Category:
Disasters

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

The Butterfly Effect



I hope every WU-vie's morning goes better than this.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 19, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Death, Destruction, Disasters, Humor, Science, Cartoons

Baldwin Hills Dam Disaster



Today we are used to seeing disasters unfold live on TV. But in 1963, it was all new.

More info here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Sep 23, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Disasters, 1960s, TV News

Atomic Planes

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Sometimes even generals come to their senses. The notion of airborne nuclear reactors proved too worrisome even for the military, despite the brilliant failsafe plan of catastrophic ditching into water.

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 22, 2012 - Comments (10)
Category: Accidents, Disasters, Flight, Military, Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1950s

Winky Dink and You



The voice of Betty Boop launched a thousand TV screen scribbles and parental curses....

Have fun playing with your "winky dink" at home!

Full story here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 31, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Disasters, Television, 1950s

Design the Skyline





My new favorite band! Yours too?

More info here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 11, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Annoying Things, Disasters, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Music

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