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.
- Cremain FrisbeesWhen "Steady" Ed Headrick, inventor of the Frisbee, died in 2002, he left instructions in his will that he wanted his ashes to be incorporated into discs so that he could fly like a frisbee. His wishes were honored, and you can still buy a set of these cremain frisbees at the Disc Golf Association for $200. Discraft, the company that made the "Steady" Ed Memorial Frisbees, explained: "We understand that some people may not want to play with the discs and they might end up on a wall as collectibles. Therefore, we are selling the discs as sets of two so that you can at least play with one and keep the other in a pristine state." There's also a single Steady Ed Cremain Frisbee with a different design for sale on eBay, currently going for $89.99.
- Follies of the Madmen #294My favorite part is when this fellow puts his clasped hands to his cheek like a maiden about to faint.
- Atomic ShaveThis young British atomic technician is getting his whiskers chopped at the hands of a "barber" on the other side of the thick glass wall (rear). These mechanical hands will be used in delicate "hot chemistry" work enabling the chemist to stand behind shielding and well beyond deadly radiation. Source: Newsweek - Mar 18, 1957
- Richie Jackson SkateboardingFour million views, but perhaps new to YOU!
- Well-known billionaire cashes 13-cent checkBack in 1990, Spy magazine conducted an experiment in "comparative chintziness." Its goal was to find out "Who is America's cheapest zillionaire?" Or, put another way, "how cheap are the rich?" To determine this they sent various rich people each a check for 13 cents, and then waited to see who would actually cash such a tiny check. Two people did: Donald Trump and the Saudi Arabian businessman Adnan Khashoggi. And yes, they made sure to send the checks to the home addresses of the rich people, and not to their accountants. So that the recipient would have to do a little bit of work to cash the check. Springfield News-Leader - June 6, 1990
- Akmo Hair GrowerUnlike most patent remedies, there is no information that I can find for Akmo. I wonder what ingredients were in it. Original ad here. I assume it could be safely used with this product. Second ad here.