Weird Universe Archive

June 2013

June 7, 2013

Hidden Messages from the Universe in Resonance Experiment

You may have seen resonance experiments before, but I secretly believe the results of this experiment are the secret code of the universe.

Watch the whole thing -- there are some amazingly beautiful patterns.



Once we figure out the alphabet of the mysteries, then we probably find the ultimate answer isn't 43, but 4444 -- see the results at about 2:36.

It has to mean something. -- if you squint it looks like a Star Wars Storm Trooper helmet.

Posted By: gdanea - Fri Jun 07, 2013 - Comments (3)
Category: Experiments

The Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church



Sacramental ganja, yeah mon!

The Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 07, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category: Drugs, Religion, 1970s, Caribbean

Burpless Cows

Scientists at the University of Aberdeen are hoping to use selective breeding to breed burpless cows. Or, at least, cows that burp less often than average. This is possible because apparently there's natural variation in the frequency with which cows burp. Some burp all the time, and others not so much. So if you keep selecting the less burpy ones, eventually you'll produce a herd of burp-free bovines.

This is desirable — so much so that the EU is willing to put up €7.7 million in funding for the research — because it's the cow's belches that contain the atmosphere-warming methane. So the plan is that burpless cows will help save us from the spectre of global warming.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 07, 2013 - Comments (5)
Category: Science, Cows

June 6, 2013

Eating Wood—the latest advance

I've posted before about the centuries-old scientific dream of using sawdust to feed the world. So the latest effort in this vein caught my eye. A Virginia Tech researcher has figured out a way to enzymatically transform indigestible cellulose into edible starch. The science seems sound. The only problem is that the process is too expensive for commercial production. But it's a start!

The article points out that most of us are eating wood (or cellulose) already. It's a common additive in the fast-food industry. But it's indigestible, so people couldn't survive on it. Its purpose is to add texture, or "mouth feel."

Let Them Eat Wood! (If It's Turned Into Starch)
opb.org

In a study published this spring with colleagues in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Zhang explains a process he developed to transform solid cellulose — which could come from wood, grass or crop residue (like corn husks) — into a carbohydrate called amylose. The process is a form of synthetic biology and relies on enzymes to break down the cellulose into smaller units and then restitch the molecules into starch. That means the final, edible food product — a powder that Zhang says tastes sweet — is completely synthetic but resembles other complex carbohydrates like corn starch.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jun 06, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category: Food, Science

Before Dye Packs



Posted By: Paul - Thu Jun 06, 2013 - Comments (2)
Category: Crime, Chindogu, 1950s

June 5, 2013

Bacon Gifts For Father’s Day

Just in time for Father's Day -- the premiere collection of bacon gifts from Oscar Meyer!!

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There are three versions of bacon inspired gifts.

The Commander. The Matador. The Woodsman.

If it wasn't sold out, I would want the bacon and the multi-tool.

"The Messenger" is still available -- choose one of six cards like this one:

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Go to the website for full details, and an incredible video (click on "view film") where Paul Roudenbusch waxes philosophic on bacon cutting, curing, and smoking.

http://www.sayitwithbacon.com/#

Color. Cut. Consistency. Cure

The diamond comparisons are amazing!!

Bacon and Weird Universe. A marriage made in heaven!!

Posted By: gdanea - Wed Jun 05, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Bacon

Underwear Art

Fine arts student David Woodward was invited to display his art at a Queen's University campus event. But when he showed up on the morning of the event and started setting up his piece called "All I Am Is What I've Felt," the event organizers told him the work was "inappropriate" and "not nice to look at" and asked him to remove it, which he reluctantly did. The piece consisted of ten pairs of embroidered underwear hanging on the wall.

Woodward is upset that he was booted out of the event. He says he wasn't trying to shock anyone. He insists that, "I brought what I felt was my best work at the time." He's surely telling the truth because the hanging underwear was also his final thesis project at the university.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 05, 2013 - Comments (8)
Category: Art, Underwear

Death in D Minor

Death In D Minor from Dead Pixel on Vimeo.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jun 05, 2013 - Comments (3)
Category: Death, Elderly, Cartoons

June 4, 2013

The Singing of Margaret Truman

Margaret Truman, daughter of President Harry Truman, had dreams of being a singer. She practiced hard and got professional help via operatic vocal training. But when she gave her first radio recital in 1947, reviews were lukewarm. But she soldiered on (it was easy for her to get bookings because of her celebrity status), and she kept getting bad reviews. Here's one recorded on wikipedia:

In 1950 Washington Post music critic Paul Hume wrote that Truman was “extremely attractive on the stage... [but] cannot sing very well. She is flat a good deal of the time. And still cannot sing with anything approaching professional finish,” President Truman wrote to Hume, "Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!"

In 1951, a German newspaper joked that she was going to make a concert tour of West Germany in order to "inspire German approval of rearmament."

Did she deserve such criticism? Listen to the clip below and judge for yourself.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jun 04, 2013 - Comments (8)
Category: Music, 1950s

Manhattan Super Terminal

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If only this gargantuan structure had actually been built! What a different world we would have inhabited....

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jun 04, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category: Engineering and Construction, Urban Life, Utopias and Dystopias, Transportation, 1930s

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