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News of the Weird, August 19, 2014

News of the Weird Weirdnuz.M393, October 19, 2014 Copyright 2014 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.

Radish Animals

A new book going on sale soon in Japan teaches the art of making "radish animals." All you need is a pile of grated daikon radish.

Hasbro’s Mr. Carrot Head

Is it just me, or was there more creativity in the old days, when you could use "any fruit or vegetable" with Mr.

Frog Protection

It is always embarrassing when a" title="frog protecion/fraud protection"> credit card is declined, but one would imagine even more so when you are the leader of the free world.

The Mark Of The Devil

NewDealDesign, a design house out of San Francisco, is behind an idea for implanted tattoos that carry information about the wearer that could be exchanged by touch.

Cat takes center stage

November 12, 1951: As British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden was delivering an address at a meeting of the General Assembly of the U.N.

Your Life Work:  The Librarian

"Are books your friends?" I don't believe the information sciences are much like this anymore.

Norris Kellam, the Human Cork

Norris Kellam's great talent in life was floating. For which he earned the name "The Human Cork." In May 1933 he attempted to break the world record for staying afloat by floating in a saltwater pool in Norfolk, Virginia for over 86 hours.

Mystery Illustration 2

What is this jolly beatnik advertising? 1) Slot cars 2) Saturday morning cartoon shows 3) Vinyl records 4) Decals 5) Frederick's of Hollywood Find the answer here.

WU Comments

Fellow WU-vies--thanks to the alertness of several readers, we have been notified of a problem with posting comments.

Pink Underwear

Andrew Walls underwent a colonoscopy at the Delaware Surgery Center on Oct 12, 2012. For this procedure he was placed under anesthesia.

Dog Factory


Went looking for a link to the song for a slow taxi comment and found this! The weird thing is the taxi in the song NEVER comes!

Slow Taxi

Need to get somewhere slow? The Turtle Taxi service, currently operating in Yokohama, promises to drive as slowly as possible.

Raffaella Carra & The Beatles

Best Beatles cover versions ever! The singer.

Painter of Nuts

Most people see peanuts as just something to eat, but artist Steve Casino sees them as a canvas. He paints them to look like celebrities.

Feeling Nuts

Empty Tank, Empty Head

Original article here. Her obituary, curiously enough, makes no mention of this brush with fame.

Blaustein’s Hotel Soap Collection

Albert Blaustein had an impressive resume. He was a constitutional law expert who consulted on the national constitutions for over 14 countries.

Wrong Way

Frozen poop pills?!? Yes, that is what they are using to treat Clostridium difficile, or C diff, a bacteria that when over abundant in the bowel causes debilitating diarrhea.