God Bless the Birds and the Congressmen.


[Image from here.]

The 1932 Helicron: Steampunk Hoax?


These images were sent to Tacky Raccoons HQ by a genuine decent sort via email.  The colors and the concept caused my antennae to quiver “FRAUD!”  But I’m not so sure.  Snopes has nothing on it, yet, and there are too many google links to the 1932 Helicron.

Either it’s a VERY elaborate hoax, or it’s the real deal.  We think it’s the latter.

At least there is video proof that it works in concept, but it gives the term “roadkill” a more gruesome visage…

Anyone recobanize what airplane the cowling came from?

[Tip ‘o the tarboosh to Dan S. who sent the images via email.]

Mary Jane’s Friend’s Beauty Tips On How to Enhance a Receding Chin and Raise Your Cheekbones While Shooting Mysterious Mind Vapors From Your Forehead



[Image from here.]

Good to the Last Chunk

It’s not just ANY coffee…



There’s a little animal in Vietnam which has magical properties. Locally, it’s called a weasel (though technically, it’s a type of civet, but let’s call it a weasel like the locals) and it sure likes to eat the fruit of the coffee plant. But the seeds don’t sit well in its tummy, so it vomits them up. And that’s where the fun comes in – for local coffee folks gather up the beans and lightly roast them. The stomach acids seem to wear away the bitter taste of the coffee beans, and the resulting coffee is delicious and smooth.


From Wikipoidland we find this related tidbit:

Kopi Luwak (pronounced [ˈkopi ˈluwak]) or Civet coffee is coffee made from coffee berries which have been eaten by and passed through the digestive tract of the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus). The civets eat the berries, but the beans inside pass through their system undigested. This process takes place on the islands of Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago, in the Philippines (where the product is called Kape Alamid) and in East Timor (locally called kafé-laku). Vietnam has a similar type of coffee, called weasel coffee, which is made from coffee berries which have been regurgitated by local weasels. In actuality the “weasel” is just the local version of the Asian Palm Civet.

Note that Wikistuff contradicts itself here, and that the coffee beans are fully processed by the “weasel.”

It’s a steal at only $24.99 per pound 57 grams.  (That’s only $198.81/lb., but one sip keeps you wired for a week.)

[Weasel Puke Coffee description found here where it may be purchased;  found via RGS. More info here.]

Saturday Matinee: Eartha Kitt, Sharon & Binky, Willis, Eddie & Keith

Eartha Kitt (1927-2008).  She was THE Catwoman.

Sharon Jones, live in France, backed by Binky Griptite & the Dap Kings.

Willis “Gator Tail” Jackson cranks it in 1955.

Now for Something Else:

Eddie Cochran recorded this in 1959.  (Six months later he died in a car crash in England that also injured Gene Vincent and the songwriter, Sharon Sheely.)

Keith Richards’ tribute to Cochran.  Richards died of various drug overdoses and alcohol poisonings in 1967, 1970, 1972, 1983 and several other years since.  He’s still touring.

Last Minute Gift Ideas: Musical Instruments and Vases


electric guitar            $29.95
size of model:  W 3 1/2″  h 12″

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