Apr 1967: Death match between a pigeon and a clam. And it seems like if a photographer hadn't been there to intervene, the clam would have won.
I hadn't realized that federal and state governments had, for a while, experimented with coed prisons.
1945: Mrs. Lenora Hawkes Jones came up with the idea of having a network of "virgin hospitals" throughout America which would house lovely and brainy women willing to bear children by suitable men in order to "improve the race." Suitable men would be those who didn't drink or smoke, and weren't 'evil-minded'.
Japanese chewing gum promotes uncontrollable muscle spasms.
During the gasoline shortage of 1979, New York state ordered a $7 minimum purchase of gas at stations, to stop people topping up.
"Members of Fountain of the World cult in Chatsworth are pallbearers and mourners at funeral of their leader Krishna Venta and two other cult members killed in dynamiting of their headquarters." Read a long fascinating article on this Manson precursor at the LA WEEKLY.
So why was Simone Harris standing on a Sydney street in a bikini? Was this a publicity stunt? Was she a psychologist conducting research?
In an article on artsy.net, Scott Indrisek explores the strange subculture of craigslist art, which involves artists posting offbeat requests on craigslist and seeing what happens.
The Miss Vacant Lot of the World contest was started in 1972. It was part of the Annual Armadillo Exposition and Confab held in Victoria, Texas.
Hidden Valley has made it possible to buy a mini keg of ranch dressing for $50. This gets you five liters of ranch, or 169 fl oz.
Was it a prank, or was it art? Des Moines Tribune - Aug 1, 1963
Wanda Hooper claimed that various electrical appliances around her home (her microwave, curling iron, TV set) were picking up and broadcasting obscene CB radio chatter.
Leslie Jones (1886-1967) seems to have had a quirky sense of humor. I like his series of shots titled "Odd Fences." You can see more at this link.
Visual Arts student Berk Ilhan has created a mirror that will only work if you smile. His idea was that this would help cheer up cancer patients by forcing them to smile.
If you have $1000 to spare, you can buy a tin can from Tiffany. As far as tin cans go, it's a very nice one.
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Nov 1959: Helen Putnam, a performer who went by the stage name "The Ten Ton Fun" (her theme song was 'All of me') was accepted into a weight-loss experiment conducted by Frank Tullis of the University of Tennessee.
To me, this ad at first seems to imply that people used whisk brooms on their scalps when they had dandruff.
The California Farmers Guild is challenging farmers to soil their undies. More info: farmersguild.org And Scottish farmers are also taking up the challenge.
Whenever I come across stories about collectors of unusual items, I always wonder what happened to their collection after they died.