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Watered her lawn non-stop

1984 - Richmond, California: After 71-year-old Alice Richie's husband died, she began watering her lawn.

Kenner Easy Care Manicure Set

Staged shooting as motivational stunt

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.

Fabulous Lady Diet Food

This is one of those rare instances where I can learn nothing on the internet about an old-time product.

Most Expensive Potato Chip

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.

Ted V. Mikels, RIP

Obituary here.

Compelled by jasmine to shoplift

Shirley Cromartie was working as a housekeeper at President Nixon's Key Biscayne retreat when, in 1971, she was arrested for shoplifting.

Paul Starr, Space Agent

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.

Least-Authentic Native-American Motifs Ever

Original ad here.

News of the Weird (October 16, 2016)

News of the Weird Weirdnuz.M497, October 16, 2016 Copyright 2016 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.

Trouble with Links

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.

Most continuous time on commercial flights

In 1978, Thomas Crowder set a record for "time spent aboard commercial planes" by traveling back and forth between 91 U.S.

Newspapers by Radio Fax:  1930s

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.

Blue Jean TV

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.

Man in Tent for Deep Woods OFF

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.

Don’t Waste Paper

In 1918, the U.S. War Industries Board ran ads in magazines and newspapers urging everyone to save paper.

Jimmie Lynch:  Death Dodger

More info here. And here.

“Panty-waist stuff burns me”

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 Pyréolophore

The fuel for the world's first internal combustion engine was exploding plant spores. Details here. And here.