Weird Universe Archive

July 2012

July 18, 2012

Don’t Do This


Brilliant!

Posted By: patty - Wed Jul 18, 2012 - Comments (16)
Category:

July 17, 2012

Exhibited as a Wild Man

I've never been able to find any further details about the strange tale of William Lacey beyond the short article below from a 1901 newspaper (The Fort Wayne News, Nov 9, 1901). However, Lacey wasn't the only person during this period who was exhibited as a "wild man." Ota Benga is probably the most famous example of the phenomenon.

BERLIN. Nov. 9 -- After seven months of captivity as a wild man from Borneo, during which time he was hauled all over Europe in an iron cage with a ring in his nose, William Lacey, a Virginia negro, 30 years of age, visited the American consulate in Berlin yesterday and told a remarkable tale of alleged brutality and suffering. Lacey says that he came to Germany on a tramp steamer last March and became stranded in Hamburg. There a bogus circus manager offered him 10 marks a month to impersonate a wild man with a traveling show. He took the job and discovered a few days afterward that he constituted the entire circus and menagerie. He was compelled to live in a cage, bedded in straw, and take his food through the iron bars. During exhibition hours attendants prodded him with pitchforks to make him execute weird dances to the accompaniment of ghoulish yells. A fortnight ago the proprietor of the show died and the negro awoke one morning to find himself deserted and the cage door unlocked. The consulate provided Lacey with transportation to Hamburg.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jul 17, 2012 - Comments (7)
Category: Racism

Cascade

Cascade from Timothy LaPointe on Vimeo.



And what exactly did you ingest before venturing into the woods?

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 17, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Nature, Pop Art, Surrealism

July 16, 2012

Wash ‘Em



This will be winning MTV Awards and Grammys, I'm sure.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 16, 2012 - Comments (8)
Category: Hygiene, PSA’s

George Kotolaris, Seattle Eccentric

George Kotolaris (1929-1990) is remembered in Seattle for two reasons. First, he was notorious for crashing funerals, weddings, anniversaries, parties, and any other event he could get into. Second, he kept a strange record of his life and interests by filing documents with the legal records department of Washington State. Shortandhappy.com explains:

George discovered that, due to a quirk of the law, anyone who pays the nominal per-page fee (currently $7) can record anything they want as a "title deed." So George immediately began using this recording system for purposes that were never even envisioned, much less intended, by the county planners who had instituted it.
Beginning in 1968, he and Pansy [his mother] traveled to the courthouse almost every business day with newspaper clippings, church programs and other items they wanted preserved. These early recordings are vague, but they establish some of George's major obsessions: Catholicism, abortion, cremation and urban renewal.
The nature of the recordings changed after Pansy suffered a stroke in the early 70s and was placed in the Columbia Lutheran Nursing Home. The newspaper clippings are replaced by what appear to be letters and notes to whoever will listen, documenting George's struggle to get Pansy out of the nursing home, and asking for help...
As time went on, George's recordings grew more sexually explicit, and officials at the courthouse censored many of them by placing sheets of paper over his text when they filmed it. Because of this, the last years of his life are maddeningly vague.

Here are some pictures of George taken around 1978.



Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 16, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Eccentrics

July 15, 2012

Never Give Up

If you have ever had a car stolen, never give up on getting it back!

Posted By: patty - Sun Jul 15, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category:

Mayor Stubbs

image
Talkeetna, Alaska's Mayor Stubbs is the cat's meow!

Posted By: patty - Sun Jul 15, 2012 - Comments (11)
Category:

Clone Medals

The ban against cloned horses competing in the Olympics has been lifted. None of the currently existing clones are old enough or well trained enough to compete yet but they will get there eventually. Someday in the distant future will there be a cloned Michael Phelps, Kerri Strug, or Jesse Owens competing in the Olympics. If so, what country will they represent? The country the original was born in, the country that clones them or the country that is the highest bidder. But I am getting ahead of the story, for now its just the horses.

Posted By: patty - Sun Jul 15, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category:

The Nakedness Solution

Naked Solutions
July 15, 2012

It must serve some purpose, or it wouldn't so often be the reaction of first resort. All from July. (* Too Much Information)

Port Orange, Fla.: David McDonald, 37, walking around a woman's yard naked, happy, searching for an ending. WKMG-TV (Orlando)

Anaconda, Mont.: Mary Corley, 42, DUI and naked, rammed her boyfriend's car. Associated Press via Helenair.com (Helena)

Knoxville, Tenn.: Lindsay Stevens, 46, clearing trees in his yard with a chain saw, naked, 3 p.m. Knoxville News-Sentinel

Red Bird, Tex.: Arthur Walker, 35, drove his pickup truck through Southwest Center Mall, naked, 7:30 a.m. (Bonus: When he came to Champs Sports, he started dressing himself in the gear.) WFAA-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth)

St. Croix Falls, Wis.: Michelle Knutson, 56, found passed out naked, legs spread, at 6 p.m. at her front door, visible from the street. St. Paul Pioneer Press

St. Augustine, Fla.: Jeremiah Haughee, 22, naked and biting people. First Coast News (Jacksonville)

Gwinnett County, Ga.: Marvin Bolick, 51, pants down at a McDonald's. Why? he was asked. "It's hot." WSB-TV (Atlanta)

Scottsdale, Ariz.: John Brigham, 45, involved in a traffic accident, exited his car and . . took his clothes off, of course (and then jacked a car, and he was off). AzFamily.com (Phoenix)

Athens, Ga.: *Lonneshia Appling, 26, was indicted for assaulting employees of a Piggly Wiggly who tried to thwart her shoplifting move. (Bonus, By The Numbers: Total value of shoplifted items, $88.27; Total weight of Appling, 340.) Appling did not strip during this confrontation but did while fleeing an earlier shoplifting, in January. Athens Banner-Herald

Plus: Daniel Leer got naked, but only to show off at the expense of the London Olympics, when he ran in front of the torch procession in Henley. And Joe and Cindy Wagner got naked in Cocoa Beach, Fla., but only because they're always naked and last week got a page-one splash on USA Today for turning a failing motel into a chance-to-survive nude resort (Fawlty Towers). BBC News /// USA Today

Thanks to John McGaw and Sandy Pearlman and to the might NOTW Board of Editorial Advisors.

Posted By: Chuck - Sun Jul 15, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category:

Mike Grost, Supergenius

image

This child is Mike Grost, as he appeared in a 1965 article in Life magazine. At the time, he was said to have an IQ of 200+.

Whatever happened to Mike? A 2005 interview from the MSU State News had this to say:

Michael Grost was only 10 when he began at MSU in 1964.

Grost declined comment for this story, but in a 2002 interview with The State News, the Southfield
resident described his life in college as similar to having "40,000 brothers and sisters."

Grost held his first job on campus working with computers his freshman year, which propelled him into
software design after his 13-year college career - five of which were spent at MSU. He also attended
Yale University and U-M, earning a doctorate degree in mathematics at age 23. Grost currently is a
system architect at a computer company in Detroit.

"I really owe (MSU) a lot for the huge chance they took on me as a kid," Grost said in the 2002
interview.


Gee, I don't know. Kinda underwhelming. Shouldn't he be a Silicon Valley zillionaire by now?

Even his home page is kinda lackluster.

Oh, well--maybe as a certified genius he knows that material success is a sham.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 15, 2012 - Comments (11)
Category: Children, 1960s, Natural Wonders, Brain, Child Prodigies

Page 5 of 9 pages ‹ First  < 3 4 5 6 7 >  Last ›




Get WU Posts by Email

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner


weird universe thumbnail
Who We Are
Alex Boese
Alex is the creator and curator of the Museum of Hoaxes. He's also the author of various weird, non-fiction books such as Elephants on Acid.

Paul Di Filippo
Paul has been paid to put weird ideas into fictional form for over thirty years, in his career as a noted science fiction writer. He has recently begun blogging on many curious topics with three fellow writers at The Inferior 4+1.

Chuck Shepherd
Chuck is the purveyor of News of the Weird, the syndicated column which for decades has set the gold-standard for reporting on oddities and the bizarre.

Our banner was drawn by the legendary underground cartoonist Rick Altergott.

Contact Us
Monthly Archives
September 2021 •  August 2021 •  July 2021 •  June 2021 •  May 2021 •  April 2021 •  March 2021 •  February 2021 •  January 2021

December 2020 •  November 2020 •  October 2020 •  September 2020 •  August 2020 •  July 2020 •  June 2020 •  May 2020 •  April 2020 •  March 2020 •  February 2020 •  January 2020

December 2019 •  November 2019 •  October 2019 •  September 2019 •  August 2019 •  July 2019 •  June 2019 •  May 2019 •  April 2019 •  March 2019 •  February 2019 •  January 2019

December 2018 •  November 2018 •  October 2018 •  September 2018 •  August 2018 •  July 2018 •  June 2018 •  May 2018 •  April 2018 •  March 2018 •  February 2018 •  January 2018

December 2017 •  November 2017 •  October 2017 •  September 2017 •  August 2017 •  July 2017 •  June 2017 •  May 2017 •  April 2017 •  March 2017 •  February 2017 •  January 2017

December 2016 •  November 2016 •  October 2016 •  September 2016 •  August 2016 •  July 2016 •  June 2016 •  May 2016 •  April 2016 •  March 2016 •  February 2016 •  January 2016

December 2015 •  November 2015 •  October 2015 •  September 2015 •  August 2015 •  July 2015 •  June 2015 •  May 2015 •  April 2015 •  March 2015 •  February 2015 •  January 2015

December 2014 •  November 2014 •  October 2014 •  September 2014 •  August 2014 •  July 2014 •  June 2014 •  May 2014 •  April 2014 •  March 2014 •  February 2014 •  January 2014

December 2013 •  November 2013 •  October 2013 •  September 2013 •  August 2013 •  July 2013 •  June 2013 •  May 2013 •  April 2013 •  March 2013 •  February 2013 •  January 2013

December 2012 •  November 2012 •  October 2012 •  September 2012 •  August 2012 •  July 2012 •  June 2012 •  May 2012 •  April 2012 •  March 2012 •  February 2012 •  January 2012

December 2011 •  November 2011 •  October 2011 •  September 2011 •  August 2011 •  July 2011 •  June 2011 •  May 2011 •  April 2011 •  March 2011 •  February 2011 •  January 2011

December 2010 •  November 2010 •  October 2010 •  September 2010 •  August 2010 •  July 2010 •  June 2010 •  May 2010 •  April 2010 •  March 2010 •  February 2010 •  January 2010

December 2009 •  November 2009 •  October 2009 •  September 2009 •  August 2009 •  July 2009 •  June 2009 •  May 2009 •  April 2009 •  March 2009 •  February 2009 •  January 2009

December 2008 •  November 2008 •  October 2008 •  September 2008 •  August 2008 •  July 2008 •