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John Glenn’s Fireflies

Did pioneer astronaut John Glenn see aliens?

Not likely.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Aug 05, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Aliens, Space Travel, 1960's, Natural Wonders

Japanese Schoolgirl Parkour

Already showing five million+ views--but maybe as new to you as it was to me?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jul 31, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Advertising, Teenagers, Asia, Natural Wonders

Speer’s Sambuci Wine


What is this miraculous "sambuci wine?" I'm glad you asked.

Preparation.—Take of elder bark, parsley root, each, in coarse powder, 1 ounce; sherry wine, 1 pint, or a sufficient quantity. Form into a medicated wine by maceration or percolation, as explained under Vina Medicata, and make one pint of the preparation.

Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—Wine of elder is useful in dropsical diseases, especially ascites, and dropsy supervening upon scarlatina or other exanthematous diseases. Dose, 2 fluid ounces, 3 or 4 times a day.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jul 10, 2014 | Comments (23)
Category: Advertising, Natural Wonders, Nineteenth Century, Alcohol

The Woman With Don Martin Feet



Original foto here.

It's number 46 in a slide show, and you'll have to click thru to reach it. But I think WUvies will enjoy the other shots of UK depravity as well.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 26, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Comics, Europe, Natural Wonders, Feet

Corozo, Tagua, or Vegetal Ivory


Encountering this 1944 ad caused me to do a little research, whereupon I discovered that Corozo or Tagua or Vegetal Ivory is still a thing.

If you want a "Corozo Nut Ring" today, and suspect the 1944 offer is no longer valid, just visit this site.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jun 07, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Crafts, Jewelry, 1940's, South America, Natural Wonders

Gelato Go Home

GELATO GO HOME (Director's Cut) from Trunk Animation on Vimeo.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Mar 20, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Food, Natural Wonders, Trucks

Polarity Switch

The sun is due to flip poles soon, but don't worry, this change in polarity is not as dire as it sounds. Apparently the switch happens every eleven years. It does cause some disturbances in the universe but few here on earth. Mainly there will be some satellite disruption and more northern lights displays.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun Dec 15, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Natural Wonders

Nova Scotia Pond Mystery

An odd mystery from the backwoods of Nova Scotia. Hikers have come across a pond that, in one spot, has a "bubbling column of water" that frequently shoots straight up into the air like a fountain.

What's causing this? Nobody knows. Top guesses are: 1) maybe there's a leaking pipe in the pond (although this pond is in the middle of nowhere, so how did the pipe get there?); 2) it's swamp gas; 3) it's the Loch Ness Monster, or her Nova Scotia pond cousin.

The one possibility that's been ruled out is that it's a geyser, because a local geologist has pointed out that geysers require "a special volcanic activity which we haven’t had for about 200 million years in Nova Scotia." Global News has a video of the pond.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Aug 20, 2013 | Comments (9)
Category: Natural Wonders
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