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Dinner On The Fly

We have all heard cautionary tales about hawks or large owls picking up small dogs as prey while the dogs are outside.

Skinny Liberation

Skinny people aren't often recognized as being part of an oppressed minority. Back in 1972, Barry Goldsmith tried to change this by announcing the Skinny Liberation movement and issuing an "emaciation proclamation." But his efforts don't seem to have changed public attitudes significantly.

Beverly Massegee and Erick

Evangelical ventriloquism: I tend to suspect no one does it better than Beverly Massegee. (Ie, no one else does it at all.) I could not find any clips of her and "Erick," so you'll have to content yourself with her "singing."

Last Week in Weird (August 18, 2014)

Last Week in Weird datelines 8/8/2014--8/15/2014 (Part II) [Links, chronological, on Extended page] Copyright 2014 by Chuck Shepherd.

Follies of the Madmen #227

[Click to enlarge] Yes, our product is number one among insane vegan fashionistas! From Woman's Day for April 1962.

The First Robot Ever Arrested

Today is the anniversary of the day on which the first robot was ever arrested. The event occurred on August 18, 1982 when a robot called DC-2 was taken into custody by the Beverly Hills Police Department.

Correction to News of the Weird M384

Among the world's foods cited in a London Daily Mirror story mentioned in this space on August 17, 2014, was "Squeez Bacon," which was apparently an April Fool's joke from 2009 concocted by

Last Week in Weird (August 17, 2014)

Last Week in Weird datelines 8/4/2014--8/15/2014 (Part I) [Links, chronological, on Extended page] Copyright 2014 by Chuck Shepherd.

News of the Weird (August 17, 2014)

News of the Weird Weirdnuz.M384, August 17, 2014 Copyright 2014 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.

Tsunami Bomb

Back in 1947, there was a lot of speculation in the press about a new secret weapon that was supposed to be as "awesome in its effects as the atomic bomb." Turns out the weapon that was the source of the rumors was the Tsunami Bomb -- a device for creating artificial tsunamis to wipe out enemy forces on land.

GI Jane

A surreal and risque musical odyssey awaits on the far side of this modesty barrier.

Sea of Grass Land Company

Back in 1947, MGM gave away one-acre plots of land located in Valencia County, New Mexico to 689 different movie critics, editors, and publishers throughout the country.

Bathroom Sweet

This idea started with a common search engine misspelling, chocolate suite verses chocolate sweet. Now you can actually buy the whole sweet suite for just $133,000.

William Skinner’s Gravity Engine

Apparently, some 75 years on, people are still trying to prove the reality of this perpetual motion machine.

You got the right one, baby, uh-huh

In the early 1990s, Diet Pepsi ran a series of successful ads that featured Ray Charles and the slogan, "You got the right one, baby, uh-huh." But not everyone liked the ads.

Clysmic Water

Source of B&W image (in back page advert section). If this ad were selling bottled elk urine, I'd buy the stuff.

Building Dessert

Chocolate Legos, yum! The heck with gingerbread houses, build me a chocolate skyscraper.

Ashland Bridge Art

On a recent road trip through Oregon (while on vacation) I came across something in the town of Ashland that seemed WU worthy.

Musical Celebration of Innocent Verdict

After being deemed innocent on charges of attempted terrorism while trying to smuggle 20,000 euros out of the UK in her underwear, Nawal Msaad gave her unique public reaction to the verdict in the form of the video above.


Dirty Bird Fried Chicken has a strangely familiar looking logo. I can't place what it reminds me of...