Weird Universe Archive

April 2015

April 10, 2015

Yet Another Reason To Legalize

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Marijuana has long been known to be an effective glaucoma treatment. It also helps cancer and AIDS patients by increasing appetite and decreasing nausea. Now a recent study indicates pot may be useful in treating some brain tumors. Unfortunately, some people wouldn't be in favor of legalization even if it cured cancer, and now it just might.

Posted By: patty - Fri Apr 10, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Drugs, Brain, Diseases

Cure for Drunks

Give them Bogg's Tawny Port. It tastes like alcohol, but it's really cocaine syrup.


via The Beautiful New

Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 10, 2015 - Comments (8)
Category: Addictions, Inebriation and Intoxicants

The Popular Pickle



There is so much to love about this video, from the whimsical music which makes it seem as if the cucumbers are just going on holiday, instead of being wrenched from their happy fields and families, then sliced and seasoned for consumption by monstrous hairless apes, to the very phrase "pickle packer." The one omission, understandable in light of 1950s' reticence, is no mention of the cucumber as sex toy.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 10, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Regionalism, Advertising, Industry, Factories and Manufacturing, Farming, Vegetables, 1950s

April 9, 2015

CRASH!!

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This is why you should always have a spotter when you back up a work vehicle. But seriously, at least this was an accident and no one was hurt.

Posted By: patty - Thu Apr 09, 2015 - Comments (6)
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Poop Colors

A simple website on a narrowly focused topic. I assume its creator is making money via the link-based ads running on the site.

And I see that the URL peecolors.com is available for purchase. So if anyone wants to offer poopcolors.com some competition (or imitate its money-making strategy), now's your chance!

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 09, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Body Fluids, Excrement

The Dripping Bloody Hawk-Mummy of War

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Original article here.

In 1930 we learn, from no less an authority than the founder of the Boy Scouts, about this macabre prescient bird corpse.

A followup article the same year explains more, and gives the owner's name.

Then after four years, the hawk crops up again.

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Original article here.

Since then, nothing. I wonder what ever became of this talisman?

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 09, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Superstition, War, 1930s

April 8, 2015

California Roadkill Database

Find out what's been run over in the past 90 days. There's even a roadkill photo gallery. The site is maintained by UC Davis researchers who use it to track the movement of species throughout the state.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Apr 08, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Death

Japan Blames It on the Heat



Summer's coming!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 08, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Foreign Customs, 1950s, Asia

April 7, 2015

Underwater Fashion Show

Held in Florida, in 1954. Designed to show how water resistant the new orlon coats were. Though, of course, the models came up soaking wet despite wearing the coats.




SILVER SPRINGS, FLA.: Literally driven to the drink to model a new line of orlon coats and toppers, underwater mannequins come up smiling from the bed of Florida's Silver Springs. The novel, underwater fashion show was staged by Donnybrook, Ltd. to show the water-resistance of the orlon clothing.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Apr 07, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, 1950s

Diamond Postcard Gun

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Original ad here.

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Original text here.

I am uncertain about how the technology of 1914 allowed for one-minute development of photos. But somehow they managed, as you can see from the buttons below.

And damn, that was one gorgeous hunk of equipment!

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Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 07, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Business, Hobbies and DIY, Photography and Photographers, 1910s

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