Weird Universe Archive

October 2019

October 26, 2019

William Greenwood, the Modern Noah

William Greenwood was a local character in Olympia, Washington. In the 1920s, he decided that a great flood was coming soon, so he built himself an ark. The press dubbed him the modern Noah.

The exact date that he thought the flood would arrive changed frequently. First it was 1928, then 1932, then 1938, etc.







Eventually the city decided that his ark was a fire hazard, so in June 1942 they had the fire department burn it down. But Greenwood built another, smaller one. He lived on until 1958, dying at the age of 91. More info: Olympia History

San Bernardino County Sun - June 20, 1942



Mason City Globe-Gazette - Feb 13, 1948

Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 26, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Armageddon and Apocalypses, Eccentrics, Crackpots, 1920s

Artwork Khrushchev Probably Would Not Have Liked 24






Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 26, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, 1930s, Genitals

October 25, 2019

Augmented Roman

Augmented Roman was one of the periodic attempts to improve and rationalize the English alphabet. Introduced in the 1960s by Sir James Pitman, the idea was to expand the alphabet from 26 letters to 43, and to have each letter represent a single, distinct sound. Unlike the current alphabet in which letters can have different sounds depending on context.

Proponents of Augmented Roman imagined teaching children to read using this improved alphabet, and then having the kids switch over to the standard alphabet later. And that's where the plan ran aground, because most people figured that if kids have to learn the standard alphabet anyway, just teach them that from the beginning.

image source: omnivorenz



Tampa Bay Times - Sep 2, 1962



Tampa Bay Times - Sep 2, 1962

Posted By: Alex - Fri Oct 25, 2019 - Comments (7)
Category: Education, Languages, 1960s

October 24, 2019

Smirnoff Leaves You Breathless

1958 ad campaign for Smirnoff Vodka. The ad copy about "breathless" drinkers who are "on the vodka wagon" makes me think of wheezing, out-of-breath drunks.

San Bernardino County Sun - Nov 6, 1958



Miami News - Oct 16, 1958



San Antonio Express - Sep 23, 1958

Posted By: Alex - Thu Oct 24, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Advertising, 1950s, Alcohol

October 23, 2019

Bodysuits for men

A fashion fad of the 1970s.



San Bernardino County Sun - Oct 7, 1973



Bridgeport Telegram - Oct 27, 1972

Posted By: Alex - Wed Oct 23, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Fashion, 1970s

Follies of the Madmen #449



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 23, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Fashion, Surrealism, 1940s

October 22, 2019

Glass Box Baby

Sara Franklin's 15 minutes of fame came from being the first baby raised in a glass box. Or in an Air crib, as the device, invented by psychologist B.F. Skinner, was called. More info from wikipedia:

The air crib is an easily cleaned, temperature- and humidity-controlled enclosure intended to replace the standard infant crib. Skinner invented the device to help his wife cope with the day-to-day tasks of child rearing. It was designed to make early childcare simpler (by reducing laundry, diaper rash, cradle cap, etc.), while allowing the baby to be more mobile and comfortable, and less prone to cry. Reportedly it had some success in these goals.

The air crib was a controversial invention. It was popularly mischaracterized as a cruel pen, and it was often compared to Skinner's operant conditioning chamber, commonly called the "Skinner Box". This association with laboratory animal experimentation discouraged its commercial success, though several companies attempted production.

Sydney Morning Herald - July 5, 1964



Indianapolis Star - Jan 12, 1966

Posted By: Alex - Tue Oct 22, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Babies, 1960s

Yellow Pages Dress

The Yellow Pages? What are those?



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 22, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Fashion, Telephones, 1970s

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