Category:
1980's

September 24, 2015

Mystery Illustration 10

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This Scout is signalling for what now?

Visit link, then scroll down.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Sep 24, 2015 - Comments (10)
Category: Clubs, Fraternities and Other Self-selecting Organizations, Signage, 1980's,

September 17, 2015

August 18, 2015

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 - Tue Aug 18, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Inventions, 1980's,

July 31, 2015

The Apple



Explanation here--insofar as is possible.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 31, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Drugs, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Music, Science Fiction, 1980's,

July 23, 2015

Lemon Incest



Background info here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 23, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Family, Music, Sexuality, 1980's, Europe,

July 9, 2015

How to prevent nuclear war

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

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

July 4, 2015

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 - Sat Jul 04, 2015 - Comments (12)
Category: Photography and Photographers, 1980's,

June 8, 2015

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 - Mon Jun 08, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Advertising, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, Sex Symbols, Shoes, 1980's,

May 15, 2015

Forbidden Zone



Full background here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri May 15, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Movies, Music, Pop Art, Surrealism, 1980's, Parody,

April 6, 2015

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 - Mon Apr 06, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Art, 1980's,

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