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1980s

Follies of the Mad Men #142



1) Brenda Vaccaro is scary and threatening.

2) Not a mother, but will have her say anyhow.

3) Plastic better than cardboard?

4) Giant swimming pool = all the embarrassing flood dangers women risk if wrong tampon is chosen.

Posted By: Paul - Wed May 25, 2011 - Comments (13)
Category: Body, Blood, Business, Advertising, Products, Hollywood, Hygiene, Body Fluids, 1980s

The Adventures of Mark Twain



We had some weird Zappa claymation not too long ago. Now we get some based on the work of Mark Twain.

Disregard the label on the clip above. It's really an excerpt from this full-length film.

Part 1 of the whole film follows:

Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 16, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Literature, Fantasy, Writers, Religion, 1980s

Found Footage Festival



Ah, the glorious old days of VHS tapes, when the world was first opened to amateur video! Please visit the website of the Found Footage Festival to see more wonders like the one above.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jan 23, 2011 - Comments (5)
Category: Museums, Video, Outsider Art, 1980s

Santa Hates PETA

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 22, 2011 - Comments (19)
Category: Animals, Business, Advertising, Products, Holidays, 1980s

The Draining of Lake Peigneur

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 03, 2010 - Comments (5)
Category: Destruction, Disasters, Stupidity, 1980s

Most Adolescent Rock Song Title Ever?



Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 20, 2010 - Comments (9)
Category: Music, Sexuality, Teenagers, 1980s

In the Heat of the Night



Somehow, I lived through the 1980s without becoming aware of the German disco singer Sandra.

My good luck has failed me, however, as I willingly subjected myself to this video.

Three questions:

1) How many musical instruments did they ruin in that shower?

2) Why has the noble clapstick faded from today's pop music?

3) Is the keytar the wussiest instrument known to man?

Posted By: Paul - Thu Sep 23, 2010 - Comments (10)
Category: Music, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1980s

Weird Animals - Och Aye The Roo!

The week saw the publication of the 2010 Eden Wildlife Report, which tracks the numbers of foreign species introduced to the UK over the past century. Compiled by Dr. Toni Bunnell and a team from the University of Hull, the report mentions wallabies thriving in Scotland, scorpions setting up home in Kent and aardvarks that have somehow emigrated from Brazil to Cumbria (Telegraph).

Of course, this won’t be news to one member of Britain’s thriving rod-fishing community, who this week caught a piranha in his local pond (Guardian).

Another place you might not expect to see exotic creatures is on your lunch menu, but that didn’t stop one restaurant owner in Mesa, AZ from putting “lion burgers” on the menu to celebrate soccer’s World Cup. Cameron Selogie of the Il Vinaio makes his “mane course” with genuine lion meat imported from South Africa, earning him the ire of local animal rights groups and several death threats, but not a reprimand from health officials. According to an FDA spokesman serving lion meat is perfectly legal, as long as it’s not roar (Scotsman).

Slightly luckier than the lions, one cat who has fallen on his feet is Oscar, a housecat from the Isle of Jersey in the UK, widely billed as the “bionic cat” after successfully receiving two artificial hind legs to replace the ones he lost in an altercation with a combine harvester (BBC News).

You might think pitting a rodent like mammal against a 12 tonne Triceratops makes for an equally one-sided match up, but evidence emerged recently that our primitive ancestors occasionally feasted upon dinosaurs. Seventy-five million year old “gnaw marks” of a kind characteristic of early mammals, and belonging to a creature not much bigger than a squirrel, have been found on the fossil bones both of Tricerotops and the crocodile-like predator Champsosaurus (LiveScience).

Sadly today the nearest we get to dinosaur flesh is turkey or chicken, but not all birds were prized solely for their meat. The huia bird of New Zealand for example, was once used to make the feathered head-dresses of Maori chiefs, until predation from accidentally introduced species drove it to extinction around 1907. But if the bird has gone its feathers have not, and one recently became the most expensive feather ever when it sold at auction for NZ$8000, i.e. $4000 American (Telegraph).



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Posted By: Dumbfounded - Mon Jun 28, 2010 - Comments (4)
Category: Aliens, Animals, Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Creatures, Cryptozoology, Food, Overpriced Merchandise, Pets, Cats, Rants, Warnings, Jeremiads, Prophecies and Cassandra-like Figures, Science, Violence, 1980s

Follies of the Mad Men #84

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[From Playboy for April 1983.]

Here's the thing about visual icons: you should know what their standard meaning is before you attempt to use them.

Rowboat plus lake plus two individuals equals romance. Or fishing buddies. That's it, your only two choices. With the presence of a gaily striped parasol and the lack of fishing equipment, however, you're pretty much limited to romance.

So what this ad is saying is: "Wear our shoes and all your dates will look like hippos." Or possibly: "Those who wear our shoes are closet furries." Or maybe: "Our customers work for a carnival and like to spend their leisure time in costume."

Take your pick.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 25, 2010 - Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Business, Advertising, Products, 1980s

Bad Boys Blue






Well, at least the "bad" part was accurate in the name of the group Bad Boys Blue.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 11, 2010 - Comments (1)
Category: Music, 1980s, Europe

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