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The history of weird nude calendars

A recent two-part article over at the history of weird nude calendars, part 1 and part 2.

I divide the history into everything before the 1999 Women's Institute Calendar (that became the subject of the Calendar Girls film), and everything after it.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jan 21, 2016 | Comments (13)
Category: History

Mystery Illustration 11


Without googling, try to guess what military event this insignia celebrates.

Answer after the jump.
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Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Oct 21, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, History, Military

Old Quaker Booze



Once upon a time, thanks to Schenley liquors, you could get as wasted as old Ben Franklin (note: not a Quaker, just partied with them), in the manner of this Curly-Howard-lookalike above. Then you'd be "feeling your Quaker Oats."

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jul 25, 2015 | Comments (1)
Category: History, Historical Figure, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, 1930's, Alcohol

Save The History

Built in 447 BC, the Parthenon sits on the Acropolis in the center of Athens Greece. Unfortunately it is in danger due to decay of the Acropolis. Repairs are being attempted, all the best of luck in that endeavor. It would be a tragedy to lose such a great piece of history.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Oct 04, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: History, Archaeology

A Snort History

The takeaway message? Drinking and driving is an eternal fun recreation of humanity, encoded in the genome of the species, and will never cease.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jul 22, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: History, Motor Vehicles, PSA's, Alcohol

Conjugal Duels

From Charles Harper, Revolted Woman: Past, Present, and to Come (1894):

In Germany, during mediaeval times, domestic differences were settled by judicial duels between man and wife, and a regular code for their proper conduct was observed. 'The woman must be so prepared,' so the instructions run, 'that a sleeve of her chemise extend a small ell beyond her hand like a little sack: there indeed is put a stone weighing iii pounds; and she has nothing else but her chemise, and that is bound together between the legs with a lace. Then the man makes himself ready in the pit over against his wife. He is buried therein up to the girdle, and one hand is bound at the elbow to the side.'

The images of the conjugal duelists come from Hans Talhoffer's Fechtbuch, 1467 (plates 242-250). [Via Wondermark]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Nov 04, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: History, Husbands, Wives, Marriage

Detect Dangers Before They Happen!

MCP from dath - Tobias Haase on Vimeo.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Sep 06, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Death, History, Humor, 1900's, Cars

The Covered Wagon

Since readers seemed to enjoy Bill Haley's "Candy and Women," we now add another of his pre-rock'n'roll songs, which qualifies--by a couple of lines on Native Americans, and a general reckless disregard for human and animal life--for our category of pre-PC weirdness.

"Pappy wound up with four deuces, and the squaw with six papooses."
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Sep 29, 2012 | Comments (2)
Category: History, Music, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1940's, Native Americans

Ancient Minoan Culture Illustrated with Barbies


More here. (Scroll down.)

This incredible find courtesy of hardcore WU-vie Zoltan Ness.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Aug 26, 2012 | Comments (7)
Category: History, Toys, Outsider Art, Foreign Customs, Reader Recommendation

It’s Everybody’s Business

Wouldn't it be swell if things actually still worked this way?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri May 25, 2012 | Comments (6)
Category: Business, History, PSA's, 1950's
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