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Macho Cologne


Introduced by Faberge in 1976. It was described as being "packaged with a startlingly new futuristic look." Which is to say that it was packaged as a giant phallus.

Tree Spirit Project


Naked people and trees: the book. Kickstarter here.

7 Clicks (April 24, 2017)

7 Clicks A Weird Universe News Service April 24, 2017 Can't Possibly Be True: Backpacking white college kids frolicking in poor Asian countries--and begging locals to crowdfund them.

The Sex Detector


The Sex Detector made its debut around 1920. It was a gadget, sold by "Sex-Detector Laboratories," that promised to be able to detect the gender of an egg — or any piece of biological matter whose sex one might want to find out (oysters, butterflies, caterpillars, beetles, worms).

Chicago General Motors Powerama


News of the Weird (April 23, 2017)

News of the Weird Weirdnuz.M524, April 23, 2017 Copyright 2017 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.

Telephone Marathons


Back in 1961, the fad of holding marathon telephone calls swept college campuses. The girls dormitory would call the boys dormitory, and then people would take it in turns to keep the phone call going for days, or weeks.

Mystery Illustration 43


What hideous problem afflicts this man? Halitosis? B.O.? Blackheads? The answer is here. And after the jump.

The Dimple Maker


Invented by Mrs. E. Isabella Gilbert in 1936 (although I think similar gadgets had been on the market before).

Wild Ones on Wheels

Wild Ones On Wheels (1962) - Feature (Crime... by filmgorillas

The City Flag of Tampa


Our own Chuck Shepherd, longtime resident of Tampa, Florida, can salute his city's improbable flag as one of the ugliest banners in the history of banner-dom.

Artist Lays Egg


Chuck mentioned a few weeks ago that French performance artist Abraham Poincheval would soon be sitting on a dozen eggs until they hatch.

Artwork Khrushchev Probably Would Not Have Liked 3


Continuing our survey of "Early Twentieth-Century Art That Might Have Irked A Soviet Premier, Based On His Explicit Disdain For Such Experimental Creations." "In the Beginning" by Lawrence Atkinson.

7 Clicks (April 21, 2017)

7 Clicks A Weird Universe News Service April 21, 2017 The Russell 2000 small-stock index does very well (since mid-2014 up, oh, around 18%), but not as well as one of the 2,000--the mysterious Chinese loan company called Wins Financial Holdings, which bafflingly gained 4,555 percent at one point before falling back.

Longest Sermon Ever


Back in 1937, Rev. A. Earl Lee set a record for preaching the longest sermon ever, preaching continuously for 21 hours.

Billie Carleton’s Death and the Birth of a Genre


Original article here. How did the hedonistic death of one minor actress lead to Fu Manchu and the Yellow Menace?

IKEA Tote Bag


The latest ridiculously overpriced merchandise making headlines is the Balenciaga large shopper bag, which sells for $2150.

Follies of the Madmen #311

The Knife-Fork


Edward Towlen of Detroit invented the "knife-fork" around 1917, but he only got around to selling it as a product in 1945.

Musical Prisoner


In 1949, LIFE told us about Frank Grandstaff, who composed a cantata while jailed, and earned a brief release to hear it performed.


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