Weird Universe Archive

April 2012

April 8, 2012

Chuck’s April Fool’s News Specials

Usual suspects, from last week (leaving to others any actual verifications):

Due to the drought in Great Britain, some of those crazy local councils are embracing "amnesty" for turning in garden hoses. The Independent

Cooking Classes for Left-Handers Launched Daily Express (London)

Announcing the Yugawara in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, the world's first luxury hotel that accepts pets pet sheep (which are supposedly cuddly in Japan). With blog, YouTube video, website under construction

A photo from a one-car accident on New York City's FDR Drive, showing the overturned car and its bumper sticker, Why am I the only one on the planet who knows how to drive? New York Post

It was a prank, all right, but reported straight up by, first, out loud by the Toronto Public Health Board chairman at an open meeting, and then by Canada's CNews. Among the people who had signed up to address the Board were the gentlemen Haywood Jablome and Fu King of the Fu King Fitness Gym, along with the ladies Anita Dick-Smith and Anita Hoare. CNews

Posted By: Chuck - Sun Apr 08, 2012 - Comments (5)
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Teenage Zombies



Why watch newfangled zombies like The Walking Dead when you can have the classics?

If you like the trailer above, watch the whole film, below.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 08, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Horror, Movies, Teenagers, 1950s, Fictional Monsters

3D Chocolate Printer

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A printer that makes 3D images in solid chocolate. Sounds like a winner!

Posted By: patty - Sun Apr 08, 2012 - Comments (2)
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April 7, 2012

Chick Beards

It used to be that you had to go to circus sideshows to find women with beards on display, but apparently "chick beards" are now the hot new trend in the world of fashion. via Trend de la Creme







Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 07, 2012 - Comments (7)
Category: Fashion, Hair Styling, Hair and Hairstyling

Lonely Little Teacup

Lonely Little Teacup. from Linnea Sterte on Vimeo.



No sexual metaphors here, just move along now.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Apr 07, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Sexuality, Double Entendres and Nudge-Nudge, Wink-Wink

April 6, 2012

Raising The Boom


A stolen crane and a slow speed police chase left over 200 people without power late Wednesday/early Thursday in a California town. The damage was due to the suspect raising the boom on the crane during the chase. Interestingly police do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved.

Posted By: patty - Fri Apr 06, 2012 - Comments (18)
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Pay Phones



What was once normal and not-weird becomes weird with the simple addition of that magical ingredient, "time."

Imagine an era when NYC had "tens of thousands" of payphones!

The other two segments of this video are less strange, but still worth watching.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 06, 2012 - Comments (12)
Category: Communications, Money, Technology, 1940s, 1950s

Bib:Love

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Bib:Love, the name of a free sex service offered by 3 college guys in a southwest German college town. The young men offer to meet stressed coeds, and if the chemistry is right, have sex with them as a stress reliever. They have an email address for contact and have fielded many emails with 7 actual meetings resulting in 5 one night stands. The name Bib:Love is an abbreviation for the German word for library- Bibliothek- and of course, love. A suggestion, how about Three Guys Sex Service?

Posted By: patty - Fri Apr 06, 2012 - Comments (7)
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Golden Pig Cakes

A Chinese delicacy. Looks like a pig, and yet it's vegetarian. According to the Liuzhou Laowai blog: "The dense cake is made from lotus seed paste flavoured with nuts and sesame seeds, wrapped in a heavy sweet pastry. They are also used symbolically to ensure that the dead have enough to eat in heaven."

Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 06, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Food

April 5, 2012

Nuke-powered Planes

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I guess I was too sanguine the other day when I said we'd never have nuclear reactors circling overhead.

Read the article here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 05, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, Air Travel and Airlines, Armed Forces

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