Weird Universe Archive

February 2020

February 15, 2020

Follies of the Madmen #466

This was part of a campaign that made far-fetched comparisons between the animal kingdom and a desire to eat Jello.

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 15, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Business, Advertising, Food, 1950s

February 14, 2020

Sprink

I wonder how much consumer research this company did before deciding to name their product 'Sprink'. I'm guessing they thought it was a catchy shortened form of 'sprinkle'. But the problem is that the name sounds too much like 'Stink', which is exactly the wrong association for a room-rug freshener. Must be why it doesn't seem to have been on the market more than a few months.

Rocky Mount Telegram - June 18, 1963



Cincinnati Enquirer - Oct 21, 1962

Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 14, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Odd Names, Products, Fetishes, 1960s

Donkey Bike

Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 14, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles, Inventions, 1960s

February 13, 2020

Serve More Cottage Cheese

A 16-page recipe book published in 1954 by the National Dairy Products Corporation, Sealtest Division.

A better name for the cover recipe would be Vomiting Clam.





via reddit

Posted By: Alex - Thu Feb 13, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Food, Cookbooks, 1950s

Nuke-Powered Commercial Shipping

As we know, this scheme detailed in NEW SCIENTIST never came to completion. But are there, or have there been, other, non-military nuke-powered surface vessels?

Yes, a few.



Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 13, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1950s

February 12, 2020

Sing Along with Khrushchev Coloring Book

A few days ago, Paul posted about a Khrushchev coloring book authored by Jack Davis. Another Khrushchev coloring book was created in 1962 by the Hungarian cartoonist Victor Vashi with text by Ilona Fabian.

I haven’t been able to find any photos or scans of it online. And according to Worldcat, it’s only held by two US libraries. So, it’s extremely obscure. However, its existence establishes Khrushchev coloring books as a tiny, but existing literary genre.

Knoxville News Sentinel - Jan 20, 1963



Some selections from the text ran in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Apr 18, 1963):

Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 12, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Art, Dictators, Tyrants and Other Harsh Rulers, Politics, Books, 1960s

Rubber Snow Mitts

There's a good reason these never caught on: I'm sure the wearer's hands were as clammy as dead fish within seconds of wearing them.

Source.

Even the modern version that appears next has some breathable fabric, and is specially for work, not snowball fights.

Source.



Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 12, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Inventions, Seasonal, Pain, Self-inflicted and Otherwise, Skin and Skin Conditions

February 11, 2020

Peanut Butter Floor

An art installation consisting of peanut butter spread out on a floor in a giant rectangle. The Museum Bojimans Van Beuningen website provides some historical context:

The Peanut butter floor was first performed at Galerie Mickery in Loenersloot in 1969 and subsequently exhibited in a retrospective exhibition by Wim T. Schippers in the Centraal Museum in Utrecht. In 2011, the Peanut butter floor was on display in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Schippers' peanut butter installation is a work of art that can be executed in various ways. The floor sculpture in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, for example, was not completely square, but this time it was 4 x 12 meters. Visitors could ask questions to Wim T. Schippers via an interactive video (called: Peanut butter post), who responded to a selection of these questions via the webcam.

I guess the five-second rule would no longer apply.





via Book of Joe

Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 11, 2020 - Comments (7)
Category: Art, Food

February 10, 2020

Live Beetle Brooch

A living beetle, encased in a silver girdle, worn as a brooch. It was said to be “the rage of high-fashion Europe” in the early 1960s. With proper care, this living brooch supposedly would survive from two to six years.

I don't think a beetle would suffer by being worn as a brooch. Would it even care if it was being fed well? Even so, I'm guessing that living jewelry wouldn't go over well nowadays. Though that's no great loss to the world of fashion.





Toronto National Post - Dec 8, 1962

Posted By: Alex - Mon Feb 10, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Insects, Jewelry, 1960s

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