Weird Universe Archive

July 2012

July 15, 2012

What’s Your Sign?

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If you want to see a rundown on the signs, what their virtues and faults are purported to be, find it here. Then there is the following version found on Yahoo Images.
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Posted By: patty - Sun Jul 15, 2012 - Comments (7)
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July 14, 2012

The Sharp Memowriter

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[From Playboy for December 1981. Click to enlarge.]



Hey, maybe we could attach a little printer to every iPhone?

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jul 14, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Computers, 1980s

Sweden’s Sexiest Male Politicians

Warning: This post may make you sexually aroused, because here are Sweden's sexiest male politicians, as judged by the Swedish news website Nyheter24. Can you handle the heat?

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jul 14, 2012 - Comments (8)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Sexuality, Men

July 13, 2012

Mechanical Pencil Collections

Andy P. Tucker was a disabled veteran who enjoyed collecting mechanical pencils. In 1951, he sent this letter (or versions of it) to newspapers throughout the United States:


I don't know what kind of response he got, but here's a picture of him in 1952 with his collection. The picture ran in various papers.


I can't find any information about what became of Tucker's collection. Was it thrown away when he died? Or is it sitting in a box in someone's basement? Who knows.

However, Tucker isn't the only person to have collected mechanical pencils. Jonathan A. Veley now maintains what he calls his Mechanical Pencil Museum, with an accompanying Leadhead's Pencil Blog. But a search of Veley's blog doesn't produce any references to Tucker, so I'm not sure if Veley is aware of his predecessor.


Veley's mechanical pencil collection

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jul 13, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Hobbies and DIY, Obsessions

No Noodles

No Noodles from Tyler Nicolson on Vimeo.



Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 13, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Food, Surrealism, Fish, Stop-motion Animation

Procreation Conundrum

A lesbian* same-sex couple decided to procreate and there was an acceptable and willing male donor available. From this point on the whole thing fell apart, the FDA got involved, and now the prospective mom is filing suit against them for meddling where it is not wanted.

It seems that one can not, legally, artificially inseminate themselves even if/when they already own a turkey baster which, BTW, would have been a pretty good idea if the obvious method was really off the table. One needs, by law, to get the medical profession involved at the cost of about $2,000 a (no pun intended) shot.

Why Ms. Namewithheld chose this arduous route to motherhood is unknown to this reporter but you're more than welcome to read all about it by clicking here!

* Inhabitants of the Isle of Lesbos claim to be the only true Lesbians but that's another story. Read about that one here.

Posted By: Expat47 - Fri Jul 13, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Lawsuits

July 12, 2012

Good For What Ails You

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Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 12, 2012 - Comments (8)
Category: Medicine, Self-help Schemes, Advertising, 1920s, Alcohol

The 10-year-old Powerlifter

Naomi Kutin can squat 215 pounds, and she's a ten-year-old girl who weighs 99 pounds. Impressive. I wonder what odds the bookmakers would give on her being a record-setting powerlifter when she's an adult?


Posted By: Alex - Thu Jul 12, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Exercise and Fitness, Sports, Children

July 11, 2012

Anti-fart Underwear



From what I can determine, these appear to be a real product. The ass-essments of WU readers are welcome.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jul 11, 2012 - Comments (16)
Category: Flatulence, Underwear, Diseases

Long-Term Betting on Your Kids

According to the BBC, it's becoming increasingly popular for parents to place long-term bets with bookmakers on whether their kids will achieve fame and fortune during their lives. For instance, whether their kid will become a famous soccer player or a great golfer:

A particular type of long-time achievement bet - parents having a bet on their children achieving something in their life - has increased tenfold in the past five years, according to Ladbrokes.
"Parents betting on their children's future successes is as popular as betting on the final of the X Factor," says Jessica Bridge, from the firm.
...it's not all about sporting prowess, he says. Many parents will place bets that their children will pass a particular exam. And then there was the grandmother who thought her granddaughter so beautiful that she wagered she would grace the front cover of a leading fashion magazine.
"People do it for a variety of reasons," says Sharpe. "They are demonstrating that they have real faith in someone - have every confidence in them. They may be using it as an incentive. Or it could just be a bit of fun. Something to talk about, or put on the wall.

If only my parents had placed a bet when I was a child that I would grow up to be a blogger at Weird Universe, they'd be rich! Although the internet didn't exist back then, so it would have been a real longshot bet.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jul 11, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Family, Children, Games, Gambling, Casinos, Lotteries and Other Games of Chance

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