Category:
Twenty-first Century

Glacier Rub

I guess you can't keep a good (?) idea down. Particularly poignant product name in an era of climate change.





Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 08, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Body, Head, Business, Advertising, Nature, Patent Medicines, Nostrums and Snake Oil, Twentieth Century, Twenty-first Century

Flying Body Parts Lawsuit



Ruling in what it called a "tragically bizarre" case, an appeals court found that the estate of a man killed by a train while crossing the Edgebrook Metra station tracks can be held liable after a part of his body sent airborne by the collision struck and injured a bystander.

In 2008, Hiroyuki Joho, 18, was hurrying in pouring rain with an umbrella over his head, trying to catch an inbound Metra train due to arrive in about five minutes when he was struck by a southbound Amtrak train traveling more than 70 mph.

A large portion of his body was thrown about 100 feet on to the southbound platform, where it struck Gayane Zokhrabov, then 58, who was waiting to catch the 8:17 a.m. train to work. She was knocked to the ground, her leg and wrist broken and her shoulder injured.




More details at the source.

Posted By: Paul - Mon May 20, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Accidents, Body, Death, Lawsuits, Trains and Other Vehicles on Rails, Twenty-first Century

Follies of the Madmen #425



Would any "respectable" company today use, oh, Dita von Teese as their product spokeswoman?

Oh, wait a minute--they would!

Posted By: Paul - Thu May 16, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Domestic, Sex Symbols, 1950s, Twenty-first Century

Propellor-Driven Snowmobiles

This notion goes way back.

The Russians tried them at the start of the 20th century, with the Aerosani.

Here's one from the 1930s.



And finally, one from 2016.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 08, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Motor Vehicles, Nature, Weather, Twentieth Century, Twenty-first Century

In the Round Four-Cornered Forest



Pure nightmare fuel for any unsuspecting child.

"The habitants of the Round Four Cornered Forest are a happy bunch of nice, accepting, loving companions: Micker-Macker, Pretty Kitty, Seraphin Horse, Lajos Monster, Aromo, Great Zoard, Sigfrid Bruckner, Elek Mouse, and Dömdödöm."



Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 02, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Surrealism, Foreign Customs, Cartoons, Europe, Twenty-first Century, Fictional Monsters

RIP Luiz Gasparetto



Gasparetto was a medium who claimed that the spirits of famous artists created new works by employing him as a channel. Above is a little trifle that Degas dictated.

Here he is in action.



More on the man here.

His obit, in Portuguese.

Posted By: Paul - Sat May 05, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Art, New Age, Twentieth Century, Twenty-first Century

Unauthorized Dwellings 4

Houseboats have always been a prime source of contention as authorities try to police dwellings. The Amsterdam article is from 2016. The other news report hails from 1924.



Source.



UPDATE: now behind CHICAGO TRIBUNE paywall.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 08, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Buildings and Other Structures, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Unauthorized Dwellings, 1920s, Twenty-first Century

Tempest, by Robert Seidel


tempest | robert seidel | digital graffiti festival | florida 2017 from Robert Seidel on Vimeo.



Essentially, similar to those projectors that cast Christmas snowflakes on your ranch house.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 09, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Psychedelic, Twenty-first Century

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