Weird Universe Archive

November 2022

November 25, 2022

Miss Formula

Miss Formula, who made her debut in 1964, was said to be "a computer's idea of how the perfect female should look." Though she was actually what the engineers at California Computer Products, Inc. thought the perfect female should look like. They designed her and the computer printed her out.

California Computer Products (CalComp) was eventually acquired by the Lockheed Corporation. I wonder if Miss Formula still resides somewhere in their computer systems.

Tampa Tribune - July 31, 1964



Pittsburgh Press - July 29, 1964



Pomona Progress-Bulletin - July 29, 1964

Posted By: Alex - Fri Nov 25, 2022 - Comments (4)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Technology, Computers, 1960s

Hair Coloring Calculator

Pity the poor inventor of the 1980s, who had a notion for something not supported by the clunky digital tech of that era. This elaborate device is today just a free app.

Full patent here.



Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 25, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Inventions, Patents, 1980s, Hair and Hairstyling

November 24, 2022

Thanksgiving Hair Tonic Cocktail

In 1909, Friedrich Wilhelm Emil Müller of Chicago received a patent for a hair tonic that, so he claimed, would cause hair "to grow on bald spots of the head." All you had to do was thoroughly rub it into the scalp with the tips of the fingers several times a day.

The tonic struck some at the patent office as sounding quite tasty. So it was served as an aperitif at the 1936 Thanksgiving-week banquet in Washington DC celebrating 100 years of the American patent system.



Tacoma News Tribune - Nov 24, 1936

Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 24, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Patents, Thanksgiving, Hair and Hairstyling, Alcohol

Happy Thanksgiving 2022!

Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 24, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Food, Holidays, 1900s, Cars

November 23, 2022

The Barrett Eye Normalizer

Perfect vision through eyeball massage. At least, that was the claim.

Hearst's International-Cosmopolitan - Oct 1926



Source: American Artifacts



Boston Sunday Globe - Oct 8, 2017

Posted By: Alex - Wed Nov 23, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Frauds, Cons and Scams, Eyes and Vision

Allan Bryant, “Space Guitars”

Let us all know how far you get before tossing in the audio towel.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 23, 2022 - Comments (5)
Category: Space Travel, 1970s, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

November 22, 2022

How to fool a legman

"The legman is an artist."

Maybe so, but the picture sure makes him look weird and creepy.

Vogue - Oct 1, 1969

Posted By: Alex - Tue Nov 22, 2022 - Comments (6)
Category: Advertising, 1960s, Legs

Unauthorized Dwellings 26

Source: The San Francisco Examiner (San Francisco, California) 14 Nov 1966, Mon Page 7



Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 22, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Unauthorized Dwellings, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1960s, North America

November 21, 2022

How much do you need to chew your food?

British dentist John H. Farrell spent much of his career studying the relationship between chewing and digestion. This involved repeated experiments in which he put bits of food in small, cotton-mesh bags, had subjects chew the food (or not), and then swallow it. The next step was more unpleasant:

On recovery from the faeces the bags were washed gently and the contents, if any, were examined and weighed.

The years he spent doing this convinced him that "very little chewing is required for maximum digestion."

More info: "The effect on digestibility of methods commonly used to increase the tenderness of lean meat"



Bedford Times-Mail - Apr 17, 1964

Posted By: Alex - Mon Nov 21, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Food, Experiments, Stomach, Teeth

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