Weird Universe Archive

February 2017

February 6, 2017

Fallout Filly



"Nobody likes my baby, cuz she shoots out gamma rays."

Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 06, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Armageddon and Apocalypses, Body Modifications, Music, 1960s, Parody

February 5, 2017

Home Radiation Detector

If the crystals are glowing, it's time to get going.

The Opelousas Daily World - Sep 6, 1957

Posted By: Alex - Sun Feb 05, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1950s

1960s Marx Presidents Set



Gee, I wonder why they quit adding new presidents after LBJ?


More info here.




Original ad here.

ADDENDUM: WU-vie GES seems to have found a Nixon figure from the final incarnations of this set.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Feb 05, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Politics, Toys, 1960s

February 4, 2017

Cry of ecstasy or yell of pain?

November 1949: Mrs. Valerie Humphries accused artist Rodney Roth of biting her bare midriff during a Halloween party — so hard that she yelled out in pain. Roth didn't dispute the bite but insisted that the sound she made was actually a "cry of ecstasy." The judge ruled in favor of Mrs. Humphries.

Arizona Republic - Nov 26, 1949

Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 04, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Noises and Other Public Disturbances of the Peace, Lawsuits, 1940s

Mystery Illustration 38

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These three performers had a stage act. They even appeared on Milton Berle's TV show. What was their shtick?

Answer after the jump.







More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 04, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Entertainment, 1940s

February 3, 2017

Have you installed a thermidor in your automobile?

In 1975, the Federal Energy Administration (FEA) conducted a telephone survey about energy conservation and included the question, "Have you installed a thermidor in your automobile?"

Five percent of the people who took the survey stated that they had. Therefore, the FEA concluded that 5 percent of the survey takers were lying in their responses, because Thermidor is a month in the French revolutionary calendar.

Though, to be fair, Thermidor does sound like it could be some kind of heating device.

The Minneapolis Star - Sep 11, 1975

Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 03, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: 1970s, Cars

The Dobson Air Dart

I wonder if any plans still exist, to allow someone to build this craft today.



Original ad here.







Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 03, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Eccentrics, Motor Vehicles, Technology, 1960s

February 2, 2017

Long Chess Game

Munro MacLennan and Lawrence Grant began a game of chess in 1926, while students at Aberdeen University in Scotland. However, it was an unusual game because they agreed to make only one move a year. Whoever's turn it was would write their move on a postcard and send it to their opponent at Christmas.

In 1961, 35 years later, they were still playing the game, which got them a bit of media attention. They predicted they would be done with the game around 1975. However, I've haven't been able to find any report about whether they actually did finish and, if so, who won.

The Melbourne Age - Aug 8, 1961



The Melbourne Age - Jun 26, 1963

Posted By: Alex - Thu Feb 02, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Games

February 1, 2017

Upside-Down Flag

Nebraska state senator Burke Harr has sponsored a resolution to change his state's flag, noting that the current design is so nondescript and unremarkable that the flag once flew for 10 days upside-down above the State Capitol and no one noticed.

This brings to mind a recurring weird news theme that we've discussed before: art accidentally hung upside-down and no one notices. See here, for instance.

The North American Vexillological Association has also ranked Nebraska's flag among the five worst flags of the 50 states.

More info: Omaha World-Herald

Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 01, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Flags

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