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Australia

July 3, 2016

Crocodile Cage Diving



Yes or no?

Info here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 03, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Death, Australia,

May 8, 2016

Fate Demanded It

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Original article here.

Whenever I hear of a story like this, I always think of a great Gahan Wilson cartoon.

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Posted By: Paul - Sun May 08, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Death, Fate, Predetermination and Inevitability, Australia,

April 21, 2016

Aussie Cars:  the Holden

I can't say I had ever heard of the Holden line of cars prior to my recent research.

Some great 1960s motifs and attitudes in the second video: "Toranas are really groovy!"



Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 21, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, 1960's, Australia, Cars,

October 17, 2015

Follies of the Madmen #262

Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 17, 2015 - Comments (9)
Category: Annoying Things, Business, Advertising, Products, Death, Insects, 1960's, Australia,

August 1, 2015

Follies of the Madmen #256



What a simpler world...

Posted By: Paul - Sat Aug 01, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Disguises, Impersonations, Mimics and Forgeries, Food, 1960's, Australia,

July 1, 2015

Paddle Pops



More proof that everything is upside-down in Australia, as good old Popsicles become Paddle Pops.

Also, as in our previous entry on Gaytime Raspberry Roughs, I could easily imagine someone getting more than they bargained for when they requested a "paddle pop," especially if you went into a sketchy corner grocery store and asked for the flavor known as "dragon popper" and got some amyl nitrate instead.

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Posted By: Paul - Wed Jul 01, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Advertising, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, Junk Food, 1960's, Australia,

June 13, 2015

Ice Cream as Health Food

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Original ad here. (Scroll to the left.)

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 13, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Advertising, Children, Junk Food, Nutrition, 1930's, Australia,

June 6, 2015

A Strange Pet

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Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 06, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Death, Children, 1910's, Australia,

May 16, 2015

Robert Baudin, Aerial Counterfeiter

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Although he seems generally forgotten today, counterfeiter and pilot Robert Baudin was quite notorious while alive, and seems to have had quite a remarkable career, as detailed in the review of his autobiography Fake (see sidebar) quoted below.

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Kirkus review.

More details of his life here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat May 16, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Crime, Money, 1960's, 1970's, Australia,

January 9, 2015

Skippy the Bush Kangaroo



Sample episode of Skippy below.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 09, 2015 - Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Television, Children, 1960's, Australia,

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