Weird Universe Archive

August 2015

August 5, 2015

Siwash, the Duck Who Fought with the Marines in WWII

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Original article here.

Did Siwash actually have a little tailored uniform? Because that would be the greatest thing ever.


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Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 05, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, War, 1940s

August 4, 2015

Charlie meets the ice cream truck

Oh, Charlie!

Posted By: Alex - Tue Aug 04, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Video, Dogs

Mystery Gadget 31

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What is going on here?

The answer is here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Aug 04, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Technology, 1940s

August 3, 2015

Back Hair Appreciation Night

The Bowie Baysox (double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles) recently took time to appreciate an under-appreciated bodily feature. Looks like some of the people in attendance may have been relatives of Sasquatch. More pictures at espn.go.com.



Posted By: Alex - Mon Aug 03, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Body, Hair and Hairstyling

“All you fella die finish!”

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Nothing makes for better reading than white men, savages and explosives.

Read the story here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 03, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Destruction, Literature, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1940s, South Pacific and Polynesia

August 2, 2015

Novel method of fixing car

Charles Shepherd. That name sounds familiar.

Mansfield News-Journal - Dec 21, 1956



Took Accident To Fix Auto
DETROIT (UP) — Walter H. Hobbs was fined $10 for ramming Charles Shepherd's car in the rear despite a plea from Shepherd in his defense.
Shepherd said his car had been running better than it ever did since Hobbs rammed it.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Aug 02, 2015 - Comments (10)
Category: 1950s, Cars

News of the Weird (August 2, 2015)

News of the Weird
Weirdnuz.M434, August 2, 2015
Copyright 2015 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.

Lead Story

Among the health and fitness “apps” for computers and smartphones are sex-tracking programs to document the variety of acts and positions, degrees of frenzy, and length of sessions (via an on-bed motion detector)--and menstrual trackers aimed at males (to help judge their partner’s fertility but also her predicted friskiness and likelihood of orgasm). Several have chart- and graph-making potential for data (noise level, average thrust frequency, duration, etc.), and of course, the highlight of many of the apps is their ability to create a “score” to rank performance--even encouraging comparisons across a range of populations and geography. (Sociologist Deborah Lupton’s app research was summarized in July Harper’s Magazine.) [Harper’s, July 2015]

We Are Not Alone

(1) Scientists from Australia’s James Cook University told reporters in June that they had spotted an aggressive fish that can walk on land making its way toward the country from Papua New Guinea. The native freshwater “climbing perch” can live out of water for days and has survived short saltwater treks from PNG toward Australia’s Queensland. (2) In July, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department posted a warning photo of a so-far-rare “Texas Redhead”--an eight-inch-long centipede with gangly white legs tipped with venom-delivering fangs and which eats lizards and toads. [Business Insider Australia, 6-3-2015] [Washington Post, 7-6-2015]

The Continuing Crisis

Reuters reported in early July that a big loser in the nuclear pact between Iran and six world powers was (since all negotiators have gone home to sell the deal) the brothel industry of Vienna, Austria, which hosted that final round. With so many (male, mostly) diplomats in town for two stressful months, business had been robust--especially compared to the previous round in notoriously expensive Lausanne, Switzerland. [Reuters, 7-5-2015]

The Undernews From Wimbledon: The All England Club, host of tennis’s most hallowed tournament, is, formally, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, at which presumably Britain’s 11,900 croquet “regulars” aspire to play--although their British Open Championship is actually held at the nearby Surbiton Croquet Club, which this year hosted 50 competitors from four continents, according to a July New York Times dispatch. The leading U.S. player--Ben Rothman of Oakland, Calif., the “croquet pro” at Mission Hills Country Club near Palm Springs--is the reputed “world’s leader” in prize money (“$4,500"). [New York Times, 7-6-2015]

Profile in Leadership

Maryland state Delegate Ariana Kelly was charged with trespassing and indecent exposure in July after she arrived at her ex-husband’s home to drop off their kids and learned that his girlfriend was inside. According to police, she started banging on the door and ringing the bell repeatedly and, aware that her husband had a camera trained on the doorway, she faced it, exposed her breasts and shook them, one in each hand, toward the lens. Eventually, she dared an officer to arrest her. (The Washington Post reported that Kelly is a member of a legislative task force studying maternal mental health issues.) [Washington Post, 7-14-2015]

Ironies

(1) An 87-year-old man, taking his license renewal driving test in Deerfield, Ill., in June, accidentally crashed into the driver’s license office (based on brake/accelerator confusion). Neither he nor the examiner was injured. (2) An 83-year-old man, driving around Cape Coral, Fla., in May, suffered a fatal heart attack at the wheel, and the uncontrolled car came to rest in shrubbery ringing the Florida Heart Associates building. [Chicago Tribune, 6-11-2015] [Fort Myers News-Press, 5-11-2015]

Wrong Place, Wrong Time: (1) A court in Lincoln, Neb., which had already sent Paul Boye to prison for at least 10 years for shooting his girlfriend, ordered him in June to cover her resulting medical bills. The woman had taken a .22-caliber bullet, which left a scar cutting right through her tattoo reading “Happiness Is A Warm Gun.” (2) A task force of Benton, Ark., police and U.S. Marshals tracked down Tieren Watson, 26, in June after he had spent several days on the lam as a suspect in a shooting. When arrested, he was wearing a t-shirt reading “You Can Run. But You Can’t Hide.” [Lincoln Journal Star, 6-13-2015] [The Smoking Gun, 6-18-2015]

Wait, What?

Mine worker Joshua Clay claimed in a lawsuit that a foreman had twice taunted him for complaining about conditions--by restraining him and spray-painting his testicles white. Clay filed against Kielty Mine in Mingo County, W.Va., in July, alleging that the company had forced him to work on the dirty side of a coal-dust conversion machine--a practice forbidden by federal regulations--and that when he complained, he was subjected to off-the-books discipline. [Courthouse News, 7-16-2015]

Inexplicable

A KPHO-TV news story in Phoenix featured a local doctor advising expectant mothers against “tweaking” the result of home pregnancy tests. Some women, apparently, had discovered the magic of “Photoshopping” the pink reading on the home test’s strip--to take a faint pink line (not a certified pregnancy) to make it bold (pregnant!). Although the doctor warns of the general hazard of “false positives,” the 415-word news story does not explain how Photoshopping a not-positive reading into a positive one improves likelihood of conception. [KPHO-TV, 7-7-2015]

Mangoes in the News

(1) Josefina Tometich, 64, was arrested in Fort Myers, Fla., in June, charged with shooting out the back window of Christopher Richey’s pickup. Richey had fetched a “perfect-looking” mango from the street in front of Tometich’s house, but Tometich insisted it was hers since it had earlier fallen from her tree. (An attorney consulted by WBBH-TV said wind-blown mangoes landing on public property is a legal “grey area.”) (2) In one of the most successful redresses of grievance in history, the Venezuelan government gave Marleny Olivo a new apartment in April. Only days before, as President Nicolas Maduro toured her neighborhood in Aragua state, she had hurled a mango at him with her phone number on it, hitting him just below the ear. The new president (a “man of the people”) called her, listened to her story, and ordered a housing upgrade. [WBBH-TV, 6-30-2015] [BBC News, 4-25-2015]

Least Competent Criminals

Awkward: (1) A 26-year-old carpenter, trying to break open an ATM at an ICICI Bank in Delhi, India, at 2:30 a.m. on July 8th, accidentally locked himself in the tiny space behind it (used to service the machine safely) and had to phone police to come rescue him. (2) The carjacker in Omaha, Neb., on July 16th commandeered the car from a woman at gunpoint and climbed in. However, according to the woman, she is short, and he was very tall, and after fumbling a bit trying to adjust the seat, he gave up (having driven only a few feet), and ran off. [The Times of India, 7-9-2015] [Nebraska Radio Network (Omaha), 7-16-2015]

Update

As News of the Weird has noted, some observant Jews are magnificently creative in devising workarounds to ancient ritual restraints. For instance, the KosherSwitch theoretically allows Jews to defeat the restriction on engaging electricity during the Sabbath. By employing a laser circuit that periodically malfunctions, or delays, in connecting a switch to a power flow, it permits the user technically to not be the direct cause of the electricity. (The KosherSwitch is currently the subject of a crowd-funding project sponsored by the device’s patent-holder.) (Less ingenious, as News of the Weird noted in 2010, is the Yom Kippur workaround for “fasting” coffee addicts: caffeine suppositories.) [Tablet Magazine, 7-6-2015]

A News of the Weird Classic (August 2010)

Time magazine reported in August [2010] that among the entries in "Detroit Hair Wars" (showcasing pieces by 34 stylists) were The Hummer (stylist: "Little Willie"), in which a mass of extensions is shaped to resemble the vehicle, including four large, rolled “tires”--with metallic hubcaps and front grid added; and Beautiful Butterfly (stylist: Niecy Hayes), featuring extensions thinned, teased, and stretched so that four angelic "wings" arise from the model’s head. Both stylings appear to be at least two feet long, dwarfing the models' heads. [Time, 8-2-2010]

Thanks This Week to Judith Cherry and Gerald Sacks, and to the News of the Weird Board of Editorial Advisors.

Posted By: Chuck - Sun Aug 02, 2015 - Comments (7)
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Monark, the Wheely Boy King

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How do the wheeled extremities of Monark permit the little monster to operate those other vehicles?

Original ad here. (Page 23)

Posted By: Paul - Sun Aug 02, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, 1950s, Fictional Monsters

August 1, 2015

One Of Our own

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No list of weird collections would be complete without the inclusion of one of our WUvian founders. Alex and his Museum of Hoaxes is, of course, one of the top weird collections on the net!

Posted By: Alex - Sat Aug 01, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Authorities and Experts, Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Museums, Alex

Garlic Toast Divorce

Some people take their garlic toast very seriously.

Corpus Christi Times - Jan 15, 1957

Posted By: Alex - Sat Aug 01, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Divorce, 1950s

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