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Follies of the Madmen #267


It's funny, because women don't know which end of a lathe is up!

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Dec 08, 2015 | Comments (12)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Stereotypes and Cliches, Tools, Hair Styling, 1960's, Women

Crosscut Saw Filer

You know, I was actually getting into this a little bit, finding the esoteric knowledge somewhat alluring. But five parts adding up to over two hours? I'm gonna call the total program a fit candidate for our "Boring Video" competition.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Aug 24, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Boredom, Eccentrics, Tools

Pens for Men

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jul 21, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Stereotypes and Cliches, Television, Tools, Advertising, 1950's, Men

Tool or Weapon

And we made fun of the TSA for confiscating nail clippers as weapons, look what they can accomplish in the right hands.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Apr 11, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Little People, Success & Failure, Tools, Torture, Weapons

Most Useful Tool Ever—But Which?



I know December 1965 is a long time ago. But this mystery propounded in that month's issue of Popular Science remains unsolved.

Which item is the best? The Poprivet Gun, or the Dual Heat Soldering Gun?

Please state your reasoning with your vote.

Original ad here. (Scroll down several pages for second one.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 18, 2012 | Comments (13)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Tools, 1960's

Weird Converter

Don't you hate it when you can't remember how many Weinermobiles it would take to get to the top of the Empire State Building, or how many Shaquille O'Niels would line up along the Golden Gate Bridge? What about when you need to know how many cubic inches of air one million dollars weighs, or baby grand pianos to Airbus A380s? Or maybe you are planning a party and need to know how many human stomachs a keg of beer will fill, or you're just curious how many Space Shuttle liquid oxygen tanks it would take to fill the Grand Canyon?

Well, if you've ever had those problems, you are in luck. Go check out the Weird Converter and convert unusual units of height, weight, and volume to your heart's content.
Posted By: Salamander Sam | Date: Sun Nov 14, 2010 | Comments (24)
Category: Tools

The Sandpaper Ballet

Any orchestral work that uses sandpaper as a musical "instrument" qualifies as weird. But when it's performed by men in tutus, it's even weirder.

Read more about composer Leroy Anderson here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jul 06, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Music, Tools, 1950's

Mystery Object #4

This one's a little trickier, as you are only seeing the active, business end of the instrument, which must be inserted somewhere to perform its function. Have a guess, then click on "extended."

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed May 13, 2009 | Comments (4)
Category: Tools

Mystery Object #3

What is this device used for? Answer after the jump!

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 24, 2009 | Comments (13)
Category: Tools

Mystery Object #2

What purpose does this tool serve? Answer after the jump!

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 20, 2009 | Comments (15)
Category: Tools
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