Weird Universe Archive

April 2012

April 18, 2012

The Cruelest Cut

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Apparently boredom is a dangerous thing. A prison inmate in South Dakota is suing the hospital where he was born because of the circumcision performed on him there as an infant. He claims an unnamed doctor convinced his mother to consent to the procedure by presenting it as medically necessary. He is suing now because he says he was only recently made aware that he was circumcised. I'd have thought that something like that would be obvious if done properly and if it is not obvious then what's he complaining about?

Posted By: patty - Wed Apr 18, 2012 - Comments (13)
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The Whispering Community

Is the internet too noisy for you? Then perhaps you might want to join the web's whispering community. They post videos (or audiotracks) of themselves whispering. Here's an example:



I first encountered the whisper community a while back when I did a search on youtube for "Elephants on Acid" (title of one of my books) and came across videos of people whispering stories from the book. Here 'WhisperHub' whispers 'The Tickle Experiment'.


Posted By: Alex - Wed Apr 18, 2012 - Comments (7)
Category: Subcultures, Screams, Grunts and Other Exclamations

April 17, 2012

Cow-cicles

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In the Rocky Mountains they get a lot of snow. Some cows wandered into a cabin in the Colorado Rockies got stranded and froze. Now the Forestry Service is debating ways to remove them before the thaw so they don't contaminate the area water supply while decomposing. One suggestion that is being seriously considered is blowing them up. Hey, what about chainsaws? It worked in Animal House and the horse wasn't even frozen!

UPDATE: The powers that be have decided to cut the cows up while they are still frozen. Maybe they read WU.

Posted By: patty - Tue Apr 17, 2012 - Comments (13)
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Cranberry Tour



Wooden bridge inspection. Arrow dipping. All pinnacles of monotony and boredom. Does the student-led cranberry tour measure up to these high standrards?

You decide!

Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 17, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category: Boredom, Education, Regionalism, Farming, Documentaries

How to turn your toaster into a hair dryer



(Popular Mechanics via This Circular Parade)

Posted By: Alex - Tue Apr 17, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Inventions

April 16, 2012

Rube Goldberg Contraption Uncorks Bottle and Pours Wine

These should be standard in every dining room.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Apr 16, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Inventions, Rube Goldberg Devices

Stop That Tank!





Disney creates terrorist training films! I'm sure al-Qaeda is watching this to learn how to stymie our forces in Afghanistan.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 16, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: PSA’s, War, Armed Forces, Weapons, Cartoons, 1940s

Chuck’s Weekly Cite-Seeing (April 16, 2012)

Chuck's Weekly Cite-Seeing Tour
The Crème de la Crème, Every Monday

Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
April 16, 2012
(datelines from April 6 or later) (links correct as of April 16)

Vatican City: High-up official Cardinal Domenico Calcagno was outed by an Italian website that reported him as a gun aficionado with a handsome arsenal (at least 13 weapons). Agence France-Presse via Ottawa Citizen

Salina, Kan.: What to do with the Cold War-era Atlas missile silos long ago decommissioned? Developer Larry Hall is building the ultimate gated community with five years of underground food and water in nuke-proof luxury appointments, $2m per condo, cash upfront. Agence France-Presse via World's Greatest Newspaper

Rio de Janeiro: United Nations conferees on sustainable development will meet on June 13th, overtaxing Rio's hotels. Solution: co-opt the city's whorehouses "love hotels," mirrored walls and round beds included. (Problem: June 12th is a big sex day in Rio; next-morning checkout time strictly enforced.) BBC News

Nashville: Get out your calculator and count William Todd's felonies, all committed over a 9-hour period after he hit town April 9th. As of that date, they had him for 11, but were still counting. WSMV-TV (Nashville)

Peshawar, Pakistan: "There is no finer mark of a Pakistani man than a fully oiled, waxed, and twirled moustache," wrote a Daily Telegraph (London) columnist. Hence, over-the-top Amir Muhammad Afridi! But Islam is fuzzy on just how far facial hair obsession can go so Afridi has to live in seclusion. Daily Telegraph



More in extended >>

Posted By: Chuck - Mon Apr 16, 2012 - Comments (14)
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April 15, 2012

Brethalightzer

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Police have a new weapon in their arsenal against drinking and driving. The PAS IV is a flashlight that can detect alcohol content in the breath from 10 inches away. So next time you get stopped, as soon as the cop shines the flashlight on you, you better be sober or you are sunk.

Posted By: patty - Sun Apr 15, 2012 - Comments (9)
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Dumbbell Drops Dumbbell

A California weight lifter accidentally shot himself in the shoulder. The bullet was a .22 but there was no gun involved. He dropped a dumbbell on a .22 shell and it fired hitting him. Dude, buy a lottery ticket but don't cross any busy streets.

Posted By: patty - Sun Apr 15, 2012 - Comments (20)
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