1984 - Richmond, California: After 71-year-old Alice Richie's husband died, she began watering her lawn.
November 1993: As high school football coach Dale Christensen was giving a pep talk to his players in the school cafeteria, hours before a game, a fight broke out between two students and Christensen moved immediately to intercede.
This is one of those rare instances where I can learn nothing on the internet about an old-time product.
Swedish beer-maker St. Erik's Brewery recently debuted the world's most expensive potato chip. A box of 5 chips cost 499 kr, or around $56, which comes out to about $11 per chip.
Shirley Cromartie was working as a housekeeper at President Nixon's Key Biscayne retreat when, in 1971, she was arrested for shoplifting.
More info at the YouTube URL of this clip, as well as here.
One of the great mysteries in American literature is the title of Herman Melville's 1851 novel, Moby-Dick.
Original ad here.
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Several people have mentioned that the link to the answer on the latest MYSTERY GADGET post (answer in foto above) did not work for them.
In 1978, Thomas Crowder set a record for "time spent aboard commercial planes" by traveling back and forth between 91 U.S.
Newspapers transmitted into your living room by radio waves! Get the whole fascinating history here. More fotos also at the link, but not the one above, which I found independently.
In the 1970s, it was widely believed that any product could be improved by adding denim to it. One example of this, already featured on WU, was the AMC Gremlin "Levi" Edition — an economy car upholstered with Levi jeans.
Apparently, this commercial featuring a guy in a tent filled with biting insects has attained a certain minor cult status I was not aware of.
In 1918, the U.S. War Industries Board ran ads in magazines and newspapers urging everyone to save paper.
More info here. And here.
Panty-waist is a term you don't hear often anymore. Though according to the Columbia Journalism Review, it still pops up every now and then: “pantywaist” has endured, sometimes below the radar, as a mild slur, meaning someone who is weak; a sissy.
The fuel for the world's first internal combustion engine was exploding plant spores. Details here. And here.