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Follies of the Madmen #227

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Yes, our product is number one among insane vegan fashionistas!

From Woman's Day for April 1962.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Aug 18, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, Vegetables, 1960's

Mexican Twist



"Hey, Manuel, why go to the bullfight when you can do the tweest?"

The Twisting Kings were apparently the studio musicians who later became known as the Funk Brothers.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Aug 12, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Music, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1960's

The Car of 1980

This is what Jack Charipar, director of Plymouth's product-planning team, imagined in 1961 that cars would look like in 1980. Source: Newsweek - Jan 23, 1961.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Aug 09, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: 1960's, Cars, Yesterday's Tomorrows

John Glenn’s Fireflies





Did pioneer astronaut John Glenn see aliens?

Not likely.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Aug 05, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Aliens, Space Travel, 1960's, Natural Wonders

Follies of the Madmen #226

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Clunkiest metaphor ever. Garment causing deadly vision obstruction that will be shredded by fanbelt = engine protection.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Aug 02, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Motor Vehicles, 1960's

The MIT Icicle

Back in January 1960, the craze that swept college campuses was creating massive icicles. And students at MIT took top honors by creating a four-story icicle down the side of Baker House. In fact, they declared it to be the largest man-made icicle ever created.

As reported in an Associated Press story about it from Jan 1960:

"They tied an ice cube to a string and lowered it from their window. Then a trickle of water was siphoned from a barrel down the string. By using colored water at times, they got a red, white and blue icicle, which at one point is about 14 inches wide."

The icicle only existed for a few days before it was destroyed, for safety reasons, by the campus authorities.

Unfortunately I couldn't find any color photographs of it, but these are some news photos of it I found. There's a brief article about it at the MIT Museum.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Aug 02, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Fads, 1960's, Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia

The Art of S. Clay Wilson

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Surely some of the weirdest underground comix were produced by S. Clay Wilson. Now there's a great new compilation of his work, with more volumes to come. Add it to your Xmas List now.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jul 17, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Comics, Outsider Art, Surrealism, 1960's

Crazy Clock Game





Everyone knows Mouse Trap. But who recalls its sister game, Crazy Clock? Why would one become famous, the other forgotten? The vagaries of play....
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jul 17, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Games, Rube Goldberg Devices, 1960's

Follies of the Madmen #223

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Those crossbars replicate the excruciating pain of the infamous parental sofabed from Seinfeld.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 09, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Appliances, 1960's

VD Is for Everybody

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jul 06, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: PSA's, 1960's, Diseases, Genitals
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