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January 24, 2015

Follies of the Madmen #240



"I'm so dumb I can't even pronounce 'aluminum!'"
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jan 24, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, 1960's, Brain Damage

Baby Cage

Problem: It's hard to travel with a baby.

Solution: build a portable cage to carry your kid in. I wonder if the TSA would approve of these. Source: Illustrated World (Mar 1920).


Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jan 24, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Babies, Family, Babies and Toddlers, Parents, 1920's

January 23, 2015

Radium Spray Liquid Cleaner

From 1909. Can't find much info about this other than the ad itself, so hard to know if it actually had radium in it, or if they were just using the word because it was the buzzword of the day.


via University of Washington Libraries
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jan 23, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Hygiene, 1900's

Superglue Fixes Everything

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The story behind the breaking and super gluing of the Tutenkamen mask sounds like something out of a sitcom. Unfortunately it really happened.
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Jan 23, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Can't Possibly Be True, Goofs and Screw-ups

Cheerful Dying Wish Fulfilled

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I regret that I did not have this story ready for you for Christmas. Nonetheless, its spirit lives on through every season!

Thank God the kid didn't wish for the whole world to follow her!

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jan 23, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Death, Children, Parents, 1940's

January 22, 2015

Nose Pore Blocker Hanabijin


The "Nose Pore Blocker Hanabijin" (spotted over at Book of Joe) promises to prevent the formation of ugly nose pores. First you cool the thing in a refrigerator for 30 minutes. Then you put it on your nose, whereupon it will "tighten and block off the pores, preventing dirt from getting inside and turning you into someone with a beautiful nose."

It kinda reminds me of the Trados Nose Shaper from 1916 (that I posted about way back in 2010), although the two things were designed for different purposes.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jan 22, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Skin and Skin Conditions

“The Trip,” Kim Fowley



In tribute to the recent death of this pop maven.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jan 22, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Music, Psychedelic, 1960's

January 21, 2015

Glow



This is an exceedingly weird and wonderful novel, sure to be enjoyed by any card-carrying WU-vie who is a fan of odd fiction.

Read my full review here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jan 21, 2015 | Comments (1)
Category: Science Fiction

Ship Your Enemies Glitter

ShipYourEnemiesGlitter.com will send an envelope full of glitter to whomever you want. And embedded in the glitter will be a note explaining why they're getting the shipment. Why glitter? Because it's the "herpes of the craft world" that "gets on everything."

This is similar to the feces by mail service we posted about a few months ago, but a little bit classier.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jan 21, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Pranks and Revenge

Unique Beauty

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This unusual specimen was found in Drexel University's butterfly exhibit. The wings on one side are female, while the ones on the other side are male. Beautiful.
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Jan 21, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Cryptozoology
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