Weird Universe Archive

January 2012

January 22, 2012

Melting Men

By artist Nele Azevedo. 1000 melting men on the steps of Berlin's concert hall — dramatizing global warming. The artist has done similar installations in various cities. The men typically last about 30 minutes before melting completely. From October 2009 (but it was new to me).

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jan 22, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category: Art

xTREME Accounting



From the Associated Press:

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A five-member team of students from Providence College has placed first in a national accounting competition.

The team came ahead of four others at the xTREME Accounting competition this month in New York City. The Providence College team is known as "The Consolidators" and includes one student from North Scituate, R.I., three from Massachusetts and one from New York.

Patrick Kelly, head of the accounting department, said the victory was like the college's basketball team winning the national championship.

The other schools competing were the University of California, Berkley; the University of Texas; the University of Washington; and Villanova University.

Providence College competed in the finals in 2009.


Go, Rhode Island! Brutal, bloody, pencil-to-pencil, spreadsheet-to-spreadsheet gridiron victory!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jan 22, 2012 - Comments (7)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Geeks, Nerds and Pointdexters

Kaylee vs. Candle

Get it, getit, geddit... geddit... geddit....


(via Nothing To Do With Arbroath)

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jan 22, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category: Ceremonies, Children

January 21, 2012

Everybody Was Squirrel Food Fighting

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Those little beasts were fast as lightning. It looked a little bit frightening. The bushy tailed guys had expert timing. This post is in honor of Squirrel Appreciation Day 2012.

Posted By: patty - Sat Jan 21, 2012 - Comments (9)
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A Switch on the Witch: Exercising with Broomsticks

For witches-in-training concerned about their figures, Jayne Mansfield offered some tips on how to exercise with a broomstick. From the Long Island Star-Journal, Nov. 3, 1961.

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The exercises:
To slim your waistline: kneel on the floor and raise a broomstick high above your head with both hands, one on each end of the stick. Now, keeping your back straight, bend slowly to the right side until the end of the broom touches the floor; then alternate to the left side. Start with 25 and work up to 50.

To help improve your posture and eliminate protruding shoulder blades: kneel on the floor holding the broomstick high above your head. Now, bend your elbows as you slowly lower the broomstick down behind your back, gradually straightening your arms until the broomstick is even with your lower hips. Raise broomstick back to beginning position and repeat exercise 10 times, eventually working up to 25.

Unfortunately the article didn't include pics of Jayne exercising with her broomstick. So here's a few gratuitous shots of her in exercise-like poses. Just imagine the broomstick is there:





Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 21, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Exercise and Fitness, Hollywood

Long Lance



I'm trespassing on Alex's territory here, with an hour-length documentary on what was once a famous hoax.

Here's the story in a nutshell.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 21, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category: Eccentrics, Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, North America, Nineteenth Century, Native Americans

Our Feline Overlords

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I have a feeling that if cats had opposable thumbs getting into the milk would be the least of our worries!

Posted By: patty - Sat Jan 21, 2012 - Comments (7)
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January 20, 2012

Steamy Treats


That's cooking with ice!

Posted By: patty - Fri Jan 20, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category:

A Missile Named Mac



Nuclear Armageddon has a reassuring voice!

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 20, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Armageddon and Apocalypses, Death, Cartoons, Documentaries, 1960s, Weapons

Why do evil people live in modernist homes?

Until I saw the title of this book by Ben Critton, it hadn't occurred to me that villains do often live in modernist homes in movies. Why is that? The book isn't available on Amazon, so if you want the answer (or, at least, Critton's answer), you'll have to get the book from Printed Matter, Inc.

The book blurb:

Printed in a tabloid format in red and yellow ink Evil People in Modernist Homes in Popular Films offers a serious but lighthearted investigation of the representation of Modernist architecture in popular film, reflecting on the convention of associating evil characters and events with Modern buildings, and also, more generally, on the relation between cinema and architecture. A series of texts point to examples in the James Bond films, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm, and many others, accompanied by plentiful film stills.
(via weareprivate.net)

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jan 20, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Architecture, Movies

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