Weird Universe Archive

April 2019

April 16, 2019

Mobile Phone Throwing

It's a sport that got its start in Finland in 2000. From wikipedia: "participants throw mobile phones and are judged on distance or technique. World record holder is Tom Philipp Reinhardt from Germany with a throw of 136,75m."

But the competitions seem to have ended. The last title winners listed on wikipedia are from 2014. I can't find any more recent elsewhere. Perhaps people are reluctant to throw their smart phones?

Posted By: Alex - Tue Apr 16, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Sports, Telephones

Professor Burt, Endurance Pianist

"Lady nurse in attendance shaves him every day."



Source.



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 16, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Eccentrics, Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, Human Marvels, Motor Vehicles, Music, 1920s

April 15, 2019

Downright unacceptable and illegal

Poe's Law states that it can often be almost impossible to tell the difference between a parody of an extreme belief (such as creationism) and a sincere expression of that belief.

Something like that is going on with the video below. It's apparently a sincere video statement, recently posted on the British Army's YouTube account, by a high-ranking British officer, Gen Sir Mark Carleton-Smith. But as you watch it, it's hard not to get the impression that he's parodying the popular image of a British officer. Monty Python is surely to blame for this!

More details: the guardian



Posted By: Alex - Mon Apr 15, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Military, Parody

The Anatomical Flora of Alessandra Pirovano

Her website.





Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 15, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Art, Surrealism, Body

April 14, 2019

Balenciaga Armless Dress

As in, there are no holes at shoulder-level through which to extend one's arms.

I imagine it would be painful to fall down while wearing this. Also, awkward to wear it to a dinner party.

The price: $5,300.



Posted By: Alex - Sun Apr 14, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion

Fearless Fosdick TV Show



A show derived from a parody within a newspaper comic strip--and using puppets.

That's meta!

Wikipedia entry.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 14, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Cops, Puppets and Automatons, Television, Comics, 1950s, Parody

April 13, 2019

Mashed Potato Mystery

Why are bowls of mashed potatoes being left around a Jackson, Mississippi neighborhood? No one knows. The mashed potatoes have been found "on doorsteps, in mailboxes and on top of parked cars."

More details: "Mysterious mashed potatoes perplex a historic neighborhood"

Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 13, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Unsolved Mysteries

April 12, 2019

Underwater Opera

It's titled BREATHE: a multidisciplinary water opera. It's performed in the swimming pool of Lawrence University, and it features music played both above the water and under it.

[Loren] Dempster will be the only underwater musician in the entire opera as he will be in the shallow end, playing his cello while underwater microphones transmit the sounds above the surface.

More details: Fox Cities Magazine


Breathe from Gabriel Forestieri on Vimeo.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 12, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Music

Lodi Grape Festival Queen

Here is the first holder of the honor.



Read article here.

The festival continues to this day, but I find no reference to a queen.



Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 12, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Food, Regionalism, 1930s, Alcohol

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