Category:
Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues

Slap me and make me beautiful

According to the Koh Chang Sun, in Thailand slapping is a government-approved alternative to plastic surgery. Slap your way to a bigger bust, better complexion, etc. Plus, it's all natural, so it must be good for you!

Posted By: Alex - Thu May 31, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues

Body-Part Enlargers of Dubious Worth

For women: the Bosom Max.


For men: The EgoBooster

Posted By: Alex - Mon Apr 30, 2012 - Comments (7)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Body Modifications, Genitals

Mechanical Hair-Brusher

I came across this description of a mechanical hair-brush published in Chambers's Journal of Popular Literature, Nov. 23, 1863. It operated by means of "an endless band of vulcanised india-rubber... that descends to within about a foot of your head and is made to revolve by machinery." Here's a description of it in action:

When I went in to get my hair thus brushed, had sat down before the glass, and been tucked in as usual, with bib and dressing-gown, the hair-dresser took up one of his circular brushes and hitched it to the revolving band over my head. In a moment I felt a silent fanning, as if some monstrous butterfly were hovering over me; this was the air of the twirling brush, which caught my hair up and laid it down, and traveled all over my head with incessant gentle penetration. It crept down my whiskers and searched my beard with the same tender and yet decided effect. There was no scratching, not even of the neck and ears, but the skin of cheeks and chin was reached and swept. It was a new sensation. I felt as if I should like to be brush continously for a month.

Evidently mechanical hair-brushes never caught on, because the only picture of one I could find was this:

Posted By: Alex - Tue Mar 20, 2012 - Comments (18)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Inventions, Hair Styling

Where Women Look Best

This Clairol ad claimed that "The average American woman looks her best in the bathroom." Which suggests the ad-men must have spent a lot of time spying on women in bathrooms to find this out.


(via Kitchen Retro)

Posted By: Alex - Thu Feb 09, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Advertising

Some Unusual Beauty Pageants

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jan 31, 2012 - Comments (7)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues

Creepy-Ass Dolls

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This new book definitely ties in to a thread on WU!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jul 13, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Horror, Toys, Books

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