, hotshot surgeon James Guiler was sued for branding initials into a patient's uterus--during the surgery. Even worse, it appeared that the initials, UK, were merely a tribute to the Lexington, Ky., doctor's alma mater.) The Smoking Gun /// Associated Press via Kentucky Enquirer

Breakthrough in Political Campaign Technology: New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino mailed out a flier intimating that Democratic state pols are corrupt, with photos of 7 current and recent office-holders and accompanied by smell-o-vision odor described as "garbage-scented." Subtle. Associated Press via Forbes.com

Civilization in Decline (continued): Jennifer Tesch's daughter got kicked off her cheerleader squad because she had complained to her mom about the saucy language they had to use in one of the cheers: Our backs ache! / Our skirts are too tight! / We shake our booties! / From left to right! Cheerleading is supposed to be risqué these days . . . but this kid is 6. WXYZ-TV (Detroit)

You Knew It Was Just a Matter of Time: There's now marijuana ice-cream, in a Santa Cruz, Calif., shop (Rx required, of course) at $15 a half-pint, take-out only. KGBT-TV (Harlingen, Tex.)



More in extended >>

Posted By: Chuck - Mon Sep 20, 2010 - Comments (11)
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September 18, 2010

Lorenzo The Parrot


They are calling him Lorenzo the lookout, a parrot trained to sound a warning when he sees police coming. He was a bit slow this time though as two drug trafficers and Lorenzo have been apprehended. Now he's a prison bird. (film clip at the link)

picture from yahoo images

Posted By: patty - Sat Sep 18, 2010 - Comments (5)
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September 17, 2010

Long week?  I’ve never worked this hard

I feel bad complaining about another hard week at work -- especially when I see how enterprising and hard-working this guy is --

image

We could play "How many chairs?" or "Where's Waldo?"

Wait a second, in the top corner...

Posted By: gdanea - Fri Sep 17, 2010 - Comments (8)
Category: Work and Vocational Training

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