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Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Aug 10, 2010 | Comments (6)
Category: Movies, Religion, Conspiracy Theories and Theorists, Cars

Follies of the Mad Men #117

Can you imagine Angelina Jolie touting a Kia? No? That's because there is no more glamour in Hollywood or Detroit.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Aug 07, 2010 | Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, ShowBiz, 1950's, Cars

Follies of the Mad Men #107

[From Playboy for October 1969.]

You know, even in 1969, despite the prevalence of hype connected with "flower power," I don't think anyone was going to believe that automobiles were pro-nature. And aren't flowers kind of a sissy image for a muscle car anyhow?

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jun 02, 2010 | Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Nature, 1960's, Cars

Drive ‘n’ Surf!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri May 21, 2010 | Comments (3)
Category: Humor, Computers, Cars

How to Go Places

Once upon a simpler time, Americans needed lessons in how to leave the house.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri May 14, 2010 | Comments (12)
Category: Family, Travel, 1950's, Cars

A Robot That Parks Cars

No, not Marvin (ref.), this one is from the Computer Science Department of Stanford University and it not only parks cars, it does so awesomely!

The only disappointment is that it doesn't come with a little row of strobing red lights on the front.
Posted By: Dumbfounded | Date: Thu May 13, 2010 | Comments (10)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Robots, Science, Technology, Computers, Cars

Death Wish

Police in North Vernon, Indiana say it is obvious this man had a death wish. That may not be so uncommon for men his age and perhaps in his profession, but he accomplished it in a very disturbing fashion. I've followed the events in The North Vernon Plain Dealer & Sun, but I do find it somewhat unnerving that the story is making the rounds through many newspapers in central and southern Indiana, as I fear widespread dissemination of the story may open the door to copycats.
UPDATE: Meth, unsuprisingly, played a role. Greensburg Daily News

Unrelated bonus mugshot from the same paper of Nikkiah C. Weddle, a loving mother, that just appears slothful. I feel that her having smoked marijuana three weeks earlier will play a heavy role in her defense, since we've all smoked a joint that we took almost a full month to recover from.
Posted By: qualityleashdog | Date: Thu Mar 04, 2010 | Comments (5)
Category: Accidents, Crime, Death, Obituaries, Drugs, Inebriation and Intoxicants, Stupidity, Babies and Toddlers, Your Daily Jury Duty, Cars

Follies of the Mad Men #85

The advertisers have a winning product and presentation here--right up until the moment when they tout horse and buggy racing! Would any red-blooded young lad want to race horses, when he could race cars? That's for the girls!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jan 30, 2010 | Comments (2)
Category: Toys, 1960's, Cars

Follies of the Mad Men #77

How do you advertise the death car that made Ralph Nader's reputation? Here's how!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Dec 04, 2009 | Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Death, 1960's, Cars

Ahead of its Time #1

Of course, not everyone had bad ideas in those old issues of Popular Science. Many of the ideas for new products were quite brilliant. This series will look at ideas that were ahead of their time. Today's lesson: In Car Tape Deck.

(from the March 1954 issue of Popular Science)

For a little background, the modern tape recorder came about in 1939, but it wasn't refined enough for commercial use until the late 1940s. Reel to reel tape recorders started to become common home recording machines in the mid 1950s and as a professional home audio format in the late 1950s. The first automobile tape player was the Muntz Stereo-Pak of 1962 which evolved in the Lear Jet Stereo 8 (better known as 8 Track) in 1964. Even so, 8 track players didn't become common in cars until the late 1960s, so unfortunately A. P. Sabol had another fifteen years to wait before his request was answered...
Posted By: Salamander Sam | Date: Thu Nov 12, 2009 | Comments (7)
Category: Technology, 1950's, Cars, Yesterday's Tomorrows
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