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Real or Fake?


Would you drive by the above and keep going thinking it was fake? A man beheaded his mother and kicked her head around before stepping in front of a train.

Doomsday Flight


The Doomsday Flight was a 1966 TV movie written by Rod Serling. The plot involves "a disgruntled aerospace engineer" who phones in a threat warning that he's planted a barometric pressure bomb on an airliner set to explode when the plane descends below 4000 feet for landing.

Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp

The tour for squares. The tour for hipsters. Their home page.

Dr. Bouchaud’s Flesh-Reducing Soap


"Will absorb all fatty tissues from any part of the body." I wonder if Dr. Bouchaud was related in any way to Dr.

The Relaxed Wife

Okee the Painting Otter


A forgotten giant of the art world. Source: The Santa Cruz Sentinel - Apr 7, 1965.

One of These Things Is Not Like the Others


You recall perhaps the full-size rubber mask of the mystery half-wit? Well, here he is again, as a hand-puppet, inexplicably consorting with legit Disney characters.

Energy-harvesting jewelry


Naomi Kizhner's jewelry serves two purposes: 1) it's decorative; 2) it harvests energy from your body to charge your various electronic devices.

Refreshment on the Job

The economy that soda built.

News of the Weird, October 26, 2014

News of the Weird Weirdnuz.M394, October 26, 2014 Copyright 2014 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.

Loony Lids, 1951 toy


Sold by The Ideal Toy Corp: "Inflatable Vinylite headpieces for children, built in the shape of lions, elephants, horses, and roosters.

The Tonopah Plague


Plagues have always been with us. Here's an instance from 1905. What was this exotic mystery germ? The answer is here.

Bonus ONION Video for Saturday

Farewell, Alvin Stardust

RIP.

The Sincerity Machine

Artist Jesse England converted a typewriter to type in Comic Sans, "the most popularly despised font of modern times." He says that he hopes this will provoke thoughts about how we "create, consume, store (and fetishize) media." More info at his website.

Coffee Creamer Hitler


Swiss retailer Migros has apologized for placing pictures of Hitler and Mussolini on some of the coffee creamers it sells, calling it an "inexcusable blunder" and promising that "in the future we’ll be sure to sharpen our controls." However, they haven't really explained why they decided to use the Hitler/Mussolini photos in the first place.

Getting Started

Battle of the Vintage Chocolate Drinks


Name your poison! Bosco, Ovaltine, Borden's or Tootsie V-M?

Smog Rings


Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde has come up with a plan to use "patented ion technology" in order to create the world's largest smog vacuum cleaner.

Dagwood, the table-tennis-playing cat


From an AP story that circulated in August 1951 (example here): PORTLAND, Ore. — This cat made such a pest of herself when Ted Matson tried to play table tennis that he finally put her on one side of the net and let her try the game on her own.


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