The novelty of preaching from a casket having worn off, Rev. H.W. Thomas announced he would henceforth deliver the gospel message while standing on his head.
Medford Mail Tribune - Sep 5, 1928
Here's a picture of Rev. H.W. Thomas taken in 1928, when his stunt for that sermon was to unwrap the "swathings of iniquity" from a member of his congregation who posed as a live "Mummy."
Milwaukee Sentinel - May 8, 1928
Rev. Arthur Wells of London began a one-man crusade against women wearing makeup, declaring that he would no longer allow any woman to marry in his church who was so "disfigured."
However, he received no support from fellow clergymen. Said Dr. Philip Pendleton of Phoenix, "I would marry a bride who had paint an inch thick on her cheeks if I was convinced that she was right in her heart... If they think they need to paint up, I say let them go to it."
Ottawa Journal - Jan 5, 1926
Arizona Republic - Jan 18, 1926
Invented in the 1920s. For those who prefer to eat their peas with a knife rather than a spoon.
The Iola Register - Mar 20, 1929
The present-day equivalent of this, I think, would be the feelings of desperation and rage that persistent telemarketers can cause. (Though thanks to caller ID, I just never pick up when they call, which is multiple times every day since the "do not call list" is apparently a complete farce.)
Kingsport Times - Apr 10, 1929
Insurance Agent Pesters Prospect to Near Suicide
CONCORDIA, Kans., April 10 (AP) —Hoping to rid himself of a persistent life insurance agent, Walter Cyr, a young farmer, left a goodbye note to friends and then disappeared.
For three days he was sought in the vicinity of his farm home by hundreds of men and finally was located sitting on a straw stack. When searchers approached he swallowed a small quantity of poison but experienced no ill effects because of prompt medical attention.
Cyr said he had wandered about the countryside for 72 hours, attempting to nerve himself to suicide. He asserted he knew no other way to escape attentions of the insurance man who had been "bothering" him.
I would love to see this 1923 film
starring Colleen Moore
remade today. A white actress playing a Native American, who is so desperate for a husband she kidnaps a stranger? Uncontroversial box-office gold!
Original ad here.
Equally creepy? The earlier guy the inspiration for the later one?
Original ad here.
Cannibalistic terror in the world of ducks:
El Paso Herald - Aug 18, 1926
A quick google search reveals that cannibalism is a "vice" that ducks are known to sometimes develop. As noted on an Australian government website about the brooding and rearing of ducks
Although cannibalism can begin in ducks of any age, ducklings over 4 weeks old are more prone to develop this vice. The underlying reasons for birds turning to cannibalism are not known, but it is associated with boredom and is aggravated by:
lack of ventilation
The only known way to stop it is to remove the rim at the front of the bird’s upper bill. Commercial beak-trimming machines are available. They have heated cauterising blades and run on electricity or butane gas. Beak trimming should be performed only by a competent operator and only when it is essential to reduce damage and suffering in the flock.