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December 2020

December 31, 2020

Students stunned as teacher bites head off chicken

The incident that occurred in the 'leadership training' class of Sgt. Maj. Jimmy Powell on Sep 1, 1983, as described by his superior, Col. Donald Taylor:

As I understand it, he got from his car, or had somebody get from his car, a live chicken. He continued talking to the students and walking around the class.
He held out the neck of the chicken, bit the head off the thing, held it up in the air, and drank the blood of the chicken.

And then on speaking to Powell later about the incident:

His first reaction was that he didn't see anything wrong in what he did and could not see our reaction to it. He went on to say that in Special Forces training these kinds of things are used in survival training...
The course Powell was teaching was not a survival class but is largely concerned with administrative matters, such as 'how the uniform is worn,' Taylor said.

Compare this to the pre-game frog-head biting that was practiced at Eau Gallie High School in Florida.

Mansfield News-Journal - Sep 17, 1983

Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 31, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, School

Do You Love Me?

With millions of views, this video is making the rounds. But perhaps you have not seen it yet...

Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 31, 2020 - Comments (5)
Category: Music, Technology, AI, Robots and Other Automatons, 1960s, Dance

December 30, 2020

Pickle Peace Plan

The Pickle Peace Plan was championed by the Picklers Planetary Unity Party which, in turn, was a creation of the Pickle Packers International, an industry association. It had two main planks:

  1. Instead of a red telephone or bomb button, heads of governments should have a jar of pickles handy. At the first sign of hostility, they would send pickles to each other instead of missiles.
  2. If war did break out, all politicians would be required to don uniforms and do the fighting while everyone else watched it on television.

William R. Moore, executive vice president of the Pickle Packers International, noted, "We picklers think that with such a peace plan, both sides would either come to a quick armistice or talk themselves to death. Either way, we the public would benefit by such action."

Desert Sun - Feb 2, 1979



Fort Worth Star Telegram - Nov 6, 1976



Oil City Derrick - Nov 6, 1976

Posted By: Alex - Wed Dec 30, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Food, War, 1970s

Mahinder Watsa, Sexpert:  RIP

Apparently, 96-year-old Dr. Watsa continued answering questions almost up to his passing. But the real trick is, he did not start the column until he was 80!



Source.

Archive of recent questions.

Some of his best answers.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 30, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Humor, Journalism, Elderly, India, Sex

December 29, 2020

Close Encounters Hologram

Extraterrestrial-attracting jewelry!

Starlog Magazine - June 1978

Posted By: Alex - Tue Dec 29, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Aliens, Jewelry, Movies, 1970s

December 28, 2020

Astromusic

In 1969, astrologer Carroll Righter released an "Astromusical Houses" series of records. It consisted of twelve records, each one devoted to a different sign of the Zodiac. Righter explained, "These albums enable purchasers to select the music of their stars—music that will enhance their state of well-being to alleviate any problems of everyday living that may beset them."

I was able to find five of the albums on YouTube. But not Gemini (my sign).

Bloomington Pantagraph - Nov 16, 1969





The others: Pisces, Libra, Sagittarius, Cancer

Posted By: Alex - Mon Dec 28, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Music, 1960s

The TopPop Video Archives

The Wikipedia page, from which:

TopPop was the first regular dedicated pop music television series in the Dutch language area. The Netherlands broadcaster AVRO aired the programme weekly, from September 22, 1970, to June 27, 1988.


Scores of videos at their YouTube site, many of which, like the one below, are pleasingly daft. Flute and zither quasi-disco easy-listening? Why not!

Many thanks to pal Peter Danssaert!

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 28, 2020 - Comments (4)
Category: Music, 1970s, 1980s, Europe

December 27, 2020

Brussels Sprout Jesus

While preparing veggies for Christmas dinner, Shaunagh Roberts was surprised to see the face of Jesus staring back at her from a Brussels sprout. Though she admits it might also be Johnny Depp. (I think it looks a bit like Einstein.)

She says, "I didn't have the heart to cook him so I left the sprout in a corner cupboard and he just sat up there for a little while. After he stopped looking like Jesus he got put in the green recycling bin."

More info: The Sun

Posted By: Alex - Sun Dec 27, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Food, Religion

Your Money Or Your Kid!



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Dec 27, 2020 - Comments (6)
Category: Education, Money, 1930s, Europe

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