Weird Universe Archive

May 2019

May 6, 2019

Dried Milk as Fuel



Source.


Posted By: Paul - Mon May 06, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Food, Motor Vehicles, Technology, 1930s

Vajankles

For those who are into feet, sex-doll company Silicon Wives now offers a new toy: Realistic Silicone Feet with built-in vajayjay.

Online commentators have dubbed them Vajankles.

More info: Pittsburgh City Paper

Posted By: Alex - Mon May 06, 2019 - Comments (0)
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May 5, 2019

Jack in Pack





Posted By: Paul - Sun May 05, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Tobacco and Smoking, 1950s, Pranks

Cheese slaw



Cheese slaw is a regional specialty of Broken Hill, Australia. It's a mixture of grated cheese, grated carrots, and mayonnaise. [Source: abc.net.au]

Some googling reveals that it's not only an Australian dish. There's apparently an American (southern) version that dispenses with the carrots and adds in a bit of chopped onions.

On its own, it sounds pretty disgusting, but served as a dip with crackers or tortilla chips, as in the video below, I'd be willing to try it.

Posted By: Alex - Sun May 05, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Food

May 4, 2019

Masquerade Party



Here's what's really weird about this show: a poet, Ogden Nash, and an author, Ilka Chase, were not considered too highbrow for a game show, and were recognized by the mass audience. Try that today!

Of course, having Dagmar on the show did not hurt.



The other parts of this episode also on YouTube.

Posted By: Paul - Sat May 04, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Celebrities, Disguises, Impersonations, Mimics and Forgeries, Games, Literature, Television, 1950s

The Mayonnaise Lady

In 1973, UC Davis fired Doris Judd from her job as a sandwich maker in the school's cafeteria, citing her "failure to spread mayonnaise to the edges of sandwich bread." Her supervisors also complained that she was slow putting sauerkraut on hot dogs, and had once made too many sloppy joes, which then had to be thrown out.

Judd subsequently sued the university for unlawful termination, arguing that the real reason she was fired was because the university was trying to save money by eliminating older workers. In the ensuing media coverage, she was nicknamed the "Mayonnaise Lady."

The judge agreed with her, remarking that the charges against her seemed "trivial" and ordered that she be rehired. Back on the job, she was assigned to work the grill, rather than sandwich duty. But apparently she didn't stay long, retiring soon after with the money from the settlement.



via Center for Sacramento History



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Posted By: Alex - Sat May 04, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Lawsuits, Mayonnaise, 1970s

May 3, 2019

The Crazy Otto Medley



Number 2 on the Billboard Charts in 1955.

The man's Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Fri May 03, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Fey, Twee, Whimsical, Naive and Sadsack, Music, 1950s, Europe

Weeping Gum Tree

In Perth, Australia water mysteriously began flowing out of a gum tree on Easter weekend. Many suggested it must be some kind of divine message. Investigation by city workers uncovered a more mundane explanation: a broken water pipe underground.

Posted By: Alex - Fri May 03, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Religion

May 2, 2019

Stoney Burke



Jack Lord AND Bruce Dern AND Warren Oates? How did this show not succeed?

Posted By: Paul - Thu May 02, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Regionalism, Television, 1960s

The Amazing License Plate Collection of Paul Franke

By chance, I recently happened to meet a fellow San Diegan, Paul Franke, who has in his garage a collection of 22,000 license plates. Of course, I was interested in seeing that, and he was kind enough to invite me over and spend an afternoon showing it to me.

I hadn't realized how popular license plate collecting is. The Automobile License Plate Collectors Association has almost 3000 members, and it holds an annual national convention, as well as smaller regional ones. But even within this large community of collectors, Paul's collection of 22,000 plates is very impressive.

Guinness lists the largest collection of license plates in the world as being that of Péter and Tamás Kenyeres who have 11,345 plates. Seeing that, I wondered if Paul actually had the true world record. But no, he assures me that Guinness is wrong. While his collection is undeniably large, he doubts it's even the biggest in San Diego County, and this BBC article indicates there's a collector in Florida with over 50,000 plates.



Paul stores his license plates thematically. Along one wall (above left) he has boxes of plates arranged by state. (He long ago acquired plates from every state.) On another wall (above right) he has boxes of plates with more random themes. For instance, he has a box of error plates. Can you spot the errors in the examples below?

(scroll to the bottom of this post for the answers)



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Posted By: Alex - Thu May 02, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Motor Vehicles, Collectors

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