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Follies of the Madmen #272



Please spend half a minute to contemplate the subtext of this imagery. A pagan housewife (prefiguring BEWITCHED?) performs black magic to seduce and beguile a priest, with hubby nowhere in sight. Happens in 1950s suburbia every Sunday.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jan 17, 2016 | Comments (10)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Domestic, Food, Mass Transit, Religion, 1950's

King Louis Narcisse

A type of extravagant preaching that seems less prevalent today.

His Wikipedia page here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jan 16, 2016 | Comments (2)
Category: Eccentrics, Ethnic Groupings, Religion, 1960's

The Battle of the Pulpits

Jan 1956: It was Reverend vs. Reverend. On the left, in the main pulpit, the Rev. Mr. Thomas ordered hymns and told the organist to start playing. On the right, in the raised altar, the Rev. Mr. Melish led prayers.

Church leaders had been trying to remove Rev. Melish from his position as rector of the Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn, believing he was a communist sympathizer. Melish refused to go. This led to the situation where the church-appointed rector and Melish attempted to lead Sunday services simultaneously, battling to drown each other out.

Bishop James DeWolfe eventually brought an end to the feud by closing the church entirely, and it remained shuttered for 12 years.

You can read Melish's account of the feud here. And it's also described in his NY Times obit.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jan 11, 2016 | Comments (6)
Category: Religion, 1950's

Kosher Cannabis

Vireo Health, a company in New York that supplies medical marijuana, is now having their product certified Kosher. Apparently this would not normally be necessary except that some of the cannabis will be used in baked goods. So, because some of it will be eaten it must be certified Kosher for those who keep Kosher. Pot, its becoming more mainstream everyday.
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Jan 06, 2016 | Comments (3)
Category: Drugs, Food, Religion

Not The Rib

A Biblical scholar claims that due to a mistranslation the original scripture actually says that Eve was made from Adam's penis not his rib. The professor states that man is the only mammal without a penis bone. Guess that's where it went.
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Dec 29, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Authorities and Experts, Religion, Can't Possibly Be True


Leonso Canales of Kingsville, Texas began his campaign to replace the greeting "Hello" with the less satanic "Heaveno" in 1988, but he got really serious about it in 1997 when he placed ads in the local paper showing the word "Hello" scratched out and replaced with "Heaveno." That same year, his campaign received official support when the commissioners of Kleberg County voted unanimously to designate "Heaveno" as the county's official greeting.

Canales died in Sep 2014, and with his departure the wind seems to have been taken out of the sails of the Heaveno movement. The website has been abandoned (although the old site is preserved in the Wayback Machine).

The Encyclopedia of American Loons includes a brief entry about Canales, and his son posted a memorial to him on YouTube (embedded below).

Standard-Speaker (Hazleton, Pennsylvania) - Jan 17, 1997

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Dec 07, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Languages, Religion, 1990's

Marjoe Gortner, Child Preacher

Marjoe Gortner made headlines in the late 1940s when, at the age of 3½, he became an evangelist preacher. And in 1949, at the age of 4, he performed his first marriage ceremony, marrying Raymond Miller and Alma Brown.

Source: Google Cultural Institute

Daily Capital Journal (Salem, Oregon) - Jan 4, 1949

In the early 1970s, Gortner had a change of heart and collaborated with documentary filmmakers to expose the profit motive of the revivalist industry. The resulting film, Marjoe, won the 1972 Academy Award for Best Documentary Film.

Source: Wikipedia

Gortner then went on to become an actor, appearing mostly in B-movies, before finally transitioning into producing celebrity sporting events to raise money for charities.

Read more about Gortner at wikipedia and
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Dec 05, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Religion, 1940's

Amish Marathon Runner

Apparently the Amish practice of "plain dress" extends to marathon running, because Amish runner Leroy Stolzfus has been showing up to races dressed in a long-sleeved shirt, black slacks, and suspenders. However, he does wear sneakers. More: York Dispatch.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Nov 23, 2015 | Comments (11)
Category: Fashion, Religion, Sports

Realized he was Jesus

Here at WU we've explored a number of odd reasons marriages have failed (such as the husband's over-fondness of horse fondling, and a man's dislike of his wife's deformed nipples).

Add to this list Alan John Miller, whose marriage didn't survive his realization that he was Jesus Christ, reincarnated. I can see how that might put a strain on a relationship.

Miller (aka Jesus) went on to found the Divine Truth ministry in Australia. He still claims to have been Jesus and says that he remembers many details of his past life, such as his crucifixion (says it wasn't that bad). However, he doesn't remember how to speak Aramaic.

He's also found a new life partner, Mary Luck, who coincidentally happens to be Mary Magdalene, reincarnated.

More info: Times Live

Mary Luck and Alan Miller (aka Mary Magdalene and Jesus)

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Sep 17, 2015 | Comments (14)
Category: Religion, Divorce

Bob Harrington, the Chaplain of Bourbon Street


The animated mouth of Jesus, who speaks with a robot voice, is tops!

As for Bob Harrington himself, am I cynical for imagining that hanging out with the hookers and party-animals of Bourbon Street was more fun than ministering to Jim and Jane Normal in the suburbs?

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Sep 14, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Regionalism, Religion, 1960's
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