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The Inferior 4+1 is a Livejournal community maintained by Paul, lizhand, Paul Witcover, lucius-t and ljgoldstein.

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The Weird Universe explores a human and natural cosmos that is not only stranger than we imagine, but stranger than we can imagine. The usual suspects are Paul Di Filippo; Alex Boese, curator of the Museum of Hoaxes; and Chuck Shepherd, purveyor of News of the Weird.

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  • Left wife, lived in forest for 10 years
    Malcolm Applegate claims that he got fed up with his wife's nagging. So he left and went into hiding in a thick woodland outside of London for ten years. Applegate has since emerged from the woodland, reconnected with his wife, and he says, "We now have a great relationship again." It reminds me of that story of the Iranian guy who's wife left him, so he lived half-naked in a cave for 30 years. It also supports my theory that without their wives many men would revert to a stone-age-type existence. More info: NZ Herald Malcolm Applegate
  • Follies of the Madmen #330
    This wife has a problem bigger than an inconsiderate husband--he's a clinical alcoholic! From THE ELKS MAGAZINE for November 1950.
  • Weighing the Mayor
    The town of High Wycombe in England has an ancient custom of weighing their mayors, first upon taking office and again at the end of their term. To have gained weight is taken as evidence that they've grown wealthy at the taxpayer's expense. It's like an ancient form of fat-shaming. In the 1950s, the mayor of Minneapolis, Eric Hoyer, decided to adopt this custom. He even arranged to have the official scales flown in from High Wycombe. He apparently was pretty confident that he'd lost weight, but according to the scales he had gained some. He blamed the extra weight on the ceremonial costume he was wearing for the occasion. It's an interesting custom. Perhaps we should weigh more politicians periodically. Such as an annual weighing of senators and the president. Pleasant Grove Review - Jan 4, 1952 Cincinnati Enquirer - Dec 1, 1951
  • The Skewb
    If Rubik's Cube is stale, other cube-type puzzles exist. Here's one. More at the Uwe Meffert link.
  • Michael Fish Moment
    With Hurricane Ophelia headed in the direction of the U.K., it seems like an appropriate moment to remember the Great Storm of 1987. In particular, Oct 15, 1987, when TV weatherman Michael Fish opened his forecast with the remark, "Earlier on today, apparently, a woman rang the BBC and said she heard there was a hurricane on the way; well, if you're watching, don't worry, there isn't." A few hours later, the worst storm in 300 years hit Britain, killing 18 people. Though, in Fish's defense, it technically wasn't a hurricane. In the UK, whenever anyone makes a really bad prediction, it's still known as a "Michael Fish moment." More info: wikipedia
  • On the Good Ship Apple Pie
    "Display of Steamship "Gold" made of whole and dried apples. The first Sebastopol Apple Show was held in a tent across from the Petaluma & Santa Rosa Depot in August, 1910 and promoted local fruit in various creative ways."