Weird Universe Archive

April 2016

April 17, 2016

Clock Ladies of Frankfurt

November 1950: To advertise a Watch and Clock Makers fair, young women were hired to wander around the streets of Frankfurt carrying giant clocks on their backs.

The Eagle (Bryan, Texas) - Nov 8, 1950

Posted By: Alex - Sun Apr 17, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: 1950s

Cold Medicine of the Beast

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Still being made and sold today.



Home page here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 17, 2016 - Comments (9)
Category: Health, Religion, Superstition, Nineteenth Century

April 16, 2016

Cabbage Walking

Artists in Kashmir have started walking cabbages (and other vegetables) on a leash, as a way to protest the ongoing military conflict over the region. One artist explains: "What I wanted to do basically is juxtapose the absurdity of this performance with what was happening around—the structures of violence that I was seeing around me."

These Kashmir artists cite the Chinese artist Han Bing as inspiration, because he was the first to "walk a cabbage."

This reminds me of how, according to legend, the French poet Gerard de Nerval used to walk his lobster through Paris.

Image source: Shahid Tantray via Vice.com



More in extended >>

Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 16, 2016 - Comments (13)
Category: Performance Art, Surrealism

April 15, 2016

Controlled by Pineapple Soda

1947: Once Minerva Elagan had accepted a pineapple soda from Rev James Chambers (Chalmers?), she was under his influence forever.

The Daily Standard (Sikeston, Missouri) - Oct 17, 1947



The Cincinnati Enquirer - Sep 18, 1947

Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 15, 2016 - Comments (13)
Category: Lawsuits, 1940s

Dracula Memento

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What are the odds for this "soil" being authentic?

Original ad here. (Back cover.)

Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 15, 2016 - Comments (11)
Category: Horror, Scams, Cons, Rip-offs, and General Larceny, 1970s

April 14, 2016

Church Of The FSM Setback

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A Federal court judge has ruled that the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is not a valid religion. In fact the judge ruled that the church is a parody, a parody, can you believe it?!? Don't worry true believers, this is just a minor setback. Keep on keeping on folks.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 14, 2016 - Comments (10)
Category: Gods, Government, Religion

Song Wig

"A wig for one head and many ears." Available at songwig.com.

Finally there's an easy way for many people to listen to music at the same time!


Song Wig from PARTY on Vimeo.


via Dave Barry

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 14, 2016 - Comments (10)
Category: Inventions, Headgear

Tisket-a-Tasket

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 14, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Humor, Medicine, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1940s, Genitals

April 13, 2016

Rube Goldberg Accident

An unusual accident that recently occurred outside a post office in Kingmont, West Virginia has elements of a Rube Goldberg contraption.

An 87-year-old woman was backing out of her parking spot when she accidentally hit the accelerator. This caused her car to spin 180 degrees and hit a van.

The van was knocked to the side and hit a jeep.

The jeep started to roll forward and hit a concrete barrier.

The poles holding the concrete barrier in place snapped, and the barrier fell over, landing on the foot of 75-year-old Patricia Piercy.

Piercy was subsequently taken to the hospital for her foot injury. She was the only one hurt.

More: wdtv.com

Posted By: Alex - Wed Apr 13, 2016 - Comments (6)
Category: Accidents

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