Weird Universe Archive

May 2015

May 7, 2015

What A Ride

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A Chinese theme park has a ride that simulates cremation. It ends with the rider being passed through a 'womb' and being reborn.

Posted By: patty - Thu May 07, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Death, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts

Attorney Larry L. Archie

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Via a chain of transmission that extends through our own Chuck Shepherd and longtime WU-vie Professor Music, we get the astonishing picture above, the kind of advert favored by Attorney Larry L. Archie.

Posted By: Paul - Thu May 07, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Eccentrics, Law, Advertising

Hair Fertilizer

Les Hoten's miracle cure for baldness: mix together chicken manure, fine sand, and potash, and rub it all on your head. It's guaranteed to work!


Sources: The Lodi News-Sentinel - Nov 27, 1967; and The Daily Courier - Sep 28, 1967.

Posted By: Alex - Thu May 07, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Hair Styling, 1960s

Mystery Gadget 27

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What did this big monster machine do? I'll mention that it was not a one-off experimental device, but something in daily use in New York City.

The answer is here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu May 07, 2015 - Comments (15)
Category: Technology, 1910s

May 6, 2015

Name your favorite Cartoon

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What is your favorite cartoon ? .. The above is mine as I have a golden retriever just like Kenny.

Posted By: BrokeDad - Wed May 06, 2015 - Comments (12)
Category: Dogs

News of the Weird / Plus, May 6, 2015

News of the Weird / Plus
May 6, 2015 (Unscheduled)

I hadn't planned to post today, but you deserve to know that the Lead Story in NOTW M421 three days ago was (a) old and (b) probably the result of a poor translation, and I withdraw it. I have some benchmark news sources, and if one of them gets a story wrong, I will, too. The Mecca "sex shop" (1) wasn't in development but probably just dreamed about out loud by Mr. Aouragh, and (2) was dreamed about out loud about a year ago, in any event, but (3) is not inconceivable, in that Mecca's holiness (as home of the hajj) is apparently fading as Arab Big Money overdevelops it. Times of Israel

Posted By: Chuck - Wed May 06, 2015 - Comments (2)
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The Ideal Gift

Modern readers inevitably sense a note of sarcasm in the woman's words, which I'm sure wasn't the intent of the ad men who created this.

But I've gotta confess that I once gave my wife a set of canning equipment for her birthday. In my own defense, it was top of her wish list.

Posted By: Alex - Wed May 06, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Advertising

Sexy Stock Certificate

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When Playboy sold its first stock in 1971, they felt their certificate should reflect their main enterprise. Hence the appearance of Playmate Willy Rey, who alas met a sad end just a couple of years later.

You can own one for a mere $400.00.

Posted By: Paul - Wed May 06, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Art, Business, Sex Symbols, 1970s

May 5, 2015

Exacto, Its Not Just A Knife Anymore

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The Exacto bullet tracks moving targets. The military has been testing it since February.

Posted By: patty - Tue May 05, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Design and Designers, Destruction, Armed Forces, Weapons

News of the Weird / Plus, May 5, 2015

News of the Weird / Plus
May 5, 2015 (Part 2) [weird stuff that made me excited (frightened) (ROTFL) (appalled) last week, some of which will appear in News of the Weird soon] [Part 1 on Monday, Part 2 on Tuesday]

Which is more disturbing: (1) This trial in New Zealand of a man accused of serial tooth-pulling (with pliers and a screwdriver) on his girlfriends (because he likes his women “gummy”), or (2) a bondage/domination club in NYC, led by an M.D., that not only handles erotic near-suffocation and erotic scrotum-inflation but erotic blood-letting. Stuff.co.nz and New Zealand Herald /// WNBC-TV (New York)

The insurance industry reported 660,000 cars stolen last year--44,828 of which the keys had been left inside (and probably more than that, if you add the victims who were too embarrassed to admit it). Bloomberg.com

Two men in China stole 450 yds of cement pavement off of a road (using an excavator) (but, protested one, No one seemed to be using that road). AsiaOne.com

The Social Club, a notorious on-premises swingers’ club in downtown Nashville, is trying to open in a suburb near zone-protected churches and a school. Solution: become a church, itself. Orgies are quite spiritual (and might even make you “clear”). Washington Post

A notorious Canadian troll for the French language, using Holocaust-describing adjectives, sued Air Canada for serving him Sprite instead of 7-Up (in that the cabin crew didn’t appear to understand his request in French). Daily Mirror (London)

This Brit so tried to avoid a $100 speeding ticket that he engaged in 5 yrs of denial and fraudulent schemes to avoid it. Outcome: Ticket stands, plus 9 months in the slammer. Daily Mirror (London)

Consistency in UK immigration law: No asylum for this at-risk Nigerian lesbian activist (though she submitted photo “proof” of her orientation); yes asylum for this Libyan unrehabbable alcoholic. Daily Telegraph /// Daily Telegraph

Posted By: Chuck - Tue May 05, 2015 - Comments (1)
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