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October 2017

October 26, 2017

All Are Welcome

There's been controversy recently in the town of Groton, Massachusetts over eight stone markers that were installed on roads leading into the town engraved with the phrase "Town of Groton — All Are Welcome."

Some citizens expressed concern that the phrase might be taken literally, and that "those with a criminal or terrorist background" might feel they were being invited in. Others worried that it was some kind of veiled political message, implying the town intended to become a sanctuary city for immigrants and refugees. There was a suggestion that the markers be replaced with ones that simply said 'Welcome.'

It looks like the critics have been silenced for now and the stone markers will remain where they are.

More info: Boston Magazine

Posted By: Alex - Thu Oct 26, 2017 - Comments (12)
Category: Signage

Jack Punter’s House

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 26, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Architecture, Domestic, Eccentrics, 1950s

October 25, 2017

Big Earl the Beer-Drinking Pig

Big Earl was a talented pig. He could drink a can of beer while standing on his hind legs, and then he'd eat the can. He performed this stunt in various barrooms, until the State Liquor Commission found out what was going on and ordered Big Earl to stop, citing a law against bringing pigs into bars.

At least, that's how a lot of newspapers reported the story. But it seems there was also a more disturbing part to Big Earl's act. In addition to eating the beer can, he would also eat a live chicken. Someone called to complain, and that's what got his act banned.

Philadelphia Inquirer - May 10, 1975



Minneapolis Star - May 15, 1975

Posted By: Alex - Wed Oct 25, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, 1970s

Too Many Tigers



In favor of species extinctions.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 25, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Music, 1960s

October 24, 2017

How to pepper a ceiling

The ingenuity of teenagers knows no bounds.

The Salem News - Sep 17, 1953



PRANKSTERS PEPPER CEILING — Teenagers have forgotten the goldfish-swallowing fad which swept the U.S. a few years back, but they've started another one which is giving restaurant owners a headache. The new fad requires some drinking straws, chocolate syrup and a bit of wind power. Tom Taylor, left, and John Wasson of Ludington, Mich., show how easily a restaurant ceiling can be "redecorated" by dipping the straw's tissue casing into syrup and shooting it like a blowgun up into the air.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Oct 24, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: 1950s, Pranks

Paperbacks from Hell



For Halloween or Xmas, what could be a better gift? A brilliant art and history book about the crazy-ass horror novel covers of yore?

Read a review here.



Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 24, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Horror, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Books, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s

October 23, 2017

Miss Food Freezer

Continuing our exploration of strange beauty contests, here's the Miss Food Freezer contest of 1951.

Arizona Republic - Mar 6, 1951



The favorite to win seemed to be Marianne Davis, who had already won the title of Miss General Electric. I could be wrong, but in the publicity photo below I think they've got her wrapped in freezer wrap while she sits on top of a deep freeze.

Arizona Republic - Mar 19, 1951



And sure enough, Marianne Davis won the coveted title of Miss Food Freezer. As far as I can tell, 1951 was the only year the contest was held. So she was the one and only Miss Food Freezer.

Arizona Republic - Mar 24, 1951

Posted By: Alex - Mon Oct 23, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Appliances, 1950s

Mystery Illustration 60



Can the appearance of all these white males from 1957 lead us to guess what their common bond was? Judges? Cops? Farmers? Fuller Brush salesmen?

The original has gone dark behind the CHICAGO TRIBUNE ARCHIVES paywall. But luckily I saved the answer--after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 23, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: 1950s, Men

October 22, 2017

Thong Jeans

Japanese designer Thibaut recently presented this new style in jeans at Amazon Fashion Week in Tokyo.

More info: Yahoo! Style



Posted By: Alex - Sun Oct 22, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Denim

Village of the Giants



"From a novel by H. G. Wells!" Yeah, right....

The Wikipedia page.

The full movie, via MST3K.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Oct 22, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Movies, Juvenile Delinquency, Teenagers, Science Fiction, 1960s

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