Weird Universe Archive

August 2019

August 6, 2019

Underwater Escape Toddler

1972: By the age of two, Annie Laurie Alexander had mastered the art of escaping from ropes binding her hands and feet, while underwater.

I suspect that letting a two-year-old do this nowadays might earn the parents a visit from protective services.

Source: Life magazine (Jan 21, 1972)







Posted By: Alex - Tue Aug 06, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Swimming, Snorkeling, and Diving, Babies and Toddlers, 1970s

Big Angel

Posted By: Paul - Tue Aug 06, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Body, Music, Asia, Eating

August 5, 2019

Flexitarian Sausages

Last year, New Zealand sausage maker Beehive debuted a line of sausages that it claimed were 'flexitarian'. This term describes a diet that is semi-vegetarian. So, a plant-based diet that only occasionally includes meat.

What made Beehive's sausages flexitarian? According to the company, it was because they were only 80% meat, and contained 20% plant-based filler.

By that standard, you might qualify as flexitarian if you only eat 4/5 of a sausage, instead of the whole thing.

More info: Beehive on Facebook, newshub

Posted By: Alex - Mon Aug 05, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Food, Dieting and Weight Loss

Follies of the Madmen #438



Extra credit for the chutzpah of the "full chest" pun. But seriously, if women buy the linens for the home, who is this ad directed at?

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 05, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Domestic, Innuendo, Double Entendres, Symbolism, Nudge-Nudge-Wink-Wink and Subliminal Messages, 1950s

August 4, 2019

Big Boot Dance

The performer is. Harry Relph, aka Little Tich. The performance was filmed at the 1900 Paris Exposition.

More info: wikipedia

Posted By: Alex - Sun Aug 04, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: ShowBiz, Theater and Stage, Vaudeville, Shoes, 1900s

August 3, 2019

The man hanging from ceiling

Scholarpedia defines inattentional blindness as "the failure to notice a fully-visible, but unexpected object because attention was engaged on another task, event, or object."

One of the classic examples of this is provided by the Invisible Gorilla experiment, in which test subjects were asked to watch a video showing a group of people passing a basketball back and forth. Asked to count the number of times the ball was passed, half completely failed to notice that a man wearing a gorilla suit walked through during the middle of the scene.

A recent viral video provides another example. Popular Youtuber Sushi Ramen Riku tied himself to the ceiling of his grandmother's apartment and waited to see how long it would take for her to notice him. Even though he's perfectly visible to her the entire time, in her peripheral vision, she simply doesn't notice him, for over ten minutes. Evidently she didn't expect her grandson to be strapped to the ceiling.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Aug 03, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Video, Psychology

Clairvoyant Fishing (1956)


Posted By: Paul - Sat Aug 03, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Superstition, Fish, 1950s

August 2, 2019

Isostatic Rebound Golf Course

The Valley of the Eagles golf course in the small town of Haines, Alaska boasts an unusual feature. It’s currently a nine-hole course, but due to the geological phenomenon of isostatic (or post-glacial) rebound, in a few decades it may be an 18-hole course.

Post-glacial rebound is the phenomenon of a land mass rising after the weight of a glacier has been removed from it. This is occurring in Haines, at a rate of about 0.9 inches per year, and because the golf course borders the water, it's steadily growing in size as it rises above sea level, exposing more land. The course has already doubled in size since the 1960s.

More info: pasturegolf.com

Posted By: Alex - Fri Aug 02, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Science, Sports, Natural Wonders

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