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1960’s Beatnik Glossary

Contributed by "hotsauce269".

Nixon’s Palace Guard

January 1970: The White House guard (secret service uniformed division) publicly revealed their new uniforms which featured a white, double-breasted tunic with gold shoulder trim and a stiff shako hat with peaked front.

Pipilotti Rist Redux

One of WU's most-beloved performance artists, Pipilotti Rist, is back in the news. Why not spend hours of time and the museum entrance fee to "enjoy" her work?

Proper storage of warheads

A classic example of "officialese," which came to light in 1951. Text from a Royal Navy instruction manual on the proper storage of torpedo warheads: It is necessary for technical reasons that these warheads should be stored with the top at the bottom, and the bottom at the top.

Caveman Wedding

Original photo here. Also, more weird weddings at the link.

Illicit Abbatoir

Two goats' heads Dried hides from reindeer and deer Dried trachea, tendons, ears and tails 100-200 dried bulls' penises 700 litres of bones 500 litres of lard These were among the items recently discovered by Swedish police when they raided the home of a property owner in Hudiksvall municipality.

Gadget-Filled Car

Wiggle Stick

Wiggle Stick, used for bluing fabrics, was marketed heavily in the early 20th century. The name made some kind of sense, since it was a stick that you wiggled around in the water.

Santa Esmeralda

The pathos and tragedy of the disco version is nigh-unbearable! Wikipedia entry here.

Jiffy Blueberry-Like Muffin Mix

From circa 1971. So I guess it kinda sorta tasted like blueberry, while having chunks of stuff in it that slightly resembled blueberries.

Mystery Gadget 42

Purpose? The answer is here. And after the jump.

News of the Weird (October 23, 2016)

News of the Weird Weirdnuz.M498, October 23, 2016 Copyright 2016 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.

Mrs. Living Corpse

June 9, 1966: After being buried alive for a week outside of a drive-in theater in Denison, Texas, Lottie Howard married Bill White.

Windsurfing Swans

In the latest issue of The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Olle Terenius of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences reports observing swans windsurfing (i.e.

The Silence of the Hams

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.