This week’s roundup of weird news is here to remind us that everything is horrifying and there is no escape. Enjoy!
In case you missed your daily dose of deranged, here’s the weekend roundup of the latest offbeat news, science, archaeology, and other bizarre media. This week’s offerings remind us that if you’re not an experienced cataphile, maybe you should avoid the 170 miles of catacombs beneath Paris where people tend to get lost and sometimes end up dead.
Also, space is weird, bald people don’t have gold in their heads, Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery is not only a great source for sweet hereafter honey, it’s apple trees also make cider from beyond the grave, AI is better than humans at Ms. Pac-man, Gene Simmons doesn’t know how to do the “devil horns” gesture properly, but he’s going to trademark it anyway, and please, for your neighbor’s sake, clean your clams.
By the way, remember the news that H.H. Holmes was being exhumed for DNA analysis to test the legend that he escaped the gallows during his 1896 execution? Turns out it’s for an upcoming 8-part History Channel series headed up by Holmes’ great-great-grandson Jeff Mudgett.
All this and more below.
Watch: Neill Blomkamp’s bleak vision of post-alien invasion life in new short film Rakka:
Comments of the Week
- “Washing your clams is generally good advice in most situations.” [view post]
- “Can I just baby sit the ghosts and let someone else deal with the children?” [view post]
- “Next thing you know all chalk kiwis will be demanding some form of protection status” [view post]
- “I was just there the other day – it’s intensely claustrophobic. I can see how one could easily pass out and possibly lose time. It’s a head trip for sure, this place – and it’s not the dead, it’s the DEPTH. Being that far under the earth is almost too much to bear, especially with ceilings that hit your head.” [view post]
Cult of Weird Collection
Grab your planchette and say h-e-l-l-o to the latest addition to the Cult of Weird collection: A 1940s Hasko Mystic Tray! These unique talking boards were made by a company in Chicago called Haskelite Manufacturing Corporation (1917-1958) who specialized in producing fine molded serving trays. They decided to get into the “fortune telling” business in 1942, producing a variety of Mystic trays and boards under the name Hasko. They sold millions, becoming one of the most prolific manufacturers of talking boards in the world.
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This week’s featured WEIRD BOOK
Throughout the ages fashion has been weird, and sometimes even deadly. In Corsets & Codpieces author Karen Bowman takes a fresh look at “history’s hidden fashion disasters” to reveal the funny, bizarre, and often horrifying stories behind historical garments, including bum rolls, poisonous makeup, oversized codpieces, Victorian ladies shoplifting crinoline, and more.
Buy it now on Amazon