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1990's

July 7, 2016

Chicken Croquet




Coolest. Games. Ever. from Athena G on Vimeo.



I'm willing to bet that this is one of a very limited number of toys whose genesis can be traced directly to someone making a bad pun.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 07, 2016 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Toys, 1990's, Jokes,

July 4, 2016

Skydiver lands on grandmother at 4th of July party

It's like the Fourth of July version of "Grandma got run over by a reindeer."

A 63-year-old grandmother has filed a claim against the city, seeking compensation for injuries she received when a descending skydiver landed on her at a city-sponsored July Fourth celebration...
Lilienthal said the sky diver kicked her in the head, tangled her in parachute lines and dragged her across a field as her family watched, horrified.

Ukiah Daily Journal - Aug 14, 1992

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 04, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Accidents, Holidays, 1990's,

May 31, 2016

Forgot she shot him

The strange case of Roberta and William Randall of Phoenix, Arizona. She shot him in the face while he was napping, then forgot she shot him. He didn't realize he had been shot. Apparently the hole in his cheek didn't make him suspicious. Nor did the note she had written for him, "Bill, you've been shot. Call 911."

Democrat and Chronicle - Feb 27, 1992


The Arizona Republic (Mar 17, 1991) offers a few more details about this mysterious case:

Posted By: Alex - Tue May 31, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Crime, 1990's,

May 26, 2016

Bacteria Panic

"Never play this game with the real victims of disease."

Arizona Republic - May 3, 1991



Washington Post - May 7, 1991

Posted By: Alex - Thu May 26, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Games, 1990's,

May 24, 2016

Motivational Bull Castration

Continuing the theme of odd ways coaches have motivated players (started with yesterday's post about the coach who bit the heads off live frogs) —

In 1992, Mississippi State Coach Jackie Sherrill arranged for a bull to be castrated in front of his players before a game, as an "educational and motivational experience." Asked how it was motivational, Sherrill replied, "That's everybody's different perception."

His team did win the game.

The Tennessean - Sep 15, 1992



The Tennessean - Sep 18, 1992



Asbury Park Press - Sep 15, 1992

Posted By: Alex - Tue May 24, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Sports, 1990's,

May 21, 2016

Brits ban 666 from license plates

In 1990, the British banned the devil from their roads. But over in Russia, where his Satanic influence continued to reign unchecked, a Dodge Viper with the license plate '666' mysteriously burst into flames in 2009.

Arizona Republic - May 3, 1991





Bangor Daily News - Feb 5, 1990

Posted By: Alex - Sat May 21, 2016 - Comments (6)
Category: 1990's, Cars,

May 15, 2016

Find the movie tickets

September 1994: Georges Wache, managing director at a French furniture company in Vietnam, offered free movie tickets to employees as a morale booster to reward them for good work. The only catch was that to receive the giveaway, the employees had to "put their heads between his thighs" to search for the tickets.

One man refused and reported the odd demand to the authorities. When word reached the media, it sparked national outrage. Saigon newspapers branded Wache "The Ugly Frenchman" and demanded his deportation from the country. Wache insisted that his actions had simply been innocent fun that was misinterpreted. From what I can gather, Wache eventually was able to keep his job.

Sydney Morning Herald - Sep 13, 1994

Posted By: Alex - Sun May 15, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, 1990's,

May 7, 2016

When the Day Breaks

Posted By: Paul - Sat May 07, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Cartoons, 1990's,

April 20, 2016

Diet Yourself to Death

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So this is kind of a "good news/bad news" story then?

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 20, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Death, Sports, 1990's, Bodybuilding, Dieting and Weight Loss,

February 9, 2016

Fondled while floating to earth

1997: Cockrell couldn't keep his hands to himself.

Bonus: the skydiving school was in Climax, North Carolina.

The Des Moines Register - Feb 9, 1997

Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 09, 2016 - Comments (21)
Category: 1990's,

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