Weird Universe Archive

May 2018

May 21, 2018

The Manly Art of Knitting

Written by Dave Fougner and published in 1972. Recently back in print. Available from Amazon.


Dave Fougner is six-foot-two, plays tennis, raises horses and shows them, teaches fifth and sixth grades at Steele Lane School, has real estate and air plane pilot licenses, is married and has a family. His hobby? Knitting!... Dave, a big, genial, friendly man of 28 says, "I like to knit in bed watching television."

Jennifer, his blonde wife, and Christa, their three-year-old, sat in on the interview at the Fougner (pronounced foe-gner) home on Loch Haven Drive. Jennifer laughed and added, "I don't knit."

On a marble table near me (the couple also collects antique furniture, refinishing it when they have some free time) lay a copy of Dave's book, "The Manly Art of Knitting," a picture of him astride Jennifer's beautiful registered Palomino quarter horse, Fore's Dandy, on the cover. You have to look twice before you realize that he's knitting atop the horse...

"One reason I wrote the book was to encourage men to try knitting. There's a doctor in town who knits. It's amazing how many men do but are afraid to admit it..."

And knitting was primarily a man's job before the Industrial Revolution, he said. "Knitting was an art. An apprentice knitter served six years."

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat - Apr 8, 1973

Posted By: Alex - Mon May 21, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Hobbies and DIY, Gender, Men, Books

May 20, 2018

Bus Road Test



"Bus Tilter" is my new desired job.

Posted By: Paul - Sun May 20, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: 1950s, Bus

Ear Makeup

Apparently Candice Bergen got her start modeling "Dear Ear" — the first ever (and last ever?) line of ear makeup. She would have been 18 when she did these ads.

Called "Dear Ear," the makeup comes in two shades, pink and silver. It is painted onto the lobe or ear perimeter with a special styling brush.
For those who have little experience in painting ears, and that includes most of us, Maradel also includes a styling booklet which offers four ear-styling techniques.
-Miami News - Aug 16, 1964


Jackson Clarion-Ledger - Aug 4, 1964



Miami News - Aug 16, 1964

Posted By: Alex - Sun May 20, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Celebrities, Fashion, 1960s

The Eye Creatures

There is a series of videos on YouTube where the maker excerpts horror movies by deleting all shots of people! That's weird.

But of course, THE EYE CREATURES itself is plenty weird.

Wikipedia entry here.



Posted By: Paul - Sun May 20, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Aliens, Costumes and Masks, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Movies, 1960s, Fictional Monsters

May 19, 2018

Vegetable Jell-O

Responding to the popularity of jello salads, General Foods introduced four vegetable flavors of jello in 1964: celery, seasoned tomato, mixed vegetable, and Italian salad.

But for some reason, although people liked jello salads, they didn't like vegetable-flavored jellos, and the flavors were soon discontinued.

Lubbock Avalanche Journal - July 9, 1964



source: midcenturymenu.com

Posted By: Alex - Sat May 19, 2018 - Comments (8)
Category: Food, 1960s

Tommy James, “I Am a Tangerine”

Posted By: Paul - Sat May 19, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Food, Music, Psychedelic, 1970s

May 18, 2018

Baked Cat Food

Maybe cats thought it tasted great, but it sounded disgusting.

Baltimore Sun - Jan 19, 1975

Posted By: Alex - Fri May 18, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Food, Products, Cats, 1970s

Follies of the Madmen #366



Our service is a dead artifact sealed off from all human contact.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri May 18, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, 1960s, Bus

May 17, 2018

Sneeze Girl

From Time magazine, Dec 14, 1936:

Because she had been sneezing every few minutes since Oct. 9, Mary Margaret Cleer, 13, daughter of a Fort Myer, Va. gasoline station attendant, last week held the attention of a great many curious laymen and puzzled doctors. No one knew what caused the prolonged sneezing fit which had racked the child to skin & bones and put a constant, haggard sneer on her face.

To see if allergy to some substance caused the sneezing, Washington doctors scratched her skin some 80 times, rubbed into the scratches hay pollen, flower pollen, pulverized cat fur, dog hair, house dust, food extracts, dozens of substances.

Skin tests failed to reveal any specific allergy. A Washington doctor cut out the adolescent's tonsils, with no effect on the sneezing. Other specialists could find nothing unusual in her lungs or nervous system.

Lay cures for sneezing which Mary Cleer was urged to try included wearing a "magnetic" letter pinned to her night dress, looking down the bridge of her nose at pieces of bright silk held close to the tip, clipping an electrified wire to her nose and toes, getting tattooed, taking snuff.

Last week when Mary Cleer went to Johns Hopkins Hospital, the great medical faculty there had never before treated or even seen a girl who sneezed so persistently. Johns Hopkins specialists began a new series of tests. A psychiatrist examined the girl and summoned her parents to analyze their mental and emotional makeups. Mary underwent fluoroscopy, blood testing, other examinations. A gynecologist also took her in charge, for the nasal and genital tissues are histologically related. The mucous membranes of the nose swell during sexual excitement. This well-known phenomenon gives rise to a theory that the noses of many little girls become sensitive as they turn into young womanhood, and that this makes such girls sniff, lisp or pamper their noses in an apparently affected manner, and that this overture to womanhood causes an occasional girl to sneeze uncontrollably. That, a gynecologist might guess, was the trouble with Mary Cleer, 13.

Apparently the sneezing eventually stopped of its own accord. No one ever figured out what the cause was.

Decatur Daily Review - Dec 3, 1936



(left) Alexandria Town Talk - Oct 27, 1936
(right) Daily Clintonian - Dec 8, 1936

Posted By: Alex - Thu May 17, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Health, Medicine, 1930s

The Beer Parade



I particularly like the church-keys functioning as skis.

Posted By: Paul - Thu May 17, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Stop-motion Animation, 1950s, Alcohol

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