Weird Universe Archive

April 2012

April 15, 2012

My last placenta-related post… I promise

I came across the following placenta anecdote, related by Dr. H. Michener of Wichita, Kansas at the American Association of Progressive Medicine, held in Chicago, September 1917. It seemed worthy of sharing here:

A prosperous farmer who was expecting another heir had a sudden call to go East, and as he was about to take his departure he called his hired man and said to him, "Now, Mike, I am obliged to go away for several weeks and want you to look after everything carefully, and especially my wife, who will likely have another baby before my return; I want you to treat her just as well as you treat the cows when they have their calves." Mike promised to comply with the request.

When the farmer returned home he found his wife and the new-comer in such a remarkably fine condition, he hastened to the barn to thank Mike for his good stewardship; but Mike replied, "I had a 'ell of a time to get the Missus to eat the afterbirth."

Posted By: Alex - Sun Apr 15, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category: Babies, Pregnancy

Mystery Meat

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The voices told them to to kill the 'evil' women. But using the bodies to make empanadas to sell around the neighborhood was their own idea.

Posted By: patty - Sun Apr 15, 2012 - Comments (7)
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April 14, 2012

Valet Folly

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A Maserati, a Porsche and a Jeep Cherokee meet outside a bar...or the perils of valet parking. Incomplete story with video clip taken right after the pile up here.

Posted By: patty - Sat Apr 14, 2012 - Comments (3)
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More Placenta Weirdness

After posting a few days ago about the doctor who was speculating about the benefits of eating placenta, I realized I had merely scratched the surface of placenta weirdness. There's also a growing interest in placenta art — that is, smearing the placenta against a piece of paper and calling it art.



Another option is to transform your placenta into a placenta teddy bear. Your kid is sure to need years of therapy once he gets old enough to realize what he's been cuddling up with at night.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 14, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Babies, Pregnancy

April 13, 2012

Let’s Play A Game

It is fascinating how children remember and why some things are remembered and not others. Some of us have very early memories while others seem to have been school age before they retained much of anything. Upon seeing an article that asked a number of people what their earliest memory was I thought it might be an interesting thing to do here. So, feel free to relate your earliest childhood memory and how old you were when it happened in the comments thread.

Posted By: patty - Fri Apr 13, 2012 - Comments (36)
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Most Televised Girl in America

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Was the rightful bearer of this distinction Rita Morley?

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Or was it Sue Read?

Morley's claim is better documented. I can't really learn much about Read other than this:

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Anyhow, who could rightfully claim the title today?

Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 13, 2012 - Comments (10)
Category: Celebrities, Television, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s

How to find Bodega

Are you shopping for high-end sneakers? Then check out Bodega in Boston. To find it, just look for the nondescript, convenience-store shopfront on Clearway St. (Here on Google Maps). Go inside and ignore the shelves full of junk food and household supplies. Look for the Snapple Machine. It's the secret entrance to the real store hidden behind the convenience store. Though yes, you can really buy stuff in the convenience store if you want. I wonder how many people wander into the convenience store never realizing it's not the real store. (via Deceptology)







Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 13, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Shopping

April 12, 2012

Stupidity- There’s An App For That

Some idiot in Fort Wayne, Indiana couldn't wait to try to use his new police lights and sirens iphone app. He tried to pull over a car, and was laughing hysterically until one of the occupants of the car flashed him a FWPD badge. He is facing charges for impersonating an police officer. Its all fun and games till a real cop catches you!

Posted By: patty - Thu Apr 12, 2012 - Comments (10)
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The WWI Plot That Failed

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Chances are, this man's face is totally unfamiliar to you. And yet he came within a hairsbreadth of altering the course of global history in the aftermath of World War I.

Take your best guess as to his claim to fame, then find out his story after the jump.



More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 12, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Disguises, Impersonations, Mimics and Forgeries, Government, Diplomacy and Foreign Relations, Politics, 1910s

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