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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

Odd Place Names of Missouri

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Original article here.

Tightwad, MO
Crybaby Holler, MO
Barely Do, MO
Old Dishrag, MO
Hell on the Line, MO
Not, MO
Rat, MO
Competition, MO
Koshkonong, MO
Peculiar, MO
Frankenstein, MO
Romance, MO
Braggadocio, MO


Yup, them's some odd names, allright.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Apr 15, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Regionalism, Weird Names, North America

The Popular Pickle



There is so much to love about this video, from the whimsical music which makes it seem as if the cucumbers are just going on holiday, instead of being wrenched from their happy fields and families, then sliced and seasoned for consumption by monstrous hairless apes, to the very phrase "pickle packer." The one omission, understandable in light of 1950s' reticence, is no mention of the cucumber as sex toy.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 10, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Regionalism, Advertising, Industry, Factories and Manufacturing, Farming, Vegetables, 1950's

Moodus Mystery



More history here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jan 07, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Regionalism, Superstition, Natural Wonders, Fictional Monsters

Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp



The tour for squares.



The tour for hipsters.

Their home page.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 30, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Eccentrics, Regionalism, Religion, Superstition

The Tonopah Plague

Plagues have always been with us. Here's an instance from 1905.

What was this exotic mystery germ? The answer is here.

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Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Oct 26, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Regionalism, 1900's, Diseases
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