Weird Universe Archive

February 2015

February 20, 2015

Camp Siegfried



I always wonder, when watching vintage movies from the 1930s and 1940s, about the preoccupation with Nazi spies and sympathizers in the USA. How justified were such fears? Pretty well justified, I guess, based on the video above, and this article.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 20, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Spies and Secret Agents, 1930s, 1940s, North America

February 19, 2015

Hidden Artist

Cuban performance artist Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera plans to spend three weeks living inside the walls of a Chicago art gallery. He's titling this performance piece "In the Absence of a Body." The Chicago Arts Coalition, which is hosting Diaz-Perera, elaborates:

While living inside the 2.5-foot-wide corridor, Diaz-Perera will do only the most essential actions of his quotidian life: sleep, eat, and personal hygiene. He will not communicate with anyone on the other side of the walls. While he will be able to observe the audience, Diaz-Perera will remain invisible to them. Until the close of the exhibition, Diaz-Perera will attempt to embrace the act of becoming a Ghost of himself, an absence, nothing.

The concept kinda reminds me of Vito Acconci's 1972 performance piece Seedbed, in which he spent 3 weeks hidden beneath a ramp in an art gallery, loudly pleasuring himself. I'm guessing that over the course of 3 weeks, Diaz-Perera will probably also indulge in a bit of that. More info at HuffPost.com.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Feb 19, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Art, Performance Art

Bambi the Fire Goddess

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The only other internet reference I can find about "Bambi the Fire Goddess" seems to date her act as far back as 1965. (This foto is from 1970.) It appears then that she had the problem of scorched vajayjay under control.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 19, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Performance Art, 1970s, Dance

February 18, 2015

Eddie the Marshmallow-Eating Alligator

Eddie the Alligator achieved brief fame back in 1966 because of his food preferences. I'm no alligator expert, but I don't think that hand-feeding them marshmallows is recommended by experts.


The San Bernardino County Sun - Mar 17, 1966


The Pittsburgh Press - Apr 10, 1966

Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 18, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Animals, 1960s

Polycystic Kidney Disease

Our own WUvian, Tyrusguy, had polycystic kidney disease, in which the kidneys form cysts all over them. Over time the kidneys become very large, Ty's were 20 pounds, and stop functioning. Eventually the kidneys must be removed and the patient must go on dialysis until they receive a new kidney. I say he had the disease because he no longer does since the 'evil twins' were removed on lucky Friday the 13th. Ty came through with flying colors and is recuperating at home. A picture of his kidneys is in extended, not safe for stomachs- you have been duly warned.

More in extended >>

Posted By: patty - Wed Feb 18, 2015 - Comments (14)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Body, Diseases

Mystery Illustration 5

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Why is this fellow masked at his writing desk? Kidnapper? Bank Robber? Sex games?

Find the answer here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 18, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Disguises, Impersonations, Mimics and Forgeries, Twentieth Century

February 17, 2015

Competitive Bridal Bouquet Catching

Apparently there's a Guinness World Record for catching bridal bouquets, and Jamie Jackson of Utah has submitted documentation to back up her claim that she's the new world record holder. She's caught 46 bouquets since 1996. The previous record was 11. She says that this is "her sport," and that to catch a bouquet requires strategy and planning. [6abc.com]

Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 17, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Weddings and Marriage, World Records

February 16, 2015

Counterfeit Ferris Wheel Certificates

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So popular and prestigious was a ride on the first Ferris Wheel, that riders were given a certificate testifying to their experience.

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Naturally enough, this soon lead to a market for counterfeits!

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Original article here. (Scroll down.)

Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 16, 2015 - Comments (11)
Category: Certificates, Diplomas, and Other Testaments of Achievement, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Nineteenth Century

Name That List, #27

What is this a list of? The answer is below in extended.
  • 2 cigar ends
  • 9 cigarette ditto
  • a portion of pork pie
  • 4 toothpicks
  • 2 hairpins
  • 1 stem of a clay pipe
  • 3 fragments of orange peel
  • 1 slice of cat’s meat
  • half a sole of a boot
  • 1 plug of tobacco (chewed)
  • straw
  • mud
  • scraps of paper
  • miscellaneous street refuse


More in extended >>

Posted By: Alex - Mon Feb 16, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Name That List

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