Weird Universe Archive

May 2012

May 15, 2012

The Candidate With a 430 IQ

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South Korea has an interesting candidate running for president — Huh Kyung-young. It's his third time running. Last time, in 2007, he got 10,000 votes, but he's convinced there was a miscount and that this time around he'll win. A few facts from his bio:
  • He says he has an IQ of 430.
  • He wants to move the U.N. headquarters to the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.
  • He claims Michael Jackson's soul visited him three days before the singer died. Inspired by the visit, Huh later produced a record titled, "Call Me."
  • He wants to give $100,000 to all couples who get married, and $30,000 to anyone who has a baby. How to pay for this? "Where there is a will, there is a way. I have all the solutions in my head. Remember, my IQ is 430."
  • At the age of 57, he acquired supernatural powers.
Read more about Huh at koreatime.co.kr.

Posted By: Alex - Tue May 15, 2012 - Comments (8)
Category: Eccentrics, Politics, Strange Candidates

May 14, 2012

What Is It

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Take a guess, answer after the jump.

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Posted By: patty - Mon May 14, 2012 - Comments (12)
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Horace Greeley’s Neck-Hair Beard


Urban Dictionary offers several definitions of "neckbeard":

1. Facial hair that does not exist on the face, but instead on the neck. Almost never well groomed.
2. Talkative, self-important nerdy men (usually age 30 and up) who, through an inability to properly decode social cues, mistake others' strained tolerance of their blather for evidence of their own charm.

Horace Greeley probably offers an example of both definitions. The wikipedia page about him notes: "Greeley was noted for his eccentricities. His attire in even the hottest weather included a full-length coat, and he was never without an umbrella; his interests included spiritualism and phrenology." And add his neckbeard to his list of eccentricities. Even by nineteenth-century standards, it was an odd fashion choice. The National Archives blog describes it as a "neard", as well as "neck hair run amok". In 1872 Greeley ran for president against Ulysses S. Grant (who had a normal beard) and suffered a landslide loss. His neard may have played a role in this.

Posted By: Alex - Mon May 14, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Politics, Hair and Hairstyling

Follies of the Mad Men #182

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"World War II was won by superior American staples. We're not saying that just because we make and sell them."

The personal bonus: Bostitch is a company from my home state of Rhode Island.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon May 14, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Engineering and Construction, Technology, War, 1940s

Chuck’s Off Today

I am on the road today. I don't go on the road often. I was last on the road in 2002. I probably won't be on the road again before 2015. Here's the deal: I promise you that I "hand-pick" the "creme" of the week's news. I can't fulfill that promise while I'm on the road. I have too many distractions. Rather than post "Here are 15 links I found last week," I'm sticking to my business model. But that means I'm taking the week off. I've been doing my prep work, though. Next week's Cite-Seeing Tour will inevitably be longer than usual, covering 2 weeks.

Posted By: Chuck - Mon May 14, 2012 - Comments (8)
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May 13, 2012

Esperanto Armageddon



In a Mad Max future, Esperanto will save the day! Huh?

Posted By: Paul - Sun May 13, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Languages, Movies, Science Fiction

Snail Porridge

According to Heston Blumenthal, "snail and porridge might sound like a bit of a bizarre combination, but it's totally delicious to eat." I'll take his word for it, but this is one dish I'm not going to try. To make the dish, it sounds like you mix snails and porridge together. Then you add in a whole bunch of other stuff to hide the taste of the snails.



Posted By: Alex - Sun May 13, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Food

May 12, 2012

Beatnik Jokes

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Posted By: Paul - Sat May 12, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1960s, Jokes

Tattoos for Dogs

The newest fad in canine fashion -- tattooing your dog. Note that these aren't permanent tattoos. They're airbrushed on using a special pet-friendly dye. Still, it's a great way to make your dog look ridiculous. Link: theweek.com

Posted By: Alex - Sat May 12, 2012 - Comments (19)
Category: Animals, Fashion, Pets, Dogs

May 11, 2012

Jughead Licks An Old Man Wearing Ice Cream

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Forever will the image of Jughead licking icecream off the head of Pop Tate haunt your every waking moment.

But if that's not enough old-school Archie weirdness for you, please click the link and purchase the newest volume of the Archie Archives.

Posted By: Paul - Fri May 11, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category: Food, Comics, 1940s, Eating, Goofs and Screw-ups

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