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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

Satanic cloud above Statue of Liberty

Over at about.com, in honor of the Fourth of July, I just posted The 10 Weirdest Moments in the History of the Statue of Liberty, one of those moments being the time in 1989 (or maybe it was 1990 - sources differ), when two Irish tourists on vacation in NYC took a photo of Lady Liberty. It was only when they got back home and developed the photo that they noticed a "Satanic face" in the clouds leering down at her. I'll let you decide for yourself what meaning, if any, this might have. But as far as cloud photos go, it's a pretty famous one.

Also, Happy Fourth of July!

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jul 04, 2015 | Comments (12)
Category: Photography and Photographers, 1980's

Follies of the Madmen #251

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Is that patchwork hippo supposed to be sexy? Because it's posed pretty sexily.

No, I don't want to think any more about this....

From Playboy for September 1983
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jun 08, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Advertising, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, Sex Symbols, Shoes, 1980's

Forbidden Zone



Full background here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri May 15, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Movies, Music, Pop Art, Surrealism, 1980's, Parody

Mystery Illustration 6

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What public event in New York City is this image touting?

The answer is here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 06, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Art, 1980's

Pink Panther Punk

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More info here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Apr 01, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Music, Children, Cartoons, 1980's, Parody

Mothers Against Potholes

Back in 1982, a group of mothers in the Detroit area got tired of the local government not doing enough to tackle the problem of potholes. So they started repairing the roads themselves, calling themselves the Mothers Against Potholes. It was a noble effort, but I'm not sure that, in the end, their efforts really made that much difference.


The Salina Journal - Apr 2, 1982
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Mar 10, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: 1980's
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