Weird Universe Archive

March 2011

March 21, 2011

News of the Weird / Pro Edition (March 21, 2011)

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
March 21, 2011
(datelines March 12-March 19) (links correct as of March 21)

The Nubile Snake-Skinner, Plus Paintballed Sluts and Weird Dr. Phil

From Yr Editor

There's a Correction at the bottom, but otherwise this is just a routinely challenging post in which I choose about 25 stories out of 75 good ones, after having discarded about 200 mediocre ones. "Hand-picked" makes for hard work.

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Miss Rattlesnake Charmer: Laney Wallace won the beauty title at the (53rd) annual Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater, Tex., where the "talent" is the ability to behead and skin a Western diamondback. [Full Disclosure: Yr Editor's fascination with this story is probably based on the sensations in the loins. A nubile chick who can skin rattlers! Oh, baby!] Daily Mail (London)

Cosmo for Jihadists: Here's yet another magazine-form public relations gimmick from Middle East jihadists to recruit new mujahadeen and/or reassure current ones, to go along with similar products from 2004 [Al-Khansaa, online-only] and last year [Inspire]. The latter, from "Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula," and the current Al-Shamikha ("The Majestic Woman"), are chock full of tips on how to be a good jihadist wife-mother-sister. Daily Mail (London) [Al-Shamikha] /// PublicIntelligence.net [downloaded copy of Inspire] [It was working fine late yesterday; for more about Inspire, here's a Wikipedia page] /// BBC News [Al-Khansaa]

This Story May Be a Mirage [See "tree/falls/forest/no sound"]: If a story is "published" only on Rupert Murdoch's iPad newspaper The Daily, does it really exist? An eccentric middle-aged gay couple adopted a small French boy in 1990, named him Digby, have traveled around the world with him, and continue to dote on him. Except, Digby's just a doll. The Daily /// Gawker

Clawdeen: If you don't keep up with the actual doll market, you'll be surprised to know that the "most popular fashion doll we have today," according to a Toys R Us executive, is a Mattel number that features a monster babe with shavable, tweezable, waxable legs. Psychologists are going nuts, but Mattel is winning. Fox News

Life Is So Unfair. Alan Patton (that boys' urinal collection agent [NOTW M206, 3-20-2011]) was sentenced last week to 5 years' house arrest for an endeavor that, it says here, in Dongyang, China, is a cottage industry. Schools there eagerly collect boys' urine and send it to local factories to soak and boil eggs in, to sweeten the value of the eggs. It's "yummy," "the taste of spring," "I'm addicted," were some of the reviews. MinistryofTofu.com [he's a Chinese blogger, allegedly translating from, allegedly, the Qianjiang Evening Post, allegedly] /// Columbus Dispatch [Patton sentencing]



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Posted By: Chuck - Mon Mar 21, 2011 - Comments (4)
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March 20, 2011

Replicators


A bicycle designed on a computer and constructed by a printer, sounds far fetched right? None the less, it has been done. Nylon powder and lasers were used to melt layer upon layer to build the design. Can Star Trek-like replicators be far behind?

Posted By: patty - Sun Mar 20, 2011 - Comments (2)
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The Canada Song



Continuing our Hindi music theme, eh?

Posted By: Paul - Sun Mar 20, 2011 - Comments (1)
Category: Music, Regionalism, Asia, North America

March 19, 2011

Not My Job, Man

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You know what? I think I'm gonna sit this one out, and leave it to the experts.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 19, 2011 - Comments (4)
Category: Disasters, Public Utilities, Power Generation, Technology, Asia

Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich

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Order your copy at the Amazon Link! No discerning home should be without one!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 19, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Hobbies and DIY, War, Books, 1940s

March 18, 2011

Bollywood in South America



Only Bollywood could turn Machu Picchu into a Hindu stageset.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 18, 2011 - Comments (6)
Category: Movies, Statues, Monuments and Memorials, Stereotypes and Cliches, Dance, Asia, South America

March 17, 2011

Follies of the Mad Men #135



It might be true that large corporations such as KFC can crush the government, but is it really necessary to illustrate this unpleasant truth so dramatically?

Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 17, 2011 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Government, Asia

He’s No St. Patrick


It is a well known and oft told tale. St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland, becoming the country's patron saint. Well, Robert Hughes of Richton Park, Illinois is no St. Patrick. He was attempting to drive the squirrels out of a wall of his home. The man decided to use a smoke bomb, which he placed in the rain gutter near a hole the animals used for entry. In the ensuing fire both Hughes's home and the home of the next door neighbor were damaged. Both houses are now boarded up but on the bright side, Hughes says the squirrels are gone.

Posted By: patty - Thu Mar 17, 2011 - Comments (4)
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March 16, 2011

The Adventures of Mark Twain



We had some weird Zappa claymation not too long ago. Now we get some based on the work of Mark Twain.

Disregard the label on the clip above. It's really an excerpt from this full-length film.

Part 1 of the whole film follows:

Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 16, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Literature, Fantasy, Writers, Religion, 1980s

March 15, 2011

How to Keep a Job



The real payoff is at the end of this film, where everyone indulges in consensual fantasy role-playing.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 15, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, PSA’s, 1940s

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