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Space Age Bridal Creation


March 1962: Arlette Dobson and John Richard took a stroll along London's Park Lane while modeling a "space age bridal outfit." I'd like to see a wedding with the bride and groom wearing these outfits, and the bridesmaids in Gianangelli's lunar bathing suits.

Patty Prayer Doll


Miss Mona Lisa 1958


February 1958: A jury of "celebrated painters" convened for the Mona Lisa Grand Prix awarded the title of "Mona Lisa 1958" to Luce Bona.

Mystery Illustration 34


This wordless packaging was designed in 1968 to hold a very common consumer item. What was inside? The answer is here.

News of the Weird (December 4, 2016)

News of the Weird Weirdnuz.M504, December 4, 2016 Copyright 2016 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.

Fur-Lined Pot


Swiss artist Meret Oppenheim's fur-wrapped teacup and saucer, first exhibited in 1936, is considered a masterpiece of surrealist art.

Bosch Parade

Explanation here.

Seven Warning Signals of Cancer


Nice photo. Though the connection between Sophia Loren and warning signals of cancer completely escapes me.

The Littlest Maniac


Original article here.

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...


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