Category:
Nature

The Beachcombers



The longest-running English-language show on Canadian TV looks just awful. How could it be otherwise, with this premise, as detailed in their Wikipedia entry.

The Beachcombers followed the life of Nick Adonidas (Bruno Gerussi), a Greek-Canadian log salvager in British Columbia who earned a living travelling the coastline northwest of Vancouver with his partner Jesse Jim (Pat John) aboard their logging tug Persephone tracking down logs that had broken away from barges and logging booms. Their chief business competitor is Relic (Robert Clothier) (whose actual name is Stafford T. Phillips), a somewhat unsavoury person who will occasionally go to great lengths to steal business (and logs) away from Nick. The series also focused on a supporting cast of characters in Nick's hometown of Gibsons, often centering on a café, Molly's Reach, run by Molly (Rae Brown), a mother figure to virtually all the characters in the series (including Relic). Molly had two grandchildren living with her, Hughie (Bob Park) and his younger sister Margaret played by Nancy Chapple in the first season then by Juliet Randall from the second season onward.


There are some full episodes on YouTube if anyone is brave enough to watch. Maybe a Canadian WU-vie will fill us in!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Aug 06, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Nature, Natural Resources, 1970s

Artwork Khrushchev Probably Would Not Have Liked 5



"Lazy, nihilist capitalist tulip cannot stand up straight and proud like honest, hardworking Soviet tulip!"

André Kertész,"Melancholic Tulip," 1939

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 16, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Art, Nature, 1930s, Russia

Tree Spirit Project





Naked people and trees: the book.

Kickstarter here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 26, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Nature, Photography and Photographers, Books, Nudism

Atomic Seeds



From the American Legion magazine for May 1962.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 31, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Nature, Technology, 1960s

The Frozen Woman

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Original article here.

Alas, two years after the coverage above, she was gone.

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Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 17, 2016 - Comments (6)
Category: Body, Human Marvels, Medicine, Nature, 1950s, Alcohol

Man in Tent for Deep Woods OFF



Apparently, this commercial featuring a guy in a tent filled with biting insects has attained a certain minor cult status I was not aware of.

The original is in the first video at the 3:40 mark.



Here's the guy, now revealed to be Bill Clement, still stuck in the tent fifteen years later.



But most recently, he (or a younger surrogate) finally gets to come out of the tent--and he's got a sexy woman with him. That's progress!



Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 15, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Insects, Nature, 1970s

The Pyréolophore



The fuel for the world's first internal combustion engine was exploding plant spores.

Details here.


And here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 13, 2016 - Comments (6)
Category: Inventions, Nature, Nineteenth Century

Bugnet!



Does anyone under sixty years old recognize that this bit of lame bureaucratic humor is a DRAGNET parody?

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 20, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Government, Insects, Nature, PSA's, Parody

The Jesus Cloud of 1963



This strange cloud appeared over Arizona in 1963 and inspired many mystical revelations.

Good coverage here.

And here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Aug 06, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Eccentrics, Nature, Religion, 1960s

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