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Third Eye

The fisherman said he was going to eat the fish. Without knowing why it developed a third eye I wouldn't touch it much less eat it!
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Nov 10, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Nature, Fish, Eyes and Vision

Follies of the Madmen #263

The deodorant that combines the crushing force of Niagara Falls with the brutal chemicals of a municipal water-treatment plant.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Oct 26, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, Nature, 1950's

The Life Cycle of the Pin Mould

"If a ripe head is squeezed, an enormous number of little things fastened together in a sticky mess are jerked out."

They teach this filth in our schools!?!

Climate Change Coke

As our poor abused planet whipsaws between extreme cold and extreme heat on a minute-to-minute schedule, only Coke can help soothe our pain. The "melting glacier" allegory at the end is effective, albeit unsubtle.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Sep 09, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Nature, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, 1960's

Death By Flowers


This is either a case of the unluckiest spouse ever, or a perfect murder by the husband.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Aug 28, 2015 | Comments (11)
Category: Death, Nature, Husbands, Wives, 1970's

Father Pierre Monastery Herbs


Original ad.

I wish I could find a picture on the internet of the packaging for this product. Or learn who the legendary Father Pierre was. Alas, even the mighty Web does not have the answer to everything.

But I did find out the ingredients.


As to the recipe's effectiveness, I cannot attest.

Apparently, this current-day Russian product also known as "Monastery Herbs" has a different composition.


"Ingredients: rose hips, currant leaves, birch leaves, roots and rhizomes Elecampane, grass oregano herb St. John's wort, willow (willow-herb)."

Russian page.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Aug 25, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Body, Nature, Religion, Advertising, Excrement, 1940's, Russia

Litigation Through Poetry:  Or, Texas Is Hell


Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 22, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Law, Nature, Regionalism, Religion, Poetry, 1900's

Diving for Buttons

"Today, little remains of the industry but the occasional telltale sign spotted on the ground—shells laced with perfectly round holes—and millions of mother-of-pearl buttons saved in button jars across the country, cut from blouses and shirts from a time when nothing was wasted."

The whole story, in depth. (No pun intended.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 24, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Nature, Regionalism, 1950's, North America

Giant Ice Cube with Man Inside


This has been a rough winter here in the Northeast, but I don't think we've had an instance yet like this one from 1906.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Mar 05, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Accidents, Death, Nature, 1900's

Digging in the Dirt as Art

Escape 130206.001 Raerd from Leanne Wijnsma on Vimeo.

This woman does not intend to plant a shrub. It's her art.

Read the whole account here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Mar 04, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Nature, Avant Garde, Europe
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