Category:
Destruction

Follies of the Madmen #303

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Yes, Dumont TV is as destructive and unstoppable as an atomic explosion.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 08, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Destruction, Television, 1940s, Weapons

Chicken Liver Vandal

1997: The crime of choice of 46-year-old Janet Manning of Brooklyn Park, Maryland was dumping raw chicken livers into mailboxes and bookdrops. Usually on a weekend so they would be discovered on a Monday.

Her motive for doing this was never very clear. After apprehending her, thanks to security-camera footage, the police captain said, "There's no clear-cut rhyme or reason for her to be doing what she was doing to these organizations." He added, "She wouldn't tell us why chicken livers."

But it was evidently some kind of act of revenge, in response to perceived offenses. Library officials recalled that she once had a minor argument with them a year before involving her request to have a printout of all the books she had returned, which the library staff told her their computers weren't set up to do. So they offered to write out the list by hand. That, apparently, was enough to trigger her.

On account of her otherwise clean criminal record, she was fined $1000 and placed on a year's probation.

The Annapolis Capital - May 27, 1998

Posted By: Alex - Sun Dec 11, 2016 - Comments (1)
Category: Crime, Destruction, 1990s

Beer Can Launcher

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Send beer cans flying straight into some innocent bystander's head into space with a .22 shell? I'm sold!

Posted By: Paul - Tue May 24, 2016 - Comments (10)
Category: Death, Destruction, Disasters, 1960s, Weapons

Its A Jersey Thing


Even the Easter Bunny can't act right in New Jersey!

Posted By: patty - Mon Mar 21, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Destruction, Holidays, Public Humiliation

We Drivers



Are you a Reckless Rudy or a Sensible Sam? And don't forget Man-Mountain Momentum.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 13, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Destruction, PSA's, 1930s, Cars

Battle Bike

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Original pic here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 23, 2015 - Comments (8)
Category: Destruction, Surrealism, Transportation, 1940s, Weapons

What A Waste


In 2003 800,000 gallons of Jim Beam was spilled into a retention pond and ignited by a lightening strike causing a fire tornado to form. Not sure why UPI reran the story of the firenado except that it was the 12th anniversary of the event. The fire show is definitely worth a view though.

Posted By: patty - Sat Sep 05, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Destruction, 2000s, Alcohol, Sadness

“All you fella die finish!”

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Nothing makes for better reading than white men, savages and explosives.

Read the story here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 03, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Destruction, Literature, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1940s, South Pacific and Polynesia

Doomtown

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 19, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Destruction, War, Weapons, 1950s, North America

Exacto, Its Not Just A Knife Anymore

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The Exacto bullet tracks moving targets. The military has been testing it since February.

Posted By: patty - Tue May 05, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Design and Designers, Destruction, Armed Forces, Weapons

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