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Texas Toilets


Just in time for Christmas! Visit "Lone Star Western Decor" for all your cowboy-themed toilet gifts. Six pages of items here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Nov 18, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Hygiene, Regionalism, Foreign Customs, Interior Decorating, North America

Drs Casey & Kildare in Pillowcase Form


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An early example of Dakimakura. I understand Richard Chamberlain still has a warehouse of these which he will sell upon request.

Original ad here (page 31).
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Aug 24, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Celebrities, Comics, Sex Toys, Interior Decorating, 1960's

O. J. Wangen, Evil Paint Seller


It makes no difference whether you want your house painted or not; whether you want to use Sherwin-Williams or another brand; whether you plan to do it yourself or employ a different company. None of this counts in the face of O. J. Wangen's plan for world domination. "Let us have our way... We will have it, all or part of it in the end."

Original ad here. (Scroll down at link.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 18, 2012 | Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Evil, Newspapers, Interior Decorating, 1900's

The Standing Broom of Prattville

The Prattville Standing Broom is an old story from 2009, but I think it deserves a place on WU.

Especially since it's inspired an entire subgenre of broom-standing-on-their-own videos on youtube. Here's just one, picked at random:

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Mar 18, 2012 | Comments (2)
Category: Stupidity, Interior Decorating

Essential Beatnik Pad


[Click text to enlarge for readability]


Original story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 04, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Interior Decorating, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1950's

The Pillow Fight League

More info here.

Thanks to Sandy Pearlman!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 20, 2011 | Comments (5)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Reader Recommendation, Interior Decorating, Women

Follies of the Mad Men #151


The French Foreign Legion. Enlistment of criminals. Hot, spartan living conditions. Death by savage natives. Cruel officers. Boredom, disease, fistfights.

Nice home furnishings? Not so much.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jul 07, 2011 | Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Interior Decorating, 1980's, Armed Forces

Mechanical Table

Most people have probably owned a kitchen table that can be enlarged by adding a piece in the center or unfolding an additional segment, but this is an entirely different (and purely awesome) method of expanding a table for larger groups. I honestly never thought it would be possible to get excited by a table, but I really want one of these.

Posted By: Salamander Sam | Date: Wed Nov 17, 2010 | Comments (4)
Category: Furniture, Technology, Rube Goldberg Devices, Video, Interior Decorating

Knight TP Holder

Yes, King Arthur, I have brought you the Holy Grail of bathroom accessories.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Sep 16, 2010 | Comments (10)
Category: Domestic, Interior Decorating, Kitsch and Collectibles

Bughouse Furnishings

Are you in the market for a chandelier made out of syringes?

What about a punk lamp inspired by Sid Vicious?

If so, visit the Bughouse site.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Aug 12, 2010 | Comments (3)
Category: Design and Designers, Interior Decorating, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers
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