Archive for the ‘True Stories’ Category

“What the hell’s a two-lane Highway? OuttaMyWay, Butthead!”

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

wide-ride

Cadillac prototype illustration by automotive designer Wayne Kady. [Found here.]

Advertisements

Vinsamlegast skila þessu til Danmerkur konu sem vinnur í matvörubúð

Thursday, 16 February 2017
iceland-address

In Iceland, drawing a map works just as well as an address.

[Found here. Reminds me of the letter to MAD Magazine that had only the image of Alfred E. Neuman on the envelope, yet it still got delivered.]

The Apache Revolver (ca. 1869)

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

apache-revolver-1 apache-revolver-2

The Apache Revolver is the Swiss Army knife of guns. Designed in the early 1900’s by the french gang Les Apaches this weapon was easily concealed and it is said that one bullet would always be left out of the chamber so as to not shoot yourself while it was in your pocket. Its range was very limited due to its lack of a barrel but it was an effective tool due to everything it could do, this weapon could shoot, cut and hit and could be easily folded up and placed in your pocket. Sheer Genius.”

The Wikipedia entry contradicts that description. This multi-purpose weapon was presumably designed by Louis Dolne of Belgium in 1860, went into production in 1869, and was discontinued by 1900. Here’s a quick video.

[Top image and caption from here; 2nd image from here.]

These poor destitute women and children fleeing persecution have been temporarily barred from entering the U.S.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

immigrants

Just look at those starving and suffering poor crippled souls who are so impoverished that they had to leave their families, girlfriends, wives, children, parents and grandparents behind to fight and die for the countries they escaped from.

Via Executive Order, President Trump suspended immigration from 7 countries that support violent jihad: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria & Yemen. There are 50 muslim-majority countries (Pew Research Center, 2010) so…

86% of all muslim-majority countries are NOT affected by the immigration suspension.

For those who think this edict is outrageous, un-Constitutional and unprecedented, please read Article 1. Read the rest of the U.S. Constitution while you’re at it, including the Amendments. Sure beats watching “The View” for American history and practical math.

[Image from here.]


UPDATE:

nancy-pelosi-sanctuary-state

Postprandial Hot Links

Sunday, 29 January 2017

scaregoose

On 24 January, Mozilla disabled the popular “Web Of Trust” (WOT) add-on to the Firefox browser due to security / privacy breaches. Other browsers that allow the add-on (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, etc.) are affected as well. The problem was verified by a German team last November, and has yet to be remedied by the WOT engineers.

Lightning strikes as seen from space.

Lightning strikes caused by a volcano.

Bears with chainsaws. Some of the images are very cool.

Hunting snakes in the ‘Glades: Professional snake trackers were brought in from India to help with a python problem.

Amazing makeup timelapse [via].

Anxiolytic effect of hepatocyte growth factor infused into rat brain. I typed in some random letters into a Google search to find this gem.

#NotMySuperbowl is hilarious.

[No, that’s not a coyote carcass on a stake in the top picture. It’s a scaregoose. Really. Story here, via here.]

Chúc mừng năm mới – Năm Dậu

Friday, 27 January 2017

tet-little-saigon-2

tet-little-saigon-1

tet-little-saigon-3

Tet 2017 – The Year of the Rooster.

My late Papa Strutts always referred to it by its original descriptive, The Year of the Cock. Both he and I were born in those years, so go figger.

The photos above were taken during a Tet Parade in Little Saigon, California, the largest Vietnamese community outside of Vietnam. The pretty girls in the bottom photo are waving the flag of the vanquished Republic of Vietnam, not the communist state.

Years ago I made friends with a local Vietnamese shopkeeper and gave her my copy of the current issue of National Geographic that had a lot of photos of the country. She and her non-English speaking husband were amazed, recognized a lot of the places pictured, and I asked her where she was from, expecting the name of a city or province in South Viet Nam. She replied, “Kansas.”

[Images from here. Related posts here and here.]

High Fidelity Hot Links

Sunday, 15 January 2017

johnny-cash-with-ostrich

It’s all Whack.
(Click on the image at the link.)

President George W. Bush touching the heads of bald men.

Sports.

34 Weasel Balls.

Weasel Ball spooks an emu.

How many men does it take to capture an emu?

Emu and Ostrich facts.

The song of the Ostrich.

Johnny Cash: “I was almost killed by an ostrich.”

Top image: Tribute painting of Johnny Cash battling the ostrich by Erika Jane.

 

Chew Mail Pouch

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

“If you can find a job that you would do without being paid, that’s what you should do.” – Harley Warrick

mail-pouch-silo-ohio

Large abandoned structure in Dillonvale, Ohio, in Jefferson county. Mail Pouch Tobacco ad barely visible.

[Found here.]

harley-warrick-mail-pouch-1

That’s Mail Pouch barn painter Harley Warrick (1924-2000).

Here’s an excellent tribute site to those who travelled the sticks to hand-paint the ubiquitous advertisements:

Mail Pouch Barnstormers.

That quote on top? It’s similar to what my own grampa told me:
“Find something you like to do, figure out how to get paid for it, and you’ll never work a day.”

The Feast Of The Bean Kings

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

jacob_jordaens_-_the_feast_of_the_bean_king_-_google_art_project

Fest des Bohnenkönigs (Feast of The Bean Kings)
Jakob Jordaens (ca. 1640-45)

The Lord of Misrule:

The functionary with the above whimsical title played an important part in the festivities of Christmas in the olden time. His duties were to lead and direct the multifarious revels of the season, or, as we should say at the present day, to act as Master of the Ceremonies. The following account of him is given by Stow:

‘In the feast of Christmas, there was in the king’s house, wheresoever he lodged, a Lord of Misrule, or Master of Merry Disports, and the like had ye in the house of every nobleman of honour or good worship, were he spiritual or temporal. The Mayor of London, and either of the Sheriffs, had their several Lords of Misrule, ever contending, without quarrel or offence, who should make the rarest pastime to delight the beholders. These lords beginning their rule at Allhallond Eve, continued the same till the morrow after the Feast of the Purification, commonly called Candlemas Day, in which space there were fine and subtle disguising, masks and mummeries, with playing at cards for counters, nayles and points, in every house, more for pastimes than for game.’

If that description is correct, the Fest des Bohnenkönigs was a celebration that ran for three months every year starting at Halloween, and there’s probably a good reason why the Feast was banned… twice. Click on the link, then zoom, scroll and enjoy the debauchery.

Somewhat related was the British tradition of “The Bean Feast.”

[Top image and description found here.]

Bob & Jean’s Driveway, Hazard, Nebraska

Monday, 19 December 2016
hazard-nb-christmas-3

During the Christmas season, travelers along a country road west of Hazard can see the over 2,000 ft. of Christmas lights along Bob and Jean’s driveway and yard. After Christmas, the big Husker “N” can be spotted as well.

An after hours view of downtown Hazard during the holiday season.

hazard-nb-christmas-2

The Hazard Cafe can be faintly seen across the street from our welcome sign. Photo taken the evening of December 9th, 2001.

hazard-nb-christmas-5

During Christmas season, Hazard’s nativity scene can be seen each year along its main street.

hazard-nb-christmas-1

A drive by photo of a Hazard home during Christmas season. The US flag illuminates on this brisk December evening in 2001.

Traditional Christmas celebration. I love it.

[Images with unedited captions found here.]


%d bloggers like this: