Weird Universe Archive

August 2011

August 11, 2011

Happy Japanese Reggae Band



I'm insulted and embarrassed, and I'm not even Jamaican!

Posted By: Paul - Thu Aug 11, 2011 - Comments (5)
Category: Music, Religion, Stereotypes and Cliches, Subcultures, Asia, Caribbean

Sucked into the Social Network

Weird Universe is officially twitterfied and facebooked. Links to our social network pages can be found in the "About Weird Universe" box in the right-hand column.

There's no reason to visit Weird Universe's facebook or twitter pages if you visit here, since WU posts (or, at least, the titles) will simply be reposted on those sites automatically — with a slight delay. However, if you feel a need to "like" us, or "follow" us, you now can.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Aug 11, 2011 - Comments (11)
Category: Weird Universe

August 10, 2011

Hallucci

Hallucii from Gooshun Wang on Vimeo.



Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 10, 2011 - Comments (7)
Category: Buildings and Other Structures, Surrealism, Cartoons, Alcohol

Follies of the Mad Men #155

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Our customers are self-centered slavedrivers.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 10, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1940s

One Way To Settle An Argument


In keeping with this weeks cannibal theme I bring you the following. Two old friends having dinner together begin to argue. One stabs the other to death and carves off a shoulder steak and cooks it. When he joins his family in the next room with his meal they promptly turn him in. There is just no loyalty anymore.

Posted By: patty - Wed Aug 10, 2011 - Comments (4)
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August 9, 2011

The Mad Science Museum

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One of our illustrious founders, Alex B., has been away from us too long. Now he offers us The Mad Science Museum and says he might be back blogging at WU. For now, visit his new site!

Posted By: Paul - Tue Aug 09, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Evil, Science, Alex, Brain Damage

Guga

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The tradition.

The controversy.

The taste.

Eating guga is an experience that can produce a lump in the throat, tears in the eyes. Tears of nostalgia, to those for whom it is part of a cultural identity - for others, simply a response to the urge to regurgitate.

The guga is a fishy-tasting seabird, highly prized in its own area for its unique taste. Yet to others living a mere 20 miles away, it is incredible that something so foul can even be taken into the mouth, let alone enjoyed.

The guga, however, is unique to the Isle of Lewis. When exiles meet in far-flung places, the talk soon turns to guga and memories of sharing this . . . delicacy. As the ache of nostalgia creeps in, soon they long to plunge knife and fork into this plump seabird, a 3lb baby gannet. And so it is that barrels of guga, salted down in the summer, wend their way across the world to destinations as far away as New Zealand to bring a taste of home (the sweaty, fishy, oily taste of the scuppers of a fishing smack).


Posted By: Paul - Tue Aug 09, 2011 - Comments (7)
Category: Food, Regionalism, Foreign Customs, Europe, Natural Resources

August 8, 2011

Hamatsa



Did the Kwakiutl Indians practice cannibalism? Learn more here.



Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 08, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Cannibalism, Documentaries, North America, Nineteenth Century

News of the Weird / Pro Edition (August 8, 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
August 8, 2011
(datelines July 30-August 6) (links correct as of August 8)

Trial of the Century, Plus Redneck WMD's and Muslim Punk

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Warren Jeffs' Lolita Ride Is Over: You weren't in the courtroom to hear the "pastoral" audiotapes that Prophet Jeffs had made for posterity, but London's Daily Mail covers for you. Horniness couched in stilted biblicalisms. The brides (two of whom were underage, one subsequently a mom) are "honorable vessels." Sexual duties of the poly brides: "Everyone assists." So natural as unclothed as clothed." Instructions on how to groom their pubes. The 12-year-old, afterward, "experienced the heavenly session; she felt the all consuming fire of heaven." After a sex bout, "Everyone else let go of me, back away a little. Please get on the other side of the bed." To the 12'er: "Just don't think about the pain. You're going to heaven." And when it was over, "In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen." The gals: "Amen." For Yr Editor, the trial highlight came when Jeffs, acting as his own lawyer, interrupted to read verbatim a message that he had received directly from The Lord, who threatened . . um, did He threaten to kill the judge or prosecutor? . . no . . He threatened a "scourge" upon the local counties if the trial did not stop. A scourge? That's the best He can do? A scourge? But The Lord has already been scourging up Texas pretty bad with an epic drought. Doesn't The Lord get management updates?] Daily Mail

Go Ahead--Try This at Home: Richard Handl.31, finally promised police he'd stop doing it (constructing a nuclear reactor in his kitchen, in southern Sweden). He had some radium, americium, and uranium, and once created a small meltdown in his stove. He helpfully blogged about it, and someone turned him in, leading to a July raid. He must've failed: No significant radiation levels were detected. BBC News /// His blog

Please, Do Your Part to Keep Us in Steaks: College kids, who may someday get tired of paying artificially-high tuition, have a great way to put those oppressive student loans behind them: Sell your kidneys! This advice is courtesy of Dundee University (Scotland) research fellow Sue Roff. (Bonus: More people who need kidneys will get them, she says! Win-win!) (Double Bonus: As long as the bills are being paid, professors avoid the elephant in the room, which is whether their salaries are too high.) The Scotsman

Absurdities

The per capita annual income of New Yorkers is around $47,000 a year, which is about what the per capita monthly income is for the 4-year-old son of supermodel Linda Evangelista (via child support). (Bonus: Consultants to the wealthy say the kid needs more. First grade costs a lot more than preschool.) Wall Street Journal



More in extended >>

Posted By: Chuck - Mon Aug 08, 2011 - Comments (4)
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August 7, 2011

Dollers

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Most frightening cosplay ever. An explanation is here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Aug 07, 2011 - Comments (7)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Dreams and Nightmares, Performance Art, Asia

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