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Oceans and Maritime Pursuits

April 23, 2016

Ship of Suicides

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Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Apr 23, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Death, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, 1920's,

March 15, 2016

Motorized Surfboard

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What could possibly go wrong?

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 15, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Inventions, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, 1920's, Dismemberment,

February 2, 2016

Bob Gaffner, Fishermen’s Helper



That Bob! "He's full of the old mick!" Huh? That expression summons up a mere two Google hits. I suspect it's a euphemism for "full of the old Nick," which in turn was a euphemism for "full of the Devil."

Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 02, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Work and Vocational Training, Children, 1950's,

January 5, 2016

Follies of the Madmen #270



Message: Colt 45 habit produces stupefied oblivion to everything but next drink.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 05, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Advertising, 1960's, Alcohol, Brain Damage,

October 10, 2015

SURFER BOY by the Supremes



The Supremes as the Beach Boys? To me, that's far enough off their baseline to be weird!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 10, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Music, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, 1960's,

September 6, 2015

Dolphin-Assisted Birth

Spiritual healer Dorina Rosin and her partner Maika Suneagle plan to have a "dolphin-assisted" water birth in the ocean, even though experts are warning that this poses many risks. For instance, there's the chance that a great white shark may show up. Also, dolphins in the wild aren't exactly the most docile creatures. They've been known to "toss, beat, and kill other mammals for no apparent reason despite enjoyment."

Nevertheless, Rosin and Suneagle feel these risks are worth it. After all, as long as they don't wind up dead, they believe their ocean-born baby will be able to speak dolphin. More info: CBS Atlanta

Posted By: Alex - Sun Sep 06, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Babies, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Pregnancy,

September 5, 2015

Kite Boarding


Also known as kite surfing Is a popular if dangerous sport. It combines surfing with getting blown around while flying a kite. The main problem with it, as far as I can see, is not so much the flying/surfing as it is the starting and stopping. Another place for Darwin-esque culling of the herd to take place.

Posted By: patty - Sat Sep 05, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Accidents, Fads, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Recreation,

August 16, 2015

June 20, 2015

Cornelis Van Blaaderen and his Floating Safe

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After the Titanic, inventors tried to think of ways to preserve items during a sinking. Dutch inventor Cornelis Van Blaaderen came up with his Floating Safe, which never quite caught on.

This site has a brief explanation in English.

This website has the full story, but all in Dutch. Google translate should help. But even if you don't bother, there are great pictures and a film!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 20, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Disasters, Inventions, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, 1910's, Europe,

March 13, 2015

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