Weird Universe Archive

March 2015

March 20, 2015

World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock Contender

Sugarcreek, Ohio has what they claim is the world's largest cuckoo clock. In fact it had been on display at a couple of different venues for many years. It is quite a lovely and charming tourist attraction.

Posted By: patty - Fri Mar 20, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Art, Fey, Twee, Whimsical, Naive and Sadsack, Puppets and Automatons, World Records, Landmarks, Sightseeing

Hiccupops

What were you doing when you were 16? Not much? 16-year-old Mallory Kievman has invented a cure for hiccups (one that apparently actually works) and set up a business to manufacture it. She's also been invited to the White House Science Fair in a few days. From patch.com:

Kievman invented "hiccupops" after her own bout with the hiccups around the seventh grade. She researched cures and found three things that helped cure them (and were backed up by some scientific research) — apple cider, sugar and sucking on lollipops. She decided to combine all three into one product... Kievman then started setting up a business to manufacture it. Right now, she’s on the brink of getting it distributed and ready for sale.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Mar 20, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Inventions, Medicine

World’s Biggest Cuckoo Clock

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Schonach, Germany, is the heart and homeland of the cuckoo-clock industry. Two houses in fact have been transformed into giant cuckoo clocks to commemorate this.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 20, 2015 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Kitsch and Collectibles, Technology, Europe, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

March 19, 2015

Scratch-n-Sniff Banana Wallpaper

You can get a roll of it for $470. And it really will smell like bananas if you scratch it.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Mar 19, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Products

March 18, 2015

Violet Rays

Good thing they clarified that this was NOT a vibrator. Otherwise someone might have gotten hurt.


Source: Illustrated World, March 1920.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Mar 18, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Medicine, 1920s

Follies of the Madmen #244



"Oral bad breath" as opposed to what other orifice?

Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 18, 2015 - Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, 1960s

March 17, 2015

Urine-Fueled Distress Signals

Imagine that you're stuck in a remote location and you need to radio for help. But your radio has no power! Never fear. As long as you have some of these paper triangles created by researchers at the Bristol BioEnergy Centre — and you have to go to the bathroom — you'll have battery power. Just pee on the paper triangles and they produce enough power to send a radio signal.

And what if you don't have to go? In that case, urine from just about any animal will do.

More details at Chemistry World.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Mar 17, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Science, Body Fluids

Beautiful Chemical Reactions

Beautiful Chemical Reactions from L2 Molecule on Vimeo.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 17, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Science, Psychedelic

March 16, 2015

Cameras In Rentals Hertz Business

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Hertz has installed cameras that are able to view the interior of the vehicle in a portion of its fleet and many customers are upset. The company claims the cameras have never been used but they put out a commercial showing how handy the device could be in case of an accident. A representative for the company claims that was a 'mock up'. A mock up? In advertising, really? That kind of behavior; advertising a feature that is not available OR stating the cameras had never been used when they had been, because only one of those statements can be true, makes one wonder if camera use would be disclosed in the future. The book 1984 wasn't even close, there won't be just one big brother watching.

Posted By: patty - Mon Mar 16, 2015 - Comments (9)
Category: Business, Advertising, Video, Can’t Possibly Be True, More Things To Worry About, Cars

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