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June 2021

June 5, 2021

Slash Jeans

From designer LEJE. They retail for around $475.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jun 05, 2021 - Comments (3)
Category: Denim

Mystery Gadget 95

This does what now?

Answer is here. Or after the jump.



More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 05, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Technology, Twentieth Century

June 4, 2021

Electroplating the dead

In the late 1880s, reports began appearing in American papers about a French physician, Dr. Variot, who had perfected a method of electroplating corpses so that the dead could be "preserved in the form of bronze statuary".

I suspect these reports were a journalistic hoax. For a start, I doubt this technique would work. Also, I can't find any reference to a Dr. Variot except in connection to the electroplating story.

More info at Atlas Obscura.





Text (and above images) from the Leavenworth Standard - Feb 9, 1891:

Dr. Variot, one of the foremost practitioners in the Paris hospitals, is the author of the system, whose result has been termed "L'anthropoplastic galvanique." His mode of procedure is as follows: He places the body in a double frame, with four uprights fastened together, with square trays, and then covers the frame with a pneumatic bell. The body is perforated by a metallic wire, one end going through the roof of the skull, while the other rests in the tray at the feet. This wire not only acts as a support to the corpse but as a conductor of electricity. The uprights and other portions of the frame are carefully insulated with india rubber, gutta percha or praffine. A small thermo-electric battery furnishes the current. A metallic contact descends from the upper tray and rests lightly upon the surface of the cadaver. The surface of the feet and the palms of the hands also rest upon two contacts, and, in addition, contacts are echeloned on the uprights and frame, and can be applied or disconnected at pleasure.

Before the apparatus is plunged in a galvanic bath the body has to be rendered a perfect electric conductor. For this purpose the operator either paints the corpse with a solution of nitrate of silver or he puts a powdered preparation of the same on the surface of the skin. The caustic penetrates the surface, and the skin turns an opaque color. Afterward the nitrate of silver has to be reduced or separated from its oxide, but this presents no great difficulty. The double framework is then placed in a reservoir, from which the air is exhausted by a pump, and vapors of white phosphorus dissolved in sulphur of carbon are introduced. This is a dangerous operation, as are all operations in which dissolved phosphorus plays any part. After the phosphoric vapors have reduced the nitrate of silver the corpse becomes a grayish white, and is a perfect facsimile of a plaster of Paris statue. The metallization is then very simple, being effected by a galvanic bath in the usual way.

The French capital is greatly excited over this method of making indestructible mummies. Should it come into favor metallized bodies may soon take the place of wax figures and statuary in museums, galleries and even private residences. Not only can the last expression of the deceased be preserved, but various poses produced, and by deft manipulation the countenance of the corpse changed to express almost any emotion. The body of the warrior may be made to assume a martial attitude. The dead preacher could be electroplated in the act of exhortation. Statesmen and heroes could bequeath their remains to a sorrowing nation, and coated with gold, silver or brass preside in person over their own monuments. In fact there is no end of practical or romantic purposes to which our plated bodies might be put, from the pointing of a moral to the adornment of a tale, and even to the portrayal of some striking episode in national life.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 04, 2021 - Comments (6)
Category: Death, Nineteenth Century

Fake Disco Moves










Source: The Times Herald (Port Huron, Michigan) 04 Apr 1979, Wed Page 1

I love the names of these moves, especially "Funky Elbows" and "Shoulder Sniff."

For some reason I am reminded of this classic video.








Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 04, 2021 - Comments (4)
Category: Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Self-help Schemes, 1970s, Dance

June 3, 2021

How to make a grand piano disappear

As revealed by magician David Berglas.



via Book of Joe

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jun 03, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Magic and Illusions and Sleight of Hand

Alternate Accelerator



Is one's knee action as forceful, subtle and easy to control as foot action?

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jun 03, 2021 - Comments (5)
Category: Death, Inventions, 1930s, Cars

June 2, 2021

Think Toy Safety

1974: The Consumer Product Safety Commission had to destroy eighty thousand buttons it had printed urging people to "think toy safety" after the buttons themselves were deemed unsafe.

The problems with the buttons included sharp edges, lead-based paint, and pins that could be swallowed by children.

Digging deeper into the story, the irony lessens somewhat. It turns out that the problems were identified by the Commission itself because it had followed its own advice and tested the buttons before distributing them.

York Daily Record - Nov 16, 1974

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 02, 2021 - Comments (3)
Category: Toys, Regulations, 1970s

UK Shopping:  1949

Halfway to Christmas!





Source: Wilkes-Barre Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) 29 Jun 1949, Wed Page 3

Uncle Holly apparently dates to 1950:



Source.



Info on Ginger Nutt here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jun 02, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Holidays, Advertising, Retailing, Myths and Fairytales, Cartoons, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, United Kingdom

June 1, 2021

Urinary Incontinence Jeans

The Wet Pants Denim company is hoping to capitalize on a new fashion trend "wherein [people] pee their pants because they like the way it looks". The company is offering jeans that give the appearance of urinary incontinence, without the uncomfortable wetness of actual pee.



They're even offering a "white label" urinary incontinence jean, featuring a bright yellow crotch stain.



I'm suspicious that the company is just an elaborate joke. Although they really do seem to be selling these jeans. So maybe not.

These jeans would pair well with those urine-collecting shoes I posted about two days ago.

More info: MEL Magazine, instagram

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jun 01, 2021 - Comments (8)
Category: Body Fluids, Denim

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