Weird Universe Archive

September 2011

September 9, 2011

Let’s Meet Here


How would you like to be the only house on the block that a migrating flock of birds takes a rest on? A couple in the UK awoke to 500 house martins all over their four story residence Tuesday morning. Theirs was the only place the birds landed, other homes were not visited by the little birds. The large flock seem to be migrating early due to the recent cold snap. Good traveling little friends, hope the people know a good window washer.

Posted By: patty - Fri Sep 09, 2011 - Comments (15)
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September 8, 2011

Neighborly Behavior

A Connecticut man used Craigslist to get back at a neighbor he was fighting with. Three years probation, 200 hours community service and the bill for the neighbor's alarm system later he may be rethinking that decision. Brilliant dude.

Posted By: patty - Thu Sep 08, 2011 - Comments (4)
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Russian Criminal Tattoo

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It's a whole 'nother world from the West. Visit here.




Posted By: Paul - Thu Sep 08, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Scary Criminals, Books, Russia, Tattoos

September 7, 2011

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #8

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Does that top-row badge translate as "Permit 2 kiss a cock"...?

From the 1950 catalogue.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Sep 07, 2011 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Detectives, Private Eyes and Other Investigators, Johnson Smith Catalog, 1950s

September 6, 2011

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #7

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Sure to win you tons of friends.

From the 1930s catalog.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 06, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Johnson Smith Catalog, 1930s, Jokes

Maniraptora


Maniraptora is the dinosaur species that spawned modern birds. Genetic experiments being done on chicken embryos have begun to unravel 65 million years of evolution in search of this ancestor. Where's Jeff Goldblum when we need him??

Posted By: patty - Tue Sep 06, 2011 - Comments (4)
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September 5, 2011

If There Was A Redneck Olympics…


Anvils and gunpowder, good ol' redneck fun! Read about this event here. See a video of the event here.

Posted By: patty - Mon Sep 05, 2011 - Comments (2)
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Follies of the Mad Men #158

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Men are oppressed by their wristwatches, but yours are different...? Huh?

From Playboy for November 1973.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Sep 05, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, Stereotypes and Cliches, Stupidity, 1970s, Men

News of the Weird / Pro Edition (September 5, 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
September 5, 2011
(datelines August 27-September 3) (links correct as of September 5)

Inadvertent Performance Art--The Pro Se Defendant at Trial . . Plus Many More Things to Worry About

★ ★ ★ ★!

Nothing's more fun for a lawyer than the grandiloquent perp trying to defend himself in court. Here, Mr. Fool For Client, charged with kidnaping, beating, and raping a 69-year-old woman, told the jury it was self-defense because he feared for his life, seeing as how the lady appeared to be a gang member. (Bonus: His explanation was so bad, the judge told the jury to try to forget it when they get back in the jury room.) Daily Breeze (Torrance, Calif.)

Since Heather Mattingsly gave birth at home with the help of an unlicensed midwife, the Quebec government bureaucracy could not be certain that her brand-new baby was not trafficked in from somewhere else. Until last week, they thought the only way they could be sure whether Heather was on the level was to examine her vagina. [You're right, it won't.] Montreal Gazette

The sum-total of all public knowledge of alleged CIA "renditions" seemingly about doubled last week, stemming from a petty business dispute in upstate New York. A small aviation company, flying a Gulfstream IV, had been contracted by a brokerage service to ferry various "government personnel and their invitees" to and from black holes with bogus paperwork and no questions asked. The aviation company sued the brokerage service for shorting payment, and for some reason, the CIA chose the strategy of "ignore," hoping no one would ever learn about the lawsuit. The strategy failed. Court records supplied dates and destinations that confirmed previously suspected missions and included home and cell phone numbers of CIA contacts. Ouch. Washington Post

The sum-total of public knowledge of Italy's Prime Minister Berlusconi was not similarly advanced by secret police recordings in July--because expectations were so low. Nonetheless, he is now on the record as referring to his beloved Italy as a "shitty" country that "sickened" him and that his enemies haven't a thing on him except that "I screw" [which is the curious English translation supplied by London's venerable Guardian, even though "screw" looks like a word of choice]. The Guardian



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