Weird Universe Blog — April 26, 2018

Mistress of Time

Back in 1996, Jeanne Calment of France celebrated her 121st birthday by releasing a record titled Maîtresse du Temps (Mistress of Time) on which she "recounts her memories above a musical background of rap, techno and farandole, a regional dance tune dating to the Middle Ages."

Based on the clips I've been able to find, the album was as awful as you might expect.

Calment died in 1997, at the age of 122. Wkipedia offers this interesting detail about her life:

In 1965, at age 90 and with no heirs, Calment signed a contract to sell her apartment to lawyer André-François Raffray, retaining a life estate. Raffray, then aged 47 years, agreed to pay her a monthly sum of 2,500 francs (€381.12) until she died. Raffray ended up paying Calment the equivalent of more than €140,000, more than double the apartment's value.

Salem Statesman Journal - Feb 22, 1996

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 26, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Music | 1990s

Saint Mary of the Highways

‘Saint Mary of the Highways’ I & II are names of two trailer chapels operated by the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. Designed by George F. Chaplain, one was built in 1938 and the second in 1948. They were dedicated by Bishop Ireton. Purchased by the donations of the people at the cost of $10,000 each, they contain church equipment, public address system and living accommodations for two priests. During the summer, programs of Scripture, music, prayer, question answering, sermons, movies and literature are presented daily. You are invited to visit the Chapel on the road, or at our home in Richmond.

Postcard source.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 26, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Motor Vehicles | Religion | 1930s | 1940s

April 25, 2018


Heinz is threatening to release a product named Mayochup if 500,000 people vote for it. The product would be a combination of mayonnaise and ketchup, thus mayochup.

I've got no problem with mayonnaise and ketchup mixed together. But the name. Though I suppose it's better than ketchonnaise.

Some people are noting that this combination is actually already a thing that other companies have been selling for a while. It's called simply Mayo Ketchup, or Fry Sauce.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Apr 25, 2018 - Comments (12)
Category: Food

April 24, 2018

Being a sheep

Artist Miranda Whall spent much of last summer crawling around on her hands and knees through the Cambrian Mountains in Wales, while dressed as a sheep, with 14 cameras strapped to her body.

She did this in order to immerse herself in the mountains and be able to better tell their story for the documentary she was creating. She said, "I wanted to challenge the assumptions and misconceptions about sheep and the Welsh uplands, both of which are central to Wales' heritage and identity."

For her next project, she's thinking of crawling through Scotland as a deer, and then it's off to the Pyrenees to crawl around as a boar or bear.

More info: BBC News

image source:

Posted By: Alex - Tue Apr 24, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Animals | Art

The Golden Flake Gobbler

Amazingly, never sued by Sesame Street or Jim Henson for resemblance to the Cookie Monster.

Explanation here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 24, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Business | Advertising | Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings | Regionalism | Junk Food

April 23, 2018

Feral Cheryl

An eco-feminist, anti-Barbie doll featuring tattoos, unshaven legs, pierced nipples, pubic hair, and dreadlocks. Created by Lee Duncan of Australia in 1995.

Duncan still has a few Feral Cheryls available for sale at her website They're going for $75 AUD (about 57 US dollars).

Palm Beach Post - May 31, 1995

Posted By: Alex - Mon Apr 23, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Toys | Gender | 1990s

Follies of the Madmen #361


Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 23, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Business | Advertising | Innuendo, Double Entendres, Symbolism, Nudge-Nudge-Wink-Wink and Subliminal Messages | 1950s | Skin and Skin Conditions

April 22, 2018

Dog-Fur Boots

Tecnica is still around, and still selling boots. But none lined with dog fur any more, as far as I can tell.

Greenville News - Dec 11, 1991

Posted By: Alex - Sun Apr 22, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Fashion | Shoes | Dogs | 1990s

I’m Yorn

Their Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 22, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Humor | Music | Regionalism | 1950s

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