Weird Universe Archive

November 2011

November 17, 2011

How Cheesy


Ridiculously expensive cheese made with gold is the next decadent offering of excess. Of course there is immediate interest in purchasing it.

Posted By: patty - Thu Nov 17, 2011 - Comments (3)
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Flying Landing Strip

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[Click either half to enlarge]

Sorry about my inexpert cutting and pasting, but I think you get the idea.

I would pay good money to see this built and in action. For a clearer view and description, visit the link below.

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 17, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Flight, Technology, Chindogu, 1950s

November 16, 2011

Blue Lobster

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So striking that it has been put on display at the London Aquarium, this blue lobster is highly unusual and quite pretty.

Posted By: patty - Wed Nov 16, 2011 - Comments (5)
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Bubblegum Love

David Lobser // MTV 'Bubblegum Love' from Blacklist on Vimeo.



The attack of the flying butts.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 16, 2011 - Comments (1)
Category: Aliens, Business, Advertising, Surrealism

We had a little hiccup

Paul's post about the combo pocket-knife/revolver attracted the attention of boing boing and gizmodo, and the subsequent traffic spike promptly crashed our server, taking us offline since last night. Our apologies. I think I've got everything working again. Please return to the regular weirdness.

Update: I see Paul beat me to the explanation. But one other thing I should note. I temporarily disabled "member tracking" in order to alleviate the strain on the server. I'm honestly not quite sure what this tracks, exactly, or if we ever need to have it on at all. But the webhost told me it would help to turn it off. So I did.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Nov 16, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Weird Universe

Back Online!

Sorry for our downtime! When we got linked-to by BOING-BOING and GIZMODO yesterday, it swamped us!

But we're back, thanks to Tech Wizard Alex!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 16, 2011 - Comments (1)
Category: Technology, Weird Universe, Alex

Music for Deep Sleep







Generally, falling asleep while a musician performs is considered an insult. But with these "tunes," I guess it's a compliment!

Enjoy your nap, but don't let the boss catch you snoring!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 16, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Music, New Age, Sleep and Dreams

November 15, 2011

What’s Their Motto?

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Your assignment: to come up with this company's slogan. I'll volunteer the old Timex one, although it's not quite right: "Takes a licking and keeps on ticking!"

Surely WU-vies can do better!

Original ad here. Scroll down.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 15, 2011 - Comments (9)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Sexuality, Public Indecency, Technology, 1940s

News of the Weird / Pro Edition Supplement (November 15, 2011)

News of the Weird/Pro Edition
You're Still Not Cynical Enough

Prime Mmmm, "Choice" Cuts of Underreported News from Last Week, Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
November 15, 2011
(datelines November 5-November 12) (links correct as of November 14)

Things to Worry About

Everyone knows of Pakistan's precarious position on terrorism--seemingly more afraid of attacks from India and the U.S. than within from Qaeda/Taliban/YadaYada. To keep its nukes away from super-wily U.S. intelligence, it has taken to "storing" them not at fixed locations but in ordinary, unassuming delivery-type trucks, always on the move. It might work, but . . .. Wired.com Danger Room blog

The big German publishing house Weltbilt makes good money for its owner, the Catholic Church, but a chunk of that money comes from a line of pornographic novels with sleazy covers. The Church said that that was due to a "filtering problem" that was being addressed. However, the editor of the Catholic magazine PUR said that the Church has been foot-dragging on it since 2008, perhaps for obviou$$ reason$$. The Independent (London)

Here's a Canadian financial company performing poorly, with a third-quarter loss of $1.28 billion . . except that, if the company were headquartered in the US of A, with our friendly accounting rules, the same performance would have made the company profitable in the third quarter--by $2.2 billion, a $3.4 billion swing. The Globe and Mail

Below The Fold

Unluckiest Criminal in America: Sebastien Lerebours stole a shopper's Macy's purchases from her car and cleverly tried to return the items at a different Macy's . . but the victim had chosen to replace the stolen goods at that very same "different" Macy's . . at exactly the moment Sebastien showed up wearing her stolen hoodie. WBZ-TV (Boston)



More in extended >>

Posted By: Chuck - Tue Nov 15, 2011 - Comments (4)
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November 14, 2011

The Colonel’s Secret Manuscript

Who is the original foodie? It may be Colonel Sanders. His secret food memoir has been discovered three decades after his death.

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Kept locked in the vault next to the secret recipe of "11 herbs and spices", the food chain plans to release this typewritten food journal online next year.

Here's a link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/colonel-sanders-had-a-secret-recipe-and-a-secret-manuscript/2011/11/10/gIQAlz2u7M_story.html

Any speculations on which recipes will be our new favorites?

It's really hard not to insert a road-kill comment here. Or another bacony suggestion.

Bon Appetit!!

Posted By: gdanea - Mon Nov 14, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Food

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