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March 2019

March 31, 2019

Name That List, #57

What is this a list of? The answer is below in extended.

  • From Libyan generals: 6
  • From Libyans: 6,359
  • From Sirculians: 222
  • From Etruscans: 542
  • From Greeks: 6,111


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Posted By: Alex - Sun Mar 31, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Name That List

The Hero Thrill Show Queens



"Hero Scholarship Thrill Show Queen competitors [1969] Carolyn McNish and JoAnne Bream are crowned by Police Captain Philip Baumgardner, Fairmount Park Lt. Joseph Salamone and Deputy Fire Chief Frank Bowen."



"Northeast Regional finalists for Thrill Show queen [1974] are Denise Needham, nominated by the police department, and Sandra Hartman nominated by the fire department. Standing are John Craig, chief police inspector, and Martin Preite, deputy fire chief."

What is the "Hero Thrill Show?" Their Wikipedia page has the answer.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Mar 31, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Law, Regionalism, 1960s, 1970s

March 30, 2019

The Hollister Wind Bag

Patented by Thomas Lloyd Hollister in 1939. He called it a “gas receptor.” Basically, it was a fart collection bag. From the patent:

This invention relates to a device for receiving and storing gas formed by the digestion of foods. An object of the invention is the provision of a device for collecting and storing gas formed in the alimentary tract of the body and for absorbing liquids from the gases. Another object of the invention is the provision of a device for collecting and storing gas formed in the digestive tract, said device being removably suspended from the body and provided with a nipple having shielded perforations to permit gases to enter a storage chamber.



Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 30, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Inventions, Flatulence, 1930s

Victorian Lady in Her Boudoir



Oldest striptease on film?

Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 30, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Fashion, Movies, Sexuality, Sex Symbols, Nineteenth Century

March 29, 2019

Sympathetic Vomiting

An outbreak of mass vomiting at a school in North Carolina is being attributed to some kids getting upset stomachs from eating a combination of fruit juice and spicy chips, and then a bunch of other kids being triggered into “sympathetic vomiting.” That's when people vomit in response to seeing other people vomit. According to wisegeek.com, biologists suspect that the phenomenon has its roots in our evolutionary history:

The smell of vomit is widely considered to be one of the worst in the world, and may induce nausea in anyone nearby. While this may be simply a reaction to a malodorous aroma, it is possible that the body has a subconscious reaction to the smell or sight of the vomit itself. Because of the possibility that something the sick person has consumed has made them ill or poisoned them, your body may chemically decide to rid itself of potentially poisoned contents as well. In groups of apes, group or sympathetic vomiting has been observed after one animal becomes ill after eating. Since the other animals in the tribe have likely eaten the same things, sympathetic vomiting may be used as a survival tactic.

Other cases of sympathetic vomiting occasionally make headlines, such as in 2014 when a flight was forced to make an emergency landing after one person's vomiting caused five other people to do likewise.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Mar 29, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Psychology, Body Fluids, Stomach

Porpoise Oil or Locust Oil:  Your choice!



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 29, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Insects, Technology, 1920s

March 28, 2019

Deconstructed Cargo Pants

More minimalist fashion. Cargo pants without the pants (but with the pockets). From designer Namilia.

Cost: €185, which is about $208.





(Thanks to jmichael for the link!)

Posted By: Alex - Thu Mar 28, 2019 - Comments (6)
Category: Fashion

Follies of the Madmen #420



Commies were a useful foil to sell things.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 28, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Appliances, Historical Figure, 1950s, Russia

March 27, 2019

Glitter Balls

Here's the latest viral horror doing the rounds. It's not clear how many people are bejeweling their dogs in this way. But pictures of the phenomenon are out there. So, I guess, someone must have done it.

The glitter is said to be edible, and it's applied with corn syrup. So it's not harmful for the dogs.

More details: rare.us



(Thanks to Jenny Beatty for alerting us to this!)

Posted By: Alex - Wed Mar 27, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Dogs

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