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August 22, 2014

Westboro Baptist vs ISIS


Adam Hills, the above TV host, offered Westboro Baptist members a free trip to Iraq to protest real Christian persecution. They accepted! I really hope this guy provides the air fare for those screwballs to actually go to Iraq. In fact I bet if Mr. Hills sets up a fund to send them that the donations would roll in nonstop. What a great idea, kudos sir!
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Aug 22, 2014 | Comments (0)
Category: Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature

Home heating with beer cans

Back in the late 1970s, Bill Tolle of Woodlawn, Ohio figured out a way to use empty beer cans to heat his home in the winter. Basically he made a solar heater, with the empty cans trapping the sun's heat. But the beer can angle perked the media's interest.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Aug 22, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Engineering and Construction, Inventions, 1970's

Death by Ejection Seat

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You know how in cartoons and comedy movies, a person will accidentally employ an ejection seat and go for a thrill ride through the air, only to land safely...?

Not what really happens.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Aug 22, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Accidents, Death, Flight, 1980's

August 21, 2014

Camp Bed Wet

The ad for this camp is via The Retroist, who unfortunately didn't supply a date.

I'm curious what went on at this camp. Was it just like a normal camp but with plastic sheets on the bed? Did it actually help bed-wetters overcome their problem?

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Aug 21, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Psychology

Destination Earth



Mars needs petroleum byproducts!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Aug 21, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Aliens, Business, Advertising, Products, Motor Vehicles, Politics, 1950's

August 20, 2014

Living off the land

A 1955 U.S. Navy training film. Having watched it, I'm now ready to live off the grid.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Aug 20, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Food, 1950's

Brigitte Bardot & Serge Gainsbourg: “Comic Strip”



Guardians of the Galaxy was great. But I'd pay twice as much to see a feature-length version of this.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Aug 20, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Comics, Sex Symbols, Superheroes, 1960's, Europe

August 19, 2014

Dinner On The Fly

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We have all heard cautionary tales about hawks or large owls picking up small dogs as prey while the dogs are outside. But one would think a pet would be safe in the house AND inside a closed cage, maybe not so much. Last Sunday an owl flew into a tenth floor apartment through the balcony door, opened a bird cage, killed one canary and traumatized the other one inside. The pet owner found the owl still in her home, then it flew back out and nonchalantly perched on her balcony for a photo op. The least it could do after killing her pet!
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Aug 19, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Animals

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. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a picture of Mr. Goldsmith. But it sounds like he was definitely quite skinny. Source: The Deseret News - Aug 4, 1972.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Aug 19, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: 1970's

Beverly Massegee and Erick





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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."
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Aug 19, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Religion, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults
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