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Flying Fish a Hazard


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Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Feb 07, 2016 | Comments (4)
Category: Fish, Air Travel and Airlines, 1980's, North America

Objected to taking out trash

One for the weird death file. The tragic case of Jamella Jackson, age 12. She threw her life away.

Cincinnati Enquirer - Feb 15, 1985

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jan 31, 2016 | Comments (3)
Category: Death, 1980's

Greatest Shoplifter Ever?


Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Nov 29, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Crime, Retailing, 1980's

Can’t Miss the Show

January 1985: The women of the Thurlow family proved they were serious fans of the TV show St. Elsewhere. Even as their house burned down around them, they remained parked in front of the TV set, watching the latest episode through the haze of the smoke, unwilling to miss a single moment. The firefighters had to drag them away. But as soon as the fire was extinguished, the women rushed back into the house and were able to catch the final 10 minutes.

Ocala Star-Banner - Jan 23, 1985

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Nov 25, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: 1980's

Style Wars

Return with us now to those thrilling days from 35 years ago, when every urban space was covered in illegible vandalism, and break-dancing ruled the pavements.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Nov 15, 2015 | Comments (1)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Urban Life, Subways, Outsider Art, 1980's

Don’t Call It Junk Mail

As George Orwell noted, political language often strives "to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind" — or pure junk, in this case.

Spartanburg Herald Journal - Apr 24, 1989

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Oct 27, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Government, Languages, 1980's

Soviets Eat Bambi

In 1985, a Soviet production of a live-action film about Bambi (Bambi's Childhood) had to be halted when three of the deer who were playing Bambi and his friends disappeared. Turned out they had been stolen, then butchered and served as the main course at a birthday celebration. The culprits were sent to a labor camp as punishment for their crime.

The news was reported in a lot of papers, but the Weekly World News (below) had the best coverage of it.

Spartanburg Herald-Journal - Feb 7, 1985

Weekly World News - Mar 12, 1985

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Oct 22, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Movies, 1980's

Man Drowns At Party of Lifeguards, 1985

My latest article, in which I examine this now classic 1985 weird news story.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Sep 28, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: 1980's

Mystery Illustration 10


This Scout is signalling for what now?

Visit link, then scroll down.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Sep 24, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: Clubs, Fraternities and Other Self-selecting Organizations, Signage, 1980's
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