November 14, 2009

Thanksgivings of Yore



You still have enough time in the next two weeks to rearrange your life so that your holiday mirrors the Eisenhowerian perfection on display here

Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 14, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Family, Holidays, Television, 1950's

November 13, 2009

Fast Way to the Beach

I hate it when this happens... a nice day at the beach....clear sky....and then a jet drops from the sky.



It's got to be tough to get out of the flight suit and loose from the parachute.

Posted By: gdanea - Fri Nov 13, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Transportation

A Day in the Death Of Donnie B.



Be sure to hang in there at least through the theme song!

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 13, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Addictions, Drugs, Movies, Documentaries, Urban Life, 1960's

November 12, 2009

Asteroids without the Asteroids

Another great interactive flash which reminds me of the old "Asteroids" video game without the asteroids.

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As you move your cursor on the screen the flock of "birds" try to avoid each other. Here's the link:

http://bestiario.org/web/media/14/preview/index.php?id_proyecto=14

It also makes a fun hypnotic time waster.

Posted By: gdanea - Thu Nov 12, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Art

Ahead of its Time #1

Of course, not everyone had bad ideas in those old issues of Popular Science. Many of the ideas for new products were quite brilliant. This series will look at ideas that were ahead of their time. Today's lesson: In Car Tape Deck.

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(from the March 1954 issue of Popular Science)

For a little background, the modern tape recorder came about in 1939, but it wasn't refined enough for commercial use until the late 1940s. Reel to reel tape recorders started to become common home recording machines in the mid 1950s and as a professional home audio format in the late 1950s. The first automobile tape player was the Muntz Stereo-Pak of 1962 which evolved in the Lear Jet Stereo 8 (better known as 8 Track) in 1964. Even so, 8 track players didn't become common in cars until the late 1960s, so unfortunately A. P. Sabol had another fifteen years to wait before his request was answered...

Posted By: Salamander Sam - Thu Nov 12, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Technology, 1950's, Cars, Yesterday's Tomorrows

November 11, 2009

Optical illusion

Another great optical illusion -- but does this still work if you are colorblind?



Any explanations why this works?

Posted By: gdanea - Wed Nov 11, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Magic and Illusions and Sleight of Hand

Avoiding H1N1 Religiously

First a little background for those non-catholic wu-vians. By the doors in catholic churches there are fonts containing holy water. Upon entering and leaving worshippers dip a finger in the holy water and cross themselves. Recently in some places the church has suspended this age old practice due to the fear of spreading the H1N1 virus. Now Italian inventer/catholic, Luciano Marabese, has supplied the solution. He felt fear was damaging church traditions so he built a holy water dispenser. It works like a public restroom soap dispenser, the parishioner waves their hand under the dispenser and a sensor makes it spray out holy water. The invention is being used in a church in Fornaci di Briosco, a northern Italian town. But since more churches are suspending the rite Luciano has been receiving orders for the dispenser from around the world. Yes, he does charge for them, apparently he's not THAT religious.
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/091111/odds/odd_us_italy_flu_holywater_odd

Posted By: patty - Wed Nov 11, 2009 - Comments (6)
Category:

Aqua Frolics

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Why not have your Thanksgiving turkey dinner underwater this year?

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 11, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Exercise and Fitness, Movies, Documentaries, Recreation, Sports, 1950's

November 10, 2009

Follies of the Mad Men #76

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[From The Saturday Evening Post for October 10 1953. Two scans, top and bottom.]

Nothing like aligning your product with a civilization that practiced human sacrifice. The Incas weren't the Aztecs, but as Wikipedia reminds us: "There is [sic] archaeological discoveries supporting the presence of sacrifice within Inca society according to Reinhard and Ceruti: 'Archaeological evidence found on distant mountain summits has established that the burial of offerings was a common practice among the Incas and that human sacrifice took place at several of the sites.The excellent preservation of the bodies and other material in the cold and dry environment of the high Andes provides revealing details about the rituals that were performed at these ceremonial complexes.'"

And did they actually make the best ink ever? I can't find any reference to such an accomplishment.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 10, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, History, Archaeology, 1950's, South America

What’s The Chances? - 2

Earlier this year we heard of the national lottery that drew the same numbers two weeks running. Now meet the man who has just won a lottery jackpot for the second time!

The unnamed 34 year-old from the Limpopo province of South Africa beat 24 million to one odds to take the country's "PowerBall" draw for 30 million rand ($4 million), just seven years after winning 11 million rand ($1.5 million) from an earlier state lottery system with odds of 14 million to one. His feat is all the more remarkable given he claims to spend only 100 rand ($13) a month on tickets (Telegraph).

Posted By: Dumbfounded - Tue Nov 10, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Games, Human Marvels, Money, Synchronicity and Coincidence

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