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Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues

Beard Transplants

Beard transplants (yeah apparently that's a thing) are on the rise as men increasingly go for that 'masculine look'.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Oct 03, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Facial Hair, Hair and Hairstyling

Bond Clothing Sign, NYC



The Wikipedia entry tells us:

Between 1948 and 1954, Bond Clothes operated a massive sign on the east side block of Broadway between 44th and 45th streets in New York's Times Square. The sign had nearly 2 miles of neon and included two 7-story-tall nude figures, a man and a woman, as bookends. Between the nude figures, there was a 27-foot-high (8.2 m) and 132-foot-wide (40 m) waterfall with 50,000 gallons of recirculated water. Beneath the waterfall was a 278-foot-long (85 m) zipper sign with scrolling messages. The Bond zipper was made up of more than 20,000 light bulbs. Above the waterfall was a digital clock with the wording "Every Hour 3,490 People Buy at Bond."[7] Some of the sign remained in place to advertise the Bond Stores location until the stores closure in 1977.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Sep 28, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Signage, Giant People in Ads, 1940's, 1950's

Rainbow City

Palmitas Mexico has been beautified by Germen Crew, described as an alternative art group, at the government's request. The rainbow paint job is having great effects on the city too, including a reduction in crime. Sounds like a good idea well implemented.

He’ll Just Be Hungry Again In An Hour

An unfortunate Chinese woman who failed to answer her estranged husband's 2am phone call got a surprise visit at work the next day. The husband showed up and in a fit of temper bit her nose off and swallowed it. Due to the tissue being unrecoverable it will be at least 3 months before any reconstructive surgery can be done for her.

Shortest Man Who Ever Lived, RIP

Please mourn the passing of Chandra Bahadur Dangi, most miniscule male human ever recorded.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Sep 05, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Death, Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, Asia

Studio Girl Cosmetics


Original ad here.

Everyone knows Avon and Mary Kay. But few recall "Studio Girl Cosmetics," although they endured for decades.

Here's a site dedicated to their memory, maintained by a descendant of the founder.

What I find most intriguing is that they appeared to have had a sideline of vinyl albums as well. Music to paint your face by?



Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jul 18, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Perfume and Other Scents, 1960's

Alexander D’Agostino at Labbodies

Be sure to check out the "performance" around 23:00, when ballet slippers and a Skeletor mask come into play.


The picture above is just a portion of what is recognized by Guinness as the worlds longest sculpture. Artist Zheng Chunhui took 4 years to complete this beautiful masterpiece which is fashioned from one 40 foot long tree trunk. There are more pictures at the link.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Jun 27, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Avant Garde

Miss Pickle of 2014

Here is a new post that joins two previous ones: my post with the video about the PICKLE INDUSTRY, and Alex's post about MISS KANGAROO.

It appears that at least since 1964, the union known as the Pickle Packers International has been choosing a woman to be "Miss Pickle."

The first foto below comes from THE DAILY EGYPTIAN for October 30, 1964. The second foto comes from the BUFFALO COURIER-EXPRESS for June 24, 1967, while the article comes from the TUSCALOOSA NEWS for May 7, 1967.




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Finally, we come to Miss Pickle of 2014, who seems more like a cartoon company mascot than a beauty-queen.


Never Inject Stuff In Your Stuff

Injecting your penis with vasoline to make it appear larger is a very bad idea. The description of the surgery necessary to effect repairs is cringe-worthy.
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