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The Big Snit

Personally, I would happily watch a TV show titled "Sawing for Teens."

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 02, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Death, Destruction, Disasters, Domestic, Marriage, Games, War, 1980's, North America

8-Bit Weapon

Video game music as full-length songs? Yes, it's a whole weird subculture.

Here are two examples from the group 8-Bit Weapon.



Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Feb 01, 2009 | Comments (14)
Category: Games, Geeks, Nerds and Pointdexters, Music

The King of Kong

I missed this film a couple of years ago when it opened. The trailer below makes it look well worth a rental, as does this review.

Surely there's not a lot of things weirder than obsessive videogame world-record competitions...



Survival Playing Cards

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Surely any game of "Go Fish" would be livened up by using these playing cards and contemplating your imminent death by snakebite or hypothermia.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Nov 17, 2008 | Comments (13)
Category: Death, Games, Nature

The Chance to Lose

Every safe-driving video would be improved by the addition of a giant Chuck-a-luck cage such as we find here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 16, 2008 | Comments (3)
Category: Death, Games, Documentaries, Cars

Anti-Plumber’s-Butt Shirts

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The Duluth Trading Company specializes in unique "longtail" shirts that help alleviate the problem and social ill of "Plumber's Crack." They've obviously invested much thought in the matter, as you can see from this schematic of the problem. But useful and practical as such shirts may be, there's simply no excuse for Plumber's Butt Playing Cards.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Oct 05, 2008 | Comments (7)
Category: Business, Products, Fashion, Games, Tradesmen, Manual Laborers, and Skilled Workers, Public Indecency

Babies On Parade

How did this fabulous event ever come to cease?

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 30, 2008 | Comments (10)
Category: Babies, Games, Parades and Festivals, Regionalism, 1950's

The 10th Victim

This article in today's NEW YORK TIMES tells us about "Street Wars," a game played in urban environments by players determined to "kill" each other. Several precedents for this game are cited in the article, but the writer misses the most important and primal one: A 1953 story by famed and beloved SF writer Robert Sheckley, titled "The Seventh Victim."

The story was later filmed as THE 10TH VICTIM. Its most famous scene: Ursula Andress using guns concealed in her bra, as seen in the second clip below.



Harvey Comics

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I loved reading Harvey Comics as a kid, and into "adulthood." (They're not published anymore, alas.) Their universe was quintessentially wacked and weird. As famed comics scribe Grant Morrison has remarked in an interview, sometimes the willed naivete of Silver Age writers following the Comics Code produced much stranger stuff than any consciously avant-garde writer could.

Take the two page strip to the right for instance, from an old digest-reprint of some Casper stuff. To parse it is to risk madness.

Is Nightmare indeed a mare, ie, female? if not, and even if so, is that the gayest hairdo ever, on horse or human? Why does a forest gnome like to hang out with a ghost horse? Why is playing human cowboys popular among the gnomes? Likewise riding an airplane. And finally, how demented does a ghost horse have to be, to stick planks up its butt and into its chest, and then purr like a cat, all in an effort to emulate a mechanical device so as to placate a gnome?

How I miss Harvey Comics! Thank goodness Dark Horse is reprinting some.....





Pelmanism

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Old self-improvement schemes never die. Recently, I spotted this antique advertisement from 1954 that alerted me to the existence of Pelmanism, the brainchild of William Joseph Ennever.

The Pelman Institutes of England and America apparently once claimed over half a million followers. But now they're long gone. Yet that has not stopped at least two folks from trying to resurrect the copyright-abandoned mind-strengthening course and claim and market it as their own. You can see their pages here and here.

Oddly enough, the last vestige of Pelmanism most people know, without realizing its true origin, is the card game we call Concentration or Memory or Pairs.
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