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October 2019

October 21, 2019

Miss Anti-Freeze

It's Anti-Freeze Week! Or, at least, it could have been if DuPont was still promoting this car-maintenance holiday. It usually fell sometime in mid to late October.

Here's a few of the young women on whom the title of "Miss Anti-Freeze" was bestowed.

Grenola Gazette - Oct 16, 1952



Pike County Dispatch - Oct 8, 1953



Taylor Daily Press - Oct 20, 1953



Wausau Daily Herald - Oct 12, 1953



Alabama Citizen - Oct 30, 1954



Salem News - Oct 17, 1955

Posted By: Alex - Mon Oct 21, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, 1950s, Cars

One-Arm Sutton

We previously learned about Douglas Bader, the Legless Ace. Now we can contemplate the career of One-Arm Sutton.

Article here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 21, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: War, Twentieth Century, Dismemberment

October 20, 2019

Champagne Vending Machine

In its latest annual gift catalog, Neiman Marcus is offering a champagne vending machine. It goes for a mere $35,000 — champagne not included.



Or, better idea, buy this vending machine on eBay for $1700, and put some champagne (or another beverage of your choice) in it.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Oct 20, 2019 - Comments (6)
Category: Overpriced Merchandise, Alcohol

The Frank Landslide



The Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Oct 20, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Death, Destruction, Disasters, Nature, 1900s, North America

October 19, 2019

Nara’s Doodles

A painting by Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara recently sold for $24.9 million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong. This has had an inflationary effect on the value of all his works, including some doodles that he drew ten years ago, on the spur of the moment, on various walls in the Manhattan bar Niagara, where he happened to be drinking. It’s now figured that the doodles are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. More info: CNN






Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 19, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Art, Overpriced Merchandise

Office in an Elevator

This is a genius idea.



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 19, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Inventions, 1940s

October 18, 2019

“I send her out in the worst weather”

Air Express: our customers are jerks.

Newsweek - Mar 4, 1957

Posted By: Alex - Fri Oct 18, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Advertising, 1950s

Mystery Illustration 87

Two of the biggest stars of Hollywood's Golden Age. Can you possibly tell who, from this off-model illo?



Answer is here (page 12).

Or after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 18, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Art, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Movies

October 17, 2019

How to light a cigarette with an atomic bomb

From Under the Cloud: The Decades of Nuclear Testing by Richard Miller:

The day before the test, [atomic physicist Ted] Taylor rode the elevator to the top of the tower to view his device and to catch a glimpse of the equipment display scattered across the desert below. Nearby, a technician worked to clear a conduit pipe; a rat had somehow managed to wedge itself inside, threatening to ruin the shot. A break in even one circuit, regardless of how minor, would scuttle the detonation.

While Taylor was waiting, he managed to locate a concave, parabolic mirror. After determining the point at which the light would converge, he attached a small wire. The next day, June 1, 1952, he would conduct an experiment of his own.

At 3:50 on June 1, the troops in the trenches were told to kneel and lean against the side of the trench nearest the tower. Five minutes later Scorpion/George ignited with a force of 15 kilotons.

At the Control Point, Ted Taylor aimed his parabolic mirror at the intensely bright, fissioning mass. At the end of the wire he had attached a Pall Mall. In a second or so the concentrated, focused light from the weapon ignited the tip of the cigarette. He had made the world’s first atomic cigarette lighter.

It would have been better if Taylor had first radioed the control tower, "Hey, you guys got a light?" and they radioed back, "Sure." Then detonated the bomb.

A 1955 DoD film demonstrated the concept, without using an actual atomic bomb:

Posted By: Alex - Thu Oct 17, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, Smoking and Tobacco, 1950s

Beer in a Dead Squirrel

I do not see this limited-edition beer for sale any longer on the BrewDog home page. But perhaps you should subscribe to their newsletter for any such future offerings.

Article here from 2016.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 17, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Death, Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, Alcohol

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