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March 2013

March 18, 2013

FREE Trip to Ireland—Dog gone!!

Don't you hate it when you put your dog on a flight to Phoenix --

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and he lands in Ireland.

Not even time to see the sights -- he gets sent back. Thanks United!!

Here's the link!!

http://www.nbcnews.com/travel/united-airlines-accidentally-sends-dog-ireland-instead-phoenix-1C8930021

Posted By: gdanea - Mon Mar 18, 2013 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals

A May-December Romance

Back in 1955, it caused some controversy when Count William Aubrey Tealdi married Princess Lidia Maria Antonia Carraciolo di Torella, the reason being that he was 74 and she was 14. They had to get a special papal dispensation to allow the marriage. Predictably, he was rich, while her family (though Italian royalty) had fallen on hard times. [google news]


But the strange thing is that despite the huge difference in age, the marriage proved to be a success. A follow-up story that ran in papers in 1966, when she was 25 and he was 85, reported that the couple had three children by that time, and he was hoping to have more. She declared herself to be "the happiest woman in the world."


I don't know when Count Tealdi died, but it's quite likely she's still alive. After all, she'd only be in her early seventies — not yet the age the Count was when he married her!

Posted By: Alex - Mon Mar 18, 2013 - Comments (8)
Category: Elderly, Husbands, Wives, 1950s

Lena the Hyena:  (Anti-) Beauty Contest Winner

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Most fans of comics, or Mad magazine, or pop culture in general know about Basil Wolverton and his famous creation, Lena the Hyena. (I put one of Wolverton's great recent books in the sidebar a little while ago.)

But did you know that Lena was the result of a contest sponsored by Al Capp for his Li'l Abner newspaper strip? She took the prize from several other contenders for ugliness.

See who she beat out here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Mar 18, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Comics, 1940s

March 17, 2013

Interstate Poultry School

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"Interstate poultry husbandry?" That could get you ten to twenty years in prison nowadays!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Mar 17, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category: Agriculture, Animals, Education, 1920s

Tongue-Mounted Toothbrush

Adel Elseri and Said Fayad hope that the tongue-mounted toothbrush, which is their invention, will make them rich. You slip the device over your tongue and scrub away. Apparently it's one-time use only. Check out their facebook page for more info. [edmonton journal]

Posted By: Alex - Sun Mar 17, 2013 - Comments (5)
Category: Inventions, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods

March 16, 2013

Rabies By Organ Transplant

Rabies, once called hydrophobia due to the afflicted's aversion to water in later stages of the disease, is very rare and easily treated today. If the patient is diagnosed and treated quickly that is. Unfortunately for a Maryland native he contracted the disease through a kidney transplant and no one had a clue till it was to late to save him. Other recipients of organs from the same donor are being given rabies treatment as a safety measure as are caregivers and family of the man who died. Definitely not something you hear about every day, thank goodness!

Posted By: patty - Sat Mar 16, 2013 - Comments (8)
Category: Diseases

The Dog Poop Project

New York graphic designer Jang Cho has launched what he calls the Dog Poop Project. It involves turning sidewalk dog poop into art by using a stencil to spray paint an image of a toilet around it. Then he takes a photo of the artified dropping and posts it on his blog. It's art with a message!



Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 16, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category: Art, Excrement

The Sadist





If the trailer (top) fascinates, the full movie follows.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 16, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Misbehavior, Rebellion, Acting-out and General Naughtiness, Movies, 1960s, Brain Damage

March 15, 2013

Passion Lube Reviews

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The latest outbreak of "Humorous Amazon Reviews" centers around the product depicted above.

I couldn't resist adding one of my own. Click for readability.

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Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 15, 2013 - Comments (7)
Category: Humor, Sexuality, Retailing, AI, Robots and Other Automatons, Internet

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