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News of the Weird (July 5, 2015)

News of the Weird Weirdnuz.M430, July 5, 2015 Copyright 2015 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved. Lead Story Update: California inventor Matt McMullen, who makes the world’s most realistic life-sized female, the RealDoll (with exquisite skin texture and facial and body architecture and which sells for $5,000-$10,000 depending on customization), is working with engineers experienced in robotics to add animation--but according to a June New York Times report, faces a built-in problem.

News of the Weird Live

I just found out (by accidentally stumbling upon it) that at one time you could have gone to see Chuck's column performed in a theater.

Follies of the Madmen #253

If only Hollywood had made John Carter of Mars in 1979, with Cher as Dejah Thoris, they would have had a surefire hit!

Satanic cloud above Statue of Liberty

Over at, in honor of the Fourth of July, I just posted The 10 Weirdest Moments in the History of the Statue of Liberty, one of those moments being the time in 1989 (or maybe it was 1990 - sources differ), when two Irish tourists on vacation in NYC took a photo of Lady Liberty.

Happy Fourth of July!

Frog Fancier

Archie Beesley, frog fancier, liked to eat them live. Just like oysters, he said, they helped with "cleaning out the stomach." Source: The Ottawa Journal — Jul 15, 1970

The Plot to Steal Abe Lincoln’s Corpse

Once upon a time, some crooks thought it would be a good idea to rob the grave of Abe Lincoln and hold the corpse for ransom.

The Art of Emanuele Taglietti

WUvians will surely be interested in a great new art book showcasing the weird comics covers of Emanuele Taglietti.

Beware of Killer Umbrellas

As people enjoy the beach this Fourth of July weekend, the Ocean City Beach Patrol would like to remind everyone to beware of killer umbrellas.

Exploding Chickens

Spontaneously exploding chickens startle German farmer. Source: The Ogden Standard - Nov 17, 1950

Paddle Pops

More proof that everything is upside-down in Australia, as good old Popsicles become Paddle Pops.

Debtor’s Revenge

In my latest article, I explore the phenomenon of Debtor's Revenge — when debtors decide to get even by paying fines with pennies.

Laundry Shaming

This would be so great if it happened today. Can you imagine the ruckus on social media if some darling tyke came home with an accusatory advertisement pinned to its clothes?

The Woof Washer

Not only cleans your dog, but also apparently gets them to stand still.

The Fred Society

The FRED Society was founded in 1984, and still appears to be going strong. It's a kind of support group for people (mostly men) named Fred, designed to address the negative connotations associated with the name.

George Bennie’s Railplane

I want to live in a world where a system of Bennie Railplanes has been in existence for eighty years.

I’m Decompensating

When Charles Addams famously was decompensating, he submitted the same cartoon to The New Yorker (of kids in dog carriers, captioned something like "the kids are ready for summer camp" or something close to that.

News of the Weird (June 28, 2015)

News of the Weird Weirdnuz.M429, June 28, 2015 Copyright 2015 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.

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Follies of the Madmen #252