Weird Universe Blog — October 16, 2019

Tijuana Cows?

There's a tradition in Tijuana of painting donkeys to look like zebras.

Now scientists have discovered that painting cows to look like zebras can protect them from fly bites.

More info: CNN, PLOS

Posted By: Alex - Wed Oct 16, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals | Science

Follies of the Madmen #448



Kills germs with dictatorial efficiency!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 16, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Business | Advertising | Dictators, Tyrants and Other Harsh Rulers | Hygiene | Stereotypes and Cliches | 1960s

October 15, 2019

Rent a Conversation

In 1973, entrepreneurs Richard and Christine Braunlich launched a business called Conversation. The idea was that it would allow people to pay to have a conversation with an expert "conversationalist." $5 for the first half-hour, and $3 for each additional half-hour. Some details from the SF Examiner (Feb 11, 1973):

The couple rented space in a commercial building at 445 Colusa Ave. in October, invested their entire savings, and spent hours redecorating and rebuilding the interior...
So far, however, the talkers have been few and far between — only about 40 customers have dropped in since Conversation opened.
About 60 percent of the customers have been women, the Braunliches report, and they talk about subjects ranging from poetry to small family problems.
Sitting in one of 14 tiny booths, customers can talk to one of 20 employees, who are called, appropriately enough, conversationalists.

And more details from the Moline Dispatch (Feb 13, 1973):

The conversationalists, who work part-time, collect half of a client's fee. The other half of the fee goes to the business. One of the first customers was a lonely divorcee new to the area, according to Engel Devendorf, a marketing executive now working at Conversation.
"She left her two kids at a movie and was here when the door opened," he said. "She just wanted to chat with somebody alive, warm and wiggling. Boy, did she want to talk."
Another woman explained that her husband was a nice guy but boring, and she needed to converse with somebody else once in a while...
"Lots of people with problems don't need professional help, but they do need to talk them over," Devendorf said. "They can go to the hairdresser, a bar or a coffee shop, but some are too shy."
At Conversation, persons with serious psychological difficulties are referred to professionals.

Evidently the business didn't succeed.



San Francisco Examiner - Feb 11, 1973

Posted By: Alex - Tue Oct 15, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Business | Jobs and Occupations | Psychology | 1970s

The Dream of a Rarebit Fiend

Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 15, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Dreams and Nightmares | Movies | Special Effects | Surrealism | 1900s

October 14, 2019

Farrah Fawcett Lookalike Contest Winners

In the late 1970s, Farrah Fawcett was, without a doubt, the most famous sex symbol in the world, thanks to her best-selling poster and role on Charlie's Angels. For a while, a Farrah craze swept the nation, inspiring a slew of lookalike contests. Below are some of the winners.

Mary Gallagher
In February 1977, Mary Gallagher beat out 280 other wannabe Farrahs in a nationwide lookalike contest held in Detroit. She subsequently became the best-known Farrah lookalike. People magazine even ran a feature about her.



Gallagher posing in front of the Farrah poster.
Detroit Free Press - Feb 2, 1977



In her day job, Gallagher was a clerk for the UPS, but after winning the contest she signed up with a modeling agency and landed various paid appearances as a Farrah lookalike, such as a gig (below) at Rosella's furniture store in Greenville, Mississippi. (Dobbs was her married name.)

Delta Democrat-Times - Jun 24, 1977



Shari Matichuk

Calgary Herald - Oct 7, 1978






More in extended >>

Posted By: Alex - Mon Oct 14, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests | Celebrities | 1970s

Midge, Barbie & Ken



After learning "the three of them go everywhere together," the occasion of a masked ball tips it over into EYES WIDE SHUT territory.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 14, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Sexuality | Toys | 1960s

October 13, 2019

Pig Poop Sniffer

If you think your job sucks, it could always be worse. You could be smelling pig excrement for $1 a day.

Cedar Rapids Gazette - Aug 25, 1978

Posted By: Alex - Sun Oct 13, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals | Jobs and Occupations | Excrement | 1970s

Beer-Drinking Camel(s)





Picture source.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Oct 13, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals | 1950s | Alcohol

October 12, 2019

Underwear on head in restaurant

“How would you like to be eating a hamburger and turn around and see some dude wearing jockey shorts on his head?”

Indianapolis News - May 20, 1977

Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 12, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Eccentrics | Headgear | Underwear | 1970s

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