Weird Universe Blog — February 16, 2019

The Check Out Suite

The Hotel Bellora in Gothenberg, Sweden has introduced what it calls the 'check out suite'. The price of staying in this room is proportional to how much time you spend online while there. The cost rises the more you use the Internet. Also, a lamp in the room changes color from white to red as your Internet usage increases. If the lamp changes fully to red, you've got to pay full price for the room.

The goal is to encourage occupants of the room to have more real-world interactions with people. But if so, why limit it to Internet usage? What about docking them for time spent watching TV as well?

More details:

Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 16, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Internet | Hotels

The Unimog

This one has been turned into a camper.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 16, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Motor Vehicles

February 15, 2019

Frozen Sections of a Child

Back in 1881, Dr. Thomas Dwight of Harvard Medical School authored Frozen Sections of a Child, which sounds like the kind of book one might find in the library of a serial killer. As the title indicated, the book consisted of anatomical illustrations of frozen cross-sections of a three-year-old child.

In the preface, Dwight helpfully included advice for those readers who might want to create their own frozen sections of a child:

My experience with frozen sections enables me to offer the following directions for making them. First, be very sure that the body, or part, to be frozen is in precisely the position you desire, and that there are no folds or indentations in the skin. I always use natural cold when possible. Weather much about zero (Fahrenheit) is unsatisfactory; but if the part is thoroughly chilled by several days' exposure to a pretty low temperature, a night of 10° may possibly finish it. Salt and ice, or snow, no doubt, will answer the purpose, but much time and patience are required. It is essential that the melted ice should have a chance to run off. The body should be frozen like a rock—so much so that the operator cannot tell whether he is cutting bone or muscle. Tooth is the only tissue he should be able to recognize. The sections should be made in a cold room, with a very sharp saw that has been chilled. When a section is cut, its surface is obscured by a thick half-frozen saw-dust, which is doubly thick if the freezing is not quite sufficient. It is wisest, if time allows, to remove this at once, which is done by pouring a little hot water over the section and brushing or scraping it off rapidly and carefully. This is a very delicate part of the process, and its successful performance has much to do with the beauty of the specimen. If it is to be kept, it should be laid on a piece of glass or wood, and placed at once, while still frozen, in cold alcohol.

More details: Harvard's Countway Library. You can also read the full book online via Google Books.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 15, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Body | Surgery | Books | Nineteenth Century

Disk-O-Tek Holiday

IMDB entry.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 15, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Movies | Music | Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers | 1960s

February 14, 2019

Knee Reading

Toni Lockhart, aka Gypsy Rose Knee, pioneered the art of knee reading. She detailed her technique in her 1975 book Gypsy's Basic Knee Reader. A few pointers:

If one’s knee has peaks or craters on certain parts of it, they indicate traits like patience, compassion, selfishness, fear, luck, humor, humility and curiosity...
A new mole may indicate that the person’s life and profession are on the upswing.

Manhattan Mercury - Aug 8, 1975

The Pottstown Mercury - Aug 19, 1975 (click to enlarge)

Posted By: Alex - Thu Feb 14, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Predictions | 1970s

February 13, 2019

Man sues parents for giving birth to him

The philosophy of anti-natalism has been around for a while. It’s the belief that reproduction is bad because it involves bringing someone into this world without their consent and dooming them to potential suffering.

Mumbai businessman Raphael Samuel (aka Nihil Anand) has now taken this one step further by claiming that he’s going to sue his parents for giving birth to him without his consent.

His mother's response: "I must admire my son's temerity to want to take his parents to court knowing both of us are lawyers. And if Raphael could come up with a rational explanation as to how we could have sought his consent to be born, I will accept my fault."

Of course, Samuel hasn't yet found a lawyer willing to take his case. And he fully anticipates that the case will promptly be thrown out. But he's plowing ahead nevertheless.

More details: BBC News

Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 13, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Philosophy | Lawsuits | Birth Control

February 12, 2019

Inside-Out Jeans

Back in 2018, I posted about upside-down jeans sold by CIE Denim. This inspired Phideaux to comment: "I guess the next thing is to have them look like they're inside out, as if you got dressed in the dark."

Phideaux's guess is apparently the fashion industry's command, because retailer is now offering inside-out jeans for £15.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 12, 2019 - Comments (6)
Category: Fashion | Denim

Self-described Suicide


Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 12, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Suicide | 1930s

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