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April 18, 2015

Seaweed Collecting


Back in the Victorian era, this was apparently a popular hobby. From Collectors Weekly:

Affluent Victorians often spent hours painstakingly collecting, drying, and mounting these underwater plants into decorative scrapbooks... Part of the appeal was what a seaweed collection said about the collector. Anyone could appreciate and collect flowers, but painstakingly obtaining, preserving, and mounting seaweed specimens demonstrated patience, artistic talent, and the refined sensibilities necessary to appreciate the more subtle beauties of nature. Queen Victoria herself made a seaweed album as a young lady.

And yes, the seaweed did smell bad. But Collectors Weekly reminds us that the Victorian era was "a more pungent time."
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Apr 18, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Hobbies and DIY, Nineteenth Century

The Living Theatre, Deceased





With the death this month of Judith Malina, the world will be forever deprived of "happenings" like the one in the first clip, where, I regret, Ms. Malina does not appear until the final few seconds.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Apr 18, 2015 | Comments (1)
Category: Drugs, Avant Garde, Outsider Art, Performance Art, Pop Art, Obituaries, 1970's

April 17, 2015

Pee .. Beer .. Recycle

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A company is now making Beer from urine and other sewage waste water. I think this would be good for the space station as they do something similar but only get back the water.

http://metro.co.uk/2015/04/17/brewing-company-makes-beer-out-of-human-urine-5154534/
Posted By: BrokeDad | Date: Fri Apr 17, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Garbage, Trash, Waste and Other Detritus, Body Fluids, Excrement, Alcohol

My human time

Man sits in front of the camera for 24 hours. The result is 3 videos, each 8 hours long. Every minute his computer chimes, and he says what time it is. He claims this is the "most boring video ever." He's possibly correct.

I suppose that if you managed to sync the time in the video with the time in real life, you could have the video running continuously and use it as a speaking clock. Or you could just ignore the video, like the rest of the world.






Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Apr 17, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Boredom, Video

Gaytime Raspberry Roughs



Alas, in this less-innocent year of 2015, anyone soliciting a "gaytime raspberry rough" and expecting an ice cream treat is likely to get something different than they anticipated.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 17, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Food, Public Indecency, 1960's, Double Entendres and Nudge-Nudge, Wink-Wink

April 16, 2015

Walking in the streets

Here's another idiotic fad of yesteryear (the early 1960s) — teenagers walking in the streets: "Not only do many students shun the sidewalks completely but they are walking four and five abreast, completely taking up one lane of the road."


Source: The Holland Evening Sentinel - Feb 21, 1963.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Apr 16, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Fads, 1960's

The Gospel Singing Jubilee



Those suits! Those hair-dos! Those pop arrangements of venerable tunes! It's Lawrence Welk for Bible-thumpers.

Some background.

Three more segments below the jump, and even more on YouTube..



More in extended >>
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 16, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Kitsch and Collectibles, Music, Religion, Television, 1960's, 1970's

Wooden Head

Archeologists on a dig in Gdansk, Poland found something interesting in a 18th century toilet. A 300 year old dildo. It is constructed from leather with a wooden head. At 8 inches it seems to indicate high expectations.
Posted By: patty | Date: Thu Apr 16, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Bathrooms, Eighteenth Century, Genitals, Sex

April 15, 2015

For Sale: Counterfeit Money

If you're looking to sell the counterfeit money you've made, posting an ad on Craigslist is the wrong way to go about it. As Tony Jerome Torbert Jr. recently discovered when undercover agents responded to his ad offering "Legit Counterfeit $$." [floridatoday.com]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Apr 15, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Stupid Criminals

Odd Place Names of Missouri

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Original article here.

Tightwad, MO
Crybaby Holler, MO
Barely Do, MO
Old Dishrag, MO
Hell on the Line, MO
Not, MO
Rat, MO
Competition, MO
Koshkonong, MO
Peculiar, MO
Frankenstein, MO
Romance, MO
Braggadocio, MO


Yup, them's some odd names, allright.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Apr 15, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Regionalism, Weird Names, North America
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