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1980's

Woman Swallowed by Escalator

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Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Aug 28, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Death, Technology, 1980's

Death by Ejection Seat

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You know how in cartoons and comedy movies, a person will accidentally employ an ejection seat and go for a thrill ride through the air, only to land safely...?

Not what really happens.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Aug 22, 2014 | Comments (13)
Category: Accidents, Death, Flight, 1980's

The First Robot Ever Arrested

Today is the anniversary of the day on which the first robot was ever arrested. The event occurred on August 18, 1982 when a robot called DC-2 was taken into custody by the Beverly Hills Police Department. Its crime was illegally distributing business cards on North Beverly Drive.

More info at Paleofuture.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Aug 18, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Robots, 1980's

The Saluda Grade



The Saluda Grade is the steepest section of railroad in the USA. There have been numerous horrific tragedies involving runaway trains here. But this propaganda-cum-safety video from Southern Railway makes the whole affair seem a candidate for our boredom contest.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Aug 09, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Boredom, Regionalism, Documentaries, 1980's, Trains

Avoid the Noid

During the 1980s, Domino's Pizza ran a series of ads featuring "The Noid" -- an annoying creature that ruined pizzas intended for delivery. By ordering pizza from Domino's you could supposedly "Avoid the Noid."

The ads were very successful, but were abruptly cancelled in January 1989 when a man named Kenneth Lamar Noid "wielding a .357 magnum revolver stormed into a Domino’s in Atlanta, Georgia and took two employees hostage" for five hours.

Mr. Noid's problem with Domino's was that he believed their ads "specifically made fun of him."

Mr. Noid was found innocent by reason of insanity, but that was the end of Domino's Noid campaign.

You can read the full story at priceonomics.com.



Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jul 28, 2014 | Comments (19)
Category: Advertising, 1980's

Pro Basketball Player Eaten by Cannibals?

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Vanished forever in Africa while visiting Idi Amin. Surname suspiciously close to "brisket." 'Nuff said.

Contemporary account from 1985.

Article from 2007.

Wikipedia.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 16, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Cannibalism, Sports, 1980's, Africa

Ling Ching Tong



The musician.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 14, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Music, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1980's

The Cheese Test

A clip from the late-80's cable access program "The Eddie Marshall Show." The guy in the video, Toby Radloff, is actually famous enough to have his own Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Feb 27, 2014 | Comments (15)
Category: Eccentrics, 1980's
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