Dr. Peter Steincrohn's 1969 book (available used on Amazon
) promised to reveal how one could be "lazy, healthy, & fit." For years before he published the book, Steincrohn had also been writing newspaper columns in which he promoted his formula for health. The secret was girdles.
He felt that all men over 40, in particular, should be wearing girdles just like their wives (this was the 1960s), because he believed that girdles promoted good circulation and thus meant the heart didn't have to work as hard pumping blood. Wearing a girdle, he promised, would "add years to a man's life."
The Abilene Reporter-News
- Nov 23, 1964
My wife noticed this posted on distractify.com
and brought it to my attention. So I thought I'd share it here.
Occasionally people ask me to sign and write a note in copies of my book, and I never know what to write. But thanks to this receipt, I've now got a go-to phrase!
So long as Alex has brought up this theme, I thought I would reference this great book, which I reviewed at the B&N REVIEW
upon its release five years ago.
This 1964 novel by Stella Gray seems appropriate for WU.
I've posted before about unusual coloring books, such as the E.F. Hutton Coloring Book
and the Anti-Terrorism Coloring Book
, so when a coloring book titled The Satanic Children's Big Book of Activities
showed up in the news, it caught my eye.
A group called the Satanic Temple wants to hand out copies of this coloring book to children in Florida schools, arguing that Christian evangelical groups are allowed to distribute bibles and booklets in public schools, so why shouldn't they be allowed to distribute their satanic literature. Equal time for all religions, etc. Of course, there's no way in hell the school board is going to let this happen. [foxkc.com
Handy in or out of the operating room.
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"Are books your friends?"
I don't believe the information sciences are much like this anymore.
Christopher Miller's new book is a must-have for any WU-vie, detailing with comprehensive wit all the old humor tropes that once delighted millions, but are now just plain weird, but with a residual underlying universality.
Read a sample here.
To investigate the conditions in the New York State prison system for women circa 1916, socialist reformer Madeleine Zabriskie Doty
arranges to have herself incarcerated, masquerading as a real criminal, under the name "Maggie Martin."
Read her experiences here, in SOCIETY'S MISFITS.
Paul has decided to embrace the new "work for free" business model of the 21st Century and is giving away one of his books. So get it while you can! It's available as a download either from Barnes and Noble
(and Amazon UK
You can read more details about the book and exactly why he's giving it away over at his other blog, The Inferior4
Chasing the Queen of Sassi
A science fiction story set in one of the oldest cities in the world.
After his wife's death, Rupert decides to change his life and start your journey: he wants to see Matera again, and ends up loving it so much that he decides to move there. But the city is mysterious: who is the beautiful Daeria Bruno that appears and disappears without a trace? And how will the cucibocca's curse affect his life? In a dizzying series of time travels, Rupert will reveal legendary secrets, being at the center of a timeless story.
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