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Drug-Carrying Pigeons

Same method, 95 years apart. The Pittsburgh Press - Mar 8, 1922 Pigeon caught with backpack of drugs BBC News - May 25, 2017

“Follow Me” Cooler

Engineers have created a cooler that will follow you wherever you go. Science marches on! More info at

Sathya Sai Baba

"Sai Baba's materialisations of vibhuti (holy ash) and other small objects such as rings, necklaces, and watches, along with reports of miraculous healings, resurrections, clairvoyance, bilocation, and alleged omnipotence and omniscience, were a source of both fame and controversy." Wikipedia page.


Sologamy = marrying yourself. Apparently it's a growing trend. A way to say yes to yourself. And there are various companies (such as here and here) that will help you do it.

Mystery Gadget 48

What's going on here? Answer at the link (scroll down). And after the jump.

Lloyd Thomas Koritz — Human Guinea Pig

As a young doctor-in-training at the University of Illinois Medical School in the early 1950s, Lloyd Thomas Koritz volunteered to be a guinea pig in a variety of experiments.

Horn OK Please

Atlas Obscura does a great job explaining the wacky phrase from India, "Horn OK Please." But they do not place the video of the song that uses the same title upfront enough for my tastes!

Looking For Girls

One for the strange excuses file. Freeport Journal Standard - Apr 26, 1954

Jack the Stripper

Original article here.

News of the Weird (May 21, 2017)

News of the Weird Weirdnuz.M528, May 21, 2017 Copyright 2017 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved. Lead Story Officials in charge of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal heritage site recently installed "speed bumps" (similar to those familiar to Americans driving residential streets)--but on a pedestrian walkway, with row upon row of risers, to resemble a washboard.

Follies of the Madmen #315

Original ad here.

Agave Guitar

Continuing the theme of musical instruments made of odd things (matchstick violins, lobster violin), here's a guitar made out of agave cactus.

A license to kill

Maybe they were hoping to appeal to the serial killer demographic. The ad ran in Playboy magazine, 1964.

Swift Pavilion, 1939 World’s Fair

The exhibition hall for Swift's was shaped like a giant hotdog.

Summer Redneck Games

Held annually in Dublin, Georgia since 1996. Events include redneck horseshoes (using toilet seats), the mud pit belly flop, armpit serenade, watermelon seed spitting, and bobbing for pig's feet.

Give her the perfect gift — a funeral

Surprise, honey! I pre-arranged your funeral. This first clipping I found circulating online, without any kind of attribution.

Win A Houseboy Contest

In my physical copy of LIFE magazine for December 20, 1963, this ad occupies page 89. In the scanned copy at Google, there is an entirely different ad on page 89.

Goblu and Beatosu, Ohio

The 1978-79 Michigan Highway map included some creative geography. If you looked at the part of the map that depicted neighboring Ohio, you found two new towns.

Mystery Illustration 46

Match the men to their professions. 1) Mathematician 2) Economist 3) Psychologist 4) Entomologist The answers are here.

Long arm saves dolphin

February 1978: A dolphin named Dr. Spock who lived at Marine-World swallowed a 3-inch bolt. The animal doctors there didn't have any instruments long enough to reach into the dolphin's stomach and remove the bolt.