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Public Indecency

G. G.‘s Barnum Room


Every hepcat knows the name of the Peppermint Lounge, famed in 1960s lore. But not as many folks recall that the same space was transformed in the 1970s into the Barnum Room, the only club with transvestite trapeze artists above the dancers.

Read a period essay about the club here.

See fantabulous fotos here.

French Tree-climbing Fad


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Original story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Feb 24, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Fads, Nature, Public Indecency, 1940's, Europe

Sheboygan Brat Days

August is practically here! Don't forget to head to beautiful Sheboygan for their annual Brat Days celebration. The first video tells the schedule for two years ago, but I can't imagine it will be too different in 2013, although on the other hand, it's their big 60th anniversary!

Plus, as you can see in the second video, they even feature sexy pole dancing!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Mar 19, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Food, Parades and Festivals, Regionalism, Public Indecency, Dance

Girl in the Hot Pants

Learn more here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 11, 2012 | Comments (13)
Category: Fashion, Public Indecency, Sex Symbols, 1970's, Butt

Spokesbeings Gone Wild

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Once upon a time, the Schenley Whiskey Rooster was mild and refined.

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Then he turned into some kind of manic, drunken, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride hype machine.

Can readers name any other product mascot that went through a similar transformation over the years?

I'll start with the White Rock Girl, who, by the time the ad below appeared, had gone from Walden-Pond-style meditation to picking up strange men in trains.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Aug 09, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Products, Public Indecency, 1940's

Hollywood Wolf Whistle


Original ad here. (Scroll down.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jan 26, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Motor Vehicles, Public Indecency, 1940's

Inflatable Latex Costume


My eyes--oh God, my eyes! What is this creation supposed to signify? Could it possibly represent a glimpse of our post-apocalyptic future, when we must wear such outfits to protect us from the despoiled environment, while we masquerade among our new rulers, mutant equine kangaroos from outer space?

Whatever the answer, you can get yours here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jan 02, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Costumes and Masks, Public Indecency, Fictional Monsters

Weird Shorts: Bones, Boners and Boneheads!

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Popular UK tourist attraction The London Dungeon got a little creepier this week, when it turned out one of the skeletons on display at its “creepy crypt” exhibit was the genuine article. The skeleton, since nicknamed “Kate Moss” by staff, has been on display since 1975, but will now require a license to remain on show, at a cost to dungeon owners Merlin Entertainments of £2000 per year. In the short term at least, this will likely be more than made up for by the surge of visitors arising from this fortuitous publicity, occurring just before school break (The Telegraph).

Miss Moss isn’t the only famous beauty to have her image misappropriated this week, with German magazine Focus deciding a photoshopped image of the goddess Aphrodite giving the finger was an apt summation of the current financial crisis among “Eurozone” countries - popularly (in Germany) laid at the doorstep of member country Greece. However although the country is out of money, it is not without pride, and the provocative cover has led to questions being asked in the Greek parliament and widespread outrage. Now a party of six Greek citizens have started legal action against the journalists responsible. Soon to be a major motion picture, My Big Fat Greek Lawsuit (Orange).

Someone else who still has their pride, but only just, is the husband of 69 year-old Virginia Valdez of Palm Springs, California, who after 32 years of marriage, decided enough was enough and tried to cut off her husband’s penis with a pair of scissors. No motive for the attack has yet been released, but this close to Christmas, wives everywhere are sure to insinuate that it was possibly a seasonal condition brought on by lack of jewellery (NBC San Diego).

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Happy Thanksgiving!


Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Nov 24, 2011 | Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Hobbies and DIY, Holidays, Public Indecency

What’s Their Motto?


Your assignment: to come up with this company's slogan. I'll volunteer the old Timex one, although it's not quite right: "Takes a licking and keeps on ticking!"

Surely WU-vies can do better!

Original ad here. Scroll down.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Nov 15, 2011 | Comments (9)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Sexuality, Public Indecency, Technology, 1940's
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