Category:
1970s

Scarabus

The creator's IMDB page.


Not embedable, but viewable on Vimeo and worth the trip.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 14, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Surrealism, Cartoons, 1970s

Sex on an Animal Hide Rug

The subtext in the ad is obvious. Fur rugs, fake or real, are for making love on. It's the staple of a thousand PLAYBOY cartoons.

But where did the trope originate? Most likely with writer Elinor Glyn. Her novel THREE WEEKS (read it here) featured such a scene that became so notorious, it inspired some doggerel.






Posted By: Paul - Sun Jan 02, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Domestic, Books, 1900s, 1970s, Sex

Merry Christmas 2021!



Have a wonderful holiday!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 25, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Holidays, Christmas, Music, Technology, 1970s

Unauthorized Dwellings 21



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 22, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Unauthorized Dwellings, 1970s, Charity

Lambs in a wind tunnel

Controversial experiments in which British government scientists subjected newborn lambs to prolonged periods in a wind tunnel and baths of cold water to test their weather resistance have been stopped by the Agricultural Research Council.

After spending more than $40,000 on the experiments the scientists concluded that lambs with short wool got cold faster than lambs with long wool.

Sounds like Nobel Prize material there.

San Francisco Examiner - Dec 9, 1979



I'm not entirely sure, but Deborah Samson's research at the University of Edinburgh seems like it was the original study: "Genetic and physiological aspects of resistance to hypothermia in relation to neonatal lamb survival".

You can download at this link (pdf file) her doctoral thesis describing the research. As usual with things like this, the actual scientific study doesn't seem as wacky as the media report of it.

Update: While browsing through Samson's thesis, I discovered that she had a picture of the lamb "wind tunnel apparatus".

Posted By: Alex - Sun Dec 05, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Experiments, Farming, 1970s

Mystery Illustration 104

Which world-famous actress, still living but at the height of her career in the 70s and 80s, is seen here in these three childhood shots?

The answer is here and also here.

Also after the jump.









More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 28, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Entertainment, 1970s, 1980s

Chicken-Feather Cookies

We've posted before about weird things that food scientists have made flour out of, including sawdust, fish, and (of course) insects. Add chicken feathers to that list.

In 1976, Dr. A.L. Shewfelt of the University of Georgia experimented with transforming chicken feathers into a "highly digestible creamy-white powder" and then using this to make cookies. Most of the taste testers said the cookies were "pretty good," except for one who complained of a soapy taste — a result of the chemical solvent the feathers had been washed in.

I think the lesson here is that almost anything can taste okay if you turn it into a powder and add enough sugar to it.



The Atlanta Constitution - Mar 9, 1976

Posted By: Alex - Tue Nov 23, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Food, 1970s

Follies of the Madmen #520

I have never thought of a percolator as sexy before, but I guess I was misguided...



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Nov 22, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Domestic, Appliances, Magazines, Sex Symbols, 1970s

Reading Position For A Second Degree Burn

For somewhere between $15,000 to $20,000 you can buy a photograph showing the sunburn that artist Dennis Oppenheim got on Long Island beach in 1970.

According to wikipedia:

Oppenheim describes the piece as a corporeal enactment of painting, going on to state "I could feel the act of becoming red."

Posted By: Alex - Sun Nov 21, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Art, Photography and Photographers, 1970s, Skin and Skin Conditions

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