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1960s

Follies of the Mad Men #55

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[From Look magazine for 12-18-62.]

Of course, every beautiful young woman I know always asks for prune juice in a cocktail glass whenever she's out in public.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 09, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Excrement, 1960s

Follies of the Mad Men #54

Alex raised the topic of navels earlier, little knowing I had something of a similar nature in store!

This is of course a famous and admittedly effective commercial. But we'll include it in our series of oddities for one trivial reason: no navels shown! In a commercial focusing on several bare stomachs!

It was all part of television broadcast standards back then, just as with the famous I Dream of Jennie prohibition against showing Barbara Eden's navel.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 05, 2009 - Comments (6)
Category: Body, Business, Advertising, Products, Food, 1960s

Gilligan’s No Exit

Today we feature a guest post from that miraculous writer of the fantastical, the great Don Webb.

Take it away, Don!

Many of my generation have discovered (sometimes with the help of a certain herb) that the opening sequence of Wizard of Oz matches up with Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Co-incidence or happenstance? Who can say? Was Pink Floyd under the "influence" of Frank Baum?

Another strange co-incidence has come to light. The lyrics of Gilligan's Island perfectly match up with Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven."



Happenstance? Then riddle me this -- why does Gilligan's Island have exactly the same theme as Jean Paul Sarte's NO EXIT?

Consider:

Each one of the characters represents one of the 7 deadly sins:

- Ginger represents LUST - she wears skimpy outfits, is obsessed with her looks, and is a borderline nymphomaniac.

- Mary Ann represents ENVY - she is jealous of Ginger's beauty.

- The Professor represents PRIDE - he is an annoying know-it-all.

- Mr. Howell represents GREED - no explanation needed.

- Mrs. Howell represents SLOTH - she has never lifted a finger to help with their escape plans.

- The Skipper represents two sins: GLUTTONY - again, no explanation needed and ANGER - he violently hits Gilligan on each show.

- This leaves Gilligan. Gilligan is the person who put them there. He prevents them from leaving by foiling all of their escape plots. Also, it is HIS island. Therefore, Gilligan is SATAN.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 03, 2009 - Comments (23)
Category: Drugs, Literature, Music, Synchronicity and Coincidence, Television, Reader Recommendation, 1960s, 1970s, Europe

The Ride

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 30, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Surrealism, 1960s, Cars

23 Skidoo

Civilization without any humans is pretty darn weird.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jan 29, 2009 - Comments (15)
Category: Destruction, Disasters, Movies, Science Fiction, 1960s, Yesterday's Tomorrows

1960s London Eastend Buskers

This video offers an interesting peek at London street life, mid 1960s. An apparently toothless man dances while his partner plays the guitar. Unfortunately, embedding has been disabled on it, so you'll need to view it on youtube itself.

My favorite line: "Well, I'm a genius, and I felt I was psychologically unfit for normal work, and that's how I started busking."

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jan 18, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Music, 1960s

Psych-Out

Once you have experienced the 1968 film PSYCH-OUT, you will be unable to return to your square, plastic, uptight lifestyle. Just the sight of Jack Nicholson's fake ponytail alone will trip you out!



Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 16, 2009 - Comments (9)
Category: Bums, Hobos, Tramps, Beggars, Panhandlers and Other Streetpeople, Costumes and Masks, Drugs, Fads, Fashion, Hair Styling, History, Hollywood, Inebriation and Intoxicants, Movies, Music, Regionalism, Sexuality, Stereotypes and Cliches, Surrealism, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1960s, Posters, Dance, Body Painting, Facial Hair

Worst. Spy Movie. Ever.

1) Incoherent script.

2) Lame humor.

3) No chemistry between Peck and Loren.

4) Primary villain looks like Peter Sellers as Inspector Clousseau.

5) Sophia Loren as an Arab.

6) Gregory Peck takes a psychedelic trip on a bicycle.

7) Secondary villain uses term "daddy-o" excessively.

8) Poison eyedrops.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Dec 26, 2008 - Comments (2)
Category: Movies, Stupidity, 1960s

Johnny Preston:  2 Xmas Songs



Posted By: Paul - Sun Dec 21, 2008 - Comments (0)
Category: Holidays, Music, 1960s

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