Category:
1970s

Unoccupied car bursts into flames

A short-circuit? Sounds more like the car was possessed.

The Bridgeport Post - Apr 10, 1972

Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 20, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: 1970s, Cars

Starlit Stairway





Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 19, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Amateurs and Fans, Regionalism, Television, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s

Exploding Goose

“Mrs. Stewart told deputies the goose, a wild bird which had made its home with the Stewarts, was flying and then suddenly exploded in midair.”

Roseville Press-Tribune - June 16, 1972

Posted By: Alex - Mon Oct 15, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Animals, 1970s

Follies of the Madmen #388



Dress so as to resemble a soda can.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 08, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Fashion, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, 1970s

Rent-a-Thief

Incentive your employees to be honest by surreptitiously hiring a thief whom you can ‘catch’ and publicly shame.

Pomona Progress Bulletin - July 23, 1974

Posted By: Alex - Sun Oct 07, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Crime, 1970s

Whisper Seat

Patent awarded to Paul Bungo of Ambridge, Pennsylvania - July 20, 1971:

A principal object of the present invention is to provide a whisper seat for a toilet and which prevents sounds, made within a toilet bowl during a bowel movement, from being heard by other persons.
Another object is to provide a whisper seat which accordingly will eliminate the embarrassment to an occupant of a bath room that persons outside thereof have heard him during a bowel movement.

I can't imagine that this invention actually worked, because how would it stop the sound from coming out from between your legs?

Posted By: Alex - Tue Oct 02, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Inventions, Flatulence, 1970s

The Clone Master

The premise of this proposed 1978 TV series doesn't sound that bad, but only one pilot episode was ever made. NBC decided not to pick up the full show. Description from ioffer.com:

Scientist Simon Shane (Hindle) is working on a project which will create human clones of himself. Years of failed experiments with his mentor (Bellamy) at his side have yielded breakthroughs but not a successful final product though one is set to be unleashed within days. With his mentor kidnapped and a mysterious new party having presented itself with designs on the project which are suspicious at best, Simon accelerates the project and clones himself a dozen times maintaining a telepathic link with each of his fully grown "children" each of whom is an exact replica of him with all of his memories and capabilities.

Unfortunately, the full pilot episode isn't available anywhere online. A clip is all that YouTube has.



The show was written by Frederik Pohl, who had this to say about it in a 1977 interview with Tangent magazine:

TANGENT: What do you think of science fiction expanding into all of the different media? We have the records, tapes, comic books, television, etc. plus the books.
POHL: I think that the other media are peripheral. I get involved in them from time to time. I’m making a record and I have a contract to do the pilot script – and the treatment – for a new television series. It’s called “The Clone Master” at the moment. It’s not an anthology series, it’s a series series. They trapped me into it by promising me that it would be an anthology series. Now, this is one that I generated. The producer asked me for some suggestions and I told him that it should be an anthology series and ultimately badgered me down to where I am now. The process is one of badgering down. You get into television and you find there are twenty-five people who are being paid to criticize what you do and they all have to justify their salaries. It’s no fun, I don’t like doing it. I do like it in the sense that I like experimenting on my own in areas that I haven’t done before.


source: Made for TV Movie Wiki

Posted By: Alex - Mon Oct 01, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Television, Science Fiction, 1970s

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