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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

Sleepy Eye, MN



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Wikipedia page here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 29, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Geography and Maps, Odd Names, Regionalism, North America, Native Americans


Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jul 19, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Destruction, War, Weapons, 1950's, North America

Confusion Corner


A traffic roundabout so jumbled, it earned fame and its own postcard.

Concise explanation.

Longer story.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jul 06, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Highways, Roads, Streets and Traffic, Regionalism, North America

Happy Fourth of July!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jul 04, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Holidays, Sex Symbols, North America

Sunshine Shangrila

There's nothing better for declaring that your production is second-rate than choosing as host not starlet Arlene Dahl herself, but her almost anonymous body double.

This is a capsule of so much early 1960s stuff, including Tikis (Polynesia in Mexico?) at about the ten-minute mark. Some splendid bikini cheesecake as well.

In the end, the weirdest and saddest thing here is that once upon a time Mexico was seen as idyllic, rather than plagued by drugs and violence.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jun 07, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Sightseeing, 1960's, North America

Diving for Buttons

"Today, little remains of the industry but the occasional telltale sign spotted on the ground—shells laced with perfectly round holes—and millions of mother-of-pearl buttons saved in button jars across the country, cut from blouses and shirts from a time when nothing was wasted."

The whole story, in depth. (No pun intended.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 24, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Nature, Regionalism, 1950's, North America

Odd Place Names of Missouri



Original article here.

Tightwad, MO
Crybaby Holler, MO
Barely Do, MO
Old Dishrag, MO
Hell on the Line, MO
Not, MO
Rat, MO
Competition, MO
Koshkonong, MO
Peculiar, MO
Frankenstein, MO
Romance, MO
Braggadocio, MO

Yup, them's some odd names, allright.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Apr 15, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Regionalism, Weird Names, North America

Camp Siegfried

I always wonder, when watching vintage movies from the 1930s and 1940s, about the preoccupation with Nazi spies and sympathizers in the USA. How justified were such fears? Pretty well justified, I guess, based on the video above, and this article.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Feb 20, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Spies and Secret Agents, 1930's, 1940's, North America

The Angel of Hadley


I had long been aware of the WWI legend of The Angel of Mons, in which a piece of deliberate fiction was accepted as literal truth.

But I was unaware until recently that right in my own backyard, in nearby Hadley, Massachusetts, a similar bit of fiction-as-history existed, the Angel of Hadley, the account of how a mysterious elderly warrior saved settlers from the Indians.

Another good piece on the subject here.
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