Life moved at a slower pace in Meddybemps, Maine back in 1922. Probably still does. According to Wikipedia
, the 2010 census listed Meddybemps as having a population of only 157.
"Will absorb all fatty tissues from any part of the body." I wonder if Dr. Bouchaud was related in any way to Dr. Anton Phibes?
From The Australian Home Journal
, June 1926 [via Vintage Ads
"Wearied of a life of egg frying," the unfortunate Jim Smith decided to end it all. But despite trying to torch, hang, poison, and shoot himself simultaneously, his plan didn't succeed.
I'm skeptical that this ever happened. It sounds like the kind of thing reporters used to make up to pad newspaper columns. From The Seattle Star
- March 24, 1922. (via Weird Shit in Historic Newspapers
In 1925 and 1926, Popular Science
featured the antics of "John and Mary Newlywed," a young married couple so stupid they did everything wrong around the house. In the instance above from March 1926
, John and Mary--despite having perfected anti-gravity as attested to by the unsupported car--are about to blow themselves up and smother themselves with gas fumes.
I regret the Newlyweds did not have a longer run. They would have been the Gallant-less Goofuses of the hobbyist set.
As intermittent mayor, he ran Newburyport, MA, from his gas station, and when out of office was not averse to punching the current mayor in the face.
There's a good summary of his antics here.
The kind of authentic politician so lacking today. The article from 1937
below gives some of his flavor.
Early fecal transplants? Your best guess, before clicking through to the answer.
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