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January 2018

January 26, 2018

The Egg Wine Diet

It describes itself as the diet for "wine lovers that refuse to give up wine while losing weight." It consists of about 10 eggs a day, and wine.

As the site notes, "Wine only have 600 calories per bottle. So compare that to a normal blt sandwich that has about the same. What would you rather have. The sandwich or a whole bottle of wine ?"

eggwinediet.com

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jan 26, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Dieting and Weight Loss

Top Forty News, Weather and Sports



Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 26, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Humor, Journalism, Music, 1960s

January 25, 2018

Hypnotizing the voters

Nick Belluso, while running for governor of Georgia in 1978, came up with the idea of hypnotizing the voters to vote for him. So he hired a hypnotist and created a TV ad which went as follows:

Candidate: This is Nick Belluso. In the next ten seconds you will be hit with a tremendously hypnotic force. You may wish to turn away. Without further ado let me introduce to you the hypnogenecist of mass hypnosis, the Reverend James G. Masters. Take us away, James.

Hypnotist: Do not be afraid. I am placing the name of Nick Belluso in your subconscious mind. You will remember this. You will vote on Election Day. You will vote Nick Belluso for governor. You will remember this. You will vote on Election Day. You will vote Nick Belluso for governor.

However, Belluso's scheme was foiled when every TV station but one refused to run the ad, fearing the hypnosis might actually work, which would open them up to potential legal liabilities.

So Belluso lost the election. Though he subsequently became a perennial candidate running for many offices, including President of the United States in 1980.

You can see most of the ad in the clip below.

Also worth noting: Belluso claimed he had been endorsed by "The Force."



The Nashville Tennessean - Aug 11, 1978



Posted By: Alex - Thu Jan 25, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Politics, Psychology, 1970s

Artwork Khrushchev Probably Would Not Have Liked 9



"Unique Forms of Continuity in Space," 1913 bronze by Umberto Boccioni

More info on the artist.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jan 25, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, 1910s, Russia

January 24, 2018

Librarian Strikes Back

In February 1961, Harold Roth, director of the East Orange Library in New Jersey, made news by having arrest warrants made out for 14 people with overdue books. The degree of overdueness ranged from four months to one year. But what really attracted attention was the manner of the arrests. The police showed up at many of the houses around midnight to rouse the scofflaws out of bed and drag them down to jail.

I think this 1961 case remains the largest mass round-up of people with overdue library books, but people still occasionally get arrested for not returning their library books in a timely fashion. The site publiclibraries.com has an article about "Jail time for overdue library books" that lists some more recent cases.

Life - Feb 17, 1961



Green Bay Press-Gazette - Feb 8, 1961

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jan 24, 2018 - Comments (10)
Category: Crime, Libraries, 1960s

Boarding School Girls at Coney Island



I cannot believe that rolling drum ride...

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 24, 2018 - Comments (9)
Category: Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, 1900s

January 23, 2018

Lawyer consumption rates of Tyrannosaurus rex

A science question inspired by the scene in Jurassic Park in which the T rex ate the lawyer:

How many lawyers would it take to properly feed a captive T rex for an entire year?

The answer: if the T rex is warm-blooded it will need to eat 292 lawyers a year. If cold-blooded, only 73 lawyers.

From The Complete Dinosaur, edited by James Orville Farlow, M. K. Brett-Surman.





The Complete Dinosaur

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jan 23, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Law, Science, Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Creatures

Follies of the Madmen #348



Sadistic dentist, with an eye toward cultivating future patients, gives out candy.


Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 23, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Medicine, Advertising, 1920s, Teeth

January 22, 2018

Men’s Fashion Week

Men's fashion week just wrapped up in Paris. Some of the new looks that fashionable men will soon be sporting are below. Check out the full gallery at the Houston Chronicle.







Posted By: Alex - Mon Jan 22, 2018 - Comments (9)
Category: Fashion

Jill Huntley, Mistress of the Half and Half Dance

As we can learn from reading the history of the term, a "half and half dance" originally involved a simple bipartite costume, one half male, one half female. But then in Burlesque, the act morphed into dancing with an actual dummy partner.

You can read about the mistress of this mode, Jill Huntley, here.





Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 22, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Sexuality, 1950s, Gender-bending, Dance

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