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April 21, 2009

Boys Will Be Boys

The Washington School for Boys Drama Club, circa 1910. (via Shorpy)

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Apr 21, 2009 | Comments (7)
Category: Photography and Photographers, Gender, 1910's

April 20, 2009

Follies of the Mad Men #64

A prosperous banker-type, an American Indian, a sailor (or is he a Turkish immigrant?), and what looks to be Uncle Sam, are all sitting around in front of a billboard, having a gay old chat, when out of a handy box pops the sexy cigarette fairy, who dispenses butts to all, even scattering them around in bountiful waste. Then a sign is unfurled, claiming WE ALL SMOKE.

Massive WTF attack, all thanks to Thomas Alva Edison!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 20, 2009 | Comments (10)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Movies, Tobacco and Smoking, Nineteenth Century

Mystery Object #2

What purpose does this tool serve? Answer after the jump!

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 20, 2009 | Comments (15)
Category: Tools

Dr. Josat’s Nipple Pincher

Dr. Jules-Antoine Josat invented his "nipple pincher" or "pince-mamelon" in order to help solve what was a great problem during the nineteenth century: how to accurately determine whether someone was dead. Unfortunately, there seems to be very little information about this invention, but I've assembled here what I've been able to find. From Death and Sudden Death, by Paul Brouardel and F.L. Benham:

Josat invented a pair of forceps with claws, with which he proposed to pinch the nipples of persons whose death has to be ascertained. Josat obtained the first prize of the Academy, but Briquet, repeating the same tests on the hysterical subjects under his care, proved that they did not react under Josat's forceps any more than the dead.

And from A Text-book of Legal Medicine, by F.W. Draper:

Josat devised an instrument for which he got a prize from the French Academy. It was a pair of forceps with claws; with this he proposed to pinch the nipples of persons whose vitality was in doubt. An old method was to apply a very hot flat-iron to the soles of the feet of the corpse. Brouardel has improved on this: He suggests that an ordinary hammer be heated very hot with scalding water and, after drying, be applied over the epigastrium. He says it is an excellent way to revive a person in a state of syncope, as well as to ascertain the fact of death. The worst that happens is the formation of a bleb where the hammer touched the skin.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Apr 20, 2009 | Comments (7)
Category: Death, Medicine

Flaming Garbage Cans

In response to my post about the catalog of one-shoe movies, Prof. Music sent this link to the Flaming Garbage Cans in Hip Hop Videos blog.

I don't get the same sense of sexual fetish from the garbage can blog as I do from the one-shoe movie list. Though I could be mistaken.

And along similar lines: The Brokers With Hands on Their Faces blog.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Apr 20, 2009 | Comments (6)
Category: Obsessions

[News] Chuck’s Links for Monday, April 20, 2009

Great Art! (1) Mexican Raul Ortega Ayala's London show of cheese made from human breast milk. (2) New Jersey plastic surgeon Anthony Berlet's New York show (via photos) of his (and 3 colleagues') all-time masterpieces of nipping and tucking. Sunday Express (London) /// New York Times

An Afghan ayatollah made it official: A wife can indeed say 'no' to her husband's sexual demands, but on the other hand, since she has a 'duty' to him, he can retaliate by cutting back on his duty . . to feed her. Reuters

Turns out America's premier all-time mobster Al Capone was a sentimental music composer, and the sheet music for his Italian love song (from Alcatraz) is on sale for $65k ("Madonna mia / You're the bloom of the roses / You're the charm that reposes" and "With your true love to guide me / Let whatever betide me")/ Associated Press via The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Ill.) /// Lyrics

No Longer Weird: Takes her kid on a shoplifting frolic, flees from security guard, leaves kid behind. (Stuart, Fla.)

Can't Possibly Be True: Brand-new bride is a genuine babe, and she's all into fishing, camping, four-wheeling, hunting (posing in wedding dress, with rifle and turkey kill). Knoxville News-Sentinel

In Surrey, British Columbia, police broke up a scuffle between husband and wife fighting over . . a TV news report about violence. Vancouver Sun

New asylum strategy: Kansas detainee David Kihuha has avoided two deportation dates (to Kenya) by smearing his own caca on himself when it's time to leave. Kansas City Star

Recurring Theme: If ya stop along the side of the road at night to pee after you've been drinking, you're beggin' for it, like this guy who fell off a bridge into the Minnesota River. Associated Press via St. Paul Pioneer Press [LINK FIXED] [AND CORRECTION: He didn't actually fall "into" the river, but close.]

[Jury Duty] Another one of those "Arrest him immediately because he's bound to have committed some crime" (although we don't know which because The Smoking Gun only put up the photo).

Today's Newsrangers: Sandy Pearlman, Peter Suber, Bobby Stout

Posted By: Chuck | Date: Mon Apr 20, 2009 | Comments (8)

April 19, 2009

Drunken African Animals

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Apr 19, 2009 | Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Inebriation and Intoxicants, Africa

One-Shoe Movies

"Droppedit" is a man who knows exactly what he likes, and that is "movie and TV scenes in which women happen to lose their shoes." I think it's fair to say that his catalog of such scenes (with accompanying pics) will never be equaled.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Apr 19, 2009 | Comments (4)
Category: Movies, Obsessions, Fetishes, Shoes

April 18, 2009

Snow Rollers

Who knew that a combination of snow and wind could create "snow rollers"? Not me. NOAA explains that snow rollers are "extremely rare because of the unique combination of snow, wind, temperature and moisture needed to create them. They form with light but sticky snow and strong (but not too strong) winds."
(Thanks to Prof. Music)

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Apr 18, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Nature, Natural Wonders, Weather

Mystery Object #1

These are four instances of the same tool. What is it?

Answer after the jump!

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Apr 18, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Tools
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