Weird Universe Archive

August 2012

August 27, 2012

Heelless Shoes

Heelless shoes by Antonio Berardi. They'll set you back around £1800, and they look pretty difficult to walk in. Unless, perhaps, you're a habitual toe-walker. via Kingdom of Style.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Aug 27, 2012 - Comments (12)
Category: Fashion, Shoes

August 26, 2012

Weird Nazi Dance Band Rules/Set to music

In This video from Hugh Marsh, All the words spoken by Lisa Dalbello
come from the Nazi rule book for light orchestras and dance bands. Robert Palmer Explains.
Sorry about the sparse post, Embedding was disabled!

Posted By: Tyrusguy - Sun Aug 26, 2012 - Comments (2)
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Purebred Nazi Cows

I was aware that during the late 1930s the Nazis used all kinds of flimsy pretexts to shut down Jewish businesses in Germany — claiming, for instance, that the businesses had violated various obscure regulations that no one had ever heard of before. But until I came across the news clipping below (NY Post, Jan 13, 1936), I hadn't realized that this effort included decrees to prevent the "race defilement" of cows, by forbidding Jewish-owned cows from mating with "Aryan" bulls. I assume that once the cows were acquired by 'Aryan' farmers, their Jewish origin was quickly forgotten. [Jewish News Archive]

Posted By: Alex - Sun Aug 26, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Racism, Cows

Ancient Minoan Culture Illustrated with Barbies

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More here. (Scroll down.)

This incredible find courtesy of hardcore WU-vie Zoltan Ness.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Aug 26, 2012 - Comments (7)
Category: History, Toys, Outsider Art, Foreign Customs, Reader Recommendation

August 25, 2012

Gender-Differentiated Toy Film Projectors

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Guess which model is for boys, and which for girls....

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Aug 25, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Movies, Toys, Gender, 1960s

Singing Gibbons on Helium

I think a study of helium-sniffing singing gibbons qualifies as weird science. Link to the original article in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. And you can hear the gibbons singing with and without helium either at eurekalert.org, which has the sound files posted, or in the Newsy Science video below.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Aug 25, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Music, Science, Experiments

August 24, 2012

Back of the Mike



Hang in there until they start to show you the sound-effects guys.

From an era when young lads wore dress shirts and ties after supper.

Somehow I picture the Firesign Theater guys doing all this.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Aug 24, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Radio, 1930s

Famous Because You’re Famous

Like lambs to the slaughter.

Posted By: Expat47 - Fri Aug 24, 2012 - Comments (7)
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The New Golden Age of Crow Hunting

According to crowbusters.com, the 40s, 50s, and 60s were the "Golden Era" of crow hunting. But then Federal protection appeared, and the crow population began to grow... and grow. As a result, crows aren't endangered any more. And so, says the crows busters team:

I believe we are entering the second "Golden Era" of crow hunting. Hunters are finding out that there is no other type of varmint hunting that involves so many hunting skills. Camouflage, blinds, calling, decoy placement and wing shooting all need to come together for a successful crow shoot. And best of all, crows are everywhere! With the exception of a few isolated spots, at least a few crows can be found almost anywhere you hunt.

What to do with the crows once you've shot 'em? Eat 'em, of course!

Posted By: Alex - Fri Aug 24, 2012 - Comments (12)
Category: Animals, Food

August 23, 2012

Kayser the Spy

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The Reverend Kayser sounds like a real piece of work. German propagandist, adulterer, real-estate conman, and possible saboteur. A man accumulates a lot of possible murderers with that resume.

Bonus points for being named "Kayser" during World War I.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Aug 23, 2012 - Comments (7)
Category: Death, Real Estate, Religion, Sexuality, War, Weird Names, 1910s

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