Weird Universe Archive

June 2012

June 5, 2012

Muzzles for Ladies

Back in the day (between the 16th and 19th century) women who were deemed troublesome were sometimes made to wear a muzzle. The device was called a scold's bridle, or "the branks." More info here and here.

I think this device would be useful today, but instead of making women wear them, we should make them mandatory for politicians. As soon as someone declares their candidacy for public office, they'd have to strap on a muzzle. It would make life much more pleasant for everyone.





Posted By: Alex - Tue Jun 05, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Torture, Headgear

Kitty-Coptor


Poor kitty! Hit by a car and then turned into helicopter!

Posted By: patty - Tue Jun 05, 2012 - Comments (7)
Category:

June 4, 2012

Swimming Pool

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jun 04, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Cryptozoology, Cartoons, Love & Romance

Wim DeIvoye’s Cloaca

Belgian artist Wim DeIvoye has an installation he calls "Cloaca." Food goes in one end, gets processed in various ways, and comes out at the other end as poop — or something closely resembling poop. He's got various versions of this thing: the mini cloaca, personal cloaca, cloaca professional, etc. The version shown here is the "Cloaca New & Improved." It's been displayed at museums throughout Europe.





Posted By: Alex - Mon Jun 04, 2012 - Comments (11)
Category: Art, Scatology, Excrement

News of the Weird 2.0 (June 4, 2012)

News of the Weird 2.0
(Almost) Daily, Since May 21, 2012

Underreported News, Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
June 4, 2012
(datelines from May 27 or later) (links correct as of June 4)

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Norwegian Dilemma: As NOTW has reported, Norway is home of the most inmate-friendly prison in the world and is generally the gold standard in wrist-slapping wrist-tickling. But now they have this guy Anders Behring Breivik, who undoubtedly massacred 77 people last year. He hasn't been "convicted" yet, but officials are already in a tizzy because the law bans solitary confinement, yet in the general prison population, Breivik may aim to add to his death toll. Solution: Officials are looking for volunteers to be "friends" with Breivik--to be "trained" to hang with him and play chess and stuff. (Bonus: This is how to torture a sociopath. You force him to have "friends." It's a wonder Norwegian liberals allow that.) MSNBC /// NOTW [6-13-2010]

People

Albany, N.Y.: Andrea Amanatides, 38, processing into jail to do six months on a probation violation, had her condom break and four heroin baggies and 256 Rx pills (including Oxy, Adderall, Valium, etc.) fall to the floor from its hiding place in her hoo-hah. Awkward. Albany Times Union

Mustang, Okla.: CEO Ryan Tate of Tate Publishing Co., fired 25 employees on Thursday, and in a farewell meeting, rubbed their noses in it (after opening the meeting with a prayer). "You morons that sat back and wanted to create and generate conspiracy theories [about the company] are stupid." The Oklahoman

Westlake, Ohio: Sue Warren apparently broke into a stranger's home, tidied it up, then left an invoice for $75. She's done it before. (Bonus: She is apparently serious. There are local ads for "Sue Warren Cleaning" service.) WKYC-TV (Cleveland) via WALB-TV (Albany, Ga.)



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Posted By: Chuck - Mon Jun 04, 2012 - Comments (8)
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June 3, 2012

Italy Report

For those who might be interested in my recent Italian trip.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 03, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category: Telephones, Paul, Europe

Horror Express





If you like the cheesy trailer in the first window, you can watch the whole movie in the second.

The real "horror" of course is Christopher Lee's Disco-NFL Mustache!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 03, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category: Death, Evil, Movies, 1970s, Hair and Hairstyling, Fictional Monsters, Trains

Chocolate Toilet



This chocolate toilet was created by artist Art Domantay and displayed at The Project (Fall 2002 - Winter 2003). He titled it, "Sweet Ass."

But his toilet appears to be missing a toilet seat cover. Never fear. Creative Chocolates of Vermont offers a white-chocolate toilet seat cover for $15.



Note that the chocolate toilet is considered art, whereas the white-chocolate toilet seat cover is just a novelty item.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jun 03, 2012 - Comments (7)
Category: Bathrooms, Food, Chocolate

What’s In A Name?

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Some interesting product names to to give you all a laugh.

Posted By: patty - Sun Jun 03, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category:

June 2, 2012

Alternative Mount Rushmores—where are they?

Stonehenge has many imitators. For instance, there's Stonehenge II in Texas, Carhenge in Nebraska, and Fridgehenge in New Mexico.

But what about Mount Rushmore? Are there similarly all kinds of alternative Mount Rushmores tucked away in obscure corners of the world? I would have thought so. After all, it's one of the most famous landmarks in the world and seems ripe for creative re-interpretation.

However, the only alternative Mount Rushmore that I'm aware of is Florence Deeble's Mount Rushmore in her rock garden in Lucas, Kansas. Am I missing something here? There must be more Mount Rushmores out there, but where are they?


Posted By: Alex - Sat Jun 02, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Landmarks, Monuments, Sightseeing

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