April 25, 2014

Rarely seen historic photographs

1923: Testing the first bulletproof vest
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1927: The real-life Christopher Robin with his Winnie the Pooh bear
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1929: Prohibition-era illegal alcohol being dumped  photo 1929Detroit.jpg

May 6, 1937: The Hindenburg crashes  photo May61937.jpg

I shamelessly took these pictures off of the Nascent Array website, so please give them a visit!

April 22, 2014

Theo And Beau

 photo November2013.jpg photo November2013-2.jpg I wrote about cute babies and crafty parents last month and wanted to find out what's happened with the famous nap buddies, Theo (the dog) and Beau (the boy). To the left are two pictures of  them napping in November of last year. Below is an update this month.

These aren't my critters, but I do feel a pang at how much they've grown. Catch up more with Theo and Beau on mom Jessica's blog, Mama's Gone City.

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April 19, 2014

Sarah Kay

Sarah Kay is a shy Australian artist who began sketching years ago when her young daughter was ill. She sold some of her work to a greeting card publisher and her images were instant hits.

Sarah Kay's real name is Vivien Kubbos; she now illustrates children's books but refuses all publicity, including interviews.

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Pictures are from Google images.

April 18, 2014

Good Friday

These are a couple of creepy Easter bunnies.

But when I think about it...the whole Easter Bunny thing is creepy. A rabbit breaks into your house early in the morning of the day Jesus arose from the dead and then that very rabbit hides eggs all over the place and leaves candy for you.

Try wrapping your head around all that when you're four years old!

As to why these Easter bunnies are so creepy, here's a thought: we don't really know what the actual Easter Rabbit looks like! Maybe that's the problem.
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(this one is a nightmare)

Here's Steven, aged five, with a not-too-frightening Easter bunny. That white wicker chair seems to be fairly standard, though.

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April 13, 2014

The Best Hoaxes Ever

The Museum of Hoaxes had me in stitches for at least two hours (with bathroom breaks and such). There's so much to see there, from Bigfoot to UFOs to the time Taco Bell announced they'd purchased the Liberty Bell to help our nation's financial debt. Some are April Fool's Day jokes, others are just...hoaxes.

Here are some of my favorites:

Alabama Changes The Value Of Pi - Instead of 3.1415, Alabama decided in 1998 to change pi to it's "Biblical Value" of just plan 3.

The Left-Handed Whopper - In 1988, Burger King announced it would offer a left-handed Whopper which was just like the regular version except it would have "all condiments rotated 180 degrees, thereby redistributing the weight of the sandwich so that the bulk of the condiments will skew to the left, thereby reducing the amount of lettuce and other toppings from spilling out the right side of the burger."

Clear back in 1933, The Dome Toppled Off Of Wisconsin's State Capitol Building. It's worth following the link just to see the picture.

Cross-dressing Ken Doll - This collector's item was offered at Toys 'R' Us in 1990.

The Autobiography Of Howard Hughes was published in 1971.

In 1933, a Photo Of Hitler As A Baby began circulating around the free world. Baby Hitler "looked positively menacing. Its fat mouth was twisted into a sneer, and it scowled at the camera from dark, squinted eyes. A greasy mop of hair fell over its forehead."

In 2008, the BBC documented The Migration Of Penguins From Antarctica To South America, where they spent time lolling on beaches, soaking up sun, in order to return rested and refreshed to their homeland.

And my favorite, though I've seen it many times: The Great Swiss Spaghetti Harvest of 1957, complete with video.


*Like this? Here's a blog entry about hoax websites.