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The Elvis Diet

Everyone knows about Elvis's penchant for fried banana and peanut butter sandwiches. But some of these other items, as instanced in the book below, have faded from popular memory.



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Original article here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Oct 11, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Eccentrics, Food, 1970's, Twentieth Century, Bodybuilding, Pain, Self-inflicted and Otherwise

Electric Exercise Gloves

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Sep 10, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Inventions, Bodybuilding

Follies of the Madmen #237


Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Dec 19, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Radio, 1920's, Bodybuilding

Paul von Boeckmann, Champion Breather




Original ad here.

Hard to argue with the assertion that one has to breathe to stay alive.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Dec 17, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Eccentrics, Twentieth Century, Bodybuilding

The Egyptian Popeye

Mustafa Ismail won the 2013 Guinness World Record for having the largest biceps. He's called the 'Egyptian Popeye.' He insists his bulging arm muscles are 100% natural, and according to, 'Japanese doctors' have examined him, looking for any signs of doping or suspicious needle marks, and have pronounced him to be the real deal. But I'm having trouble believing that. Arm muscles simply don't develop like that naturally.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Nov 20, 2012 | Comments (9)
Category: Body, Bodybuilding, Sports, World Records

Mrs. Jones’ Flesh Grower


Who knew bioengineering and stem cells were in use so long ago?

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Oct 10, 2012 | Comments (7)
Category: Body, Bodybuilding, Body Modifications, Frauds, Cons and Scams, Self-help Schemes, 1900's

Venus with Biceps

This looks like a great new book that would nicely complement our regular thread on female bodybuilders.

The B&W foto is a sample from the book.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed May 04, 2011 | Comments (3)
Category: Books, Women, Bodybuilding

Dreaming Of A Weird Christmas!

Christmas is nearly upon us, so the time is at hand where every mall has a Santa in residence, waiting for America’s boys and girls to sit on his knee and make their demands known. But while our own little angels are of course clean and fragrant, who knows what those grubby urchins in front of you are spreading! So this year several professional Santa associations are calling for hand-sanitizer to be installed at grotto entrances and have asked congress to put “Santa” on the priority list for H1N1 vaccinations. After all, you have to look after your elf (Telegraph).

Not requiring a flu jab, but in need of a facelift, was the 66’ fibreglass Santa that has been the centrepiece of Auckland, New Zealand’s Christmas pageant for nearly 50 years. With a droopy winking eye and a gesturing mechanical finger, the jolly red giant was beginning, in the words of one local, to “look a little creepy.” But not anymore, as NZ$100,000 have been spent refurbishing the big guy ahead of this Sunday’s grand unveiling (Reuters).

Someone definitely not in need of a facelift is the recently announced “Hunky Santa of 2009.” Los Angeles mall the Beverley Center first introduced their hunky Santas nine years ago, swapping abs and pecs for the beard and britches. This year north-pole toting poseur is James Ellis, who hopes to encourage people to live more healthily and wants to be a role model for kids by parading his festive physique in a fur-trimmed red vest (LA Times).

All of which is not the sort of thing you’re likely to see during Raleigh, North Carolina’s Christmas parade. So worried are parade organisers that the little ones might be confused by two people dressed in red that they have banned “Mrs. Claus” from participating in costume. They have even asked attendees not to wear Santa-hats in case it distracts attention from the “real” St. Nick (WXII12).

And further killjoyery (?) this week from the Employers Forum on Belief, which has advised company bosses that to close their office over Christmas might be construed as discriminatory, since non-Christian employees must use annual leave for their religious holidays. Instead of emphasising the holiday’s religious nature, say the EFB, management should focus on the cost-effectiveness of the closure as a majority of staff would be absent anyway (ILM).

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Posted By: Dumbfounded | Date: Tue Nov 24, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Business, Exercise and Fitness, Feminism, Health, Holidays, Hygiene, Law, Religion, Bodybuilding

Early Bodybuilding

And now, some Victorian Beefcake.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jul 06, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Nineteenth Century, Bodybuilding
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