Category:
Animals

Calvin and the Colonel



From the Wikipedia entry:

"The series was an animated remake of Amos 'n' Andy... and featured the voices of Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll[1] from the radio series (in fact, several of the original radio scripts by Joe Connelly & Bob Mosher were adapted for this series). Using animals avoided the touchy racial issues which had led to the downfall of Amos 'n' Andy."

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jun 18, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Racism, Stereotypes and Cliches, Television, Cartoons, 1960s

Roadkill Psychic

In the late 1990s, psychic Terrie Brill of Elk Grove, California made headlines by claiming that roadkill could be used to predict the future. Specifically:

Running over a cat is a sign you're about to have a spiritual crisis.

Running over a deer means you're about to hurt someone you love.

Crushing a crow with your car means you're not prepared for the future.

Rolling over a snake could mean you're about to have a heart attack or other serious accident.

If you run over a dog, expect your friendships to take a turn for the worse.

If a bee collides with your windshield, you need to make more time for yourself.

... mashed mosquitos have no effect whatsoever on your future.

Brill died in 2001, but her son maintains a Facebook page about her, promoting her posthumously published book The I-Factor. Unfortunately, the Facebook page doesn't seem to contain anything about the roadkill predictions.

Terrie Brill



Edmonton Journal - Sep 8, 1998

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jun 16, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Death, Predictions, 1990s

Koala Fingerprints

Odd trivia: the finger (and foot) prints of koalas are so similar to those of humans that not even a scanning electron microscope can detect the difference. They’re more human-like than even those of chimpanzees.

Sydney Morning Herald - Nov 6, 1996



Posted By: Alex - Sun Jun 02, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals

Bear Grease for Bald Men

Wikipedia says: "Bear's grease was a popular treatment for men with hair loss from at least as early as 1653 until about the First World War." They obviously know nothing about Canadian Kelly Chamandy, who was still peddling the stuff in the 50s.

When he finally came home for good at the end of the war, Kelly Chamandy was bald as an egg. Taking the advice of his Cree friends, he began massaging rendered bear fat into his scalp and, lo and behold, his hair began to grow back! The state of his pate, his Syrian peddler heritage, and his wilderness experience gave him a brilliant idea which led to his entrance into an ancient, unconventional, and all-but-forgotten industry: the bear grease market.


Big article on Chamandy here.



1953 Maclean's article here.

BTW, here's some bear fat for you.



Foto source.

Posted By: Paul - Tue May 28, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Patent Medicines, Nostrums and Snake Oil, North America, Twentieth Century, Hair and Hairstyling, Head

Body Paint Animals of Johannes Stötter







His home page, with more videos.

Posted By: Paul - Thu May 23, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Art, Surrealism, Body Painting

The War Between the Snipe and the Clam



The rare technique of cut-paper animation, by Hu Jinqing, who just recently died.

The creator's Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Wed May 15, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Fish, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Stop-motion Animation, 1960s

Mouse kills cat

This was big news back in 1934.

Though I find it somewhat hard to believe, as reported. Surely it's more plausible that the cat accidentally choked while eating a mouse, rather than the mouse purposefully plunging down the cat's throat.

Lafayette Journal and Courier - Oct 16, 1934

Posted By: Alex - Thu May 09, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Pets, 1930s

Dried Milk as Fuel



Source.


Posted By: Paul - Mon May 06, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Food, Motor Vehicles, Technology, 1930s

Follies of the Madmen #423



Flock of giant mutant kiwis in human shoes more disturbing than whimsical.

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 29, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, 1960s, Australia, Fictional Monsters

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