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February 22, 2015

February 21, 2015

Monkey Brand Soap

In the days before Mr. Clean, there was Monkey Brand. Though it seems an odd choice for whatever ad man thought this up to figure that people would associate a grinning monkey with clean dishes.


Source: Sketch Magazine, April 1908
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Feb 21, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Advertising, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1900's

The Hairy Water Tortoise of China

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I cannot figure out if this is a legitimate species, or a freak. This article seems to imply it was a common tortoise with vegetation affixed to its back.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Feb 21, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, Asia, Nineteenth Century

February 20, 2015

Thank You For Buying…

My wife noticed this posted on distractify.com and brought it to my attention. So I thought I'd share it here.

Occasionally people ask me to sign and write a note in copies of my book, and I never know what to write. But thanks to this receipt, I've now got a go-to phrase!

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Feb 20, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Books, Alex

Ouija Board, 1968

Parker Brothers bought the commercial rights to the Ouija Board in 1966. Based on this 1968 ad, I'm guessing that they were wary of marketing it as a device for communicating with dead people. Instead, they tried to sell it as a kind of Magic 8-Ball. But really, who would ask a Ouija board such boring questions?

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Feb 20, 2015 | Comments (16)
Category: Paranormal, Advertising, 1960's

Camp Siegfried



I always wonder, when watching vintage movies from the 1930s and 1940s, about the preoccupation with Nazi spies and sympathizers in the USA. How justified were such fears? Pretty well justified, I guess, based on the video above, and this article.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Feb 20, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Spies and Secret Agents, 1930's, 1940's, North America

February 19, 2015

Hidden Artist

Cuban performance artist Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera plans to spend three weeks living inside the walls of a Chicago art gallery. He's titling this performance piece "In the Absence of a Body." The Chicago Arts Coalition, which is hosting Diaz-Perera, elaborates:

While living inside the 2.5-foot-wide corridor, Diaz-Perera will do only the most essential actions of his quotidian life: sleep, eat, and personal hygiene. He will not communicate with anyone on the other side of the walls. While he will be able to observe the audience, Diaz-Perera will remain invisible to them. Until the close of the exhibition, Diaz-Perera will attempt to embrace the act of becoming a Ghost of himself, an absence, nothing.

The concept kinda reminds me of Vito Acconci's 1972 performance piece Seedbed, in which he spent 3 weeks hidden beneath a ramp in an art gallery, loudly pleasuring himself. I'm guessing that over the course of 3 weeks, Diaz-Perera will probably also indulge in a bit of that. More info at HuffPost.com.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Feb 19, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Art, Performance Art

Bambi the Fire Goddess

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The only other internet reference I can find about "Bambi the Fire Goddess" seems to date her act as far back as 1965. (This foto is from 1970.) It appears then that she had the problem of scorched vajayjay under control.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Feb 19, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Performance Art, 1970's, Dance

February 18, 2015

Eddie the Marshmallow-Eating Alligator

Eddie the Alligator achieved brief fame back in 1966 because of his food preferences. I'm no alligator expert, but I don't think that hand-feeding them marshmallows is recommended by experts.


The San Bernardino County Sun - Mar 17, 1966


The Pittsburgh Press - Apr 10, 1966
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Feb 18, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Animals, 1960's

Polycystic Kidney Disease

Our own WUvian, Tyrusguy, had polycystic kidney disease, in which the kidneys form cysts all over them. Over time the kidneys become very large, Ty's were 20 pounds, and stop functioning. Eventually the kidneys must be removed and the patient must go on dialysis until they receive a new kidney. I say he had the disease because he no longer does since the 'evil twins' were removed on lucky Friday the 13th. Ty came through with flying colors and is recuperating at home. A picture of his kidneys is in extended, not safe for stomachs- you have been duly warned.

More in extended >>
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Feb 18, 2015 | Comments (13)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Body, Diseases
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