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November 15, 2014

Satanic Coloring Book

I've posted before about unusual coloring books, such as the E.F. Hutton Coloring Book and the Anti-Terrorism Coloring Book, so when a coloring book titled The Satanic Children's Big Book of Activities showed up in the news, it caught my eye.

A group called the Satanic Temple wants to hand out copies of this coloring book to children in Florida schools, arguing that Christian evangelical groups are allowed to distribute bibles and booklets in public schools, so why shouldn't they be allowed to distribute their satanic literature. Equal time for all religions, etc. Of course, there's no way in hell the school board is going to let this happen. [foxkc.com]



Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Nov 15, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Religion, Books

November 14, 2014

Nuclear Detergent

Willard Libby is best known as the winner of the 1960 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, awarded for his role in developing radiocarbon dating. But throughout the 1950s and 60s he was also a tireless promoter of nuclear energy, assuring the public that fears about radioactivity and nuclear fallout were greatly overblown. One of his ideas for a beneficial use of radiation was to radiate laundry detergent. As far as I know, no detergent maker ever got behind this idea.


Source: Newsweek - Jan 13, 1964
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Nov 14, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Science, Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1960's

November 13, 2014

Mystery Gadget 24

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What's up with this fellow?

The answer is here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Nov 13, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Technology, 1940's

Raquel Welch Sings



via Redundant Variety Hour
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Nov 13, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Music, 1960's

November 12, 2014

High School Fads of 1947

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Just two of the reputed high school crazes of nearly seventy years ago.

Read more here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Nov 12, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Fads, Teenagers, 1940's

Cropdusting

Now that I know about this, I'll never view airplane travel in the same way again.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Nov 12, 2014 | Comments (1)
Category: Flatulence, Air Travel and Airlines

November 11, 2014

Hermaphroditic Frogs

All he's saying is that it makes hermaphrodites of frogs. That's all!


NY Times - Apr 17, 2002

via Lou Ciccone
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Nov 11, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Science

Johnny Jupiter



There's a bit of Jim Carrey to our hero Ernie.

Full story here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Nov 11, 2014 | Comments (1)
Category: Aliens, Geeks, Nerds and Pointdexters, Puppets and Automatons, Television, 1950's

November 10, 2014

Porta-Potty Rocket

The Throne Thrusters is a group of Michigan-based rocket enthusiasts who have decided to attach high-powered rockets to a porta-potty and blast it thousands of feet into the air.
They're doing this in order to increase awareness of rocketry as a hobby, as well as to prove that it's possible to turn a porta-potty into a rocket. Launch is set for Nov. 22.

Check out their Facebook page for more details. [via Online Athens]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Nov 10, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Bathrooms, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy
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