Weird Universe Archive

March 2019

March 16, 2019

Dr. John Bongiovanni, the blind surgeon

“During the procedures at the hospital, the blind doctor depended on nurses and other physicians to make decisions requiring eyesight.”

So, how many decisions during surgery don't require eyesight?

Philadelphia Daily News - Mar 2, 1984



Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - Aug 26, 1984

Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 16, 2019 - Comments (7)
Category: Surgery, 1980s, Eyes and Vision

Follies of the Madmen #418



Nothing said about the quality of the men (or women) attracted by Colt 45.

Source of ad.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 16, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, 1960s, Alcohol

March 15, 2019

Vomit Sink

Apparently they're fairly common in German bars, where they go by various names: Kotzbecken, Speibecken, Expektorierbecken, or Pabst.

More details: German wikipedia (via Google translate)



via Reddit

Posted By: Alex - Fri Mar 15, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Hygiene, Body Fluids

March 14, 2019

Emergency Life Pack

Debuted in 1961, from the Survival Life Pack Company.

Looks like you can still pick one up on eBay for around $199.99. (Though just the food/water, not the suit).



El Paso Times - Sep 22, 1961



Posted By: Alex - Thu Mar 14, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Armageddon and Apocalypses, Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1960s

March 13, 2019

Clothespin Earrings

Available from jewelry brand Ambush, for a mere $408.30.



Posted By: Alex - Wed Mar 13, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Fashion, Jewelry, Overpriced Merchandise

Follies of the Madmen #417



Kiss the foot!

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 13, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Hygiene, Sex Symbols, 1950s, Feet

March 12, 2019

Pleasure Levers

Our pleasure levers are 19 years overdue!

From Selected Readings in Genetic Engineering and Bioethics (1974):

Unlikely as it may seem, there are researchers who claim to have discovered something better than sex. At McGill University in Canada, Psychologist James Olds used electrodes to locate specific “pleasure centers” in the brains of rats, and then allowed the animals, electrodes still in place, to stimulate themselves by pressing a lever. Given a choice, the rats preferred this new pleasure to food, water and sex. Some pressed the lever as many as 8,000 times an hour for more than a day, stopping only when they fainted from fatigue.

Such experiments lead Herman Kahn of the Hudson Institute to predict that by the year 2000, people will be able to wear chest consoles with ten levers wired to the brain’s pleasure centers. Fantasies Kahn: “Any two consenting adults might play their consoles together. Just imagine all the possible combinations: ‘Have you ever tried ten and five together?” couples would ask. Or, ‘How about one and one”’ But I don’t think you should play your own console; that would be depraved.”

Los Angeles Times - Jan 29, 1970



The Hackensack Record - Jan 30, 1970



San Francisco Examiner - Feb 8, 1970

Posted By: Alex - Tue Mar 12, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: 1970s, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Atomic Agriculture



And you thought GMO crops were scary!

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 12, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Agriculture, Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1950s

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