Weird Universe Archive

July 2017

July 26, 2017

Einstein’s Brain Waves

Sep 1950: Dr. Alejandro Arellano of Massachusetts General Hospital took readings of Einstein's brain waves while Einstein was thinking about his theory of relativity (special or general? It doesn't say), and while he was resting. It was noted that the zigs were quite different than the zags while Einstein was thinking of his theory. Based on this finding, it was hoped that in the future it might be possible to identify geniuses by their brain waves.



Pittsburgh Press - Feb 11, 1951



Los Angeles Times - Feb 24, 1951

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jul 26, 2017 - Comments (7)
Category: 1950s, Brain

July 25, 2017

What does music taste like?

Science marches onward! Japanese company Nomura Open Innovation LAB has invented a machine that can translate music into blended juice drinks. It analyzes the music to determine the mix of emotions it represents. It then translates these emotions into juices, with sweet flavors representing happiness, sour as excitement, bitter as sad, etc.

The company promises that one day their machine will translate music into alcoholic drinks as well. More info: wcpo.com

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jul 25, 2017 - Comments (7)
Category: Food, Music

Follies of the Madmen #321



"Dead people like our beer."

From the American Legion magazine for May 1952.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 25, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Horror, 1950s, Alcohol

July 24, 2017

Self-Propelled Aquaplane

It looks like the guy is about to send the girl flying into the air, but apparently he was demonstrating some kind of water rescue device, not a rocket.

"S. Shapiro, inventor, strapping his Shapson aquaplane on Miss Margaret Travis for demonstration at Santa Monica, Cal. The model is 44 inches over all and is operated by cranks which the swimmer turns to propel the plane. A speed of 12 knots can be obtained." — Chicago Tribune - Mar 3, 1935



East Liverpool Evening Review - Mar 1, 1935

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 24, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Inventions, 1930s

Paul Whiteman’s TV Teen Club



Imagine someone like Paul Whiteman being a teen idol or mentor these days.

More info here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 24, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Music, Television, Teenagers, 1950s

July 23, 2017

Beer For Her

A Czech brewer has introduced Aurosa, a "beer for her":

Aurosa was born to prove that women can succeed anywhere without having to adapt and sacrifice their natural femininity. Women have been disregarded in the beer industry but owing to determination and faith in herself, Aurosa is set to redefine the perception of beer.

How exactly does one transform a beer into a "beer for her"? Apparently you put it into a pink-hued bottle and charge more for it.



This isn't the first attempt to make a beer specifically for women. Back in 2011, there was Chick Beer.

More info: eater.com.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jul 23, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Gender, Women, Alcohol

Mystery Gadget 51



Purpose?

Answer is here.

Or after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 23, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Technology, 1910s

July 22, 2017

Mr. and Miss Boll Weevil

This post is for KDP, who in response to Paul's post yesterday about the Maid of Cotton pageant, noted the apparent lack of a counterpart, Miss Boll Weevil.

There is indeed a Miss Boll Weevil, as well as a Mr. Boll Weevil. These titles have periodically been conferred on students at Alabama's Enterprise State Community College, whose mascot is a boll weevil.

For instance, in 1972 Pat Hatcher and Bobby Bright were the students named Mr. and Miss Boll Weevil. Bright went on to serve as the U.S. Representative for Alabama's 2nd congressional district from 2009 to 2011. Bright was the first Democrat to represent the district since 1962, but he didn't win a second term.

The Montgomery Advertiser - Nov 15, 2000



The Montgomery Advertiser - Jan 23, 1972

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jul 22, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Contests, Races and Other Competitions

The Florida Trio






Source.



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jul 22, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Entertainment, 1940s, 1950s

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