Category:
Holidays

Love Day

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As any fan of The Simpsons knows, Springfield once celebrated a totally bogus and greed-stoked holiday known as Love Day.












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Utterly oblivious to any satirical implications that make them look like idiots, the famed jeweler Cartier has decided to celebrate Love Day too. I find references to this "holiday" going back to 2007.

Here's their home page.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jun 10, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Holidays, Humor, Overpriced Merchandise, Cartoons

Towel Day: May 25

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For those of you who are not already aware, May 25 is Towel Day, a celebration of the life and literature of Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
If you want to see some pictures of froods in the know, they have their own group on Flickr

Posted By: fyshstyxx - Sun May 24, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Aliens, Armageddon and Apocalypses, Holidays, Literature, Science Fiction, Writers

Colored Easter Chicks

Apparently, if you inject dye into a living chicken egg, the chicks emerge colored.

Read how to do it here.

Happy Easter!

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Posted By: Paul - Sat Apr 11, 2009 - Comments (9)
Category: Animals, Holidays, Easter

Fishmen

Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 27, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Gods, Holidays, Horror, Humor, Parody, Literature, Music, Regionalism, Video, Body Fluids

Happy Cheese Parings Day

Let's take a moment to remember Thor Bjørklund, the Norwegian inventor of the cheese slicer. From Wikipedia:

He was annoyed that he could not get slices as thin as he wanted when he sliced cheese with a knife. Therefore in Lillehammer he began to experiment with a plane in the hope that he could create something similar for use in the kitchen. He succeeded.

And on this day, in 1925, he received a patent for the cheese slicer. According to blather.net, "27 February ever since has been celebrated as osteskorperdagen, 'cheese-parings day', the biggest holiday in the Norwegian calendar, when everyone gorges themselves on thin slices of cheese in the cold, icy streets."

Sounds to me like a good way to spend the day.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 27, 2009 - Comments (8)
Category: Food, Holidays, Inventions, Patents

Flirty Love Notes

Valentines Day is this weekend. MSN Lifestyle has some tips for "flirty love note openers":

Come hither.
Won’t you come out to play?
Let’s get it started.
Let’s misbehave.
You turn me on
Love me tender.
Meet me in the bedroom, pronto.
Let me smooch you all over.
I have a craving for you.
Let me show you my bedroom skills.
Come here, you sexy thing.
I want you. And I get what I want.
Be mine, baby.
Wanna turn in early with me?
7pm: Seduction time.
I'm wearing your favorite stillettos...
Slow dance with me.
Sit, stay, watch me dance.
Hearts today, heat tonight.
Let’s steam up the windows

It seems to me that many of these openers are just begging to be completed in an appropriate fashion, and I'm hoping the Weird Universe readers won't let me down.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 11, 2009 - Comments (6)
Category: Holidays

The Red Flannel Festival

In 2009, all WU readers are commanded to attend Michigan's Red Flannel Festival, where natives parade in public in their longjohns.

Here's the history of the tradition, taken from the Festival's homepage.

It all began in 1936 in the midst of "the worst winter in years." The whole country suffered in the grip of heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures. A New York feature writer bemoaned the "fact" that, "Here we are in the midst of an old- fashioned winter and there are no red flannels in the USA to go with it."

The local newspaper, The Cedar Springs Clipper, owned and edited by "The Clipper Gals" Nina Babcock and Grace Hamilton answered the writer with a RED HOT editorial stating: "Just because Sak's Fifth Avenue does not carry red flannels, it doesn't follow that no one in the country does. CEDAR SPRINGS' merchants have red flannels!"

The story was picked up by The Associated Press and orders began pouring in from all over the USA.

Seeing the possibility of at least a few years of publicity because of our famous “drop seaters" and lumbering history, a "RED FLANNEL DAY" was planned for the fall of 1939. After the closure of the Red Flannel Factory in 1994, the citizens became concerned as to the fate of their beloved Red Flannels and of the Red Flannel Festival. However, due to the love of their community legacy, volunteers rallied to keep the Red Flannel Festival tradition alive. It has continued to be an annual event, held the last weekend in September and the first weekend in October. The production of Red Flannel garments was reestablished and they are available to purchase in Cedar Springs.


And here are some shots from early on, courtesy of the Life Photo Archive

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Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 02, 2009 - Comments (6)
Category: Customs, Holidays, Parades and Festivals, Regionalism, Fetishes, Underwear, 1940s

Calendar Recycling

It's the New Year. Time to get a new calendar. But John Walkenbach has a good idea. Don't buy a new one. Recycle an old one:

If you think about it, only 14 different calendars exist. January 1 can occur on any of seven days -- but some years are leap years and have an additional day...
you can use any of the following calendars for a 2009 calendar: 1903, 1914, 1925, 1931, 1942, 1953, 1959, 1970, 1981, 1987, or 1998.
By the way, if you start saving calendars in 2009, you will have a complete set of 14 different calendars in 2036.

Here's a 1903 calendar you can print out and use.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jan 01, 2009 - Comments (0)
Category: Holidays

Happy (Iranian) New Year!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 31, 2008 - Comments (1)
Category: Holidays, Video, Foreign Customs, Dance, Middle East

Merry (Weird) Christmas!

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Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 25, 2008 - Comments (2)
Category: Holidays, Religion, Royalty, Children, Foreign Customs, 1970s

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