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Julia Pott

Belly from Julia Pott on Vimeo.





Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 13, 2012 - Comments (0)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Death, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Surrealism

Oyster Growing on a Set of False Teeth

image source: The Strand magazine - 1903



Oysters will grow on almost any surface, including false teeth, if that's what happens to be available. The tooth-growing oyster shown above was found in the Chesapeake Bay in 1898, and sent to the Smithsonian where they were put on display and became quite a popular attraction. But soon a paternity battle erupted around them. The story was told in the Saint Paul Globe (Nov 30, 1902):

Experts of the United States fish commission have made a special study of the conditions under which oysters grow, and, to illustrate the adaptability of the mollusks, they have got together a very curious collection of objects. It comprises oysters growing upon a great variety of things, such as old boots, rubber shoes, beer glasses, and even a lantern. There is a broken bottle inside of which, as well as on the outside, oysters have found a home.

And, oddest of all, there is an upper set of false teeth to which an enterprising oyster is firmly attached.

The history of this last oyster is decidedly interesting. About four years ago it was raked out of the waters of Chesapeake bay by a dredging boat, together with the false teeth to which it was firmly fixed, and teeth and oyster were acquired by a hotel keeper at Cowart, Va., whose wife forwarded them to the Smithsonian Institution at Washington. The matter obtaining some advertisement, a man named Webster, residing in Bedford, Iowa, claimed the teeth, saying that he had lost them from a steamer bound for Norfolk.

The Smithsonian officials were undecided at first as to whether they should surrender the teeth or not, the object being so great a curiosity that they were anxious to hold on to it. But not many days later a Philadelphia woman claimed them, asserting that they were hers, and actually a third party, visiting the institution, demanded them, declaring that he recognized them as having been lost by himself.

Probably, from first to last, a good many persons have lost their false teeth overboard in the Chesapeake, the waters of which are liable to be pretty rough at times. Any way, the government scientists did not care to decide the dispute, and concluded to retain the specimen.

Half a century later, in 1954, yet another guy insisted the teeth were his, but in this case the Smithsonian was able to definitively rule out his claim, pointing out that the guy hadn't even been born yet when the teeth were found.

I'm guessing the Smithsonian probably still has this tooth-growing oyster hidden away somewhere in its archives.

Daytona Beach Morning Journal - Jan 28, 1954

Posted By: Alex - Mon Nov 26, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, Museums, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Natural Wonders

Noah’s Ark Found—in Alaska!

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The supposed remnants of Noah's ark have been "discovered" in a wide range of places.

But this 1902 discovery in Rampart, Alaska, on the Porcupine River, seems totally forgotten now.

I wonder if a followup expedition ever was mounted...?

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 13, 2012 - Comments (10)
Category: Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Regionalism, Religion, Unsolved Mysteries, Myths and Fairytales, 1900s, North America, Native Americans

Regretably Prophetic Oil Company Ad

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[In two halves: click each to enlarge]

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 01, 2012 - Comments (11)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Nature, Natural Resources, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, 1960s

Playtime Submarine

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Billionaire moviemaker and undersea explorer James Cameron's got nothing on this Swinging Sixties couple!

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 24, 2012 - Comments (7)
Category: Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Technology, 1960s

Tentacle Grape

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Old-hand WU-vies know all about the fascination of the Japanese for "tentacle sex." But did you know you could buy the matching soft drink?

One question remains: is the English-only pun with "tentacle rape" intentional or accidental?

Buy yours here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Mar 12, 2012 - Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Junk Food, Asia

Moose Motorboat

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Or should that headline be "moose-motor boat"...?

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 18, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Eccentrics, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, 1920s

Sigalit Landau


S. Landau "DeadSee" by maneb40

This is the nude artist swimming in the Dead Sea with several bushels of watermelons.

Warning: minor artistic nudity a few pixels wide.

Artist's home page.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 04, 2011 - Comments (4)
Category: Art, Performance Art, Body, Food, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits

World Record Bikini Parade



Thank god for the Aussies!

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 06, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Fashion, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Women, Australia

Malibu Mermaid



A highly valuable public service announcement spotlighting every woman's nightmare: nip slip.

Learn more about the model here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Aug 19, 2011 - Comments (8)
Category: Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, PSA's, Sex Symbols, 1950s

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