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Wood Apple Marriage in Nepal



This page semi-coherently explains: "...a ceremony in the Newar community in Nepal in which pre-adolescent girls are 'married' to the bel fruit (wood apple), which is a symbol of the god Vishnu, ensuring that the girl becomes and remains fertile. It is believed that if the girl's husband dies later in her life, she is not considered a widow because she is married to Vishnu, and so already has a husband that is believed to be still alive."
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Dec 20, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Food, Children, Foreign Customs, Asia, Weddings

Karlsson-on-the-roof

Karlsson-on-the-Roof from Maripuka85 on Vimeo.



Young boy subject to hallucinations is befriended by drunken fairy godfather. In Russian, but that hardly matters.

The German live-action version is even odder.



Wikipedia entry here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Nov 28, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Children, Cartoons, 1950's, 1970's, Fictional Monsters, Alcohol, Goofs and Screw-ups

Tarzan of the Canines



Original page here.

Do we dare to believe this Weekly World News article? Well, the case was reported a year prior in a reputable newspaper.

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Oct 22, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Bad Habits, Neuroses and Psychoses, Children, Parents, Dogs, 1980's

Chubbettes

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Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 02, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Fashion, Advertising, Children, 1950's, Obesity

Lunchroom Manners

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Sep 27, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Education, Food, PSA's, Children, 1950's

Anti-Terrorism Coloring Book

Published by Really Big Coloring Books, which is hoping they'll be included in schools' curricula throughout the country. Though so far, it appears, no schools have taken them up on the offer. More info at NY Daily News.



Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Sep 03, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Art, Terrorism and Terrorists, Children

Soapy the Germ Fighter



"Why...you're a living cake of soap!"
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jul 27, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Hygiene, PSA's, Children, 1950's

Flameproof Playsuits

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Were children more prone to catch fire for no reason in the past during innocent recreational activities than they are today?

Original ad here. (Page 23.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jun 27, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Death, Destruction, Disasters, Fashion, Comics, Children, 1940's

Catch Us If You Can

Proof that you do not need video games as flight simulators to encourage hijacking.

Original article here.

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jun 13, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Crime, Flight, Children, 1940's
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