Weird Universe Archive

August 2018

August 7, 2018

New Frontier Board Game

"New Frontier" board game, "THE GAME NOBODY CAN WIN", designed by Colorful Products, Inc. The game is an anti-John F. Kennedy, anti-socialist "twist" on the MONOPOLY board game published by Parker Brothers. The front of the package reads "The Funniest Political / Game of the Century!" over the silhouette of rocking chair labeled "J.F.K.". The game board contains references to Hubert Humphrey, Lyndon Johnson, Edward Murrow, et al. The game was packaged by the Occupational and Training Center of Help for Retarded Children, Inc.


More pix at this link.

A few others here.



Posted By: Paul - Tue Aug 07, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Games, Government, 1960s, Satire

August 6, 2018

Malt Duck

Introduced in 1972, this was a combination of beer and red grape juice. So, like a beer-wine, which sounds odd to me, but apparently it had quite a few fans. It stayed on the market through the 1980s, and in 2016 the Sprecher Brewing Company decided to bring back a new version of it altered to appeal to "contemporary taste preferences."





A review of its modern incarnation:

Posted By: Alex - Mon Aug 06, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Alcohol

August 5, 2018

Toothpaste Artist

Adding another item to the ongoing list of weird things that artists paint with: toothpaste.

It's the medium of choice for Mexican artist Cristiam Ramos, and I've got to admit, the results are pretty impressive. Business Insider has a video of him at work, which includes the following quote:

One of my favorites is the portrait of Robin Williams. He was one of my favorite artists. I [felt] so sad when he passed that I wanted to create something that has so much of him, and that’s the smile that he gave us. That’s why I made him with toothpaste.

His website.



Posted By: Alex - Sun Aug 05, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Art

August 4, 2018

Beat your wife tonight… at bowling

I think it was 1973 when a Detroit bowling alley first got the idea to use the tagline "Beat your wife tonight" in an ad. Protests quickly followed. Strangely, this didn't discourage other bowling alleys from then using the same tagline. The last use of it I can find was in 1980.



Lansing State Journal - July 5, 1973



Southern Illinoisan - May 16, 1980



Fort Lauderdale News - July 15, 1973

Posted By: Alex - Sat Aug 04, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Violence, Advertising, 1970s

August 3, 2018

Silence Class

I wonder if it was possible to fail silence class. Perhaps by asking too many questions.

(left) Latrobe Bulletin - Feb 19, 1968; (right) Tampa Tribune - Feb 18, 1968

Posted By: Alex - Fri Aug 03, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: 1960s, Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia

Skipperette of the Fishermen’s Fiesta



The skipperette and her two mates will reign over Los Angeles Harbor fishermens fiesta during Oct. 1 & 2. L.R.: Mate Doris Spanje; Skipperette Amelia Nizetich and mate Deana Trutanich.


Source.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Aug 03, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Regionalism, 1950s

August 2, 2018

Boy-Scout Cigarettes

On sale early in the twentieth century. The story is that they were definitely NOT endorsed by the Boy Scouts. Eventually the Scouts got legislation passed making it illegal for companies to use their name.



Boys' Life - Aug 1917



Winfield Daily Free Press - Nov 7, 1917

Posted By: Alex - Thu Aug 02, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Smoking and Tobacco, 1910s

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