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The Bible Diet



The spiritual nourishment was too rich for this boy's system.

Source: Florence Morning News - Jan 9, 1926.



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Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 13, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Food, Religion, Books, 1920s

How the Bank Sneak Works

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After a lifetime of crime, Harry Schindler was thoughtful enough to divulge all his tricks for the edification of bankers and other monied types.

Read the whole thing here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 07, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Crime, Books, 1910s

Put Men in Girdles

Dr. Peter Steincrohn's 1969 book (available used on Amazon) promised to reveal how one could be "lazy, healthy, & fit." For years before he published the book, Steincrohn had also been writing newspaper columns in which he promoted his formula for health. The secret was girdles.

He felt that all men over 40, in particular, should be wearing girdles just like their wives (this was the 1960s), because he believed that girdles promoted good circulation and thus meant the heart didn't have to work as hard pumping blood. Wearing a girdle, he promised, would "add years to a man's life."


The Abilene Reporter-News - Nov 23, 1964

Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 27, 2015 - Comments (1)
Category: Health, Books, 1960s

Thank You For Buying…

My wife noticed this posted on distractify.com and brought it to my attention. So I thought I'd share it here.

Occasionally people ask me to sign and write a note in copies of my book, and I never know what to write. But thanks to this receipt, I've now got a go-to phrase!

Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 20, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Books, Alex

The Englishman Who Posted Himself



So long as Alex has brought up this theme, I thought I would reference this great book, which I reviewed at the B&N REVIEW upon its release five years ago.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Feb 15, 2015 - Comments (1)
Category: Eccentrics, Books, Europe, Postal Services

Abnormals Anonymous

This 1964 novel by Stella Gray seems appropriate for WU.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 14, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Books, 1960s

Satanic Coloring Book

I've posted before about unusual coloring books, such as the E.F. Hutton Coloring Book and the Anti-Terrorism Coloring Book, so when a coloring book titled The Satanic Children's Big Book of Activities showed up in the news, it caught my eye.

A group called the Satanic Temple wants to hand out copies of this coloring book to children in Florida schools, arguing that Christian evangelical groups are allowed to distribute bibles and booklets in public schools, so why shouldn't they be allowed to distribute their satanic literature. Equal time for all religions, etc. Of course, there's no way in hell the school board is going to let this happen. [foxkc.com]



Posted By: Alex - Sat Nov 15, 2014 - Comments (7)
Category: Religion, Books

Medical Reference Book

Handy in or out of the operating room.



Order Yours Here

Posted By: Expat47 - Wed Oct 22, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: Surgery, Books

Your Life Work:  The Librarian



"Are books your friends?"

I don't believe the information sciences are much like this anymore.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 18, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: Education, Books, 1940s

American Cornball

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Christopher Miller's new book is a must-have for any WU-vie, detailing with comprehensive wit all the old humor tropes that once delighted millions, but are now just plain weird, but with a residual underlying universality.

Read a sample here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Oct 05, 2014 - Comments (2)
Category: Humor, Stereotypes and Cliches, Books, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century

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