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Hallucinogenic Fish

Sarpa salpa (above) is a type of sea bream found in the Mediterranean as well as in temperate areas of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Special Chinese Kid’s Book

Who could resist spending $57.40 plus $10.00 shipping for a book with this description: Turtle with a small purple alien friend scientific expedition.

The New Look in Hot Water Bottles

From 1948. Dreamed up by the folks at B.F. Goodrich. And it's still a popular look in S&M gear. The Akron Beacon Journal - Jan 1, 1948 Palm Beach Post - Jan 5, 1948

The Tubby Hubby Diet

Original ad here. Original ad here. I just cannot believe the arrogant sexism and objectifying behavior of Josephine Lowman!

Anti-Hero Hostility Dart Board

In 1967, artist Robert Cenedella came out with the "Anti-Hero Hostility Dart Board," featuring "photographic images of some of your favorite anti-heroes." Consumers could choose between an "LBJ, Lady Bird, Humphrey, Castro, Hochi Minn, De Gaulle, Nasser, Nixon, Bobby Kennedy, Reagan, or Sigmund Freud" dart board.

An Unfortunate Error

Marshall George Cummings of Oklahoma was charged with snatching a purse from a woman on October 14, 1976.

Throwing the Hood

Full story here.

Science of the Great Molasses Flood

The Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 is one of the great weird news stories of all time. It was a tragedy (21 people killed), but also definitely weird.

Follies of the Madmen #297

[Click to enlarge] Maybe some Canadian WU-vie can explain the subtext of this ad. Three men hold up photos of hockey players while looking benignly but perhaps jealously at the fourth fellow who is smart enough to have a beer in his hand instead, with his own hockey photo (program book?

News of the Weird (November 27, 2016)

News of the Weird Weirdnuz.M503, November 27, 2016 Copyright 2016 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.

Survival Experiment

November 1961: As an experiment in survival, Portland radio announcer Bill Davis spent a week confined in a windowless fallout shelter with his family...

The Hot Air Cure

Original ad here.

Make milk a social drink

1960: The dairy industry, noting that coffee, tea, beer, liquor, and soft drinks are traditionally served at parties but milk isn't, started plotting ways to make milk a "social drink." If you add alcohol to milk it could be considered a social drink.

Marriage Bureau

Wait a minute--I don't see how the instant Tinder hookup booty-call sex happens!

Beneficial Infertility

In 1977, the head of the National Peach Council, Robert K. Phillips, sent the following letter to the U.S.

Nothing To Do With Arbroath

I'm not a sentimental guy, but it's with a heavy heart that I report the at-least-temporary closing of Nothing To Do With Arbroath, likely the most amazing (and valuable to me) one-person blog on the intertubes.

Hypnotist Seeks Humane Turkey Death

November 1956: Hypnotist Arthur Ellen urged President Eisenhower to put his Thanksgiving turkey in a trance before executing it, promising him that a hypnotized turkey "tastes better due to the absence of adrenalin in the bloodstream and plucks easier because the muscles holding the feathers are relaxed." Port Angeles Evening News - Nov 19, 1956 It's not recorded whether Eisenhower took the advice of the hypnotist.

Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

Homes for the deaf

Nov 1994: During a staff meeting, Toledo mayor Carty Finkbeiner offered a creative solution to the problem of homeowners bothered by airport noise.

Andy Warhol Eats a Hamburger