Weird Universe Archive

November 2014

November 22, 2014

Buleah!

And now for a short musical interlude:

Posted By: Alex - Sat Nov 22, 2014 - Comments (6)
Category: Music, Noises and Other Public Disturbances of the Peace

Drive Me, Daddy



How refreshingly charming to find a young lady who is also a gearhead.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 22, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: Innuendo, Double Entendres, Symbolism, Nudge-Nudge-Wink-Wink and Subliminal Messages, Music, 1940s, Cars

November 21, 2014

Barbie - now with acne!

Strange Barbie dolls have been a recurring theme here at WU. We've seen scaled-up Barbie, makeup-free Barbie, non-human Barbie, Ancient Minoan culture illustrated with Barbie, Virgin Mary Barbie doll, etc.

So the latest strange Barbie in the news doesn't even seem all that strange, by comparison. It's "Normal Barbie." Created by artist Nickolay Lamm, this doll (which he's calling Lammily), is designed with measurements similar to those of an average 19-year old woman. Also, it comes with stickers allowing you to customize it with freckles, stretch marks, acne, moles, cellulite, and blushing cheeks.


Barbie has acne

Posted By: Alex - Fri Nov 21, 2014 - Comments (8)
Category: Toys

God Manifests as an Elephant

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I'm not sure if God sent a real elephant to get us to go to church, or if God Himself manifested as an elephant, or if the whole elephant thing is just a metaphor. But I do know that the next time I see an elephant, I will think of church.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 21, 2014 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Religion, 1970s

November 20, 2014

Nipper, the corn-eating cat


Nipper, cat owned by Dorothy Brinn, likes to eat his corn in comfort. His mistress fixed up this skewer and Nipper uses it for about two ears a day. The cat, a corn addict since his kitten days, likes it best with butter.
Toledo Blade - July 12, 1951

Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 20, 2014 - Comments (10)
Category: Cats, 1950s

How To Improve Immigrants’ English

Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 20, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: Languages, Foreign Customs, 1940s, Asia, Europe

November 19, 2014

Virtual Reality Experiment

UK artist Mark Farid wants to spend 28 days wearing virtual reality goggles, and he wants all of us to pay for it. His plan is that by wearing the goggles he will "experience life through another person's eyes and ears." This person whose life he'll be experiencing is only known as "The Other."

Farid is raising money on Kickstarter to make this plan a reality, and he figures he can do it for £150,000. That's around $235,000.

Why so much? Because, says Farid, the experiment "will require a team of medically trained invigilators at all times over the course of the 28 days as well as camera men, technicians and assistants on site 24 hours a day. This means sleeping accommodation and amenities must be provided for them onsite."

Posted By: Alex - Wed Nov 19, 2014 - Comments (6)
Category: Art, Performance Art, Experiments

November 18, 2014

Poor Man’s Fallout Shelter

Following up on my post last week about Dr. Willard Libby and his "nuclear detergent," here's Dr. Libby again, in 1961, promoting his "Poor Man's Fallout Shelter," which could also have been described as the "If you're stuck in this, you're screwed" shelter. Note that it was obligatory to wear a white tuxedo and bowtie while in the Poor Man's shelter.


The Herald (Jasper, Indiana) - Oct 5, 1961

Posted By: Alex - Tue Nov 18, 2014 - Comments (7)
Category: Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1960s

The Martian Writing of Hélène Smith

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A self-styled medium, Ms Smith was not content to talk to distant or dead Earth people only, but also had a hotline to Mars. Here is her portrait of a typical Martian, and their language.

Wikipedia entry here.

Long article here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 18, 2014 - Comments (9)
Category: Cult Figures and Artifacts, Delusions, Fantasies and Other Tricks of the Imagination, Frauds, Cons and Scams, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, Superstition, Nineteenth Century

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