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August 16, 2014

William Skinner’s Gravity Engine

Apparently, some 75 years on, people are still trying to prove the reality of this perpetual motion machine.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Aug 16, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Eccentrics, Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Inventions, 1930's

August 15, 2014

You got the right one, baby, uh-huh

In the early 1990s, Diet Pepsi ran a series of successful ads that featured Ray Charles and the slogan, "You got the right one, baby, uh-huh."

But not everyone liked the ads. Arthur Takeall claimed that Pepsi stole the slogan from him, saying he had used it in his ventriloquism act for years. He would choose an attractive woman in the audience and say, "You've Got The Right One" and his puppet would then say "Uh-huh."

Takeall sued Pepsi for $130 million, but his case was dismissed by the judge. However, in 1997 the Patent and Trademark Office ruled in his favor, deciding that he was entitled to the rights to the slogan, "You got the right one, baby, uh-huh." But as far as I know, it was a bit of a hollow victory since Pepsi never paid him any money.

Arthur Takeall and his puppet, Scooter

More about Takeall in the Baltimore Afro-American - May 3, 1997.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Aug 15, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Lawsuits, 1990's

Clysmic Water



Source of B&W image (in back page advert section).

If this ad were selling bottled elk urine, I'd buy the stuff. Luckily, the product actually sounded beneficial.


Source of text.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Aug 15, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Art, Business, Advertising, Products, Health, Regionalism, 1900's

August 14, 2014

Building Dessert

Chocolate Legos, yum! The heck with gingerbread houses, build me a chocolate skyscraper.
Posted By: patty | Date: Thu Aug 14, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Chocolate

Ashland Bridge Art

On a recent road trip through Oregon (while on vacation) I came across something in the town of Ashland that seemed WU worthy. It's an outdoor art gallery located on the underside of a bridge.

From a distance, you can't tell it's there. But as you approach, you see a sign identifying the area beneath the bridge as "The Path to Joy and Unity." It invites you to "open your heart and contemplate the magic that you will view." And then, as you get closer, you can see the artwork hanging upside-down.

Beneath the "Path to Joy and Unity" sign is another sign: "NO ADA ACCESS". So apparently there's no wheelchair access to Nirvana.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Aug 14, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Art

Musical Celebration of Innocent Verdict

After being deemed innocent on charges of attempted terrorism while trying to smuggle 20,000 euros out of the UK in her underwear, Nawal Msaad gave her unique public reaction to the verdict in the form of the video above.

Many more odd and fascinating details (Chanel-enhanced ankle monitor) at the link.

August 13, 2014


Dirty Bird Fried Chicken has a strangely familiar looking logo. I can't place what it reminds me of...
NSFW at link.
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Aug 13, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Advertising

Pop Carter

This is Otto "Pop" Carter, 90 years old, in 1947. He was known as "America's oldest and best-known roller skater." At his advanced age, he had been a professional roller skater for 82 years. But even after this he kept on going for quite a while. According to his listing on IMDB, "At age 104, participated in the Southwest Pacific Roller Skating Championships and the Rollerama Show in 1960."

I don't know when he died. Perhaps he's still alive.

Source: Newsweek - July 28, 1947
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Aug 13, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Sports, 1940's

Mystery Illustration


What does this great illustration by Jan Faust depict?

1) Young lads who prey on MILFs
2) Embezzlement by cash register clerks
3) Lyndon LaRouche's theory of Space Lizards among us
4) An incident from the next Spider-Man film
5) The dangers inherent in our food supply

Find the answer here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Aug 13, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Art, Women

August 12, 2014

The Death Of A Legend

The world is a little darker today for the loss of Robin Williams. He gave us the gift of laughter in a unique and wonderful way. May he now find the peace that seems to have eluded him in life. Above is his comedy special 'Weapons Of Self Destruction' which I found available on You Tube.
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Aug 12, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Homages, Pastiches, Tributes and Borrowings
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