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Foreign Customs

May 23, 2016

The Billiken

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Woman imagines a deity, it become part of the native cultures of Alaska and Japan. That's pretty weird.

Wikipedia entry here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon May 23, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Cult Figures and Artifacts, Religion, Superstition, Foreign Customs, 1900's,

March 18, 2016

March 12, 2016

“I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke!”



Egyptian swingers get down with Coke.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 12, 2016 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Foreign Customs, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, 1950's,

February 27, 2016

The Romance of Transportation in Canada

The Romance of Transportation in Canada by Colin Low, National Film Board of Canada




With so many USians threatening to move to Canada if the November Presidential election goes one way or another, I thought it would be handy to screen this comical but accurate cartoon to get such folks ready for their new citizenship.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 27, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Foreign Customs, Cartoons, Transportation, 1950's, North America,

January 15, 2016

Jungle Yachts in the Belgian Congo



Holy cats! Look at those gorgeous weird trailers!

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 15, 2016 - Comments (6)
Category: Design and Designers, Ethnic Groupings, Motor Vehicles, Foreign Customs, 1940's, Africa,

January 10, 2016

Carnival in Trinidad:  Then and Now





I don't mean to sound like an Old Fart, but the 1957 Carnival just seems to me so much more charming and weird and ingenious--look at those bipedal seahorses with the mermaid--than the current version, which seems to be about nothing more than bare flesh. Maybe the 2015 videographer simply did not film the weird costumes--but then again, every other video of the 2015 carnival on YouTube features the exact same stuff. Now, I like bare flesh as much as the next voyeur, but I would really prefer to see a papier-mache Godzilla any day.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jan 10, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Costumes and Masks, Music, Parades and Festivals, Sexuality, Outsider Art, Foreign Customs, Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Creatures, 2010's, 1950's, Caribbean, Body Painting,

December 12, 2015

Midwest Furfest 2015







Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 12, 2015 - Comments (8)
Category: Eccentrics, Pets, Public Indecency, Fetishes, Foreign Customs,

November 18, 2015

Texas Toilets

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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 - Wed Nov 18, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Hygiene, Regionalism, Foreign Customs, Interior Decorating, North America,

May 25, 2015

El Santo vs. la Invasion de los Marcianos



I regret that I cannot find English-language versions for you. But the visuals are everything.

Complete film below. Wikipedia page for Santo.

Posted By: Paul - Mon May 25, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Aliens, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Movies, Wrestling, Foreign Customs, Science Fiction, 1960's,

April 8, 2015

Japan Blames It on the Heat



Summer's coming!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 08, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Foreign Customs, 1950's, Asia,

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