Weird Universe Blog — December 11, 2017

Wearable Furniture

It needs a lampshade-hat to round out the look.


Posted By: Alex - Mon Dec 11, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Fashion

Follies of the Madmen #340

Sexy zebra endorses nylons.

Original ad here.

UPDATE: alas, ad now behind a paywall since I found it.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 11, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Business, Advertising, Products, Sex Symbols, Underwear, 1950s

December 10, 2017

D.N.R. Tattoo

From the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Oct 2012, 27(10): 1383-1383:

A 59-year-old man with diabetes mellitus, peripheral vascular disease, hypertension and dyslipidemia was admitted to the hospital for a below-the-knee amputation due to chronic non-healing wounds of his lower extremity. Physical examination revealed a “D.N.R.” tattoo on his chest (Fig. 1). Upon reviewing his code status, he indicated that he would want resuscitative efforts initiated in the event of a cardiac or respiratory arrest. However, he did not want prolonged attempts at resuscitation. When asked why his tattoo conflicted with his wishes to be resuscitated, he explained that he had lost a bet playing poker with fellow ancillary hospital staffers while inebriated in his younger years; the loser had to tattoo “D.N.R.” across his chest.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Dec 10, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Medicine, Tattoos

The Rain People

Based on the scene below, one suspects that this early Francis Ford Coppola movie has not aged well due to its 1960s preoccupations and stylings.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Dec 10, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Movies, 1960s

December 9, 2017


1993: A German court ordered that a couple deserved a partial refund of the cost of their two-week Caribbean cruise, since the cruise company hadn't warned them beforehand that 500 of the 600 passengers on the cruise would be Swiss yodelers, who would be practicing their yodels constantly.

Wilmington News Journal - Jan 13, 1993

Posted By: Alex - Sat Dec 09, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Holidays, Music, 1990s

Tempest, by Robert Seidel

tempest | robert seidel | digital graffiti festival | florida 2017 from Robert Seidel on Vimeo.

Essentially, similar to those projectors that cast Christmas snowflakes on your ranch house.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 09, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Psychedelic, Twenty-first Century

December 8, 2017

Name That List, #44

What is this a list of? The answer is below in extended.

  • Analgesin
  • 100% Pure Maple Syrup
  • Blues Bonnet of Austin
  • Chihuahua Show
  • Direct Mail
  • Electric Switch
  • February
  • Fill-er-up
  • Fire Prevention Week
  • Freeway
  • Geiger Counter
  • July Fourth
  • Lobster
  • Magnesium Lamp
  • Negligee
  • One for the Road
  • Orchid
  • Photoflash
  • Potato Soup
  • Standard Foods
  • Texas Tomato
  • Third Platoon
  • United Dairies

More in extended >>

Posted By: Alex - Fri Dec 08, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Name That List

Artwork Khrushchev Probably Would Not Have Liked 8

Continuing our series of esthetic creations that would probably have displeased stern traditionalist Nikita Khrushchev.

About the artist.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Dec 08, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, 1920s

December 7, 2017

Atomic Protection Fashion

"how the housewife of the future might do her shopping during danger of atomic attack. The ensemble consists of a hood and goggles for protection against atomic flashes, a cloak and a gas mask to protect the lungs from atomic dust."

Because not even the threat of nuclear war is going to stop the weekly shop!

Akron Beacon Journal - May 7, 1957

Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 07, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Fashion, Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1950s

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