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Wearable Banana

Dole Japan has developed what they call the "wearable banana" to be worn by marathon runners. BakeryAndSnacks.com explains: The gadget comprises wired electrical parts stuck to the inside of a banana skin, which is then sewn back together around the fruit and strapped to a runner's wrist — thereafter it shows their race time, heart rate and tweets from supporters, as well as when to eat the next banana.

Dolphina at Bimbo’s 365 Club


Bimbo's 365 Club is still an active music venue in San Francisco. But, according to news on their own website, they seem to have abandoned a long proud tradition: Dolphina, the miniature live nude woman who swims in a fishbowl with goldfish.

News of the Weird, March 1, 2015

News of the Weird Weirdnuz.M412, March 1, 2015 Copyright 2015 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.

Sushi Leggings


Get yours here. via Cliff Pickover

The Strange Ones

Round Egg


After 64 bids a round egg sold for £480 on EBay. Amazing considering its still just an egg.

Bile Beans


One of the less-alluringly named nostrums. Full story here.

Texas legislators smell decaying rat

In 1969, a rat died somewhere in the offices of the Texas legislature. This led to the passage of Texas House State Resolution 433: WHEREAS, there are many brands of rat poison on the market today; and WHEREAS, Some brands of rat poison do cause the rat to leave the building before he dies; and WHEREAS, The same thing goes for mice; and WHEREAS, The State of Texas obviously does not use a brand of rat poison that causes rats and mice to leave the building before they die; and WHEREAS, For the last week and a half, Representatives Jungmichel, Wieting, Ward, McAlister, Allen, Allen of Harris, Jones of Harris, Kubiak, Parker of Jefferson, Cory, Newman, Johnson of Bexar, Kothman, Weldon, Longoria, Ogg and Cummings have unduly suffered mental anguish by having to smell a dead rat; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the heretofore mentioned Representatives hereby go on record as supporting either letting the rats run loose in the Capitol or changing the brand of rat poison.

Put Men in Girdles


Dr. Peter Steincrohn's 1969 book (available used on Amazon) promised to reveal how one could be "lazy, healthy, & fit." For years before he published the book, Steincrohn had also been writing newspaper columns in which he promoted his formula for health.

The Icyclist

I am so sick of winter. But maybe if I had a nice bike like this one...

Wearable Tomato Project

This has gotten quite a bit of attention from the Internet.

The First Dog Whisperer

Much iconography that was once taken for granted as part of our culture now means nothing to people. Does any youth of today understand that a Napolean hat = crazy?

Women in Algae


This scientific conference, being held in March, runs the risk of attracting the wrong kind of people.

Sodaburst

A solution without a problem. So much easier than scooping a dollop of vanilla ice cream into a glass of root beer.

Ouija Board Inheritance


A follow-up to my Ouija board post of last week. This may be the only case of a Ouija board involved in an inheritance dispute.

Follies of the Madmen #242


From American Home for September 1966.

News of the Weird, February 22, 2015

News of the Weird Weirdnuz.M411, February 22, 2015 Copyright 2015 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.

Your face on a pancake


Technology marches onward! Product development company Kinneir Dufort has created a machine that can print faces onto pancakes.

Gene Vincent’s FLEA BRAIN

"is she wasn't good-looking, she'd be better off dead."

Drive-In Opera


Back in 1989, the Norwegian National Opera staged the world's first (and only?) "drive-in opera" with a performance of the Barber of Seville broadcast live on a 225-square-foot movie screen in downtown Oslo.


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