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Johnson Smith Catalog Item #31


From the 1930s catalog.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 21, 2014 | Comments (1)
Category: Etiquette and Formal Behavior, Johnson Smith Catalog, Sexuality, Books, 1930's

Pregnant by Morning

It's not exactly the most romantic title ever. Available from Amazon

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Mar 30, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Books, Romances

Mouse: A Taxidermy Workshop Manual

"If you've ever fancied enlivening your mantelpiece with dancing, singing, pipe-smoking or motorbike-riding mice, then this book is for you."

Available as an ebook from Amazon. Or you can get the book and a taxidermy workshop kit from the author's website.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Mar 19, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Books

Fox in Socks Audio

From a 1966 vinyl record, featuring the voice of Robby the Robot.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Feb 06, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Languages, Pop Art, Surrealism, Books, 1960's

The world’s smallest book

It's titled "Shiki no Kusabana," which means "Flowers of Seasons." It's 22 pages long, written in Japanese and Chinese scripts, and features 12 line drawings of flowers. Also, it measures less than a millimeter in height and width.

It's not available on Amazon. []

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Dec 19, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: World Records, Books

The Adventures of Cabbage Boy

A new offering by author Steven London in the genre of children's flatulence literature. Here's an excerpt:

The smell under the flannel sheets was awful. It was either an old egg salad sandwich (doubtful) or one of Ralph's little brother's poopie diapers had been misplaced on the way to the trash.

I bet you can't wait to read more!

Amazon Link: The Inconceivable Adventures of Cabbage Boy -- Author's Website.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Nov 20, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Books, Flatulence

Tarzan and the Rocky Gorge

No soundtrack, but it's still better than 90% of current Hollywood productions.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Nov 07, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Amateurs and Fans, Movies, Books, 1930's

Little Nemo in Slumberland

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Surely one of the most enjoyably odd of the classic newspaper comic strips was Winsor McCay's famous LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND.

Many of the strips are finally available online at this site.

Of course, if you desire glorious hardcopy, there are plenty of books too.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Nov 02, 2013 | Comments (0)
Category: Dreams and Nightmares, Surrealism, Children, Books, 1900's, 1910's

Where’s Wenda/Wilma?


I never realized there were female counterparts to Waldo, nor that one could purchase Halloween costumes along those lines. But the disparity between Wenda and Wilma--or is that just two conflicting sides of the same woman?--is very confusing.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Sep 30, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Holidays, Sex Symbols, Books

Topsy the Crooked-Tailed Elephant

In my last book, Electrified Sheep, I devoted a few pages to telling the story of Topsy, the Coney Island elephant who in 1903 became the first of her species to be put to death by electricity. It's an odd story that tangentially involved two of the biggest names in the history of commercial electricity: Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse.

There have been many elephants killed in all kinds of ways in captivity. But Topsy's death has been a particular source of fascination and horror to people over the years. Probably because the entire event was caught on film by Edison's film company (you can still see that film today on youtube). So Topsy's story has been told quite a few times over the course of the past century.

But now I see that the journalist Michael Daly has produced the first book-length treatment of Topsy's life and death. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but based on the reviews it sounds like Daly did an excellent job. So it should be a satisfying read for any lover of weird history.

And while I'm at it, let me put in a small plug for myself, since my publisher tells me that the US paperback version of Electrified Sheep has just been released. It's weird history, now cheaper than before. Plus, there's a kindle version!
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Aug 19, 2013 | Comments (8)
Category: Books
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