Weird Universe Archive

March 2019

March 11, 2019

Grasshopper Beer

Offered by Benchtop Brewing Co. of Norfolk, Virginia. The name of the beer is Chapulin Exchange, but the star ingredient is grasshoppers, as well as chipotle peppers and lime zest. The brewer won't say exactly how many grasshoppers each beer contains. But whatever the number is, I'll pass.

More details: pilotonline.com

Posted By: Alex - Mon Mar 11, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Insects

Unauthorized Dwellings 8

Postwar squatting in England was a big thing.

This article goes into much detail. But they don't mention the weird squatter letter detailed in the news article.





Source.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Mar 11, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Antisocial Activities, Buildings and Other Structures, Urban Life, 1940s, United Kingdom

March 10, 2019

Psychological warfare in Vietnam

February 1966: Congressman Craig Hosmer unveiled his strange plan for victory in Vietnam. He suggested air-dropping playing cards, plastic cutouts of women and dogs, and owl hoots onto the Vietcong. His idea was that these would trigger the superstitious nature of the Vietnamese and cause them to surrender — with no shots fired.

Some of his suggestions may actually have been done. I’m not sure.

Hosmer also suggested dropping yellow dye on the Vietcong “to identify them upon infiltration into South Vietnam.” He noted, “Dyeing the Vietcong could, in the end, prove more effective than killing them.”

Sydney Morning Herald - Feb 7, 1966



Craig Hosmer (Esquire - Jan 1967)



Arizona Republic - Feb 9, 1966

Posted By: Alex - Sun Mar 10, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Military, War, 1960s

I Dig Chicks

Posted By: Paul - Sun Mar 10, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Music, 1950s, Women

March 9, 2019

Bridge player caught doping

A doping scandal has rocked the world of competitive bridge. The World Bridge Federation announced that top-ranked player Geir Helgemo has been suspended after he tested positive for synthetic testosterone and the female fertility drug clomifene while playing in the World Bridge Series in Orlando, Florida.

Of course, these drugs don't enhance or otherwise affect one's ability to play bridge. But apparently the World Bridge Federation is recognized by the International Olympic Committee, which means the bridge players need to follow the same anti-doping rules as Olympic athletes.

More details: globalnews.ca

Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 09, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Drugs, Games, Sports

March 8, 2019

Murphy the Molar

A talking tooth from Canada.

More info: Lorne Park Dental



Posted By: Alex - Fri Mar 08, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Video, 1970s, Teeth

March 7, 2019

Chanel Skateboard

It's made with lacquered wood, which surely justifies its $7,700 price tag.



Posted By: Alex - Thu Mar 07, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Overpriced Merchandise

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