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July 2024

July 18, 2024

Money in the chicken coop

Sounds like Albert didn't want his sisters to know about the money in the chicken coop. Perhaps it was his intention for it all to burn after he died.

Atlanta Journal - Dec 15, 1968

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jul 18, 2024 - Comments (0)
Category: Money, Inheritance and Wills, 1960s

July 17, 2024

A vulgar tip to save gas

In 1974, the UK's South East Gas Board (SEGAS) solicited gas-saving tips from the public. It awarded prizes of £10 to those who offered the best tips and published their tips in a full-page ad.

Conservative politician John Stokes subsequently denounced the ad as "deplorably vulgar and in the worst possible taste."

Can you figure out why? The answer is in extended.



More in extended >>

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jul 17, 2024 - Comments (1)
Category: Censorship, Bluenoses, Taboos, Prohibitions and Other Cultural No-No’s, Public Utilities, Advertising, 1970s

July 16, 2024

Ursonate

Sound poetry by German poet Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948). From wikipedia:

Schwitters composed and performed an early example of sound poetry, Ursonate (1922–1932; a translation of the title is Original Sonata or Primeval Sonata). The poem was influenced by Raoul Hausmann's poem "fmsbw" which Schwitters heard recited by Hausmann in Prague, 1921. Schwitters first performed the piece on 14 February 1925 at the home of Irmgard Kiepenheuer in Potsdam. He subsequently performed it regularly, both developing and extending it.

I made it through about a minute before bailing. But in the poem's favor, the Nazis didn't like either it or Schwitters, classifying his art as "degenerate."

Wikipedia also relates the following anecdote. Following the outbreak of WWII, Schwitters fled to England where, as an enemy alien, he was placed in an interment camp: "Schwitters was well-liked in the camp, and was a welcome distraction from the internment they were suffering. Fellow internees would later recall fondly his curious habits of sleeping under his bed and barking like a dog.'



A version of the poem animated by Lisa Placet is easier to take in:



More info: Dangerous Minds

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jul 16, 2024 - Comments (0)
Category: Poetry

July 15, 2024

Recurrent Sudden Death

One of the stranger medical problems a person could suffer from is "recurrent sudden death." In fact, one might think it impossible to suffer from such a problem. However, the term appears fairly often in medical literature. A few examples:

Atlas of Heart Diseases - Arrhythmias : electrophysiologic principles, 1996



New England Journal of Medicine - June 3, 1982



I think, though I'm not entirely sure, that "sudden death" is being used as a synonym for "cardiac arrest." Doctors are aware that the term "recurrent sudden death" sounds absurd. Stedman's Medical Dictionary (2006) advises them not to use it:



And yet the term continues to appear.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 15, 2024 - Comments (2)
Category: Death, Medicine

Toaster That Butters the Toast

Man, given the laziness of the average person, this should have been a bestselling item. Unless...the notion of a reservoir full of old butter sitting at room temperature for weeks was a turn-off.

Full patent here.



Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 15, 2024 - Comments (1)
Category: Domestic, Food, Inventions, Patents, Technology, 1960s

July 14, 2024

Miss Futuristic of 1969

The premise of the photoshoot for 1969's "Miss Futuristic" was that model Becky Hall was supposed to be staring into a crystal ball to see the future. I think it looks more like a spray-painted beach ball.

The Deseret Sampler - Dec 14, 2023

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jul 14, 2024 - Comments (0)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, 1960s

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