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

    9 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 the rage (well, not really)...

  • Mr. Potato Head
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    Mr. Potato Head

    9 years ago

    Once upon a time, Mr. Potato Head was almost nothing more than a forgotten cereal premium. But sometimes, there is just something that magically happens, and a product goes down into history being remembered as a classic. It would be George Lerner's...

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

    9 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 to buy his young daughter,...

  • Do You Remember Collecting Wacky Packages?
    11

    Do You Remember Collecting Wacky Packages?

    9 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 in standard trading card...

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

    2 years 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 from a pact made between a doomed...

  • Remembering The Coonskin Cap
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    Remembering The Coonskin Cap

    9 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 tribes the coonskin cap could be...

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

    9 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 of you, and sitting on top of...

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

    9 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 track! The movie itself...

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

    9 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, Tennessee. The original...

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

    9 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 America found amusing. It was...

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

    9 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 of of the 50s and 60s to...

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

    6 months 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 Pocket Knives and Cherry Bombs....

  • Stay Sick, You Purple Knif!
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    Stay Sick, You Purple Knif!

    9 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 of the family's Zenith T.V....

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

    17 months 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
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    The 1946 "Bubbler" Classic Wurlitzer Jukebox

    9 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 diner without jukebox music. And...

  • An Overview of Wooden Cigar Store Indians
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    An Overview of Wooden Cigar Store Indians

    3 months ago

    This article explores the history and the controversy of the wooden Indian figure, which is often situated at the entrance of tobacco stores.

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

    9 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 picking up an umbrella from the...

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

    9 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 Keith Moon, are to this day, so...

  • Chet Baker: Beautifully Tragic
    7

    Chet Baker: Beautifully Tragic

    9 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, but Baker would play mostly...

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

    6 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 bluesman waited by the side...

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

    9 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 1960s. He also remembered for his...

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    "The Pocket Taser, Stun Gun Story"

    9 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 wife..." A guy who purchased his...

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

    9 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 just in London - there is a 6...

  • Quotes from Bill W.
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    Quotes from Bill W.

    9 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." Bill Wilson Source: C....

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

    9 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 All you need is love, love....

  • 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

    9 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 cardiac arrhythmia caused by...

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