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.
- A wedding and a funeralThe Washington Park East Cemetery provides a full range of services for the burial of your loved one. They cater to all faiths and income levels, and can host an after-service meal with many food and beverage choices. Added bonus: while you're there, you can stay and get married, because this cemetery also boasts that it's "one of the hottest places in Indianapolis for weddings." And I'm not sure if that's meant to be some kind of pun, because they also offer cremation services.
- Your Town: A Story of AmericaDon't be a "tearer-downer," always causing a "rumpus!"
- Transportation of AvocadosBrowsing through the municipal code of La Mesa, CA (it's a suburb of San Diego and also happens to be the fine town that I call home), I came across this unusual law: Every person who transports a commercial quantity of avocados shall cause a statement of ownership to be prepared and retained in his personal possession at all times while transporting said avocados... "Commercial quantity of avocados" shall mean any quantity of avocados in excess of forty (40) pounds exclusive of the container... Any peace officer, upon probable cause to believe a person is transporting a commercial quantity of avocados, may stop such person and inspect such avocados, whereupon, the statement of ownership described in Section 10.70.030 shall be presented to said peace officer upon request. Any peace officer, upon reasonable belief that a person is not in legal possession of a commercial quantity of avocados, may seize such avocados without warrant. Upon seizure the peace officer shall take custody of the avocados and turn the same over to the custody of the Chief of Police. Obviously we take avocados seriously out here. I wonder if the same rule applies to guacamole. (image source)
- Judy the Dog: Only Canine POW of WWIIJudy the dog survived internment in a Japanese POW camp. Her story is told in No Better Friend (see sidebar).
- Anty GinWe have explored the idea of eating insects here on WU. Well, how about drinking them? Anty Gin is gin infused with the essence of wood ants. So, wood alcohol bad, wood ant alcohol good(?).
- Tax Per MileOregon is running a voluntary per mile travel tax instead of the current per gallon standard. The volunteers do not have to pay the gas tax while participating in the study. Does anyone really believe the gas tax will go away if the per mile tax is enacted? Does any tax ever go away once it is put in place? So if this goes through we may as well expect both. What a great way to control travel, especially for the poor. This idea is a greater threat to personal liberty than the Patriot Act. It is much easier to control a non-moving populace.