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July 13, 2012

Mechanical Pencil Collections

Andy P. Tucker was a disabled veteran who enjoyed collecting mechanical pencils. In 1951, he sent this letter (or versions of it) to newspapers throughout the United States:


I don't know what kind of response he got, but here's a picture of him in 1952 with his collection. The picture ran in various papers.


I can't find any information about what became of Tucker's collection. Was it thrown away when he died? Or is it sitting in a box in someone's basement? Who knows.

However, Tucker isn't the only person to have collected mechanical pencils. Jonathan A. Veley now maintains what he calls his Mechanical Pencil Museum, with an accompanying Leadhead's Pencil Blog. But a search of Veley's blog doesn't produce any references to Tucker, so I'm not sure if Veley is aware of his predecessor.


Veley's mechanical pencil collection

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jul 13, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Hobbies and DIY, Obsessions

September 9, 2010

A Murder Of… Budgies?

The dark heart of a popular British pass-time was thrust into public view this week when allegations of sabotage, rustling and murder shook the world of... competitive budgerigar breeding.

On the eve of the prestigious Cornwall Budgerigar Show, the aviary of Andrew Pooley, one of South England's top budgie breeders, was broken into and 21 of his best birds were stolen. Worse still, several birds were badly injured and one, reigning "best of breed" title holder Penmead Pride, had been killed. Stamped on by the callous intruders.

Because their distinctive markings would be instantly recognised among the close-knit budgie fancying community, the score of stolen budgies are unlikely to ever make another show appearance. And that might suit the culprit just fine, if his intention was to eliminate the competition by fair means or (can't resist, sorry) fowl. Pooley had left the shed unlocked briefly when he ran an errand to the nearby town of Camelford from his home in Delabole in Cornwall, and only noticed something was wrong at 9.45 that evening, when he came to make a final check on his prized birds and was - in an suitably Harrissian moment - startled by the silence of the budgies. Police are still investigating whether this is the work of a competitor but Mr. Pooley is in no doubt.

"The person or people who did this must have known exactly which ones to take because they only targeted my show team," he told reporters (Daily Mail).

Posted By: Dumbfounded - Thu Sep 09, 2010 - Comments (21)
Category: Animals, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Boredom, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Crime, Hobbies and DIY, Obsessions

May 7, 2010

Another Reason not to drive in South Korea

I don't think I want to be on the road with this driver. After 960 attempts, this South Korean driver is the proud owner of her very own driving license.

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Here's the link:

http://www.popfi.com/2010/05/07/persistence-pays-off-after-womans-960th-driving-test/

Her name is Cha-sa-soon, and this may be her 15 minutes of fame. Just remember, if you do have to drive there, stay off the sidewalk


Posted By: gdanea - Fri May 07, 2010 - Comments (2)
Category: Obsessions

April 6, 2010

If You’re Going To Go—Go In Style—Behind a Harley

If you spend your life riding Harley's, who wants to go to your own funeral in a car? Why not use this unique service -- get towed there by a Harley?



What's next? A VW bug hearse? A MiniCooper hearse?

Posted By: gdanea - Tue Apr 06, 2010 - Comments (4)
Category: Obsessions

May 10, 2009

An Orchestra of Motion


When I was very little, growing up in a small suburb of Charleston, South Carolina, one of the most exciting things to do was to sit outside the barber shop and wait for the train to roll through town. Some people might say that would be as boring as watching grass grow, but they are not "railfans". So what's a railfan? The people who camp out for hours, and even days, to watch a train go by. According to Train Magazine, there are over 175,000 railfans in the United States and more than 24,000 railfan videos on YouTube. Bill Taylor, from Montana, sums it up the best by saying "It's an orchestra of motion." Learn more about railfans here.

Posted By: Nethie - Sun May 10, 2009 - Comments (9)
Category: Eccentrics, Obsessions, Travel, Trains

April 20, 2009

Flaming Garbage Cans

In response to my post about the catalog of one-shoe movies, Prof. Music sent this link to the Flaming Garbage Cans in Hip Hop Videos blog.

I don't get the same sense of sexual fetish from the garbage can blog as I do from the one-shoe movie list. Though I could be mistaken.

And along similar lines: The Brokers With Hands on Their Faces blog.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Apr 20, 2009 - Comments (6)
Category: Obsessions

April 19, 2009

One-Shoe Movies

"Droppedit" is a man who knows exactly what he likes, and that is "movie and TV scenes in which women happen to lose their shoes." I think it's fair to say that his catalog of such scenes (with accompanying pics) will never be equaled.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Apr 19, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Movies, Obsessions, Fetishes, Shoes

April 15, 2009

First Ever WU-vention!

Okay, it's not yet as big and popular as Burning Man, but the first gathering of WU-vies has occured. KW, Jules and Madd Maxx chose to meet recently. And here's photographic proof.

Syrup shortages were reported in the region throughout the following week.

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Madd Maxx and object of desire.

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Left to right: Jules, KW.

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The IHOP Corporation takes no responsibility for illegal and immoral acts committed upon its premises.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 15, 2009 - Comments (37)
Category: Conventions, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Food, Human Marvels, Obsessions, Photography and Photographers, Restaurants, Signage, Subcultures, Public Indecency, Sex Symbols, Reader Recommendation, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers

February 7, 2009

The Dionne Quintuplets

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Everyone knows we're in the midst of a new Great Depression. But isn't it a little spooky that so many things from the 1930's are repeating themselves? Such as: a nation, mired in bad economic times, is distracted by a case of multiple births.

Today, we have the "Octo-mom."




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But some seventy years ago, it was the Dionne Quintuplets.




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Somehow I doubt we as a nation will be still following these 2009 kids six years from their birth.




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Nor will there be a mass rush to merchandise the unnatural octuplets.




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And of course, the ever-prophetic The Simpsons nailed it all ten years ago, with the episode entitled EIGHT MISBEHAVIN'.


Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 07, 2009 - Comments (8)
Category: Babies, Body Modifications, Celebrities, Drugs, Fads, Family, Human Marvels, Obsessions, Pop Culture, Technology, 1930's

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