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October 17, 2014

Norris Kellam, the Human Cork

Norris Kellam's great talent in life was floating. For which he earned the name "The Human Cork." In May 1933 he attempted to break the world record for staying afloat by floating in a saltwater pool in Norfolk, Virginia for over 86 hours. Unfortunately he didn't make it. After 71 hours and 19 minutes he was overcome by sharp cramps and sunburn and had to climb out of the pool.

There's more about Kellam at hamptonroads.com. The images are from the Norfolk Public Library.



Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Oct 17, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Human Marvels, Sports, World Records, 1930's

Mystery Illustration 2

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What is this jolly beatnik advertising?

1) Slot cars
2) Saturday morning cartoon shows
3) Vinyl records
4) Decals
5) Frederick's of Hollywood

Find the answer here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Oct 17, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, Facial Hair

October 16, 2014

WU Comments

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Fellow WU-vies--thanks to the alertness of several readers, we have been notified of a problem with posting comments. The captcha feature is glitched, working inconsistently. Our Master Hacker Alex (I think he learned all he knows from 1983's WarGames) is working on a fix now.

Thanks for your patience. Without your comments, the blog would be only half what it is.

Update from Alex: I "fixed" the problem by disabling the captcha system. Which may leave us wide open to spammers. We'll see how it goes for a few days.

Update 2: Wow! Allowing comment posting without captchas was like opening wide the floodgates of spam. So that experiment lasted only about 10 minutes. For now I've changed the admin settings so that only logged-in members can post comments. And in the meantime, I'll search for an alternative captcha system that is compatible with our very old blogging software.

Update 3: I found and installed an alternative captcha system. Let's see if it works! The neat thing is that most people won't see a captcha at all. It only shows if it thinks you might be a spammer, and it then asks you to solve a simple math problem.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 16, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Weird Universe, Alex, Reader Recommendation, Computers

Pink Underwear

Andrew Walls underwent a colonoscopy at the Delaware Surgery Center on Oct 12, 2012. For this procedure he was placed under anesthesia. And when he woke, he was wearing pink women's underwear. According to a lawsuit he's just filed, he insists that when he "presented for his colonoscopy he had not been wearing pink women's underwear and at no time did [he] voluntarily, knowingly or intentionally place the pink women's underwear upon himself."

He's claiming the pink underwear caused him "severe emotional stress" as well as mental anguish, lost wages, and loss of earning capacity. [Delaware Online]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Oct 16, 2014 | Comments (8)
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Dog Factory

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 16, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Movies, Technology, Dogs, 1900's

October 15, 2014

BLOCKHEAD CAB!


Went looking for a link to the song for a slow taxi comment and found this!
The weird thing is the taxi in the song NEVER comes!
Posted By: Tyrusguy | Date: Wed Oct 15, 2014 | Comments (1)
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Slow Taxi

Need to get somewhere slow? The Turtle Taxi service, currently operating in Yokohama, promises to drive as slowly as possible. They'll even turn off the engine at red lights. The service is said to be popular with pregnant women, the elderly, and parents with sleeping children. [psfk.com]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Oct 15, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Transportation, Asia

Raffaella Carra & The Beatles



Best Beatles cover versions ever! The singer.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Oct 15, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Music, Pop Art, 1960's, 1970's

October 14, 2014

Painter of Nuts

Most people see peanuts as just something to eat, but artist Steve Casino sees them as a canvas. He paints them to look like celebrities. And one of his painted nuts costs anywhere between $300 to $1000. Check out more of his work at his website.





Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Oct 14, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Art

Feeling Nuts

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Oct 14, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Medicine, PSA's, Genitals
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