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How To Cure You Sick Addiction To Hoarding

WHY do we hoard things? David Wallis notes:

[S]ome of the same brain areas that are underactive under normal circumstances become hyperactive when hoarders are confronted with their possessions. David F. Tolin of the Yale University School of Medicine asked

Posted: 28th, February 2014 | In: The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A History Of Controversial Children’s Books: Sex, Sambo And Obscene Rebellion

ANORAK’s history of controversial children’s books: sex, drugs, sambo’s gay lover and anti-authoritarianism in the classroom.

 

The Little Red Schoolbook

 

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In 1971 the proprietor of Stage 1 publishers was found guilty of having in his possession obscene …

Posted: 28th, February 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Thick Bible Stops Bullets From Killing Man (Kindle Too Thin)

TO Dayton, Ohio, where bus driver Ricky Wagoner, 49, has been shot once in the leg and twice in the Bible he keeps in his breast pocket.
Saved by the Good Book. Wagoner went for his three assailants, stabbing one …

Posted: 26th, February 2014 | In: Books, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Those Tax Dodging Scumbags At Zara!

WE’RE well used to hearing stories about how the tech companies, Apple, Google and the like, are dodging taxes all over Europe. But people are starting to realise that it’s not just that sector. Many other multinationals are indulging in …

Posted: 26th, February 2014 | In: Money, News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sick and Full of Burning: 13 Regrettable BookTitles

FAR be it from me to stifle creativity – an author should be able to title their work as he or she likes.  However, there is a limit to my tolerance.  Sometimes, the title is so  terrible that it simply …

Posted: 26th, February 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


British Diner Burns His Knob Shagging A Domino’s Pizza

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DOMINO’S UK has been in a twitter conversation with a customer:

Posted: 25th, February 2014 | In: The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1960s Horror Food: The Luminous Metrecal Diet In A Can

IN the 1950s and 1960s, Mead Johnson’s Metrecal promised to get you into shape. What that shape was, we people of the future can only guess at – and we guess it was a human form jackknifed over a toilet.…

Posted: 25th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Special Offer: 100 Plastic Pennies For $3.49

THE economy can be saved. Keep your bitcoins – invest in plastic pennies:

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Spotter: Bits and Pieces

Posted: 25th, February 2014 | In: Money, Photojournalism, The Consumer | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Great Moments in Phallic Occurrences

HERE are a few vintage phallic instances (either real or inferred) which have gained a bit of notoriety over the years. Read on – your inner idiot will thank you.

 

1. THE RIFLEMAN’S LOG

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This Rifleman comic book …

Posted: 25th, February 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


I Was Julian Assange’s Ghost Writer: The Fantastic Story Of ‘Swedish Whores, Pentagon Bores And Being Hitler

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ANDREW  O’Hagan’s wonderful essay on ghost writing Julian Assange’s autobiography is better than any book on the Wikileak’s puiblisher.

Highlights from it are:

Assange didn’t want to write the book himself but didn’t want the book’s ghostwriter to

Posted: 22nd, February 2014 | In: Books, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


You Can Still Buy Those Ridiculous ‘Too Cool To Do Drugs’ Pencils

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DID you own a “Too Cool To Do Drugs”  pencil in the 1990s?  So long as you weren’t a pencil user, the message was succinct and pure. But those of you who like a sharpener or several, realised that …

Posted: 22nd, February 2014 | In: The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Comedy Books On Sale At The Dachau Concentration Camp Museum Teach Germans About Those Funny Jews

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EXIT via the gift shop. Goldblog spotted one at the German”s Dachau concentration camp. Rachel Salamander’s bookshop “Literaturhandlung”, in the visitors’ center of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, “specialises in the history of Dachau Concentration Camp and those …

Posted: 21st, February 2014 | In: News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Mr Porter Fail: How Annette Bening Ruined Warren Beatty’s Reputation For Dating Beautiful Women

READING the Mr Porter mail-out magazine Ronan Fitzgerald @rmkf spotted a segment on Warren Beatty. As he says, “Pretty harsh on Annette Bening”:

 

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Posted: 20th, February 2014 | In: Celebrities, Fashion | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Vintage Adverts: 1970 Landlubber Bellbottoms For Men Who Ride Sidesaddle

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THIS vintage advert from 1970 is for Landlubber, hip-hugging bellbottoms that made your navel and buttocks stick out.
The advert tells us:
 “In real life, the guy’s hair would be matted down from the helmet. The chick would be your

Posted: 19th, February 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Worst Books Ever: Sex And The Single Child And The I’m Glad I’m a Boy! I’m Glad I’m a Girl!

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IN 1970 Whitney Darrow created I’m Glad I’m a Boy! I’m Glad I’m a Girl!

Posted: 19th, February 2014 | In: Books, Flashback | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


17 Insane and Disturbing Trading Cards

NON-SPORTS trading cards around the 1970s generally were aimed at kids and revolved around a popular movie or TV program.  They were meant for fun; for collecting and trading on the playground. Nothing serious.  Subsequently, it’s all the more unsettling …

Posted: 19th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A Peek Inside Belgium’s Hotel Shaped Like An Anus

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BELGIUM has given the world chips and mayonnaise, Poirot and bakelite. Add to that is the Hotel Casanus, a hotel shaped like an anus.

“On a small island nestled between Antwerp and Ghent in Flanders, Belgium lies what could be

Posted: 18th, February 2014 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Classic Books: Peggy Treadwell’s The Working Couple’s Cookbook

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IN this study of 1970s life, we look at Peggy Treadwell’s The Working Couple’s Cookbook (1971). In the go-ahead 1970s of free love and wife swapping parties, the book was aimed at not only wives and husbands but “roomates, …

Posted: 18th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Fitbit’s Wristbands Cause Nickel Dermatitis: Just Like The Euro

THIS amused me: the new wristbands containing all sorts of lovely electronic gizmos to aid in monitoring your health actually make you ill. Fitbit, the company that makes them, apparently forgot about how you’ve got to be careful of the …

Posted: 17th, February 2014 | In: Money, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Browse Harry Houdini’s Magical Sprapbooks

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THANKS to the digitisation and Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, we can browse scrapbooks owned by the great Harry Houdini  (1891-1926). The University has had the archives in its possession since 1958. But only …

Posted: 16th, February 2014 | In: Books, Celebrities, Flashback | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Edible Christianity: The Double Crisp Chocolate Jesus Hands

SUNDAY service brings the double crisp chocolate Jesus hands:

 

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Spotter: Christian Nightmares…

Posted: 16th, February 2014 | In: The Consumer | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


New York Fashion Blog Treats Homeless Man In The Most Epically Hopeless Way

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WHEN Scott Schuman published a picture on his Sartorialist fashion blog of a homeless man in New York, he called it “NOT GIVING UP”:

I don’t usually shoot homeless people. I don’t find it romantic or appealing like a

Posted: 15th, February 2014 | In: Fashion | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The School Holiday Travel Trap: What Is It That People Don’t Understand About Markets?

THIS is one of those stories where you just have to put your head in your hands at the gross stupidity of our fellow citizens:

When he vented his frustration about holiday prices shooting up during the school half-term

Posted: 15th, February 2014 | In: Money, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0