Weird Universe Archive

June 2012

June 16, 2012

Over The Top





Best--if only--movie about arm-wrestling ever? Watch the trailer, then the whole thing, then decide.

Or save a painful 90 minutes by reading this review.


Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 16, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category: Family, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Movies, Wrestling, 1980s

Moron With A Gun

Jerry Lee Fulcher's reaction to 6 children, aged 16 down to 4 years old, turning an ATV around in his driveway was to detain them at gun point. He forced the frightened kids to get off the vehicle and lie face down on the ground and then took the oldest into the house to call his mom to pick them up. Mom called the cops, but so did the gun toting idiot. In fact he even told police that he pulled a gun on the children. Perhaps a lobotomy would increase his IQ, couldn't hurt to try.

Posted By: patty - Sat Jun 16, 2012 - Comments (6)
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June 15, 2012

Sungha Jung





There's nothing like a guitar prodigy to brighten one's weird day. Sungha Jung is currently 15 years old, but he looks even younger in these videos.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 15, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Music, Asia, Child Prodigies

Bone Pointing

The ceremony of bone pointing is a common ritual for bringing sickness among the [Australian] Arunta. The pointing bone or pointing stick is usually about nine inches in length, pointed at one end, and tipped with a lump of resin at the other. The stick is endowed with magical power by being 'sung over,' that is, curses are muttered over it, such as 'may your heart be rent asunder' and 'may your head and throat be split open.' On the evening of the day on which the bone has been 'sung' the wizard creeps stealthily in the shadows until he can see the victim's face clearly by the firelight. He then points the bone in the victim's direction and utters in a low tone the curses with which the stick was endowed earlier in the day. The victim is supposed to sicken and die within a month at the most. Two men may cooperate in the pointing operation. Spears may also be endowed with magic by 'singing' over them. A person who knows that he has been injured, even slightly, with a spear thus prepared will be likely to waste away through fear unless counter magic can be brought to his aid.
--from "Primitive Theories of Disease" by Spencer L. Rogers in Ciba Symposia (April 1942)

Shown below are two Australian Arunta men demonstrating how to point the bone at someone. Wikipedia adds an interesting piece of trivia:

In 2004 Native Australians who disagreed with his policies ritually cursed Australian Prime Minister, John Howard by pointing a bone at him. He is still alive as of 2012.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 15, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Death, Rituals and Superstitions

June 14, 2012

News of the Weird 2.0 (June 14, 2012)

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Underreported News, Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
June 14, 2012
(datelines from June 8 or later) (links correct as of June 14)

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Robyn Sutherland, 27, of Enderby, England, is another one of those "Toddlers & Tiaras"-type moms . . . except . . . her little heavily-made-up Eleanor June has not yet celebrated Birthday Number 2. "She's such a girly girl," said Robyn. "She already wears nail varnish every day." Coming up: Miss Mini Princess UK. Mom's bought her 20 dresses and 15 pairs of shoes. Dad Andrew appears grossed out but, ultimately, whipped. World's Greatest Newspaper

People Different From Us

U.S. Court of Appeals: No, Mr. Courtney Royal (serving life in prison in Texas), you cannot have "religious" vampire ceremonies in lockup, no matter how much you allude to "West African spiritualism" and "18th Century Catholicism." Even if you're the Honorable Vampsh Black Sheep League of Doom Gardamun Family Circle Master Vampire High Priest. WOAI Radio (San Antonio)

Huffington Post's full-time weirdo chronicler David Moye has now found the 10 people with the most unusual talents, y'know, like squirting milk out the eye. Huffington Post

"U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!"

[No idea. Take a guess.] How many of the planet's 6.8 billion people do not live as well as Upper East Side Manhattan (New York City)'s dogs? BBC News



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Posted By: Chuck - Thu Jun 14, 2012 - Comments (9)
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Moondog

Moondog (1916-1999) was one of the great eccentrics of the 20th Century. He spent much of his life living homeless on the streets of New York, dressed in a Viking outfit. But he also composed and recorded music that continues to be popular and very influential. (Many of his records are on iTunes.) If you haven't heard of him before, the wikipedia page about him is as good a place to start as any. Or listen to his music. Lots of clips on youtube.





Posted By: Alex - Thu Jun 14, 2012 - Comments (1)
Category: Eccentrics, Music

Left Seated

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A chapter of the Swedish Left Party have proposed an interesting law. The group wants to force men to sit when they pee. You know that would be even more convenient to do in a skirt guys.

Posted By: patty - Thu Jun 14, 2012 - Comments (12)
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June 13, 2012

Baby’s Got Back!

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But Mom inexplicably doesn't want the superior booty! See how she solves her "problem" here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jun 13, 2012 - Comments (10)
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Waves, by Daniel Palacios

From the artist's description:
A long piece of rope represents three dimensionally a series of waves floating in space, as well as producing sounds from the physical action of their movement: the rope which creates the volume also simultaneously creates the sound by cutting through the air, making up a single element.
Depending on how we may act in front of it, according to the number of observers and their movements, it will pass from a steady line without sound to chaotic shapes of irregular sounds (the more movement there is around the installation) through the different phases of sinusoidal waves and harmonic sounds.

It's kind of hypnotic, but I kept wondering what happens if the rope breaks. (via coilhouse)

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 13, 2012 - Comments (7)
Category: Art

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