Weird Universe Archive

July 2020

July 6, 2020

The Wyoming Cheese House

Oct 16, 2001: In Powell, Wyoming, artist Cosimo Cavallaro covered a house inside and out with government-surplus pepperjack cheese. He melted the cheese and then sprayed it on with a pump.

Photographer Dan Cepeda, who was assigned to cover the event, offered this commentary:

Specifics of many assignments fade over the years, but what will never fade is the unbearable stink of rancid fake cheese slamming me in the face with vomit-inducing intensity. I've got a strong stomach. I've survived some pretty brutal scents in my life. This one nearly got me.

The house was put on display for two weeks and then demolished.

More info: Cosimo Cavallaro

Casper Star-Tribune - Oct 9, 2016



Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 06, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Architecture, Art, Food

Mystery Gadget 85

What's happening to this poor woman?

Answer is here.

Or behind the jump.



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Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 06, 2020 - Comments (4)
Category: Technology, 1930s

July 5, 2020

Square Pants

Patented in 1970 by Harold Koenig of Miami, Florida.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jul 05, 2020 - Comments (5)
Category: Fashion, 1970s

It’s Tough to Be a Bird!

A definite Disney-Does-Monty-Python vibe in the closing credits.

The Wikipedia entry.



Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 05, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Humor, PSA’s, 1960s

July 4, 2020

Fourth of July Hairdos

The Muncie Star Press - July 4, 1963



Lancaster New Era - Jun 28, 1984



Orangeburg Times and Democrat - July 4, 1986



Fort Lauderdale News - July 3, 1971



Helena Independent-Record - Mar 14, 1948


Posted By: Alex - Sat Jul 04, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Holidays, Hair and Hairstyling

Happy Fourth of July 2020!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jul 04, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Holidays, Comics

July 3, 2020

Cranberry Candles

Make mayonnaise candles a holiday tradition...

Life - Nov 14, 1960

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jul 03, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Food, Advertising, 1960s

July 2, 2020

B. Brock and the Sultans

B. Brock and the Sultans were a Beatles knockoff band whose one-and-only album, released in 1964, included a cover of 'I want to hold your hand.' But to drive home how like the Beatles they were, almost all the other songs on the album included the word 'beetle' — ‘Beetle Walk,’ ’30 LB Beetle,’ ‘Feed The Beetle,’ ‘Fast Beetle,’ ‘Mexican Beetle,’ ‘Little Brown Beetle,’ and ‘Do The Beetle’.

More info: The Lost RPM





Posted By: Alex - Thu Jul 02, 2020 - Comments (6)
Category: Music, 1960s

Out of This World by Jam Handy

Heaven and Hell battle for the soul of a bread salesman.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 02, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Food, Religion, Supernatural, Occult, Paranormal, 1950s, Gambling, Casinos, Lotteries and Other Games of Chance

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