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May 2017

May 3, 2017

Salongo



A forgotten early album by the Insane Clown Posse?

Ramsey Lewis at Wikipedia.

Posted By: Paul - Wed May 03, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Music, 1970s, Body Painting, Face and Facial Expressions

May 2, 2017

Left by wife, becomes caveman

There's two ways to read this. Either this guy really took the break-up hard. Or, after his wife left him, he decided to live exactly as he wanted, and he was the happiest man in the world.

I suspect there's a lot of married men who would revert to a caveman-like existence (perhaps to a less extreme degree) without the influence of their wives.

The Deseret News noted that he was known only as "Darab." But otherwise there's no more info to be found about this mysterious, wifeless hermit.

Philadelphia Daily News - Oct 24, 1996

Posted By: Alex - Tue May 02, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Divorce, Marriage, 1990s

Mystery Illustration 44



What is this woman's domestic sin? Unable to make coffee? Wears curlers to bed? Bad breath?

Answer after the jump.




More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Tue May 02, 2017 - Comments (7)
Category: Annoying Things, Business, Advertising, Products, Domestic, 1950s

May 1, 2017

Oedipus

Oedipus, National Film Board of Canada

Posted By: Paul - Mon May 01, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Surrealism, Cartoons, Twenty-first Century, Head

The Inventions of Walter Thiele

German inventor Walter Thiele made his fortune from the "laughsack," which he invented in 1968. It was a small bag that made a laughing sound when you squeezed it. He sold around 120 million of them. But he came up with many other inventions — Wikipedia says around 1600 of them. These include:

  • a yodeling hat
  • bad weather glasses with windshield wipers
  • Berlin air in cans
  • inflatable pretzel
  • bicycle with a steering wheel
  • fireproof attache case
  • A birth-control clock with red and green lights to indicate when a woman can conceive. (green lights were "safe days")
  • a wet diaper alarm
  • a "Love Sack" that played tape-recorded sounds of "love groans" when squeezed.
  • a plastic parrot that could say 17 pre-recorded phrases

But what has me curious is that in 1996, at the age of 75, he took out ads in German newspapers seeking someone who would be willing to marry his wife (and inherit his fortune) after he died. His wife, Renate, was 28. So he figured he would die before her, and they should search for a replacement together.

As far as I can tell, he's still alive. At least, I can't find any death notice for him. The German wikipedia doesn't have a date of death for him. He must be around 96 now, and Renate will be approaching 50. Does he still have a marital replacement lined up?

The laughsack



Walter Thiele (right) with his birth-control clock



Detroit Free Press - Jan 11, 1996

Posted By: Alex - Mon May 01, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category:

5 Films About Technology

Posted By: Paul - Mon May 01, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Movies, Technology

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