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School chief shot a moon

October 1978: Cleveland School Board President John E. Gallagher Jr. was charged with a misdemeanor and fined $100.

Nation’s Ugliest Students

Holy Microaggressions, Batman! Imagine the stink such a stunt would cause today. Which generation of students seems more resilient, well-adjusted and good-natured to you?

Operation Sleep

In 1957, the Woodlake road camp prison in California began an experiment in convict rehabilitation. It was called "Operation Sleep." The idea was to use sleep learning to reform convicts.

Follies of the Madmen #293

Death-dealing war instrument of mass destruction compared to treasured hymn. Original ad here.

News of the Weird (September 25, 2016)

News of the Weird Weirdnuz.M494, September 25, 2016 Copyright 2016 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.

Horseback Dinner

Conspicuous Consumption - as it was done in 1903. In order to celebrate the completion of his $200,000 stable, C.K.G.

The Gods Were Angry With Me

Man's carnal lusts cause Armageddon and make the gods open up the Book of Revelation.

Hypnotic Boob Enhancement

Michael Stivers had an interesting career. He was a professional wrestler, who used the stage name "Pretty Boy Behning." He was also a police officer for 13 years, but around 1990 he quit that profession to become a hypnotist.


It's harder to be more surreal than the original, but this mixed live-actor stop-motion version by Lou Bunin tries hard.

Dessert-Smashing Artist

Artist Mar Cuervo has created an art installation in which she destroys various desserts (cookies, marshmallow peeps, chocolate rabbits, cupcakes, etc.) by smashing them with her hand.

Mystery Gadget 40

A granite sphere sitting on a base. No moving parts. Yet it performed a useful function. What? The answer is here.

The Existentialist Hat

In 1948, the existentialist Parisian milliner Jean Barthet debuted the "existentialist hat" which was topped by a pair of floppy hands that were supposed to symbolize the hovering "hands of fate." For some reason, Barthet's hat didn't capture the popular imagination as a symbol of existentialist angst in the same way as, for instance, Edvard Munch's The Scream did.

Big Knob (Grange Fair) in Beaver (County)

Yes, here is a post for every twelve-year-old boy in WU's audience--even if you are fifty years old, or female.

Nude Birdwatching World Record

In Boobies, Peckers, and Tits Olaf Danielson documents his quest to obtain the world record for nude birdwatching.

Hot Blood

Band info here.

You can’t afford not to dress right

In 1957 the American Institute of Men's and Boys' Wear began running print ads that sought to increase sales of men's clothing by using outright shame and scare tactics.


Does anyone under sixty years old recognize that this bit of lame bureaucratic humor is a DRAGNET parody?

Wonder Boy X-100

Newsweek - Oct 21, 1957 1957: Simplicity Manufacturing introduced its experimental lawnmower of the future — the Wonder Boy X-100.

Mystery Illustration 31

This portrait is intended to depict what mythical deity? Hint: not an Asian religion. The answer is here.

News of the Weird (September 18, 2016)

News of the Weird Weirdnuz.M493, September 18, 2016 Copyright 2016 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.