Weird Universe Archive

March 2013

March 26, 2013

Mjölk

Mjölk from Fernald Paperguest on Vimeo.



Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 26, 2013 - Comments (5)
Category: Body Modifications, Surrealism, Cartoons

Günter D

He's a feisty old fellow! The list of complaints against 75-year-old Frankfurt resident "Günter D" include: urinating in flower pots, putting moldy bread in people's mailboxes, calling his neighbors prostitutes, writing lewd graffiti on walls, and repeatedly telephoning his neighbors up to 284 times a month. Gunter will soon have to defend himself in court against charges of disturbing the peace, damaging property, and making inappropriate threats. But he insists, "I've not done anything or offended anyone." [independent, bild]

Posted By: Alex - Tue Mar 26, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Misbehavior, Rebellion, Acting-out and General Naughtiness, Noises and Other Public Disturbances of the Peace, Obscenity

March 25, 2013

Dumbing Down

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Is ignorance really bliss after all?

Posted By: patty - Mon Mar 25, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Parody

100 MPH Zip Line



Posted By: Paul - Mon Mar 25, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Recreation, Technology, Europe

Swimming in sewage

I'm pretty sure Chuck has reported on other cases of people found swimming in the human waste pits found beneath outhouses, so I'll just offer this recent case as yet another example of how this scenario might occur. An elderly man visiting Carters Lake in Georgia must have thought the outhouses there were some kind of newfangled way of going to the bathroom. Because of sitting down to relieve himself, he stood on top of the toilet seat, slipped, and fell down into the sewage pool below. It was over an hour before people realized he was missing and started looking for him. [Dalton Daily Citizen]

Posted By: Alex - Mon Mar 25, 2013 - Comments (2)
Category: Bathrooms, Swimming, Snorkeling, and Diving, Excrement

March 24, 2013

The Internet:  1985



Connect computers over the phone lines?!? Never gonna happen!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Mar 24, 2013 - Comments (20)
Category: Computers, Internet, 1980s

Boiled Sheep Head

Here's some news from Iceland (via News of Iceland). Minister of Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphedinsson declared that the boiled sheep head he was served at a recent meeting of the Social Democratic Alliance was among "the best boiled sheep heads I have ever had. They stuck to my gum as proper heads should do."

His only minor criticism was that "the head could have been more fermented. We, from the West fjords, prefer our sheep heads so fermented that we can drink the eye out of the eye socket."

If I ever find myself in Iceland, I may pass on this particular delicacy. I just don't think I could bring myself to drink fermented eye of sheep out of the eye socket. More info about this Icelandic delicacy can be found at wikipedia.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Mar 24, 2013 - Comments (3)
Category: Food

March 23, 2013

2500 Frames per Second = Awesome

Filmed at 25 frames per second, a piggy bank being chopped to bits by a lawnmower is wayyyy to quick. When you see 60,000 matches lit at 2,500 frames per second -- that's amazing!!



From a Danish show called Dumt and Farligt's (translation -- "Stupid and Dangerous"), here's the link:

http://boingboing.net/2013/03/19/more-deadly-and-dumb-danish-tv.html

Don't miss the matches at 3:30, followed by dynamite versus trees, followed by a watermelon versus 187 elastic bands.

At 25,000 frames per second!!

Sorry, I forgot the exploding camper at 3:00.

Posted By: gdanea - Sat Mar 23, 2013 - Comments (1)
Category: Explosives

Jumpology

Philippe Halsman became famous as the photographer who took photos of people jumping. In 1959 he published his Jump Book, which was a collection of photos of famous people jumping. He called his technique "jumpology," arguing that the act of jumping helped his subjects temporarily cast aside their reserve and show their true selves.

After the publication of his book, jumpology became a popular fad for a while. People would use polaroid cameras to take photos of each other at parties jumping. Reminiscent of the more recent planking fad.

Some examples of Halsman's jump photos are below, and you can find more of them over at Iconic Photos:


Hattie Jacques


Aldous Huxley


The Duke and Duchess of Windsor

Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 23, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Photography and Photographers, 1950s

March 22, 2013

Outdoor Manhattan Banana Food Fight

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I would have paid good money for a safe ringside seat at this riot.

From The New York Times for April 24, 1901.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 22, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Food, Riots, Protests and Civil Disobedience, 1900s, Bananas

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