Weird Universe Blog — June 19, 2018

iPhone-holding shower curtain

For those who can't bear to be without their phone for even a few minutes.

It has 17 pockets. So you could have a wall of phones in your shower, if you wanted.

Available from Amazon for $24.95.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jun 19, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Technology | Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods

A Thief in the Night

Before there was the LEFT BEHIND series, there was this.

Wikipedia entry here.





Posted By: Paul - Tue Jun 19, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Armageddon and Apocalypses | Cult Figures and Artifacts | Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art | Movies | Religion | 1970s

June 18, 2018

Mesh Jeans

There seems to be no limit to the weird things that designers can dream up to do with jeans.

These "mesh jeans" from the designer Bless consist of vintage 501 Levi's that "feature an asymmetrical fold along the fly and a tan mesh panel down the full length of one side."

They retail for $590, but right now are on sale for a mere $236.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jun 18, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion

Mystery Illustration 72



What was this vehicle for?

Answer is here (page 25).

Or after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jun 18, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Motor Vehicles | 1940s

June 17, 2018

Most Exclusive Website

Mostexclusivewebsite.com boasts that it only allows one visitor on the site at a time, which is what makes it so exclusive. However, it has a waiting area, which is where you first arrive. So really, only part of the website is exclusive. Each visitor is allowed 60 seconds in the exclusive area.

However, the exclusive area is almost exactly the same as the waiting room. The only difference is that you can post a message once you arrive at the exclusive area. Hardly worth the wait.

The maker of the site should have added fireworks, a cool background photo, or something special to the exclusive area. Still, an interesting concept.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jun 17, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Strange Websites

Howie



Will Hutchins prefigures Jim Carrey in DUMB AND DUMBER.

Three subsequent parts of the episode separately on YouTube.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 17, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art | Television | Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers | 1960s

June 16, 2018

Underneath the Bitumen

Down in Tasmania, 73-year-old Australian artist Mike Parr is spending three days in a steel box that's been buried beneath a busy road. As traffic passes overhead, he'll spend his time "meditating, drawing, fasting and reading Robert Hughes’s The Fatal Shore." Apparently he hopes that his time underground will draw attention to "20th-century totalitarian violence in all its forms.”

But only three days? That's a walk in the park compared to the exploits of "Country" Bill White who spent 140 days underground.

More info: The Guardian



Posted By: Alex - Sat Jun 16, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Art

Follies of the Madmen #369



Not the kind of iconography that would be favored in today's ads.

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 16, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Business | Advertising | Stereotypes and Cliches | Tobacco and Smoking | 1970s

June 15, 2018

Cat’s Phee on a Gooseberry Bush

Wikipedia cites a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc called "Cat's Pee on a Gooseberry Bush" as an example of "wine humour." The site notes, "Humour is usually rare in the world of wine, and wine jokes may only be amusing to wine obsessives."

Apparently the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms didn't find the name amusing. They forced the maker of the wine to change the name of the U.S. import version to "Cat's Phee on a Gooseberry Bush," which doesn't even make sense.

The 'cat's pee' in the name was a reference to the fact that Sauvignon Blancs are occasionally known to have that scent.



Text from, Drink This: Wine Made Simple by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 15, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Odd Names | Alcohol

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