Category:
Disasters

Chiquita Banana Olympics Stickers:  1980

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The Brazilian Olympics are in big trouble, as recent news articles tell us. Surely they could use a boost from an athletic banana, like the ad campaign from Chiquita that the 1980 Winter Olympics got. And a tropical fruit is even more synonymous with Brazil than it was with Lake Placid.

Time to bring back Carmen Miranda!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 17, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Disasters, Food, Sports, 1980s, North America, South America

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

Cornelis Van Blaaderen and his Floating Safe

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After the Titanic, inventors tried to think of ways to preserve items during a sinking. Dutch inventor Cornelis Van Blaaderen came up with his Floating Safe, which never quite caught on.

This site has a brief explanation in English.

This website has the full story, but all in Dutch. Google translate should help. But even if you don't bother, there are great pictures and a film!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 20, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Disasters, Inventions, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, 1910s, Europe

Three Alarm Fire At Fire Extinguisher Factory

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Its like rain on your wedding day. A fire at the fire extinguisher factory, isn't it ironic.

Posted By: patty - Fri Mar 20, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Buildings and Other Structures, Disasters, Industry, Factories and Manufacturing, Can’t Possibly Be True

Unlucky On Christmas

A fire that happened in a shop window over Christmas was caused by sunlight through a snow globe igniting reindeer food and other decorations. Score one for Ebenezer.

Posted By: patty - Sat Dec 27, 2014 - Comments (3)
Category: Disasters, Can’t Possibly Be True

Doomsday for Pests



Spray that DDT everywhere!

Aren't you a little sad for all those cartoon bugs?

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jul 12, 2014 - Comments (7)
Category: Disasters, Insects, Nature, 1940s

Flameproof Playsuits

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Were children more prone to catch fire for no reason in the past during innocent recreational activities than they are today?

Original ad here. (Page 23.)

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 27, 2014 - Comments (12)
Category: Death, Destruction, Disasters, Fashion, Comics, Children, 1940s

Charley Says



In this dangerous world, God help all kids who don't have a child-sized cat friend with feline Tourette's Syndrome.

So popular, they have been collected on DVD.



Not to be confused with this other "Charlie says!"


Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 27, 2013 - Comments (10)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Death, Disasters, PSA’s, Advertising, Candy, Cats, Europe

Doc Owens, Con Man

As early as December 1900, the notorious Doc Owens was making headlines, having established his racket of fleecing sea-going sheep.



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READ LEFT-HAND COLUMN, THEN RIGHT-HAND COLUMN, THEN SAME FOR THE TWO FOLLOWING.

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Three years later, The New York Times did a special feature on Owens and his fellows (with his photo miscaptioned).

Click here for very readable PDF download.

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But Owens was to meet poetic justice in 1912, as our final piece reveals.

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Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 15, 2013 - Comments (2)
Category: Crime, Death, Disasters, Frauds, Cons and Scams, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, 1900s, 1910s, Gambling, Casinos, Lotteries and Other Games of Chance

Follies of the Madmen #197

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As gross-outs go, the notion of a giant head raining its dandruff on helpless humans (or is that a normal-sized head raining on shrunken doll people?), is pretty far up the scale. Not sure, however, that it makes me want to buy the product.

Original ad here.


Posted By: Paul - Thu Jan 24, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Disasters, 1940s, Hair and Hairstyling

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