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.
- Santa still at largeA man dressed as Santa (or was it Santa himself?) recently robbed a Wells Fargo bank in downtown San Francisco. There have been Santa-dressed criminals before, but what made this one slightly different was that the robbery occurred just as SantaCon was taking place in the city, which meant that there were hundreds of people dressed as Santa celebrating right outside the bank. So after the robbery, the perpetrator simply stepped out the door, blended in with all the other Santas, and got away. [KBCW, lowering the bar]
- Wood Apple Marriage in NepalThis page semi-coherently explains: "...a ceremony in the Newar community in Nepal in which pre-adolescent girls are 'married' to the bel fruit (wood apple), which is a symbol of the god Vishnu, ensuring that the girl becomes and remains fertile. It is believed that if the girl's husband dies later in her life, she is not considered a widow because she is married to Vishnu, and so already has a husband that is believed to be still alive."
- Meow Mansion"Meow Mansion" is a large gingerbread house with a serious message — neuter your cat! The house, created by artist Kazz Morohashi, is home to (gingerbread) Kitty and Boots and their 65 kittens. But since Kitty and Boots haven't been neutered, their family just keeps growing and growing. Next year it'll be up to 300. And by 2017 up to 11,000. Which raises the question: how exactly does one neuter a gingerbread cat? [via edp24 and flickr]
- Follies of the Madmen #237Original ad here.
- His wife was his auntI can't quite figure out what dentist Jeffrey Gordon was up to. Was the plan to annul his marriage in order to remarry his wife to make their marriage fully legal? That's what I'm assuming. The law legalizing marrying your aunt-by-marriage must not have been retroactive. But evidently his wife didn't fully trust him. So there must have been more to the story. Source: The Paris Texas News - Sep 29, 1960.
- Artificial Morale Booster