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
Back in 1989, the Norwegian National Opera staged the world's first (and only?) "drive-in opera" with a performance of the Barber of Seville broadcast live on a 225-square-foot movie screen in downtown Oslo. The idea was that people could watch the performance from their cars. This was supposed to be a way to bring opera to the masses, to let people know that "opera can be fun."
However, the event didn't go quite as planned since the Norwegian audience wasn't quite clear on the "drive-in" concept. Most of them showed up on foot. And many of the cars that did show up parked facing away from the screen. More info at AP News Archive
Several currently for sale on Etsy and eBay.
Thanks to Deborah Newton.
One of those essential holiday treats!
Back in the 1980s, Betty
Burian Kirk got the idea of starting a business spinning dog-hair yarn. Her clients were people who "want to wear something from their dog." She said it was "becoming more and more popular."
Has the trend of "wearing your pet" continued to grow in popularity since the 80s? Well, here at WU we've posted before about people who wear dog-fur sweaters
. So maybe it is a popular thing.
And though Betty
Burian Kirk no longer seems to be in business, a quick google search pulls up plenty of places (such as here
) that'll spin your dog's fur into yarn for you, if that's what floats your boat.
So her middle name is "Burian", not "Burlan". And she's still in business. Her website, bbkirk.com
, offers plenty of info on dog hair — how to collect it, wash it, pricing, etc. Plus, she has a Gallery of Dog Hair Items
Original page here.
Do we dare to believe this Weekly World News
article? Well, the case was reported a year prior in a reputable newspaper.
Original article here.
, curiously enough, makes no mention of this brush with fame.