Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Et Toi

Happy Mardi Gras, all. Shorpy has a giant (click to embiggenate) street photo of Mardi Gras 1907. You know, I heard if you gave a lady some beads back then, she would pull up her sleeves above the wrist. Ooh la la!

Morning Jukebox

Penguin Cafe Orchestra - The Ecstasy of Dancing Fleas (1981)

One of my favorite tracks from The Penguin Cafe Orchestra. I'm even willing to overlook that the poster referenced the wrong album and artwork for this song (it's actually from their second studio album, the eponymous Penguin Cafe Orchestra)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Jerk Store called, and they're running out of you

How to make DIY Brief Jerky Edible Meat Underwear. Take that, Lady Gaga!

The Capitols - Cool Jerk

Sure, maybe you thought The Go-Go's did it originally (as I did in my Jane Wiedlin-crush days of the early '80s), but you would be wrong is what you would be, my friend. Motown-label cool cats The Capitols took it to Billboard's #7 slot in 1966.

Devo - Jerkin' Back and Forth

From an appearance on Fridays ABC's relatively short-lived (two seasons) answer to NBC's eternal SNL. Not the best quality of video, sorry.

Cat juggling scene from The Jerk.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Shave That Baby

25 Vintage Ads That Would Be Banned Today 

WARNING: Three of the less-offensive ads are below, but be aware link contains racist, sexist, and just plain offensive vintage ads within)

Gargle 'Em If You Got 'Em!

No lie. For a brief period, Lambert Pharmaceutical Company, makers of Listerine mouthwash, marketed Listerine Cigarettes. Let me repeat that. There used to be Listerine-flavored cigarettes. Someone recently auctioned this intact pack from 1937 on eBay. (via Boing Boing)

Mmm! Hacking up a lung was never more refreshing!

File Under: Who Asked For This?!
In 1966, Patent No. 3,234,938 was issued for, yes, of course, a Cheese-Filtered Cigarette. (via Weird & Wonderful Patents)

Monday, February 06, 2012

Are You Gonna Eat That?

Exhibitionist Coffee Cup
From Brock Davis's wildly creative Food Stuff Flickr set. (via Kottke)

Sawing Logs With A Ukulele

I've been a fan of uke-slinging do-it-yourselfer Julia Nunes, who has been making and distributing her own hand-made brand of covers and originals for a number of years now, on YouTube and eventually in live performances. She has a warm, sunny voice that I could listen to all day. "Stay Awake" is from her fourth release, 2011's Kickstarter-funded Settle Down.

Julia Nunes - "Stay Awake"

Full Bladder: Boss Level

Expert-Mode Toilet, for the hardcore gamer that really, really, really doesn't plan on girls ever coming over to the apartment anytime soon. (via Damn Cool Pictures)

Brows Beaten To Within An Inch Of Their Lives

Cadbury Eyebrow commercial from a few years ago. Shit gets real at 0:38.

Japan brought us Dramatic Chipmunk, but that is so-o-o-o 2007. Say hello to Eyebrow Dog! (via WTF Japan Seriously)

Why, without eyebrows, celebrities are just like you and me! (ie. Freakish, troglodytic trolls)

Squick yourself right out with the Tumblr blog Celebs With No Eyebrows.

There's something inherently disturbing about seeing the eyebrows airbrushed out of The Beautiful People. Or Sacha Baron Cohen. *shudder*

OK Go Super Bowl Ad

The day a new OK Go video drops is like Christmas for me.

Merry Christmas.

The new music video from OK Go, made in partnership with Chevrolet. OK Go set up over 1000 instruments over two miles of desert outside Los Angeles. A Chevy Sonic was outfitted with retractable pneumatic arms designed to play the instruments, and the band recorded this version of Needing/Getting, singing as they played the instrument array with the car. The video took 4 months of preparation and 4 days of shooting and recording. There are no ringers or stand-ins; Damian took stunt driving lessons. Each piano had the lowest octaves tuned to the same note so that they'd play the right note no matter where they were struck.

Sunday, February 05, 2012