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  • 1930s College Fun: Goldfish Swallowing
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    1930s College Fun: Goldfish Swallowing

    7 years ago

    ...but it must have made an impact on the American psyche. Another misconception is goldfish swallowing is often thought of a fad that was made up in the Jazz Age Roaring 20's, but in reality goldfish swallowing was all...

  • Dammit! Dam Things! Troll Dolls
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    Dammit! Dam Things! Troll Dolls

    8 years ago

    When Thomas Dam, a poor Danish woodworker, carved the first Troll doll from wood in 1959, he had no idea what he had unleased onto this world. The reason Dam carved that first Troll doll was that he could not afford...

  • Do You Remember Collecting Wacky Packages?
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    Do You Remember Collecting Wacky Packages?

    8 years ago

    Wacky Packages were collector stickers, produced by the Topps company, that parodied commercial consumer products, thumbed its nose at well-known brands and lampooned brand packaging. Topps first produced Wacky Packages...

  • The Legend of Codex Gigas or "The Devil's Bible"
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    The Legend of Codex Gigas or "The Devil's Bible"

    11 months ago

    The pages are allegedly made from the skins of 160 donkeys, the Codex Gigas, is the world's largest and the most mysterious medieval manuscript. According to the Codex legend, this disturbingly beautiful text sprang...

  • Remembering The Coonskin Cap
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    Remembering The Coonskin Cap

    8 years ago

    The origins of the coonskin cap can be traced back to the early Native Americans. Many tribal hunters wore the animal pelt hats as part of camouflage, to blend in to the surrounding when hunting. In some...

  • TV Dinners: The Golden Years
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    TV Dinners: The Golden Years

    8 years ago

    What could be more American than sitting in front of the flickering television set with the warm glow back-lit against the wall from the walnut incased picture tube? Then sitting with a clanky metal TV tray in front...

  • The Pinball Wizard's Iconic Boots
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    The Pinball Wizard's Iconic Boots

    8 years ago

    Inconic photo of the Pinball Wizard The soundtrack to Tommy is listed as Number 29 on the list of Top 50 all time "Greatest Rock Soundtracks," with Elton John's version of "Pinball Wizard" considered Tommy's signature...

  • Los Straitjackets: Surf, Garage, Rock In Lucha Libre Masks
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    Los Straitjackets: Surf, Garage, Rock In Lucha Libre Masks

    8 years ago

    Los Straitjackets is a phenomenal primarily instrumental band who's sound really shouldn't be catagorize into any one certain rock music genré. Originally called The Straitjackets, the band formed in 1988 in Nashville,...

  • The Calliope: Just Blowing Off Steam
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    The Calliope: Just Blowing Off Steam

    8 years ago

    Anyone that has heard a steam calliope has got to wonder how in the hell the calliope got its name? After all, the instrument's named after the Greek mythology goddess: Calliope. The daughter of Zeus, who was incharge...

  • 1920s Entertainment Flagpole-Sitting
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    1920s Entertainment Flagpole-Sitting

    8 years ago

    Once upon a time, back in the glorious days of when marathon dancers kept the hop going, six-day bicycle riders rode to where ever they were headed, and college goldfish swallowers ruled, some of the goofy things that...

  • Cars That I Have Always Wanted To Drive
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    Cars That I Have Always Wanted To Drive

    8 years ago

    I could probably go on forever on this list: the Mach 5, from Speed Racer, the VW Thing, Those 6-wheels amphibious deals. Really there are so many cars; anything from Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's handy work to the concept cars...

  • Remembering Fun, Dangerous, and Sometimes Deadly Toys
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    Remembering Fun, Dangerous, and Sometimes Deadly Toys

    8 years ago

    Anyone born up to the mid 1980s can remember a favorite toy, that now looking back makes you want to say, "What the hell were my parents thinking?!" Now I am talking about toys outside of M-80s, BB Guns, Swiss Army...

  • Stay Sick, You Purple Knif!
    6

    Stay Sick, You Purple Knif!

    8 years ago

    Being someone who grew-up in Northeastern Ohio in the formative years of locally owned television, I had a chance to witness many great characters and personalities come to life, as I basked in the warm flickering glow...

  • "The Mongoose" vs "The Snake":  The Greatest Rivalry in Drag Racing
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    "The Mongoose" vs "The Snake": The Greatest Rivalry in Drag Racing

    11 days ago

    The announcer over the radio conjured dramatic visions in a voice-over... in the background you could hear the roar of nitro-burning funnycars, dragsters, and "diggers"...

  • The 1946 "Bubbler" Classic Wurlitzer Jukebox
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    The 1946 "Bubbler" Classic Wurlitzer Jukebox

    8 years ago

    Alright, slick hep cats and daddy-O's...Its time for a little "Soda Fountain of Youth." Let's pay tribute one of the most important pieces of America nostalgia. Face it greasers, no one could twist and shout at the...

  • Wooden Cigar Store Indians
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    Wooden Cigar Store Indians

    8 years ago

    In many people's opinion, the wooden cigar store Indian is a stereotypically demeaning portrayal of the Native American. Since the 20th century the cigar store Indian has become less common for a variety of reasons....

  • Origin of "The Finger"
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    Origin of "The Finger"

    8 years ago

    Rumor has it that during the Hundred Years' War, the French would cut off the middle fingers of the captured English archers so they couldn't use their bows. So as an act of defiance, when the English would be the...

  • The Notorious Umbrella Assassination of Georgi Markov: The "Bulgarian Umbrella"
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    The Notorious Umbrella Assassination of Georgi Markov: The "Bulgarian Umbrella"

    8 years ago

    Georgi Markov told colleagues he remembered someone pricking him in the leg, while waiting at the bus stop on the Waterloo Bridge, to work that day. When he turned to see who it was. He said he noticed a stranger...

  • The Notorious Umbrella Assassination of Georgi Markov: Upon Further Investigation
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    The Notorious Umbrella Assassination of Georgi Markov: Upon Further Investigation

    8 years ago

    In early 1978, Georgi Markov began receiving death threats over the telephone. It would be the last threat made to Georgi, in August of 1978, that would leave him deeply bothered. This call was different from all of the...

  • Rockabilly King Carl Perkins
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    Rockabilly King Carl Perkins

    6 years ago

    Carl Perkins was one of the most influential rockabilly artists. Carl recorded for Sun Records in the 50s and was the writer of the forever classic song "Blue Suede Shoes". As a guitarist, Perkins influenced many of...

  • The Legend of Keith Moon:His 1967 Birthday Party
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    The Legend of Keith Moon:His 1967 Birthday Party

    8 years ago

    This is possibly the most infamous story of rock and roll debauchery. Many believe this one incident is what set the bar for the unwritten contest of outrageous stunts, and stories of rock stars on tour. The antics of...

  • Charles Manson: Singer/Songwriter?
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    Charles Manson: Singer/Songwriter?

    8 years ago

    because this man, in my opinion, is a monster. Yet, some how I find this fascinating; there is a mystique behind knowing that such a monster had another side. I think this over all this is so hard to wrap my head...

  • Chet Baker: Beautifully Tragic
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    Chet Baker: Beautifully Tragic

    8 years ago

    Was born in Yale, Oklahoma on December 23, 1929. Chet's musical career began as a child, singing in amateur competitions and in a church choir. His first formal training in music occurred at Glendale Junior High School,...

  • Robert Johnson: the Legend, the Devil, the Crossroads, and 27
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    Robert Johnson: the Legend, the Devil, the Crossroads, and 27

    5 years ago

     Story of the bluesman, the Devil, and the deal at the crossroads, as retold in Stephen Davis's Hammer of the Gods. In the delta of the Mississippi River, where Robert Johnson was born, they said that if an aspiring...

  • Rat Fink! Ed "Big Daddy" Roth
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    Rat Fink! Ed "Big Daddy" Roth

    8 years ago

    Custom car designer, artist. Born on March 4, 1932, in Beverly Hills, California. An underground icon in California's "Kar Kulture," Ed "Big Daddy" Roth was one of the leading custom car designers of the 1950s and...

  • Ouija Board: Paranormal Phenomena or Harmless Game?
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    Ouija Board: Paranormal Phenomena or Harmless Game?

    8 years ago

    The Ouija board or "talking board" has fascinated millions since its invention in the 1800s. Many predictions of future events, as well as life direction have purportedly been received from talking boards. Some of the...

  • "The Pocket Taser, Stun Gun Story"
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    "The Pocket Taser, Stun Gun Story"

    8 years ago

    I love this story, the writing style is what makes this story so amusing. It kind of reminds me of Dave Barry. You gotta love the Garfield-esque comments from the cat. "Pocket Taser Stun Gun: a great gift for the...

  • One Liners from the Master: Henny Youngman
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    One Liners from the Master: Henny Youngman

    8 years ago

    Airline Jokes Getting on a plane, I told the ticket lady, "Send one of my bags to New York, send one to Los Angeles, and send one to Miami." She said, "We can't do that!" I told her, "You did it last week!" I was...

  • Quotes from Bill W.
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    Quotes from Bill W.

    8 years ago

    "Most of us feel we need look no further for Utopia. We have it with us right here and now. Each day my friend's simple talk in our kitchen multiplies itself in a widening circle of peace on earth and good will to men."...

  • 100 Song's Best Lines
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    100 Song's Best Lines

    8 years ago

    1 All lies and jest, still, a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest. - Simon and Garfunkel, The Boxer 2 All of us get lost in the darkness, dreamers learn to steer by the stars. - Rush, The Pass 3...

  • The List of the Famous Who Have Died for Their Addictions
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    The List of the Famous Who Have Died for Their Addictions

    8 years ago

    Those are people who died, died Those are people who died, died Those are people WHO died, died They were all my friends They just died - Jim Carrol Elvis Presley- A medical examiner listed the cause of death as...

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