Weird Universe Archive

November 2017

November 25, 2017

Shampoo as suicide prevention

The idea of people who try to kill themselves three ways at once is something that occasionally pops up in weird news. Though I'm not sure if it really belongs to weird news or is more of an urban legend.

Back in 2014, I posted about an attempted 4-way suicide that was reported in 1922. A man tried to torch, hang, poison, and shoot himself simultaneously. But I was also suspicious of that reporting.

Life - Oct 6, 1952

Posted By: Alex - Sat Nov 25, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Advertising, Suicide, 1950s

The Land of Oz Playground

Alas, for human failure:

The Land of Oz playground was located within the Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks War Memorial Park located at 14201 Huston Street in Sherman Oaks. Planning for the playground, which broke ground on November 27, 1964, began as a joint venture between the Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Department, the Van Nuys Junior Chamber of Commerce, and the Valley Children's Play Park Association. However, lack of funding for the 'Wizard of Oz' themed playground caused construction to drag on for more than a decade. In the end, the city withdrew further support for the failed project which was left incomplete and with only a few structures standing, the 'Over the Rainbow' bridge and 'Munchkinland' castle. Over the years, with no funding for maintenance or security, the play area and its structures fell victim to gang and drug activity, vandalism, and decay and were demolished in the late 1980's.






Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 25, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Disasters, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Government, Fantasy, 1960s

November 24, 2017

Atomic Hairdos

How the atomic bomb inspired hairdressers.

La Grande Observer - July 30, 1946



Liliana Orsi, a 22-year-old beauty in Rome, Italy, displays her new atomic hairdo and the photo of the atomic blast which inspired it. It took a hair stylist 12 hours to arrange Liliana's coiffure, so it's not recommended for daily wear. It's an old fashion and something dangerously new. — Mar 8, 1951


What these press agents won't think of! From one Las Vegas beauty salon comes this hair style, modeled by showgirl Terry True. And that big upsweep at the top is supposed to symbolize a mushroom cloud effect of a bomb explosion. The dark ring is a switch, with a jeweled clip to brighten things up.
(AP Wirephoto — Mar 2, 1951)


Mansfield News-Journal - Apr 29, 1946

Posted By: Alex - Fri Nov 24, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1940s, 1950s, Hair and Hairstyling

Follies of the Madmen #336



Original ad here.




Wow. This sets the bar pretty high, or pretty far out in the hi-falutin' and pretentious end of the spectrum, in order for a person to purchase or own a ring from Zale's.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 24, 2017 - Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Eccentrics, Family, 1960s

November 23, 2017

Ham Kills Turkey

Back in 1984, the social studies class at Highland Middle School in Louisville had a six-week study of the American pioneers' way of life, in honor of Thanksgiving. This included having the eighth graders decapitate a live turkey named Willy Wally. Some of the students held down Willy Wally while a student named Robin Ham swung an ax down on its neck.

Said Ham, "It was bleeding everywhere. It was flapping around a little. It was kind of grossing me out." Then added, "It was a neat experience. I feel it was pretty enriching, but I don't think I want to do it again. I've had enough of enrichment."



Louisville Courier-Journal - Nov 16, 1984

Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 23, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Thanksgiving

November 22, 2017

Ferrous Faucets

Back in 1977, a small-time huckster named Eric Herrmann bought a bunch of old, porcelain Hot and Cold faucet handles and got the idea of selling them as necklaces.

On the theory that nothing sells like scandal, he called them "Ferrous Faucets," and then asked Farrah Fawcett to endorse them. In response, her lawyers threatened to sue him for capitalizing on their client's name, which apparently was exactly the response he wanted. The controversy was deemed newsworthy, and newspapers throughout the nation ran the photo he supplied them of a model wearing his Ferrous Faucets, thereby boosting his sales.

Shenandoah Evening Herald - July 15, 1977



St. Louis Post-Dispatch - May 25, 1980



image source: worthpoint.com



Tampa Bay Times - Nov 24, 1977

Posted By: Alex - Wed Nov 22, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Jewelry, Publicity Stunts, 1970s

On Horseback and By Highway: Administrative Facilities of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, 1902-1960.

It's been way too long since we set the Gold Standard of Boredom with the TIMBER BRIDGE INSPECTION video.

But maybe we can match it with this pamphlet. Feel free to read all 214 pages at the link.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 22, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Boredom, Government, Twentieth Century

November 21, 2017

Skiing Mt. Everest

May 6, 1970: Japanese extreme skier Yuichiro Miura became the first person to ski on Mt. Everest. And amazingly, he didn't die. The stunt was filmed and was the subject of a 1975 documentary, The Man Who Skied Down Everest. Check out the clip below.

Miura later became the oldest person to reach the summit of Everest, climbing it at the age of 70 and again when he was 80.



Burlington Free Press - May 12, 1970

Posted By: Alex - Tue Nov 21, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Sports, 1970s

Messy Girls Gift Book





With Xmas just around the bend, the search for presents intensifies. Who wouldn't like a book of photos of women covered in foodstuffs?

More pix here at eBay for as long as the auction is up.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 21, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Food, Hygiene, Misbehavior, Rebellion, Acting-out and General Naughtiness, Photography and Photographers, Fetishes, Women, Body Painting

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