Weird Universe Archive

February 2015

February 7, 2015

Amazing Magic Disc Electrocutes User In Seconds!

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I don't care how well this gadget is designed and engineered: I am not plugging it into the wall socket then dropping it in my bath water!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 07, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Bathrooms, Death, Technology, 1930s

February 6, 2015

Impregnable U.S. Mint

Back in 1938, the new U.S. mint building in San Francisco was widely advertised as being impregnable and "invasion proof." But, of course, as two teenage boys quickly proved, all the fancy anti-robbery gadgets in the world are useless if you forget to close the windows.


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Dec 30, 1938


The Record-Argus - Dec 31, 1938

Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 06, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Crime, 1930s

Sandrine Schaefer




Recently won a prize with an undisclosed sum of cash attached.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 06, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Performance Art

February 5, 2015

Custom Star Trek ‘Boogie’ Van For Sale

For $9500, this attractively decked-out vehicle could be yours. It's a 1978 GMC Vandura Van, with only 25,000 miles on the odometer. Exterior Star Trek murals by artist G.S. Roy. For sale on Vancouver Craiglist. Read more about it at the Toronto Star.





Posted By: Alex - Thu Feb 05, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Art, Television, Cars

The Man Whose Mind Exploded



Documentary about a fellow with no ability to lay down new memories. Plus other "issues."

Full story here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 05, 2015 - Comments (1)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Body Modifications, Eccentrics, Documentaries, Brain Damage

February 4, 2015

Villainous Asperations

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This grown man and father is having his face transformed into a comic book villain called Red Skull. Up to and including having the tip of his nose cut off to complete the effect. I have just one question, why?

Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 04, 2015 - Comments (8)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Body Modifications, Comics

The Mystery of the Leaping Fish

This short, silent comedy is a bit of classic weirdness from 1916. Apparently it's quite well known, even considered a cult classic. But I hadn't heard of it before, so perhaps it'll be new to you too. Wikipedia offers this description:

In this unusually broad comedy for [Douglas] Fairbanks, the acrobatic leading man plays "Coke Ennyday," a cocaine-shooting detective parody of Sherlock Holmes, given to injecting himself from a bandolier of syringes worn across his chest, and liberally helping himself to the contents of a hatbox-sized round container of white powder labeled "COCAINE" on his desk.

Fairbanks's character otherwise lampoons Sherlock Holmes with checkered detective hat, clothes and even car, along with the aforementioned propensity for injecting cocaine whenever he feels momentarily down, then laughing with delight. A device used for observing visitors, which is referred to in the title cards as his "scientific periscope", bears a close resemblance to a modern closed-circuit television. What is apparently a clock face has "EATS, DRINKS, SLEEPS, and DOPE" instead of numbers.

The film displays a lighthearted and comic attitude toward Coke Ennyday's use of cocaine and laudanum, while he catches a gang of drug smugglers, he does so after consuming most of their opium. One of the actresses appearing, Alma Rubens, later became addicted to morphine and died young.


Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 04, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Drugs, Movies, 1910s

Bad Album Art, Bad Music



Caution: a few swears and some static (ie, not in motion) nudity.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 04, 2015 - Comments (8)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Music

February 3, 2015

Shampooed Hair Art

Photographer Cheuk Lun Lo has drawn inspiration from shampoo, creating a photo series in which he focuses on heads of hair all lathered up and twisted into various shapes. More info at Designboom.





Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 03, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Art, Hygiene, Photography and Photographers, Hair and Hairstyling

A Woman Scorned

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Old and busted; cutting off significant other's penis for cheating. New and hot; throwing battery acid in his lap for secretly filming sexual encounter and posting it online. Ah yeah, he won't be using it anymore for either function. He is 25, she's 17 so he deserved something but maybe not that. What acid burn looks like above.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 03, 2015 - Comments (6)
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