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The Saluda Grade

The Saluda Grade is the steepest section of railroad in the USA. There have been numerous horrific tragedies involving runaway trains here. But this propaganda-cum-safety video from Southern Railway makes the whole affair seem a candidate for our boredom contest.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Aug 09, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Boredom, Regionalism, Documentaries, 1980's, Trains

Avoid the Noid

During the 1980s, Domino's Pizza ran a series of ads featuring "The Noid" -- an annoying creature that ruined pizzas intended for delivery. By ordering pizza from Domino's you could supposedly "Avoid the Noid."

The ads were very successful, but were abruptly cancelled in January 1989 when a man named Kenneth Lamar Noid "wielding a .357 magnum revolver stormed into a Domino’s in Atlanta, Georgia and took two employees hostage" for five hours.

Mr. Noid's problem with Domino's was that he believed their ads "specifically made fun of him."

Mr. Noid was found innocent by reason of insanity, but that was the end of Domino's Noid campaign.

You can read the full story at

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jul 28, 2014 | Comments (19)
Category: Advertising, 1980's

Pro Basketball Player Eaten by Cannibals?


Vanished forever in Africa while visiting Idi Amin. Surname suspiciously close to "brisket." 'Nuff said.

Contemporary account from 1985.

Article from 2007.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 16, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Cannibalism, Sports, 1980's, Africa

Ling Ching Tong

The musician.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 14, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Music, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1980's

The Cheese Test

A clip from the late-80's cable access program "The Eddie Marshall Show." The guy in the video, Toby Radloff, is actually famous enough to have his own Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Feb 27, 2014 | Comments (15)
Category: Eccentrics, 1980's

Enjoy the Experience

This 2-disc compilation of "homemade recordings" is pure caviar for all WU-vies. Listen to more at the link below, then buy your copy--which features many other "hits"--soon!

YouTube playlist here.

The Ore Knob Mine Murders & The Nashville Flame


That's the Nashville Flame his own damn self up there.

More photos here.

Original article here.



Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Feb 15, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Crime, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Death, Drugs, 1980's


The obscure Russian "Necrorealism" art movement, which emerged in the 1980s, doesn't even rate a page on Wikipedia. Based on the video below, it seems to have been an excuse for a bunch of Russian guys to make low-budget zombie movies in the forest. Though movies without a semblance of a plot.

The "No New Enemies" site offers this explanation of Necrorealism:
The slightly grandiose, academic name belies the fact that the movement was actually a small group of experimental-artists from Leningrad (now St Petersburg) who emerged in the 80s under the leadership of the artist/experimental filmmaker, Evgeny Yufit.

Having got their hands on a lavishly illustrated forensic pathology textbook for inspiration, their initial output was comprised of photos of themselves in zombiesque make-up. Then followed performances... events that passersby or passengers were guaranteed to observe with horror. Later they began to use film as medium, and established an underground film studio.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jan 31, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Art, 1980's, Russia
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