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Brains and Bust Size — one medical opinion

Back in 1964, Dr. Erwin O. Strassmann of Houston kicked up a controversy by suggesting there was a correlation in women between bust size and I.Q. And he managed to get his opinion published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Kingsport Times-News - Aug 30, 1964



Curious to see exactly what he said, I tracked down his article. Turns out he was an enthusiastic follower of the now-discredited theory of "constitutional psychology." This was an effort to establish a link between body type and personality traits. Critics have dismissed it as an extended exercise in dressing up cultural stereotypes (such as, if you're overweight, you're lazy) in scientific language. For devotees of weird science, the entire field is a goldmine of strangeness.

Here's the relevant section of Strassmann's 1964 article:




Strassmann, E.O. (1964). "Physique, Temperament, and Intelligence in Infertile Women." International Journal of Fertility. 9:297-314.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Aug 27, 2015 | Comments (12)
Category: Body, Brain, Science, Psychology, 1960's

Father Pierre Monastery Herbs

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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.

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

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

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"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 (6)
Category: Body, Nature, Religion, Advertising, Excrement, 1940's, Russia

Man grows ear on arm

Australian artist Stelarc is growing an ear on his arm. It's been a project of his years in the making. He first got the idea back in 1996, and it took a while to find doctors willing to do the work. But the ear is pretty well formed now. His final goal is to insert a microphone into his arm ear, and then connect the microphone to the internet, so that people around the world can hear through his arm ear.

He says, "People's reactions range from bemusement to bewilderment to curiosity, but you don't really expect people to understand the art component of all of this."

More info: abc.net.au
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Aug 11, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Body, Body Modifications, Performance Art

Back Hair Appreciation Night

The Bowie Baysox (double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles) recently took time to appreciate an under-appreciated bodily feature. Looks like some of the people in attendance may have been relatives of Sasquatch. More pictures at espn.go.com.



Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Aug 03, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Body, Hair and Hairstyling

Nudist Lost In Woods

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A man staying at a nudist camp in the Poconos got lost in the woods. He was missing from some time Monday to Wednesday evening. Three days. Nude. In the woods. Bet it wasn't the vacation he planned.
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri May 15, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Accidents, Goofs and Screw-ups, Body, Nudism

Nerve Man

The giant man of nerves was part of the "Conquest of Pain" exhibit held at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry in 1955. If I had seen this thing as a kid, it definitely would have given me nightmares.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Apr 01, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Body, Museums, 1950's

Imperishable Burial Robes

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Alex gave us green burials--here's the opposite! Keep your corpse looking fresh, stylish and whole!

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Mar 30, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Body, Death, Fashion, Body Fluids, 1920's

Snake Woman

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 29, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Body, Human Marvels, Africa

Follies of the Madmen #245

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What was the miracle of "V-line Breez?" Your powerful imagination convincing you that you looked different!

From Esquire for July 1949.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Mar 23, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Body, Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, 1940's

Placenta Smoothies



Unsafe for Revulsion-prone Stomachs.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 22, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Body, Blood, Cannibalism, Eccentrics, Fads, Food
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