Weird Universe Archive

September 2017

September 10, 2017

Psychic Baseball Game



No supernatural abilities actually required.


Original ad here.


Further information here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Sep 10, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Games, Sports, 1920s, 1930s

Beefless Days

Back in 1942, the town of Ashland, Ohio instituted a policy of "beefless days." It had nothing to do with going vegetarian. All the town residents pledged that on every Thursday until the war ended they wouldn't complain about anything.

Oakland Tribune - Oct 9, 1942



On Thursdays, Ashland residents are now free to beef about anything they want. But the town still declares itself to be the "World Headquarters of Nice People."

Posted By: Alex - Sun Sep 10, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: 1940s

September 9, 2017

Beauty Mask

March 1940 — At the International Beauty Shop Owners' show in New York City, Ruth Scott modeled a mask to heat the face and tone up the skin. The scratchers on her fingers were brass thimbles to protect nail polish until it dried.

Newsweek - Mar 25, 1940

Posted By: Alex - Sat Sep 09, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Costumes and Masks, 1940s

Follies of the Madmen #325



Possessed pants try to ward off other occult rivals.



Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 09, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Fashion, 1930s

September 8, 2017

Mystery Gadget 52



Maybe this one is too easy? Purpose of this office machine?

The answer is here.

And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Fri Sep 08, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Technology, 1930s

Get Lauren

Artist Lauren McCarthy is renting herself out for three days at a time as a 'virtual assistant' like Siri, Alexa, or Google Now. From her website:

LAUREN is a human intelligent smart home. Lauren will visit your home, deploy a series of smart devices, and watch over you remotely 24/7. Lauren will control your home for you, attempting to be better than an AI, understanding you as a person. You will be able to interact with her by calling her name, but she will also do things for you without your asking. She will learn faster than an algorithm, adapting to your desires and anticipating your needs.




More info: Lifehacker.com

Posted By: Alex - Fri Sep 08, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Technology, AI, Robots and Other Automatons

September 7, 2017

Nikita Made Me Kill!





Not only did he not like modern art, but he caused mental illness!

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Sep 07, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Death, 1950s, Russia, Brain Damage

Armless Driver Fights Loss of License

Ray Myers was known as the 'armless musician.' He was born in 1911 without arms, but he taught himself to play the guitar with his feet, and he became quite accomplished. Good enough that he was considered to be talented in his own right, not just as a curiosity.



Myers also taught himself how to drive a car using only his feet. Not a specially outfitted car. Just a normal one. (Though I'm assuming it was an automatic.) But in 1965, after driving without incident for 29 years, he lost his license. The reason: the state's new computer flagged his license to be revoked when it came across the notation in his file that he had been "born without arms."

Honolulu Star-Bulletin - Jan 18, 1965



Myers appealed the decision, and (probably thanks to all the media attention the case got) was allowed to take a special exam. Two weeks later he was driving again.

Sayre Evening Times - Jan 28, 1965



Myers died in 1987 at the age of 75. More info about him at missioncreep.com and Arcane Radio Trivia.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Sep 07, 2017 - Comments (7)
Category: Human Marvels, 1960s, Cars

September 6, 2017

The Tomorrow People



Combine The Mod Squad with The X-Men and you have The Tomorrow People.

Wikipedia page here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Sep 06, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Human Marvels, Television, Comics, Science Fiction, 1970s, Europe, Differently Abled, Handicapped, Challenged, and Otherwise Atypical

Woman trapped retrieving poo

BBC News headline: Woman trapped in window while trying to retrieve poo

Impressively, the headline delivers exactly what it promises. It was her own poo she was after, having flung it because it "would not flush" and she was worried her date would find it.

When I first read the story I thought, nah, that can't be true. It sounds too much like some kind of urban legend about a date gone nightmarishly wrong. But the BBC has confirmed it, as has the local Fire and Rescue service.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Sep 06, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Excrement, Love & Romance

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