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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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  • Wearable Furniture
    It needs a lampshade-hat to round out the look. via incrediblethings.com
  • Follies of the Madmen #340
    Sexy zebra endorses nylons. Original ad here. UPDATE: alas, ad now behind a paywall since I found it.
  • D.N.R. Tattoo
    From the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Oct 2012, 27(10): 1383-1383: A 59-year-old man with diabetes mellitus, peripheral vascular disease, hypertension and dyslipidemia was admitted to the hospital for a below-the-knee amputation due to chronic non-healing wounds of his lower extremity. Physical examination revealed a “D.N.R.” tattoo on his chest (Fig. 1). Upon reviewing his code status, he indicated that he would want resuscitative efforts initiated in the event of a cardiac or respiratory arrest. However, he did not want prolonged attempts at resuscitation. When asked why his tattoo conflicted with his wishes to be resuscitated, he explained that he had lost a bet playing poker with fellow ancillary hospital staffers while inebriated in his younger years; the loser had to tattoo “D.N.R.” across his chest.
  • The Rain People
    Based on the scene below, one suspects that this early Francis Ford Coppola movie has not aged well due to its 1960s preoccupations and stylings.
  • Over-Yodeled
    1993: A German court ordered that a couple deserved a partial refund of the cost of their two-week Caribbean cruise, since the cruise company hadn't warned them beforehand that 500 of the 600 passengers on the cruise would be Swiss yodelers, who would be practicing their yodels constantly. Wilmington News Journal - Jan 13, 1993
  • Tempest, by Robert Seidel
    tempest | robert seidel | digital graffiti festival | florida 2017 from Robert Seidel on Vimeo. Essentially, similar to those projectors that cast Christmas snowflakes on your ranch house.

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