Weird Universe Archive

July 2013

July 3, 2013

The Views of An Angry Man



A bracing humorous antidote to all the do-gooder cant so rampant nowadays.

Read the whole small book here.

The author at Wikipedia.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jul 03, 2013 - Comments (2)
Category: Books, Curmudgeons and Contrarianism, 1900s

Urine Rainbow

A worker in a hospital lab collected colorful urine samples from patients in order to create a urine rainbow. All the samples were unaltered, straight from the patients. The NZ Herald explains what conditions might cause you to pee these colors.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jul 03, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Body Fluids

July 2, 2013

Follies of the Madmen #207

Cartoon characters from one of the most politically incorrect films of Hollywood history shill for Rambler. Is this why that company eventually went under?

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 02, 2013 - Comments (17)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Racism, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1950s, Cars

Immortal Potato

Food preservation news from 1954. I wonder if Dr. Butts' potato is still sitting unchanged on a shelf in some government warehouse. Spokane Daily Chronicle - Apr 2, 1954]

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jul 02, 2013 - Comments (9)
Category: Food, 1950s

July 1, 2013

Pizza Button Solves Hunger

Using Bluetooth technology and past ordering history, The Red Tomato Pizzeria in Dubai gives customers the opportunity to order pizza by pushing the emergency pizza button.


Here's a film preview-type commercial for the service.

I'm ready for this to roll-out worldwide.

What push-button technology do you predict will be available next?

Posted By: gdanea - Mon Jul 01, 2013 - Comments (1)
Category: Food

Entombed in ice

February 1968 — In Eatontown, New Jersey, the chance to see bikini-clad model Pam Craig be "entombed" inside a 5000-pound block of ice for 48 hours drew a massive crowd, mostly of high school boys. The event was a stunt to promote Washington's Birthday sales at a mall. During her entombment, Craig lay inside a plexiglass coffin, supposedly having been prepared for the ordeal by a "post-hypnotic suggestion" that prevented her from feeling cold, hunger, or thirst. Spectators viewed her through a small "window" chiseled in the ice.

The crowd was far larger than anticipated, and when the start of the event was temporarily delayed, young men surged forward toward the stage, shouting "Fraud" and "We want to see the broad." They had to be dispersed by the police.

However, the entombment eventually commenced, and 48 hours later Craig re-emerged, seemingly none the worse for her icy ordeal.

Asbury Park Press - Feb 18, 1968

Asbury Park Press - Feb 23, 1968

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 01, 2013 - Comments (5)
Category: 1960s

News of the Weird 2.0 (July 1, 2013)

News of the Weird 2.0
Angst, Confusion, Cynicism, Ridicule

Prime Cuts of Underreported News from Last Week, Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
July 1, 2013
(datelines June 22-June 29) (links correct as of June 30)
© 2013 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.

★ ★ ★ ★!

America Needs to Have Better Diplomatic Relations with the Pentagon: While y’all are being distracted by U.S. cowboys tracking Edward Snowden, the Special Inspector Gen’l for Afghanistan Reconstruction has been trying to get through to you that the Pentagon has decided to spend $772,000,000 to buy helicopters for Afghan airmen that Afghan airmen don’t yet know how to fly or repair--and to buy them from Russia, from the very same Russian company that is now supplying arms to Syria’s Assad. You’d think Congress would’ve put the kibosh on this, and they did, in the 2013 appropriations bill, but the Pentagon is so committed to the deal that they scrounged the money from 2012's. CBS News

That you don’t believe in God is no reason not to go to church because church brings other pleasures, such as choral singing, camaraderie, and a chance to express belief in some thing, or some pasta, greater than yourself. Said “Pastor” Jerry DeWitt after delivering a brilliant “sermon” to the gathering of 80 atheists in Lake Charles, La., “Oh, it’s going to be so hard to not say, ‘Can I get an amen?’” Overweight and depressed software designer (and atheist) Sigfried Gold of Takoma Park, Md., credits a “rigorous prayer routine” for his new-found improvements. New York Times /// Washington Post

A Rare Magic Moment: Federal contractor Braulio Castillo, called before Congress investigating questionable IRS contracts, had the misfortune of its being U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s committee, and she pretty much took her allotted time to dog Castillo mercilessly for having claimed a “war” injury to cut in line for contracts (and get a “30%” disability check from the VA). It was a football injury (but while in military prep school, so--), but he told Duckworth his leg hurts so bad sometimes. Duckworth lost both legs in Iraq but has only a “20%” disability. Oooooh, she messed with him good. CBS News

More Things to Worry About

Bird-watchers flocked to the Scottish Isles of Harris to see the rare, rare (last UK sighting, 1991) White-throated Needletail (the world’s fastest flying bird), but as they gathered, there it was . . flying directly into a wind turbine. It is no more. Shuffled off this mortal coil. Joined the bleeding choir invisible. Now an ex-White-throated Needletail. Daily Telegraph

Swingers’ clubs sometimes rent out bars and hotels for their private parties, but this one in Melbourne, Ozzie, apparently needing to make sex fun, rented out a children’s play center, and the weekday parents found out. Especially of interest: the giant pit of balls that their kids love to jump into. Ewwwww! Herald Sun (Melbourne)

There’s “road rage,” and then there’s this guy. German police say they have apprehended the object of a 5-yr manhunt--the guy who shoots at cars (but doesn’t hit people). He’s a 57-yr-old trucker who figures he’s needed to fire off 762 rounds over the yrs at stupid drivers. [ed.: Don’t try to tell me you’d never . . ..] NPR

It’s now official. The extremely unlucky Joel Tenenbaum is on the hook for $675,000 for being ahead of the Internet music-download curve. Way back when, the record industry convinced Congress to set the tab at up to $150k for each copyright violation (file-sharing site download), and Tenenbaum faced ‘em down. They nailed him for 30 songs he posted on Kazaa, and a jury dutifully charged him $22.5k per, and his appeals have now been exhausted. U-S-A! U-S-A!)

The Aristocrats!

Men Whose Sex Lives Are Worse Than Yours: (1) Gerard Streator, 47, pleaded to a misdemeanor in Waukesha, Wis., for humping, naked, a discarded couch in public (cf., “Hey, buddy, somebody stole your girl!”). (2) In Ostersund, Sweden, a man was caught on surveillance camera rubbing one out against a bicycle seat while holding a photograph. The Smoking Gun /// The Local (Stockholm)

A 64-yr-old man in Geelong, Australia, was arrested after pathetically carjacking a woman. (Before he could drive off, he had to put his walker in the car, along with several bags of his stuff, and cops got there before he was done.) Geelong Advertiser

Weekly Cite-Seeing

John Wayne Bobbitt Says Penis Severing Improved Love Life --- Huffington Post

Pork-Laced Bullets Designed to Send Muslims Straight ‘to Hell’ --- Washington Post

SUV Hits Westside Home; Driver Lands on Couch --- WJXT-TV (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Royal Mail Takes Action Over ‘Aggressive Raspberries’ at Shropshire Home --- Shropshire (England) Star

Strange Old World

Just in time to rescue last week’s failed Breatharian (Navenna Shine of Seattle [NOTW 2.0, 6-24-2013]) comes Kirby de Lanerolle of Sri Lanka, who claims he’s working on 5 yrs’ sobriety (no food). OK, he might have cheated, he says, but only “7 times” in 5 yrs, and besides, his stomach was so messed up from his fast that he only pecked at food in those 7. Unlike Shine, of course, there were no cameras on him 24-7. National Geographic /// The Sun (London)

It’s apparently not only not an urban legend, now it’s even a problem for the Japanese Air Force, which punished two airmen for buttplay with a pressure hose. One was hospitalized at Komatsu Air Base in Ishikawa prefecture.

Your Weekly Jury Duty
[In America, you're presumed innocent . . . until the mug shot is released]

If you insist on evidence-evidence, Michael Dorman, 35, doesn’t look so good, with his primary defense to manslaughter apparently being a confession to attempted necrophilia. Better just to go to the mugshot. WRAL-TV (Raleigh, N.C.)

Brandon Haddon, 24, appears pretty confident, considering he’s charged with attacking a police station and pepper-spraying every officer he ran into. KRTV (Great Falls, Mont.)

Perhaps Roger McBride, 37, has the most solid defense yet for this section of News of the Weird. Who would believe he was so overcome with horniness as to take on Jennifer Harvey in a public park? Not guilty! (And that’s even with 25 cops on the scene!)

Newsrangers: Gerald Sacks and Pete Randall the News of the Weird Board of Editorial Advisors

Posted By: Chuck - Mon Jul 01, 2013 - Comments (5)

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