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Orto the Aquarium Man

Orto's gimmick is that he would eat and drink things while submerged in a tank of water. According to Newsweek (June 30, 1947), "Here his barker tries to convince skeptics he is smoking a cigarette while submerged."

Sounds like quality entertainment!


(This scene took place in Rome, Italy.)
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jun 04, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Entertainment, 1940's

Black Art

A type of stage magic based on the principle that "bright colors show up on stage, and anything covered in black disappears." [via Deceptology]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Sep 30, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Entertainment, Magic and Illusions and Sleight of Hand

Star Trek Transporter Demonstration

We all want to believe it's possible.



Don't watch the end if you want to preserve the fantasy.
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Wed Sep 11, 2013 | Comments (9)
Category: Entertainment

Senior Citizen on a Bottle

I have no idea who this guy is, but his performance is impressive for his age. The youtube info only says that he's a performer in Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt. The video was uploaded in December 2006.



Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Oct 31, 2012 | Comments (7)
Category: Elderly and Seniors, Entertainment, Sports, Urban Life

Quick Change artist Owen McGiveney Jr

Featured on the 1950s panel game show I've Got A Secret. Notice the subtle promotion of the corporate sponsor. More info about McGiveney here.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jul 22, 2012 | Comments (2)
Category: Entertainment, ShowBiz

Weird Shorts: A Rude Awakening!

When Iranian national Golshifteh Farahani decided to take a stand against Iran's notoriously strict rules for women, she wanted maximun exposure. So what better way for the Paris based actress to show Ahmedinejad the finger than to show a whole lot more than than, by posing naked for a French magazine. Well it certainly got their attention (plus the attention of a many others judging by the huge upsurge in visitors to her Facebook page from her home country), the Iranian government has banned her from ever returning home. According to Ms. Farahani, an official from Iran's Ministry of Culture told her that Iran didn't need any actors or actresses, which was especially ironic since Iran won it's first ever Golden Globe award this year for the film "A Separation" (The Independent).

From the nude to the rude now, as popular British daytime quiz “Countdown” stirred up a bit of controversy this week when a contestant won one round with the word “wanker”. The object of the game is to make the longest possible word from a random selection of vowels and consonants in just 30 seconds, and in this particular round this meant the letters RAEPKWAEN. Mark Murphy’s six letter offering left host Nick Hewer at a loss for words, but was the longest and is in the dictionary, hence took the round after his opponent could do no better than 5. Clearly though “wanker” shouldn’t have netted Mark the points, he could have had “reawaken” for eight (Orange).

A slightly more pleasant shock greeted teacher Parijat Saha from Dinajpur in India when he checked his bank account online one evening. In a classic Monopoly moment, a bank error in his favour gave him a balance of 490 billion rupees (about $9.7 billion). Mr. Saha promptly rang the State Bank of India to report the mistake, joking that the bank appeared to have so much money it was overflowing into his account. A bank spokesman later claimed that the funds were uncleared, and in any case couldn’t have been withdrawn (Digital Spy).

Finally, a three-night astronomy special on British television scored two spectacular successes this week. The BBC show “Stargazing Live”, hosted physicist Brian Cox and comedian Dara O’Briain live from Jodrell Bank, encouraged viewers to get more involved with astronomy, both from their gardens and online, and has led to a 500% surge in telescope sales in the UK in the last few days, but more spectacularly, one viewer may have actually discovered a new exo-planet after visiting a website featured on the show. Chris Holmes was one of sixty thousand people who were inspired to visit planethunter.org after watching the show, and despite having no more than a passing interest before, he identified a possible eclipse of the star SPH10066540 by a Neptune sized object in a 90 day orbit (BBC News).
Posted By: Dumbfounded | Date: Thu Jan 19, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: Accidents, Goofs and Screw-ups, Body, Nudism, Education, Entertainment, Actors, Science

WU-style Personality Test





When it comes to choosing African-American ventriloquists, are you the kind who likes the clean soul stylings of Willie Tyler and Lester?

Or the dirty funk of Richard and Willie?

The latter clip is verbally NSFW.




Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jan 04, 2012 | Comments (8)
Category: Entertainment, Puppets and Automatons, Racism, Stereotypes and Cliches, Subcultures, 1970's

Magic Lantern Slides



Prior to movies, magic lantern slides were omnipresent, cutting-edge entertainment. Consequently, the range of materials they covered--from juvenile to adult--was enormous--and often weird.





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Joseph Boggs Beale illo.

Article on Joseph Boggs Beale.

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Collection of slides online.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Oct 05, 2011 | Comments (4)
Category: Entertainment, Technology, Nineteenth Century

Guns Don’t Kill People

But I can't say the same for these doctors.



Guns, Doctors and all around weirdness in one place!
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Wed Sep 15, 2010 | Comments (5)
Category: Death, Entertainment, Guns, Hospitals, Humor, Medicine, Video, Violence, Goofs and Screw-ups

Stars and Stripes Muppet Style

Caution!! Explosions Fireworks at the end!!


S: That was terrible!
W: Horrendous!
S: I'm offended!
W: I'm appalled!
S: So what are we gonna do?
W: What else? E-mail it to everyone we know.
S: Good idea.

Happy 4th 5th!!
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Mon Jul 05, 2010 | Comments (5)
Category: Entertainment
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