Weird Universe Archive

April 2023

April 30, 2023

Wearable Canopy

Stylish rain gear.

More info: Patent No. 1,888,909

Posted By: Alex - Sun Apr 30, 2023 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Patents, 1930s, Weather

Mechanical Chiropractor



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 30, 2023 - Comments (0)
Category: Health, Hobbies and DIY, Lawsuits, 1940s

April 29, 2023

The AI doctor is always in

Consider this question: "Can an artificial intelligence chatbot assistant provide responses to patient questions that are of comparable quality and empathy to those written by physicians?"

According to a study recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the answer is that not only can AI give answers that are as good as those of physicians, in the majority of cases the answers are better. Judge for yourself with the sample below.

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Looks like it might not be too long before your primary care doctor will be a robot. Actually, I already rely heavily on "Doctor Google" to diagnose any medical issues I might have.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 29, 2023 - Comments (5)
Category: Medicine, Technology, AI, Robots and Other Automatons

He Resolves Not To Smoke

Posted By: Paul - Sat Apr 29, 2023 - Comments (0)
Category: Tobacco and Smoking, Fantasy, Cartoons, 1910s

April 28, 2023

Miracle Dentistry

No need for dentists. Just pray away your tooth troubles!



Lloyd Bovee lived for over 50 more years. No mention of tooth problems in his obituary.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 28, 2023 - Comments (1)
Category: Religion, 1920s, Teeth

Songs of the Russian Street Urchins

A few cheerful gulag ditties.





Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 28, 2023 - Comments (0)
Category: Music, Children, 1960s, Russia

April 27, 2023

RIP Yon Zircle Bowlin

Yon Zircle Bowlin died last week at the age of 94. His weird claim to fame was that he was the final-born member of the Bowlin "alphabet family."

His parents, Allen and Sarah Bowlin, named all their kids in alphabetical order (first and middle names). They ended up having 13 kids, completing the alphabet.

The 13 kids: Audie Bryant, Curtis Drue, Era Faye, Grady Hampton, Ida Jeanette, Knola Leantha, Millard Nathan, Olivia Penelopi, Quincy Ruth, Sarah Thelma, Ulysses Vinson, Wilson Xava, and Yon Zircle.

Yon Zircle's obituary: Brown Funeral Home

Montgomery Advertiser - Feb 15, 1950

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 27, 2023 - Comments (2)
Category: Death, Odd Names

Maco Toys Firefly Safety Helmet

What do you think? Would this have earned envy or disdain from fellow kids? Cool or uncool?

The maker's Wikipedia page.





Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 27, 2023 - Comments (4)
Category: Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles, Geeks, Nerds and Pointdexters, Toys, Self-protection, Defenses, and Safeguards, Twentieth Century

April 26, 2023

The boxer who knocked himself out

According to boxing lore, back in the 1930s C.D. "Bigboy" Blalock of Louisiana State University managed to accidentally knock himself out, with his own punch.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Feb 12, 1973



I've managed to confirm that C.D. Blalock was, in fact, a boxer on the LSU team (see clipping below). Apparently he was the heavyweight champion of the southeastern conference in 1934. But I can't find any contemporary coverage of his self-knockout. Which seems odd. I would have thought the press would have given something like that plenty of coverage.

Alexandria Daily Town Talk - Apr 2, 1932

Posted By: Alex - Wed Apr 26, 2023 - Comments (0)
Category: Sports, 1930s

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