Just Weird
Awnings for Your Specs (Oct, 1952)

Awnings for Your Specs

EYEGLASS awnings keep the raindrops away, according to Don L. Davis of Los Angeles, shown here sporting the new style, It took an aircraft maintenance engineer of Miami to think them up, though! A prize winner in a gadget oddity contest, the awnings are made of light stainless metal, may be attached to the glass frames in any one of several ways.

Houses Built on Stilts are Novel Lake Dwellings (May, 1929)

Houses Built on Stilts are Novel Lake Dwellings

ONE OF the most remarkable summer camps in the country is the colony which has been established at Milnensburg, Louisiana, in the shallow waters of Lake Ponchartrain. The photo above shows how dozens of houses have been built on piles above the water. Narrow walks starting at the mainland lead to the various cottages, which are spread out over the water to form a queer lake city. Residents in these cottages assert that the cool breezes from the heart of the lake make this form of construction worth while. The photograph was taken from an airplane.

  • The first is simply conservation of angular momentum. Handy, but not exactly a wonder.
  • For the second one, yeah, the universe is pretty damn big.
  • I’m not sure why the delicate mechanisms needed for insect life are any more wonderous than the delicate mechanisms needed for larger lifeforms.
  • The fourth doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense unless you’re talking about the question of why the universe began with such a low state of entropy (the arrow of time) or possibly the Horizon problem, neither of which I think he knew about.

According to his brief Wikipedia entry J. Arthur Thomson was known for his attempts to reconcile science and religion which I suppose explains the mix of “wonders”.


Revising the wonders of the universe, Sir J. Arthur Thomson. British zoologist, suggests there are four of them. The first, he says, is the power that keeps stars and planets spinning on their axes. Immensity of space is the second. Third, the delicate mechanisms needed for the life of even the smallest of insects. The orderliness of Nature is fourth.

CAUSE FOR DIVORCE – Wife Divorces All-Day Sucker (May, 1942)

William Steig wrote two of my favorite books as a child, Cdb! and Cdc?. Both are books of illustrated word puzzles and a ton of fun. Of course he’s probably most famous for writing Shrek!.

CAUSE FOR DIVORCE – Wife Divorces All-Day Sucker

by Wm. Steig

Mrs. Estelle Whamp sued her husband, Ernest, for divorce today on the ground that he was more devoted to lollipops than to her. She testified that he carried them wherever he went, licking them noisily at home, on the street, in his office, at the movies, and, worst of all, before her friends.

He Makes Mink Telephones (May, 1950)

Two words I’m sure I’ve never said together: “Mink Bathtub”

He Makes Mink Telephones

By H. W. Kellick

AL TEITELBAUM, a Hollywood furrier, was showing Dorothy Lamour some of the glamorous mink skins he was using in making up a fancy mink coat for the film star. As they chatted, Al happened to drape a few of the skins over his desk telephone.

“Why,” Dorothy cried, “that’s simply stunning! And so different, too!”

“What in the world are you talking about?” Al asked.

“Can’t you see? A mink-upholstered telephone! What a unique Christmas gift that would make!”



CITY fathers of Santa Monica, California, were confronted with a perplexing problem recently when they woke up one morning to find that a full-sized residence had sprouted up overnight in the middle of one of its main streets, blocking traffic and causing much consternation on the part of neighbors.

Oddly Decorated Summer Parasols Add Novel Touch to Fashions (Oct, 1924)

Oddly Decorated Summer Parasols Add Novel Touch to Fashions

Sunshades grotesquely decorated with fur, feathers and various kinds of fabrics have appeared at some of the English resorts as novelties in summer fashions. Designs of different kinds of flowers and birds are worked on them, forming distinctive touches to the beach or holiday costume. One of the first of this style bore a realistic representation of a cat’s face of white fur with painted glass eyes.

MI-stoppers IV (Jan, 1954)


DUAL-TAIL De Havilland 110 seen from rear at recent air show in Farnborough. England wears its jets like a futuristic double-barreled cannon. Navy will use it.

CLOTHESHORSE wears pants with upturned cuffs tied above hoofs. Equine’s owner added touch of sartorial splendor after beast suffered leg injury. Trousers protect wound from insect bites.

Underwater Socket Tested (Dec, 1941)

I have to say, I approve of their testing methodology.

Underwater Socket Tested

A LIGHT socket which can be used under water without short-circuiting is shown in the picture above, in the hands of Helena Brinton, Hollywood model. Miss Brinton doesn’t seem to be shocked. We don’t know about the socket.

“Aprons” Take Shock From Grid Scrimmage (Dec, 1941)

“Aprons” Take Shock From Grid Scrimmage

ANOTHER step away from – the fierce clash of football as it was played in the days of the “flying wedge” is the “scrimmage apron,” invented this fall for use by the elite of present-day college grid stars. In the photo at the right, the Columbia University Lions are shown wearing the new padding device, with Horace Potter shown tackling Paul Governali, the ball carrier. The protectors are designed to be worn only in practice sessions. Their purpose is to eliminate the danger of injury.