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News of the Weird, January 25, 2015

News of the Weird Weirdnuz.M407, January 25, 2015 Copyright 2015 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.

Peas mean something

In 1904, this young lady was dismissed as "demented." Today she might be recognized as a great performance artist.

Rudy Santos, Octoman

Wikipedia page. Longer essay.

Follies of the Madmen #240

"I'm so dumb I can't even pronounce 'aluminum!'"

Baby Cage

Problem: It's hard to travel with a baby. Solution: build a portable cage to carry your kid in. I wonder if the TSA would approve of these.

Radium Spray Liquid Cleaner

From 1909. Can't find much info about this other than the ad itself, so hard to know if it actually had radium in it, or if they were just using the word because it was the buzzword of the day.

Cheerful Dying Wish Fulfilled

I regret that I did not have this story ready for you for Christmas. Nonetheless, its spirit lives on through every season!

Nose Pore Blocker Hanabijin

The "Nose Pore Blocker Hanabijin" (spotted over at Book of Joe) promises to prevent the formation of ugly nose pores.

“The Trip,” Kim Fowley

In tribute to the recent death of this pop maven.


This is an exceedingly weird and wonderful novel, sure to be enjoyed by any card-carrying WU-vie who is a fan of odd fiction.

Ship Your Enemies Glitter will send an envelope full of glitter to whomever you want. And embedded in the glitter will be a note explaining why they're getting the shipment.

Unique Beauty

This unusual specimen was found in Drexel University's butterfly exhibit. The wings on one side are female, while the ones on the other side are male.

Men’s Spa

Stockings for Camels

In the early 1960s, Alan Abel ran a long-running hoax involving an organization (The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals) whose members wanted to put clothes on all the naked animals in the world.

Blood is Money

Man, those are some weird-ass non-Western horror/fantasy tropes from Nollywood. Caution: lots of fake gore and quick glimpse of the butts of naked corpses.

Women Becoming Dumb

Back in 1926, art historian and cultural critic Dudley Crafts Watson sounded the alarm on a looming problem.

Bora Yoon

Unlike many of the avant garde performers we poke fun at here, Bora Yoon seems to have a modicum of musical talent, a voice, and some ideas.

News of the Weird, January 18, 2015

News of the Weird Weirdnuz.M406, January 18, 2015 Copyright 2015 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.

Rolling to Reduce

Weight reduction advice from 1918. Original article here (pdf).

Civil Defense PSAs