April 25, 2015

A-Bomb Detergent

Wash that radiation away!


Source: Life - Nov 20, 1950

Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 25, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Advertising, 1950's, Weapons

The Rotor at Kennywood



While Kennywood Amusement Park is still operating, they no longer feature the Rotor. Given its 3Gs of force, in this day and age of tender litigious patrons, I'm surprised any park still does.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Apr 25, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Science, 1950's

April 24, 2015

The Wetsuit Suit

It's a suit you can go surfing in. Invented in Japan, of course. Available here.



Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 24, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Sports

Diving for Buttons



"Today, little remains of the industry but the occasional telltale sign spotted on the ground—shells laced with perfectly round holes—and millions of mother-of-pearl buttons saved in button jars across the country, cut from blouses and shirts from a time when nothing was wasted."

The whole story, in depth. (No pun intended.)

Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 24, 2015 - Comments (1)
Category: Fashion, Nature, Regionalism, 1950's, North America

April 23, 2015

A Shiny New Conspiracy Theory

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A new nut job conspiracy theory has hatched recently. Apparently the handful of Walmart stores that were closed unexpectedly are supposedly tied to a military operation called Jade Helm. The operation has something to do with declairing martial law by summer. Or the stores have plumbing issues that require closing up to make proper repairs. You know, one or the other.

Posted By: patty - Thu Apr 23, 2015 - Comments (10)
Category: Annoying Things, Confusion, Misunderstanding, and Incomprehension, Delusions, Fantasies and Other Tricks of the Imagination, Surrealism, Conspiracy Theories and Theorists

Regrettable Superheroes

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I have not seen a copy yet, but I am betting this book will be a winner, based on the description.

For every superhero hitting the big time with a blockbuster movie, there are countless failures, also-rans, and D-listers. The League of Regrettable Superheroes affectionately presents one hundred of the strangest superheroes ever to see print—from Atoman to Zippo—complete with backstories, vintage art, and colorful commentary.

Drawing on the entire history of the medium, the book celebrates characters that haven’t seen the light of day in decades, like Natureboy, Dr. Hormone, Thunder Bunny, and more. It’s a must-read for comics fans of all ages!


Until it appears in June, why not read an issue of DOLLMAN now.








Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 23, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Comics, Superheroes, Twentieth Century

The Cellophane Wedding

Back in the 1930s, the Jockey underwear company got the idea of showing off their products by having their models wear cellophane and staging a "cellophane wedding." The first picture seems to be a trial run of this stunt, in which the company created outfits that were only half cellophane.

But in 1938, they staged a wedding with full cellophane outfits at the National Association of Retail Clothiers and Furnishers convention. The story goes that a picture of this event subsequently ran in Life magazine, by which means it then came to the attention of Adolf Hitler, who used it as an opportunity to fulminate against America's moral decline.

Sources: Kickshaw Productions, Kenosha News



Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 23, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: 1930's, Weddings

Elektro the Robot





No need to worry about the Singularity with Elektro.

Wikipedia entry.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 23, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Puppets and Automatons, 1930's

April 22, 2015

Kiss Of Death

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Next up for Darwin Award near miss- guy who tried to kiss a cottonmouth snake on the lips. Yeah, he's from Florida.

Posted By: patty - Wed Apr 22, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Injuries, Really Bad Ideas, Screwups, Pain, Self-inflicted and Otherwise

Never Inject Stuff In Your Stuff

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Injecting your penis with vasoline to make it appear larger is a very bad idea. The description of the surgery necessary to effect repairs is cringe-worthy.

Posted By: patty - Wed Apr 22, 2015 - Comments (14)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Body Modifications, Disasters, Surgery, Can't Possibly Be True, Sex Lives Worse Than Yours, Genitals, Pain, Self-inflicted and Otherwise, Sex, Goofs and Screw-ups

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