Weird Universe

August 21, 2014

Camp Bed Wet

The ad for this camp is via The Retroist, who unfortunately didn't supply a date.

I'm curious what went on at this camp. Was it just like a normal camp but with plastic sheets on the bed? Did it actually help bed-wetters overcome their problem?

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Aug 21, 2014 | Comments (1)
Category: Psychology

Destination Earth

Mars needs petroleum byproducts!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Aug 21, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Aliens, Business, Advertising, Products, Motor Vehicles, Politics, 1950's

August 20, 2014

Living off the land

A 1955 U.S. Navy training film. Having watched it, I'm now ready to live off the grid.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Aug 20, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Food, 1950's

Brigitte Bardot & Serge Gainsbourg: “Comic Strip”

Guardians of the Galaxy was great. But I'd pay twice as much to see a feature-length version of this.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Aug 20, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Comics, Sex Symbols, Superheroes, 1960's, Europe

August 19, 2014

Dinner On The Fly

We have all heard cautionary tales about hawks or large owls picking up small dogs as prey while the dogs are outside. But one would think a pet would be safe in the house AND inside a closed cage, maybe not so much. Last Sunday an owl flew into a tenth floor apartment through the balcony door, opened a bird cage, killed one canary and traumatized the other one inside. The pet owner found the owl still in her home, then it flew back out and nonchalantly perched on her balcony for a photo op. The least it could do after killing her pet!
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Aug 19, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Animals

Skinny Liberation

Skinny people aren't often recognized as being part of an oppressed minority. Back in 1972, Barry Goldsmith tried to change this by announcing the Skinny Liberation movement and issuing an "emaciation proclamation." But his efforts don't seem to have changed public attitudes significantly. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a picture of Mr. Goldsmith. But it sounds like he was definitely quite skinny. Source: The Deseret News - Aug 4, 1972.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Aug 19, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: 1970's

Beverly Massegee and Erick


Evangelical ventriloquism: I tend to suspect no one does it better than Beverly Massegee. (Ie, no one else does it at all.)

I could not find any clips of her and "Erick," so you'll have to content yourself with her "singing."
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Aug 19, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Religion, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

August 18, 2014

Last Week in Weird (August 18, 2014)

Last Week in Weird
datelines 8/8/2014--8/15/2014 (Part II)
[Links, chronological, on Extended page]
Copyright 2014 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.

The Way The World Works: Comcast and Time Warner Cable have to make it past the FCC to consummate their $45bn merger, and they just happen to have recently contributed $132,000 to the FCC chairwoman’s favorite foundation--and, and, and, and there’s absolutely nothing unusual about that, they say. It’s . . . the way the world works.

Multitask Mom: Dropped by Fisher Elementary in Pasadena, Tex., to register her 4-yr-old for pre-K, and by the way, got that pesky childbirth thing out of the way, too.

Do They Sometimes Approve Freedom of Information Act Requests? Reason magazine turned up a U.S. Dept. of Education letter under the signature block of Taylor D. August, “FOIA Denial Officer.” (Bonus: In the letter, he was warning that they might have to grant a request.)

Colander Law: Canada’s CTV reports that at least 4 countries (incl. U.S.) allow driver-license applicants to wear their Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster colanders for their official photos . . . but that authorities in British Columbia say it interferes with identification.

Yo, Let’s Start a Rumor, OK? The truth is only that German political figure Katja Kipping produced a serious proposal for the gov’t to fund free summer vacations every yr for everyone already on gov’t welfare folls. She said she is saddened that “three million children this summer cannot experience what a holiday means.” All right, let’s get out a release changing Katja to “Michelle Obama” and see what happens. Imagine Rush! Sean! O’Reilly!

A Texas appeals court ruled against too-lax homeschool parents, who were claiming a state religious-freedom law protected them if they seriously, cross-their-heart-believed the Rapture was imminent and that intense schooling wasn’t really necessary.

In other religious news, it’s PETA versus the St. Patrick Catholic Parish in Stephensville, Wis., over the latter’s annual fundraiser that features pig-wrestling. [No, not Broadus Clay--real pigs!]

More: (1) From Chula Vista, Calif.: Mother, Daughter Trapped by Aggressive House Cat (2) From Manassas, Va., an elementary school principal got bounced for having a fraudulently inflated resume--a principal named Robin Toogood. (3) A West Virginia M.D. in trouble, in part, because she allegedly ordered a gal on her staff to motorboat her brand-new breasts. (4) And in our latest fashion-failing mugshot, Mr. Daontae Diggs of Frederick, Md.

York County (Pa.) District Judge Ronald J. Haskell Jr. attracted a lot of attention when he posted courtroom signs to head off behaviors that he apparently gets too much of. From now on, No Pajamas in court! And furthermore, if you’re in court to pay a fine or a fee, clerks will not accept money you have removed from your underwear. (One problem: The latter sign is apparently only in Español.)

More in extended >>
Posted By: Chuck | Date: Mon Aug 18, 2014 | Comments (9)

Follies of the Madmen #227


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Yes, our product is number one among insane vegan fashionistas!

From Woman's Day for April 1962.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Aug 18, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, Vegetables, 1960's

The First Robot Ever Arrested

Today is the anniversary of the day on which the first robot was ever arrested. The event occurred on August 18, 1982 when a robot called DC-2 was taken into custody by the Beverly Hills Police Department. Its crime was illegally distributing business cards on North Beverly Drive.

More info at Paleofuture.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Aug 18, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Robots, 1980's
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