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Edward Packard invented the "Choose Your Own Adventure" genre, which made him a good living -- and still does. According to wikipedia, he recently started a company to bring Choose Your Own Adventure apps to the iPhone and iPad. Packard may also have caused an entire generation of kids to be confused about their identity:

Posted By: Alex - Thu Mar 01, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Literature, Books, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Writers

Follies of the Mad Men #176

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Here's my concern. Is this a human Sherlock Holmes wearing a can disguise? If so, it's not one of his masterstrokes.

Or is this a living tin can with fleshy appurtenances? In which case, the ad is the stuff of nightmares!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Feb 26, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Body, Business, Advertising, Products, Literature, Surrealism, 1930s, Fictional Monsters

Follies of the Mad Men #167

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[Click to enlarge. From Esquire for February 1958.]

1) You are using a childrens' picture-book icon to advertise an adult product. Why not employ the Grinch to sell booze?

2) Even if some parent found this ad to be cute when presented with it in some other forum, you are running it in Esquire, a magazine which, prior to the debut of Playboy, was Swinging Bachelor Hangout #1.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 23, 2011 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Literature, Children, 1950s, Europe, Cars

The Adventures of Mark Twain



We had some weird Zappa claymation not too long ago. Now we get some based on the work of Mark Twain.

Disregard the label on the clip above. It's really an excerpt from this full-length film.

Part 1 of the whole film follows:

Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 16, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Literature, Fantasy, Writers, Religion, 1980s

Veronica in Wonderland

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I presume that Archie is not hallucinating here, and that Veronica's Alice-like abilities are canonical, part of the Riverdale continuity. And I look forward to her future exploits.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 04, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Literature, Fantasy, Comics, Teenagers

The Stuffed Owl

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I'm reading a Mark Twain book currently, Following the Equator. In it, he mentions a notoriously bad poet, Julia Moore, a name I had not thought of in ages. Moore's fabled lack of talent produced scads of bad poetry. You can read about her career here.

Google has digitized at least one of her books, which you can read here. Be prepared to encounter such excruciating verse as this sample to the right.




Moore is included in The Stuffed Owl, a volume of the world's worst poetry. Wouldn't that make a swell Xmas gift for the literary type in your life?

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 27, 2009 - Comments (9)
Category: Eccentrics, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Literature, Nineteenth Century

Towel Day: May 25

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For those of you who are not already aware, May 25 is Towel Day, a celebration of the life and literature of Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
If you want to see some pictures of froods in the know, they have their own group on Flickr

Posted By: fyshstyxx - Sun May 24, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Aliens, Armageddon and Apocalypses, Holidays, Literature, Science Fiction, Writers

Jonathan Bayliss, RIP

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The Boston Globe reports the death of one Jonathan Bayliss, an eccentric self-published writer of enormous tomes.
















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Here's a sample from one of his novels. (Click on text to enlarge.) There's plenty more here, if you want it!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Apr 25, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Eccentrics, Literature, Books, Writers, Obituaries

Alice Redux

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The cover from this collection of re-imagined ALICE IN WONDERLAND stories certainly seemed to me to be a WU-worthy image.


Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 14, 2009 - Comments (10)
Category: Animals, Death, Literature, Books, Fantasy, Parody, Weapons

Latin Mottoes

You've probably been looking for a list of Latin mottoes from 16th-century sources. Well, here it is. Most of them made sense to me, but these three I couldn't quite figure out:

Simul astu et dentibus utor.
I use my cunning and my teeth simultaneously.

Scribit in marmore l├Žsus.
The injured man writes in marble.

Quod huic deest me torquet.
What this creature lacks torments me.

This one should be the motto for the government bailout of the banks:

Ei, qui semel sua prodegerit, aliena credi non oportere.
He who has once squandered his own, ought not to be trusted with another's.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Apr 08, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Literature

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