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The Dinkelsbühl Armageddon

March 1946: Panic gripped the German town of Dinkelsbühl when a rumor spread that "Saturn had jumped its orbit and was hurtling earthward at astounding speed".

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find out anything else about this panic, even in German sources.

Montreal Daily Star - Mar 18, 1946



Posted By: Alex - Tue Apr 05, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Armageddon and Apocalypses, 1940s

Charles Long and the end of the world

Rev Charles Long of Pasadena, CA predicted that the world would end on Sep 21, 1945 in an enormous explosion "like an atomic bomb". When that failed to happen he said it was actually going to end on Sep 29. When, once again, nothing happened, he said the end would occur in the Fall of 1946. Then he revised the date to Oct 1947. And finally he just said the end would come soon.

Some details from the Encyclopedia of Prophecy by Geoffrey Ashe:

In 1938, the Reverend Charles Long woke up in the night and saw a blackboard on which a ghostly hand wrote "1945." After some reflection, which narrowed down the date to September 21, he predicted that the world would be vaporized and human beings would be turned into ectoplasm. He and his son held meetings at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, recruiting a fair-sized following who, under their leadership, prepared during the final week by giving up food, drink, and sleep. However, they were not turned into ectoplasm. The group disbanded.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - Sep 19, 1945



Roseville Press-Tribune - Oct 3, 1945



The Vancouver Province - Oct 1, 1945



San Bernardino County Sun - Oct 3, 1947

Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 26, 2022 - Comments (5)
Category: Armageddon and Apocalypses, 1940s

Earth’s Black Box

On an empty plain in Tasmania there now sits a metallic structure filled with storage drives that is recording "every step we take" toward climate-change catastrophe. Its creators — marketing communications company Clemenger BBDO in collaboration with University of Tasmania researchers — describe it as "Earth's Black Box".

Perhaps I'm too cynical, but I predict that the project is abandoned within 20 years and this turns into an architectural curiosity sitting in the middle of nowhere. I was going to say 10 years, but I'll be charitable.

More info: cnet.com, EarthsBlackBox.com

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jan 04, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Architecture, Armageddon and Apocalypses, Technology

Mokapzu Park


Mokapzu Park from Art&Graft on Vimeo.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 10, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Armageddon and Apocalypses, Humor, Science

Johanna Went



Let us know when you bail.

Halfway through 1984’s Knife Boxing, Johanna Went interrupts her incessant frenzied bopping to thrust her hands into a crudely made body part—half-buttocks, half-vagina—suspended from the roof of Club Lingerie.1 A vicious viscous excremental substance seeps down her arm. She brings her face close and sucks the stuff into her mouth before hauling out a giant goo-covered tampon that she aggressively flings at the audience. Some cringe, others laugh. Quickly she pulls on a costume, a huge mask-headed apron covered in sex doll heads, all the while screaming her unique tongue, a babble from Hell channeled through Lolita-cum-Medea. Screeching tape loops accompany her, along with a blaring saxophone and a loud percussive racket emanating from a woman drumming on found objects.2 A monstrous vagina appears stage right. Went extracts more tampons, heaving each into the mesmerized mosh pit. Completely at one with her, the audience starts hurling these back in a game of volleyball gone mad. After all, this show was held to coincide with the Los Angeles Olympics. Much art programming accompanied that event, but Went was not part of the roster. Instead, she held her own celebration of sports, on the stage of a punk club, flanked by headless stockinette figures replete with genitalia parodying the elegant cast metal kouroi made by Robert Graham to decorate the official Olympic stadiums.


Source of quote, long essay.

Another essay on the creator, here.

Her Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 13, 2020 - Comments (9)
Category: Ambiguity, Uncertainty and Deliberate Obscurity, Antisocial Activities, Armageddon and Apocalypses, Bad Habits, Neuroses and Psychoses, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Music, Avant Garde, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, Twentieth Century

William Greenwood, the Modern Noah

William Greenwood was a local character in Olympia, Washington. In the 1920s, he decided that a great flood was coming soon, so he built himself an ark. The press dubbed him the modern Noah.

The exact date that he thought the flood would arrive changed frequently. First it was 1928, then 1932, then 1938, etc.







Eventually the city decided that his ark was a fire hazard, so in June 1942 they had the fire department burn it down. But Greenwood built another, smaller one. He lived on until 1958, dying at the age of 91. More info: Olympia History

San Bernardino County Sun - June 20, 1942



Mason City Globe-Gazette - Feb 13, 1948

Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 26, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Armageddon and Apocalypses, Eccentrics, Crackpots, 1920s

Follies of the Madmen #421



Perfect today for our climate-change world!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 07, 2019 - Comments ()
Category: Armageddon and Apocalypses, Business, Advertising, Nature, 1960s, Alcohol

Emergency Life Pack

Debuted in 1961, from the Survival Life Pack Company.

Looks like you can still pick one up on eBay for around $199.99. (Though just the food/water, not the suit).



El Paso Times - Sep 22, 1961



Posted By: Alex - Thu Mar 14, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Armageddon and Apocalypses, Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1960s

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