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October 2014

October 31, 2014

How to make a roller-skating witch

Instructions from Humpty Dumpty Magazine - Oct 1954. via And Everything Else Too (which has full-size scans).





Posted By: Alex - Fri Oct 31, 2014 - Comments (6)
Category: Holidays, Toys

Happy Nutcrack Night!

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Original article here.

Who knew that Halloween used to be a time of divination for romance?

LOVE TESTS OF HALLOWEEN tells of other forgotten customs.

Whether you are roasting your lover's nuts, or going door-to-door for candy, have a swell night!

Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 31, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: Holidays, Superstition, Nineteenth Century

October 30, 2014

Real or Fake?

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Would you drive by the above and keep going thinking it was fake? A man beheaded his mother and kicked her head around before stepping in front of a train. Passers-by said they thought it was a Halloween prank.

Posted By: patty - Thu Oct 30, 2014 - Comments (6)
Category: Crime, Evil, Dismemberment, Nausea, Revulsion and Disgust

Doomsday Flight

The Doomsday Flight was a 1966 TV movie written by Rod Serling. The plot involves "a disgruntled aerospace engineer" who phones in a threat warning that he's planted a barometric pressure bomb on an airliner set to explode when the plane descends below 4000 feet for landing. He demands a ransom in return for instructions on how to disable the bomb. There isn't really a bomb, but the pilot nevertheless figures out how to defeat the scheme by landing at Denver, 5000 feet above sea level.

The movie is apparently pretty good. So good, in fact, that it soon earned an odd place in film history as The Movie Too Dangerous For The Public To See. Whenever it was shown, it inspired a slew of copycat bomb hoaxes, eventually leading the FAA, in 1971, to send a letter to TV stations, requesting that they never show it again. The FAA's letter warned that "the film may have a highly emotional impact on some unstable individual and stimulate him to imitate the fictional situation in the movie."

TV stations honored the FAA's request, and to my knowledge have never aired it again. It eventually was released on VHS (Available on Amazon), and there may be a DVD of it available (though not on Netflix). But you won't see it on TV.

You can find a fuller version of this movie's history here and here.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Oct 30, 2014 - Comments (8)
Category: Movies, 1960s

Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp



The tour for squares.



The tour for hipsters.

Their home page.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 30, 2014 - Comments (3)
Category: Eccentrics, Regionalism, Religion, Superstition

October 29, 2014

Dr. Bouchaud’s Flesh-Reducing Soap

"Will absorb all fatty tissues from any part of the body." I wonder if Dr. Bouchaud was related in any way to Dr. Anton Phibes?


From The Australian Home Journal, June 1926 [via Vintage Ads]

Posted By: Alex - Wed Oct 29, 2014 - Comments (7)
Category: Advertising, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1920s

The Relaxed Wife

Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 29, 2014 - Comments (7)
Category: Bad Habits, Neuroses and Psychoses, Husbands, Wives, 1950s

October 28, 2014

Okee the Painting Otter

A forgotten giant of the art world. Source: The Santa Cruz Sentinel - Apr 7, 1965.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Oct 28, 2014 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Art, 1960s

One of These Things Is Not Like the Others

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You recall perhaps the full-size rubber mask of the mystery half-wit? Well, here he is again, as a hand-puppet, inexplicably consorting with legit Disney characters. The manufacturers must have loved that design.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 28, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Puppets and Automatons, Advertising, Comics, 1940s

October 27, 2014

Energy-harvesting jewelry

Naomi Kizhner's jewelry serves two purposes: 1) it's decorative; 2) it harvests energy from your body to charge your various electronic devices.

For instance, "The Blinker" gets energy from your blinks. The "Blood Bridge" is more invasive, tapping directly into a vein to power a hydro micro turbine.

However, you can't buy this jewelry because it's really just an art project intended to "provoke the thought about how far will we go to in order to 'feed' our addiction in the world of declining resources."

More at Naomi Kizhner's website. [via The Higher Learning]



Posted By: Alex - Mon Oct 27, 2014 - Comments (10)
Category: Fashion, Jewelry, Power Generation

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