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April 2022

April 25, 2022

Hidden images in comic books

In Seduction of the Innocent, published in 1954, Fredric Wertham accused comic books of corrupting youth. One of the specific ways they did this, he alleged, was by concealing images of naked women in seemingly inoffensive panels. He helpfully reproduced one of these hidden images in his book.

The image in question originally appeared in Jungle Comics #98, Feb 1948.







via Legends & Rumors

Posted By: Alex - Mon Apr 25, 2022 - Comments (4)
Category: Censorship, Bluenoses, Taboos, Prohibitions and Other Cultural No-No’s, Comics

April 24, 2022

Jazz Emotions

The Rock Island Argus - Feb 8, 1926

Posted By: Alex - Sun Apr 24, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Babies, Censorship, Bluenoses, Taboos, Prohibitions and Other Cultural No-No’s, Music, 1920s

April 23, 2022

An unusual rectal foreign body

An article recently published in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports describes the case of an unusual foreign body (a dumbbell) removed from a patient's rectum. It also provides a brief overview of the phenomenon of unusual foreign bodies that end up in rectums:

Retained rectal objects are a rare complaint in the emergency department, but an increasingly important occurrence in recent years. A Caribbean study conducted in hospitals over 5 years revealed an incidence of approximately 0.15 cases per 100,000 population/year, but exact frequency data is not known. Despite being a problem that affects both genders, in the literature consulted there is a predominance of males, at a ratio of 28:1 to females, more specifically white men between 20 and 40 years old, having practices of sexual gratification as the greatest motivation. A huge variety of rectal objects have been described, with a greater predominance of those of a sexual nature, followed by glass objects, which should be handled with greater care due to their fragility and risk of injury if broken.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 23, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Health, Surgery, Sex Toys

The Mystic Swing


Posted By: Paul - Sat Apr 23, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Magic and Illusions and Sleight of Hand, Movies, 1900s

April 22, 2022

Singing Jurors

Two different legal cases offer guidance on when singing jurors are considered grounds for a new trial, and when they're not. Details from the Virginia Law Register - April 1905.

WHEN THEY'RE NOT:

Where the jurors after retiring to consider of their verdict attempted to sing and one of them was unable to carry the "base," it is not ground for a new trial that a man who was not a member of the jury joined them and gave them "the proper air."

From the case Collier v. State

WHEN THEY ARE:

It is a ground for a new trial that the jury in a murder case upon retiring went to a hotel, got drunk, and in coming up to their room in the hotel sang "We are climbing up the golden stairs."

From the case State v Demareste La

Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 22, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Law, Music

Bebe Stanton, Telepathic Flapper

Source: The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa) 11 Apr 1929, Thu Page 13



Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 22, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Crime, Frauds, Cons and Scams, Human Marvels, 1920s

April 21, 2022

Using cement as fertilizer

A strange agricultural method reported on the site GlobalCement.com.

Vietnam - Jan 20, 2016: Vietnamese farmers in many localities have used cement as fertiliser for their rice fields after a farmer in Lai Vung, Dong Thap said that the move had helped him raise his yield...

Mai Quoc Hau, Head of the Agriculture and Rural Development Division of Lai Vung, said that the local authorities have known about the initiative of local farmers. The division has sent experts to work with the farmers. He said that he would report the case to the higher authorities for consideration because using cement as fertiliser was 'very strange.' Experts have warned that spraying cement to rice fields will make the land unsuitable for crop cultivation.

If the cement doesn't make the rice grow at least they might end up with a nice, new parking lot.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 21, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Agriculture

Mystery Illustration 105

What are these women making?

Answer is here.

Or after the jump.



More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 21, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Industry, Factories and Manufacturing, Nineteenth Century

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