Weird Universe Archive

March 2018

March 12, 2018

The Cheerios Dollar

If you have any Sacagawea dollars lying around, it's worth taking a closer look at them, because some of them may be worth more than face value. Quite a bit more. Anywhere from $5000 to $35000 each, if they're a so-called Cheerios Dollar.

In 2000, when the coin was introduced, 5500 of them were given away in boxes of Cheerios as a promotion. Turns out that these Cheerios Dollars were slightly different than all the other Sacagawea Dollars.

The tail feathers of the eagle on the reverse side of the coin had more details than the normal coin, and this made them more valuable. However, most of these Cheeries Dollars disappeared into circulation, and only around 70 of them have ever been found.


Detail of the tail feathers on a normal Sacagawea Dollar



The tail feathers on a Cheerios Dollar

Posted By: Alex - Mon Mar 12, 2018 - Comments (11)
Category: Money

Wine on Tap, version 2.0

We've previously we've posted about wine on tap in hotel rooms. Such as the Hotel Terminus in France, which in 1953 ran pipes through the walls to achieve this.

There's now a more high-tech alternative. The Plum Dispenser is a $1500 gadget that stores several bottles of wine, but dispenses a glass at a time — allowing hotel guests to buy a single glass in their room rather than a whole bottle. It's basically wine on tap. Though the prices aren't cheap:

At La Confidante, the Plum in every room dispenses Evesham Wood pinot noir from Oregon ($5.25 for a 2-ounce glass; 5 oz. for $16) and Justin sauvignon blanc ($4, $12) from Paso Robles.

$16 for 5 ounces of wine? You could go to a local supermarket and buy an entire bottle for that.

More info: North Bay Business



The Evening Sun (Hanover, Pennsylvania) - Jan 7, 1954

Posted By: Alex - Mon Mar 12, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Inventions

Khrushchev vs. Lachaise

2018 NOTE: Here is the basis for the ongoing series whose latest entry is today.





Original article behind CHICAGO TRIBUNE paywall.

Upon reading this article, I immediately wondered what statue was at the center of the controversy. Finding out took a little google-fu. Eventually, I hit upon the complete catalogue of works shown, in PDF form. Below is the relevant section.



I did not even bother to google any of the other statues after seeing Gaston Lachaise's "Standing Woman."

Posted By: Paul - Mon Mar 12, 2018 - Comments (8)
Category: Art, Criticism and Reviews, 1950s, Russia, Obesity

Artwork Khrushchev Probably Would Not Have Liked 11



Not only do we see "Constructed Torso," but also its creator, Naum Gabo, along with some of his fellow bohemians.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Mar 12, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Russia

March 11, 2018

Touch of Yogurt Shampoo

Test-marketed in 1979 and soon abandoned. I think the decision to promote it alongside yogurt makers and yogurt cookbooks couldn't have helped, because it made you wonder, am I supposed to eat it or put it in my hair?

More info here.



Springfield News Leader - Sep 19, 1979



St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Mar 26, 1980

Posted By: Alex - Sun Mar 11, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Food, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1970s, Hair and Hairstyling

Mystery Gadget 59



Magnetism? Hydraulics? What's up with this gadget?

Answer is here.

Or after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Sun Mar 11, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Technology, 1930s

March 10, 2018

Kangaroo Eyes

‘Kangaroo eyes’ = wearing false eyelashes upside down. This was, briefly, a fashion fad during the 1960s. And apparently again in 2010, according to Popsugar.

The picture below shows a model demonstrating the look during Paris Fashion Week, 2010.

Monroe News-Star - July 23, 1964



Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 10, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category:

Norma Jean Almodovar:  Cop to Call Girl



Her Wikipedia page.



Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 10, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Law, Sexuality, Books, 1990s

March 9, 2018

Applesauce Surprise Cake

The surprise is earthworms.

Hazleton Standard-Speaker - Dec 13, 1975



The recipe, in case you want to try it:

Pensacola News - Jan 20, 1976

Posted By: Alex - Fri Mar 09, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Food, 1970s

Crest Cavity Creeps

This will obviously be rebooted as a Hollywood Blockbuster any day now.









Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 09, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Hygiene, 1970s, Fictional Monsters

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