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Insane Happiness


Why do we never hear about such jolly madmen these days? Probably because we don't let people die from syphilis anymore.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 18, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Sexuality, Nineteenth Century, Brain Damage

Gene Vincent’s FLEA BRAIN

"If she wasn't good-looking, she'd be better off dead."
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Feb 23, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Insects, Music, 1950's, Brain Damage

The Man Whose Mind Exploded

Documentary about a fellow with no ability to lay down new memories. Plus other "issues."

Full story here.

Follies of the Madmen #240

"I'm so dumb I can't even pronounce 'aluminum!'"
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jan 24, 2015 | Comments (12)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, 1960's, Brain Damage

Empty Tank, Empty Head


Original article here.

Her obituary, curiously enough, makes no mention of this brush with fame.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Oct 13, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Education, 1980's, Cars, Brain Damage

Causes of Lunacy




I love these reasons for being committed to the lunatic asylum, as given in this report for the year 1836.

"Repelled eruption" confused me, until I found this sentence from a text of the same era: "If the insanity succeeds the suppression of a cutaneous disease, of a fetter, an erysipelas, or any other repelled eruption, vesicatories are the means, par excellence : they are preferably applied upon the place where the disease at first existed."

And almost thirty years later, many of the "causes" were still present, as seen below in this report for the year 1891.

Browse through more reports here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 16, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Experts and Authority Figures, Nineteenth Century, Brain Damage

Space Trainer


Original article here.


Original ad here.

Undoubtedly nicknamed "the vomit comet," like the famous edge-of-space jet flight trainer.

Used by "schools for the blind"...?!?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed May 28, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Toys, 1960's, Brain Damage, Nausea, Revulsion and Disgust

The Sadist

If the trailer (top) fascinates, the full movie follows.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Mar 16, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Misbehavior, Rebellion, Acting-out and General Naughtiness, Movies, 1960's, Brain Damage

Drawings of the Insane


To accompany yesterday's poems by the mentally ill, here you will find many drawings by Russian psychiatric patients.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Feb 16, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Outsider Art, Russia, Brain Damage
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