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Weird Universe Blog — April 14, 2022

Cat Boxing

I wasn't aware that there was such a thing as cat boxing. Cats fight all the time, of course. But to box each other at a set time in front of a crowd — I didn't think they would cooperate with such an indignity.

Detroit Free Press - June 16, 1939

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 14, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Sports | Cats | 1930s

April 13, 2022

Why Velna Turnage sued Christy Brothers Circus

From the case Christy Bros. Circus v. Turnage heard in the Georgia Court of Appeals, dated Sep. 15, 1928:

Where a petition alleged that the plaintiff was an unmarried white lady, and that while in attendance as a guest of the defendant at a circus performance given by the defendant, and while seated in one of the seats provided by the defendant for the defendant’s guests at the circus, a horse, which was going through a dancing performance immediately in front of where the plaintiff was sitting, was by the defendant’s servant, who was riding upon the horse, caused to back towards the plaintiff, and while in this situation the horse evacuated his bowels into her lap, that this occurred in full view of many people, some of whom were the defendant’s employees, and all of whom laughed at the occurrence, that as a result thereof the plaintiff was caused much embarrassment, mortification, and mental pain and suffering, to her damage in a certain amount, that the damage alleged was due entirely to the defendant’s negligence and without any fault on the part of the plaintiff, the petition set out a cause of action and was good as against a general demurrer.

Velna Turnage was awarded $500 for her "humiliation and embarrassment".

Posted By: Alex - Wed Apr 13, 2022 - Comments (4)
Category: Lawsuits | Excrement | 1920s

Blow Football

Or as we call it today, "Spread the Covid."

This game went through several editions since its 1910 origin. See pictures at Board Game Geek.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 13, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Games | Sports | Viruses, Germs and Other Sources of Infection

April 12, 2022

Miss Sauerkraut of 1947

Being named Miss Sauerkraut of 1947 seems to have been a high point of Alice Niesen's modeling career.

Ithaca Journal - Aug 1, 1947

The only other example of her work that I could find was a 1948 piece in which she modeled the "sock pocket".

The Frederick Leader - Jan 19, 1948

Posted By: Alex - Tue Apr 12, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests | Food | 1940s

April 11, 2022

Curtis Schoon, the boxer who forgot to wear his trunks

The boxing career of featherweight Curtis Schoon would be entirely forgotten by now if he hadn't, one time, forgotten to wear his boxing trunks into the ring. He opened his robe and... he had nothing on beneath it.

Argus Leader - Jan 26, 1956

Argus Leader - Jan 19, 1957

Posted By: Alex - Mon Apr 11, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Sports | Nudism and Nudists

A Year at Sea

Most unique trial for a marriage ever!

Source: The San Francisco Examiner (San Francisco, California) 23 Apr 1972, Sun Page 3

Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 11, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Eccentrics | Oceans and Maritime Pursuits | Marriage | 1970s

April 10, 2022

The housewife who became pregnant after watching Uri Geller

March 1974: a Swedish housewife claimed that, after she watched Uri Geller on TV, her contraceptive coil got bent out of shape, thereby causing her to become pregnant.

Given that the housewife was never named, I'm going to assume this story sprang from the overly fertile imagination of the "Sunday Mirror Reporter in Stockholm".

Uri Geller references the event in his biography, posted on his website, but gives no more details than are available in the Sunday Mirror story, which suggests that, at the very least, he was never sued by the Swedish housewife.

Sunday London Mirror - Mar 17, 1974

Posted By: Alex - Sun Apr 10, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Paranormal | 1970s | Pregnancy

April 9, 2022

Angelo Faticoni, the Human Cork

We've previously posted about two people who claimed to be "human corks": Norris Kellam and Iver Johnson.

Now I've found a third to add to the list: Angelo Faticoni.

The lives of Kellam and Faticoni overlapped, but I can't find any evidence that they ever met.

More info: wikipedia

Johnson City Chronicle - July 24, 1926

Hartford Courant - Aug 12, 1931

Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 09, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Human Marvels | Swimming, Snorkeling, and Diving

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