Weird Universe Archive

October 2015

October 11, 2015

Animal Blood Banks

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There are dog and cat blood banks around the US and in the UK as well. Pet owners volunteer their pets for donation and the pets are given treats and cuddles during the process. Its a positive experience for the animals, so much so that many of them donate regularly.

Posted By: patty - Sun Oct 11, 2015 - Comments (14)
Category: Animals, Blood

The Elvis Diet

Everyone knows about Elvis's penchant for fried banana and peanut butter sandwiches. But some of these other items, as instanced in the book below, have faded from popular memory.

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Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Oct 11, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Eccentrics, Food, 1970s, Twentieth Century, Bodybuilding, Pain, Self-inflicted and Otherwise

October 10, 2015

Knocked out by brick tied to cow tail

One of the many hazards of working on a farm, back in the 1930s. Though I'm having a hard time imagining how a cow could actually lift a brick with its tail and then swing it with enough force to knock someone out.

The Daily Free Press (Carbondale, Illinois) - Jan 21, 1931



BRICK TIED TO COW'S TAIL KNOCKS MILKER UNCONSCIOUS
TOLEDO, Ore., Jan 18 — Jack Horsfall, Toledo high school student, decided to stop his cow's practice of switching her tail while he milked. He tied a brick to her tail. The cow switched her tail anyway, and the brick struck Horsfall behind the ear. He fell unconscious. When he had recovered he untied the brick.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 10, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Injuries, Cows, 1930s

SURFER BOY by the Supremes



The Supremes as the Beach Boys? To me, that's far enough off their baseline to be weird!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 10, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Music, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, 1960s

October 9, 2015

Flying Squirrel


You just can't trust anyone now a days!

Posted By: patty - Fri Oct 09, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Enlargements, Miniatures, and Other Matters of Scale, Flight, Toys

Learning Urinal Simulator

Urinalman.com describes itself as a "learning urinal simulator":

You have to go pee, you come to a public washroom and some toilets are used, which will you use? This simulator simulates this critical life desision and will let you know where you "stand".


Posted By: Alex - Fri Oct 09, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Body Fluids, Strange Websites

Flowers of Darkness



This scare-documentary certainly starts out by making a good case for drugs as an antidote to the horrors of life, even showing an image of Buddha as celebrity endorsement.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 09, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Drugs, PSA’s, 1970s

October 8, 2015

Stare at a stranger day

Get ready for October 15th, when the "World's Biggest Eye Contact Experiment" is scheduled to take place in cities throughout the world. The idea is that on this day lots of people will "share a minutes eye contact with strangers in public to rebuild our sense of shared humanity."

If you participate, you'll obviously want to stare into the eyes of someone who's agreed to do likewise. Don't pick just any random stranger on the street and start staring at them. Even though that would probably produce more interesting results.

For more info, check out the website for the event, or its Facebook page.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Oct 08, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Eyes and Vision

Insect Aircraft

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This 1906 article is the lone reference I can find on the internet to this craft, and I suspect it never existed except on paper.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 08, 2015 - Comments (17)
Category: Insects, Inventions, Air Travel and Airlines, 1900s, Europe

October 7, 2015

Postmortem Tattoo Preservation

The National Association for the Preservation of Skin Art recently launched. Its mission is to preserve the tattoos of any of its members who have died. They claim they have a "new proprietary process" of preservation which helps them to do this.

Of course, to preserve the tattoo, it first has to be removed. The Association doesn't send someone out to do this. Instead, they ship a kit to the funeral home and have them do it. The end result is a nicely framed piece of tattooed human skin.

We've discussed postmortem tattoo preservation before here on WU. For instance, we've noted that as far back as 1950 the Imperial University of Tokyo was collecting tattooed skins. And more recently, tattoo enthusiast Geoff Ostling bequeathed his skin to the National Gallery in Canberra.



Posted By: Alex - Wed Oct 07, 2015 - Comments (10)
Category: Art, Death, Skin and Skin Conditions

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