Sarpa salpa (above) is a type of sea bream found in the Mediterranean as well as in temperate areas of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Who could resist spending $57.40 plus $10.00 shipping for a book with this description: Turtle with a small purple alien friend scientific expedition.
From 1948. Dreamed up by the folks at B.F. Goodrich. And it's still a popular look in S&M gear. The Akron Beacon Journal - Jan 1, 1948 Palm Beach Post - Jan 5, 1948
Original ad here. Original ad here. I just cannot believe the arrogant sexism and objectifying behavior of Josephine Lowman!
In 1967, artist Robert Cenedella came out with the "Anti-Hero Hostility Dart Board," featuring "photographic images of some of your favorite anti-heroes." Consumers could choose between an "LBJ, Lady Bird, Humphrey, Castro, Hochi Minn, De Gaulle, Nasser, Nixon, Bobby Kennedy, Reagan, or Sigmund Freud" dart board.
Marshall George Cummings of Oklahoma was charged with snatching a purse from a woman on October 14, 1976.
Full story here.
The Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 is one of the great weird news stories of all time. It was a tragedy (21 people killed), but also definitely weird.
[Click to enlarge] Maybe some Canadian WU-vie can explain the subtext of this ad. Three men hold up photos of hockey players while looking benignly but perhaps jealously at the fourth fellow who is smart enough to have a beer in his hand instead, with his own hockey photo (program book?
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November 1961: As an experiment in survival, Portland radio announcer Bill Davis spent a week confined in a windowless fallout shelter with his family...
Original ad here.
1960: The dairy industry, noting that coffee, tea, beer, liquor, and soft drinks are traditionally served at parties but milk isn't, started plotting ways to make milk a "social drink." If you add alcohol to milk it could be considered a social drink.
Wait a minute--I don't see how the instant Tinder hookup booty-call sex happens!
In 1977, the head of the National Peach Council, Robert K. Phillips, sent the following letter to the U.S.
I'm not a sentimental guy, but it's with a heavy heart that I report the at-least-temporary closing of Nothing To Do With Arbroath, likely the most amazing (and valuable to me) one-person blog on the intertubes.
November 1956: Hypnotist Arthur Ellen urged President Eisenhower to put his Thanksgiving turkey in a trance before executing it, promising him that a hypnotized turkey "tastes better due to the absence of adrenalin in the bloodstream and plucks easier because the muscles holding the feathers are relaxed." Port Angeles Evening News - Nov 19, 1956 It's not recorded whether Eisenhower took the advice of the hypnotist.
Nov 1994: During a staff meeting, Toledo mayor Carty Finkbeiner offered a creative solution to the problem of homeowners bothered by airport noise.