Weird Universe


Mystery Gadget 32


The original article provides the answer.

But you might also like to visit this site, which shows the item in contemporary use.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Sep 30, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: Regionalism, Technology, Nineteenth Century

Follies of the Madmen #260


Is the falling-down part of skiing really what the resort wants to highlight?

From the Daily Illini for December 19, 1967.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 15, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Regionalism, Screwups, Sports, Advertising, 1960's

Bob Harrington, the Chaplain of Bourbon Street


The animated mouth of Jesus, who speaks with a robot voice, is tops!

As for Bob Harrington himself, am I cynical for imagining that hanging out with the hookers and party-animals of Bourbon Street was more fun than ministering to Jim and Jane Normal in the suburbs?

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Sep 14, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Regionalism, Religion, 1960's

Litigation Through Poetry:  Or, Texas Is Hell


Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 22, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Law, Nature, Regionalism, Religion, Poetry, 1900's

Confusion Corner


A traffic roundabout so jumbled, it earned fame and its own postcard.

Concise explanation.

Longer story.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jul 06, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Highways, Roads, Streets and Traffic, Regionalism, North America

Kusköy, Turkey:  The Whistling Village

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 25, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Languages, Regionalism, Asia, Europe

Muskogee Stomp Dance

The level of ritual fervor seems decidedly low here. Also, lack of vintage garb is rather incongruous. All in all, I suspect, a pale shadow of what once was a vital artform.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat May 30, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Regionalism, Dance, Native Americans

Guillermo Gómez-Peña

If only I could make it out to Santa Rosa, CA, to see Guillermo Gómez-Peña in his upcoming performance. I am sure my consciousness would be raised to Olympian levels.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun May 03, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Annoying Things, Ethnic Groupings, Regionalism, Performance Art

Diving for Buttons

"Today, little remains of the industry but the occasional telltale sign spotted on the ground—shells laced with perfectly round holes—and millions of mother-of-pearl buttons saved in button jars across the country, cut from blouses and shirts from a time when nothing was wasted."

The whole story, in depth. (No pun intended.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 24, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Nature, Regionalism, 1950's, North America

World Erotic Art Museum

RIP, founder Naomi Wilzig.

Being TV journalism, the clip is work-safe.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Apr 21, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Art, Museums, Regionalism, Sexuality
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