Moose Wars

Mac the Moose, of Moose Jaw, Canada, was the world’s tallest moose sculpture at 32′-2″ until  he was dethroned in 2015 by a Norwegian chrome moose  (pictured above). He resides at a rest stop off the RV3 road in Stor-Elvdal, Norway, and stands 33′-1″ tall .

Residents of Moose Jaw were pissed, so they replaced Mac’s antlers with larger ones in 2019. Mac now stands at 34 feet tall. Here he is.

Mac attracted national attention in 2004 when part of his jaw fell off.

[Found here, stories here and here.]

Eleutherophobic Hot Links

The Okra Smugglers, Henryk Fantazos, date unknown.

Cherry, Oh Baby, The Rolling Stones (1976) For reasons unknown, the Stones covered  Eric Donaldson‘s 1971 hit on their studio album Black and Blue. Guitarist Mick Taylor had quit the band in 1974 and they were auditioning for replacements.

Sex N’ Drugs.

Tired warriors.

Celebrity sheep.

Wee tree houses.

Time for some Maria Stories.

Epic images of the DART asteroid.

Right foot slipped. [via Bunkerville]

Billy Idol’s White Wedding sans music.

747 Portuguese folk dancers & 1,069 robots.

Saving Grace is a fundraiser to protect a little girl.
[via Bustednuckles]

Need a foam bird skull mask? Hellboy gun? Free template downloads.
[h/t Nate L.]


Top image: The Okra Smugglers, Henryk Fantazos, date unknown.
Pretty sure that’s Brian Setzer on the right. [h/t Chuck C.]


From the Archives: 1 year ago. 5 years ago. 10 years ago.

Photo Restoration

The story behind the picture: Someone posted restored photos on r/interestingasfuck and I made a comment that received no replies or likes, but despite that photo restoration artist u/LadyAkane reached out to me via DM and offered their help.

My comment: “My uncle died way back in 1937, 2 years before my dad was born. He was only 5 years old and my grandparents went through hell all around that time—they lost him to polio, then lost their home and most of their belongings to the Ohio River flood.

Only one photo of him survived—one of him with my grandmother just weeks before he fell ill. [I realized when I took the photo out this was wrong since he’s too young in the pic. I was mixing up illnesses—my grandmother contracted TB shortly after this pic and would spend the next few years in a sanitarium.] We found while going through my dad’s things after he died, but it got put in a back jeans pocket then in the chaos of the time went through the washing machine. It made us all sick to see it so faded.

That little pic has been stashed inside my jewelry box ever since, hoping to find a way to restore it (and for technology to advance to where it could be successfully done) over the last 13+ years.”

[Found here.]

Stuff I Do When I’m Bored

Bottom image is a photo of a 1947 football game, mangled with the Deep Dream Generator. (Original image below the break.) Continue reading “Stuff I Do When I’m Bored”

Kakistocratic Hot Links

Show Stopper, The Cashmeres (HEM Records, 1965) There is little information about this soul group from Washington D.C. (not be confused with The Cashmeres, a doo-wop group from Atlanta GA, or The Cashmeres from Brooklyn NY, or The Cashmeres from Portland OR). A  45rpm copy of Show Stopper is a rarity; according to Discogs, prices range from $680 to $1800 depending on condition.

Hotshot.

Flying in a hangar.

THIS is a great idea.

Life as an LA Influencer.

Too bad he didn’t as me. 😀

Almost everything I forgot to post.

Awesome. Drone Photos of the Year.

Brickit is an app for Legos [h/t Miz Beth].

“I look like the Queen of England,” proclaimed Betty.

ICYMI: Martha’s Vineyard Facebook group was bitching at each other.

[Top image by Terry Border from his series Bent Objects.]


From the Archives: 1 year ago. 5 years ago. 10 years ago.

Fred G. Johnson’s Contributions To The World: Sideshow Banners

The Picasso of circus art.

Fred G. Johnson’s (1892 – 1990) banners were used to illustrate A Century of Progress for the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair His artwork also advertised the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey and Clyde Beatty circuses.

Hired by banner painter Harry Carlton Cummins to clean equipment and stick up banners, Cummins taught Johnson how to paint them, which he did, producing as many as four a day. The art is fast, subjective and made to deadline.

Not to be confused with the great Fred Johnson, bass singer for The Marcels.

[Images and story found here, via here. ]

Just another blockhead

It’s kind of disgusting, but here’s How the Human Blockhead Trick Works.

Image captured by American photographer Joel-Peter Witkin.
Much of his work is twisted and creepy, presumably due to what he witnessed as a child, and NSFK. You’ve been warned.

[Found here.]

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