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We bring you the chic and unique, the best and most bizarre shopping offers both online and offline. We offer you tips on where to buy, and some of the less mainstream and crazy, individual and offbeat items on the internet. Anything that can be bought and sold can be featured here. And we love showcasing the best and worst art and design.

Read a Highly Distressing Coloring Book from 1953

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THE point of this colouring book was to teach the youngsters of 1953 good safety lessons via the alphabet.  From a perspective of 60 years later, some of these lessons seem, well, I think “distressing” is the best word I can come up with. See for yourself.

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Posted: 13th, February 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Meanwhile…At The Pot Noodle Museum, Japan

JAPAN’S Pot Noodle Museum is an entertaining place. The Yokohama testament to instant noodles in a pot offers visitors the chance to try out 12 toppings and various flavours on offer. There are seasonal treats, such as the St Valentine’s Day noodlerama, featuring  “heart-shaped chicken ramen”.

The museum also tells the story of Momofuku Ando,”father of the instant noodle.”

They’re not kidding. One attraction allows children to experience the noodle process first hand.

 

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Posted: 12th, February 2014 | In: The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How Mary Quant’s Mini-Skirt Made London ‘Atwinkle With Thighs’ And Swing

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Mary Quant in 1963 /AP/Press Association Images

 

EVERYBODY knows that Mary Quant invented the mini-skirt. Except she didn’t. In reality nobody really knows for sure who produced the diminutive garment first. Some say it was John Bates, famous for dressing Diana Rigg so memorably in The Avengers, while others say it was the French designer Andre Courreges, although Quant would later write: “Maybe Courreges did do mini-skirts first, but if he did, no one wore them.” There’s no doubt, however, that skirts were getting shorter each year in the early to mid-sixties but this was almost certainly to do with technological advances that enabled tights to be produced relatively cheaply more than anything else. Although Mary Quant is often credited with inventing, or at least popularising, coloured and patterned tights too.

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Posted: 11th, February 2014 | In: Celebrities, Fashion, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1980s Video Game Hell: 5 Cartridges of Shame

ONCE the Atari 2600 hit its stride in ’81, there was simply no stopping the tsunami of video game offerings. The transition from coin operated arcade games to systems you could play in your living room can’t be overstated – it was revolutionary.  But with this influx of new entertainment came a cornucopia of bad games. Here are five of the worst offenders.

 

 OUTHOUSE (1982)

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This TRS-80 game basically was about preventing other people from using up your toilet paper.  Think about this for a moment: It was the dawn of the video game revolution, the prospects were limitless, the future full of possibilities…. and they make a video game about preserving toilet paper?

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Posted: 11th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Technology, The Consumer | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Austrian Designers Klemens Torggler Reinvent The Door – But Old Doors Win

AUSTRIAN designers Klemens Torggler have invented a new kind of door.

 

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Their Evolution Door is an invention based on rotating squares, The special construction makes it possible to move the door sideways without the use of tracks.

 

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It’s pretty cool.

 

 

But it can’t make this happen:

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Posted: 11th, February 2014 | In: The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Banana Carrying AK47 Arrested For Soliciting In Texas

GOLF is so very popular because there is always a golf sale on. It’s a bargain too good to resist for many of us who spot men holding signs advertising “GOLF SALE’ and a large arrow pointing towards a shop. Derek Poe hoped the approach would sell his guns.

 

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Posted: 10th, February 2014 | In: Reviews, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Weasels Ripped My Flesh! 10 Awesome Pulp Headlines

IS there anything better than a mid-century men’s action magazine?  They were chock full of lurid stories and provocative artwork depicting female biker gangs, nympho pirates, Gestapo dominatrices, etc.  If it fulfilled a macho fantasy, it was fair game, and the headlines beckoned men to go along for the ride.  Here are ten worthy examples.

 

THE MAN WHO TOUCHED OFF PHILADELPHIA’S GREAT BOSOM RIOT

Male, Sept. 1959

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I’m a mild mannered, peaceful kind of guy – not much into protests and insurrection.  That being said, a “bosom riot” is something I could get behind.

 

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Posted: 7th, February 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Life Once Removed: One Woman’s Wonderful Life With Her Fake Family (Photos To Make You Hate Your Life And Envy Hers)

IN 2010, we shone a light on the Doll Forum – the online meeting place for adult doll owners. We showed you photos from Mechwizard’s holidays with Zara, a tall brunette with long hair and well-appointed orifices. We waited. And now Denver’s Suzanne Heintz shows us that it’s not just men who seek companionship from mannequins. It’s women, too. In Life Once Removed, Suzanne, Mr Heintz and the Heintz nipper take great family trips. They look like they get along so very well. It’s all smiles all the time with the Heintz family.

 

The Second Honeymoon.

She got her dad’s posture.

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Posted: 6th, February 2014 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Groovy Vintage T-Shirt Adverts

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MY MOST BELOVED possessions in the 1970s were my T-shirts.  They were my identity.  My Kiss concert shirt was proof that I’d witnessed the greatest show on earth.  My Pete Rose shirt was proof of my allegiance to the Big Red Machine (the Cincinnati Reds).  My Mork & Mindy shirt was proof that… well, I guess that I was a complete and total nerd.

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Posted: 6th, February 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hear How Ice T Read The’Deep Nerd’ Dungeons & Dragons Audiobook

Parental advice: This is not how to hold a sword

Parental advice: This is not how to hold a sword

 

HOW do you follow Cop Killer and date night with the well upholstered Coco Austin? If you’re Ice-T you create an audiobook for Dungeons & Dragons.

In Ice T’s Final Level Podcast, the rapper tell how unprepared he was got the job.

“They didn’t tell me this was a motherfu**in’ Dungeons & Dragons book… [it’s] some of the most crazy, deep, deep nerd shit.Motherfu**ers talk like Yoda. They were talking about ‘pegasuses’ and ‘pegasi.’ That’s horses with wings. This motherfu**er got a sword that talks to him… Motherfuckers live in places that don’t exist, and it comes with a map. My God.”

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Posted: 6th, February 2014 | In: Books, Celebrities | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Vintage Sexism: BALLS – ‘Candy To Give You Courage’

VINTAGE sexist advert presents Balls.

Who says women don’t have balls?

Women do?

INTRODUCING BALLS – the candy to give you courage

Women do!

 

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In 1978, women has BALLS by the barrel load.

There was a time when it took a heavy dose of spunk for a woman stand up and be counter. Joan of Arc hid her gams in a suit of armour to defend Louis’s honour. Amelia Earhart donned a sexless jumpsuit to fly into the wild blue yonder. Madame Curie wore whites and gazed longingly at test-tubes.

These days, women have finally come into their own – with pants and permanents, muscles and makeup. But there still are a couple of things we can’t lay claim to right?

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Posted: 5th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Swansea Woman Shatters World Cardigan Wearing Record

LOCAL News: Swansea’s Pam Hopkins is “still wearing the same cardigan after 54 years – and she says it’s never lost a button”.

 

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She beats the previous records:

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Pam Hopkins is still wearing the same cardigan after 54 years - and she says it's never lost a button  Read more: http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Cardigan-worn-54-years/story-20550604-detail/story.html#ixzz2sOSO8Y11

 

Spotter: @TheMediaTweets

Posted: 4th, February 2014 | In: Fashion, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sex Sells Tobacco: 10 “Smoking Hot” Vintage Adverts

THE STORY of tobacco in advertising is a long and winding tale.  At some points it has targeted children, at others it has tried to sound like a health food.  The specter of cancer has loomed over the product for decades, and advertisers have done their best to divert your attention from the elephant in the room.  Tobacco advertising has been overtly sexist and overtly pro-woman (i.e. Virginia Slims); it will be anything you want it to be in order to gain your love and trust.

Indeed, we could  talk all day about the dubious practice of selling carcinogens, but let’s focus on the one tactic that tobacco peddlers have relied on most.  Here are ten fantastically sexy and sexist vintage ads for your viewing pleasure.

 

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Can you believe they actually tried to make the second-hand smoke smell good?  This one advertises cherry and blueberry flavor.  I suppose it sounded like a good idea on paper.  After all, why must smoke always smell like the Grim Reaper farted? Why can’t second-hand smoke not only cause cancer, but smell great too? Well, you’ve got to hand it to Tipalet for giving it the college try, even if it did end with abysmal failure.  Fruity smokes may not have worked out, but at least it spawned this infamous advert ….

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Posted: 4th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Who Is The Cleethorpes And Grimsby Kebab Bandit?

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TO Grimsby and Cleethorpes in north east Lincolnshire, where the hunt is on for the Pizza Bandit, who lurks in takeaways listening to phone orders before delivering empty boxes and pocketing the cash.

Hollie Belton, 27, of Grimsby, had ordered tow large chicken kebabs from Verona’s Pizzeria in Cleethorpes. A man arrived at her door. she paid him the £12. He then drove off in a yellow T-reg Ford Ka. She opened the box to find it empty. 

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Posted: 3rd, February 2014 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Stop The Sick Trade In Live Animals Sold As Lucky Charms In China

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FANCY hanging a live animal from your throat? AVAAZ.org  are campaigning to end the revolting trend of sticking live animals in jewellery. They want the United Nations to:

We call on the UN to demand the Chinese government to ban the manufacture and sale of amulets and jewelry containing live animals.

Would the Chinese listen to the UN when they and anyone who buys these keychains can’t see for themselves that it’s sick?

New fashion jewelry in China, animals living under plastic containing a liquid nutrient and oxygen that allows them to live up to 2 months.

This is cruel and should be condemned by the international community.

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The animals – mostly turtles and other sea creatures – are, as Change.org’s petition states:

…Brazilian turtles or king fish swimming in colored water are considered good-luck charms by many Chinese…According to vendors, the colored water in the 7-centimeter-long keychains contains nutrients that allow fish and turtles to live inside for months. While that may be true, Mary Peng, cofounder of the International Center for Veterinary Services, says they couldn’t survive in the sealed bag for very long, due to lack of oxygen.

 

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These creatures are better off dead.

 

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Posted: 3rd, February 2014 | In: Reviews, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Eiffel Tower Nose Jobs Help Chinese Score Jobs In Paris

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“WE are influenced by the beauty of Eiffel Tower, we are not content to just add something to the nose, we reconstruct it,” says surgeon Wang Xuming.

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Posted: 3rd, February 2014 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


These 3D Printed Nail Sets Are Fantastically Cool

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NEW York City-based designers Sarah C. Awad and Dhemerae Ford of the Laser Girls are using technology for the awesome by kicking out 3D printed nail art.

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Posted: 30th, January 2014 | In: Fashion, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Radically Invasive Projectile (RIP): The Last Round You’ll Ever Need

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CUE the husky voice. Cue the thumping backtrack. Cue the man in combat fatigues shooting at melons. This is an advert for the Radically Invasive Projectile – The Last Round You’ll Ever Need. It is the RIP Cartridge.

The RIP bullet is not only handy pun that gives death’s tribute a twist or gut-mangling gorn, but it is “effective against”:

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And…

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Posted: 29th, January 2014 | In: The Consumer | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0