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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.

Recent posts:

  • Men’s Fashion Week
    Men's fashion week just wrapped up in Paris. Some of the new looks that fashionable men will soon be sporting are below. Check out the full gallery at the Houston Chronicle.
  • Jill Huntley, Mistress of the Half and Half Dance
    As we can learn from reading the history of the term, a "half and half dance" originally involved a simple bipartite costume, one half male, one half female. But then in Burlesque, the act morphed into dancing with an actual dummy partner. You can read about the mistress of this mode, Jill Huntley, here.
  • Robber calls cops on himself
    Some people just aren't cut out for crime. The Montana Standard - July 9, 1978
  • The Trippel SG6
    A German entry in the amphibious car sweepstakes. It's the final car in the video parade below.
  • With real lemon juice!
    In 1982, the Maryland Poison Center reported almost 80 cases of people who had suffered nausea and diarrhea after drinking Sunlight dishwashing liquid. They had received free bottles of the stuff in the mail as part of a promotional campaign. The source of the confusion was a picture of lemons on the label as well as the phrase "with real lemon juice." This led many to conclude that the bottle contained some kind of lemonade. Or a lemon-flavored drink mixer. A lot of people added it to iced tea. A spokesman for Lever Brothers, the manufacturer of the product, noted that the bottles also clearly said, "Sunlight dishwashing liquid." Sunlight no longer uses the phrase "with real lemon juice." Apparently they learned their lesson. But they've still got a picture of a lemon on their bottles. Muncie Evening Press - July 15, 1982 Indianapolis Star - July 15, 1982 The bottle that caused the confusion
  • Harvesting and Storage of Sorghum Silage
    In our untiring quest to find the most boring material ever filmed or written, which began with "Timber Bridge Inspection," reposted below, we bring you the entire contents of a scintillating pamphlet. Original document here.