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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

Bulletproof Wheat

I wonder whatever became of this miracle product. If Larry Rogers, its inventor, was 31 in 1984, then he'd be 62 now. Is he still working away on it somewhere? Or did the product actually make its way onto the market, though under a name other than "bulletproof wheat"? Who knows. I can't find any follow-up info about the story.

Larry Rogers, 31, a Salinas scientist, figures he has the answer to the nation's wheat and coal surplus problem. Earlier this year he invented a substitute for firewood out of wheat and corn. Now he says he's reconstructed things to make the firewood bulletproof. He says he also can turn it into an excellent replacement for wood as a building material by adding high sulfur coal, carbon and cellulose. The material will also be fireproof. He says it stopped an Army M16 rifle bullet during testing. And, because its impact resistant, it's ideal for protective housing units for troops, he says. The product is being tested at Micro Organic Fuel in Carson City, Nev.

Spokane Chronicle - Sep 24, 1984

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Sep 18, 1984

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Aug 18, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Inventions, 1980's

The Apple

Explanation here--insofar as is possible.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jul 31, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Drugs, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Music, Science Fiction, 1980's

Lemon Incest

Background info here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jul 23, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Family, Music, Sexuality, 1980's, Europe

How to prevent nuclear war

Roger Fisher on how to prevent nuclear war. From Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Mar 1981.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jul 09, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: War, Weapons, 1980's
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