40 Awful Asian Album Covers

Art is a strange creature. Ever mutating, evolving, and forever changing. Often the most obvious is overlooked. Often the over-looked is the most obvious in how we view the world around us. Often that which is overlooked is over shadowed by a more imposing medium. We identify so much with what we listen to andContinue reading “40 Awful Asian Album Covers”

Reliant Robin, a Three-Wheeled Car That Was Voted the Worst British Car of All Time!

The Reliant Robin is a small three-wheeled car produced by the Reliant Motor Company in Tamworth, England. It was offered in several versions (Mk1, Mk2 and Mk3) over a period of 30 years. It is the second-most popular fibreglass car in history, with Reliant being the second-biggest UK-owned car manufacturer for a time. Its steeringContinue reading “Reliant Robin, a Three-Wheeled Car That Was Voted the Worst British Car of All Time!”

Ota Benga: The Man Who Was Caged In A Zoo

Ota Benga was a Mbuti (Congo pygmy) man born in the Ituri Rainforest of the Belgian Congo in 1883. His village was attacked by the Force Publique, established by King Leopold II of Belgium as a militia to enslave the natives for labor in order to utilize the large supply of rubber in the Congo.Continue reading “Ota Benga: The Man Who Was Caged In A Zoo”

Grady Stiles – The Murderous “Lobster Boy”

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1937, Grady Stiles Jr., aka “Lobster Boy”, was one in a long line of people in the Stiles family, dating back to 1840, who suffered from a rare and strange physical condition known as ectrodactyly. This genetic condition was one in which the fingers and toes are fused together toContinue reading “Grady Stiles – The Murderous “Lobster Boy””

15 of the Strangest Cars Ever Designed

For most people with modest salaries, cars function more as practical tools than as highly-stylized artistic creations. However, the history of auto manufacturing is chock full of oddities, ranging from the ambitious to the beautiful to the mind-bogglingly impractical. Especially in the early days of the automotive industry, many famous and obscure car designers tookContinue reading “15 of the Strangest Cars Ever Designed”

Dream of Venus: Inside Salvador Dali’s Surrealist Funhouse From the 1939 World’s Fair

In June 1939 Salvador Dalí designed a pavilion for the New York World’s Fair built by the architect Ian Woodner. The building was named Dream of Venus. Dalí’s Dream of Venus is the most recent addition to the still-growing list of amusement-area girl shows and easily the most amazing. Weird building contains a dry tankContinue reading “Dream of Venus: Inside Salvador Dali’s Surrealist Funhouse From the 1939 World’s Fair”

A Highly Suggestive French Postcard Entitled ‘How to Eat a Banana!’ From the 1920s

“Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.”A French postcard from the 1920s shows how to eat a banana from age 18-40. Not sure why not peeling said banana… A half a century ago, bananas were more delicious. They were creamier with a more delectable tropical fruit taste. When they ripened, they stayedContinue reading “A Highly Suggestive French Postcard Entitled ‘How to Eat a Banana!’ From the 1920s”

Vintage Photos and the Story of “Olga the Headless Girl” in the Late 1930s and 1940s

The Headless Lady illusion was a popular magic trick performed at sideshows in the 1940s. As the story goes, the poor woman lost her head in a horrible accident, but doctors were able to keep her alive through the miracle of new scientific technology. Fargo, “Olga the Headless Girl” was an illusionary sideshow and wasContinue reading “Vintage Photos and the Story of “Olga the Headless Girl” in the Late 1930s and 1940s”

35 Pages From a 1902 Weird Phrenology Book That Can Help You Ascertain a Person’s Character by the Shape of Their Features

Illustrations from Vaught’s Practical Character Reader, a book on phrenology by L. A. Vaught published in 1902. As he confidently states in his Preface:The purpose of this book is to acquaint all with the elements of human nature and enable them to read these elements in all men, women and children in all countries. AtContinue reading “35 Pages From a 1902 Weird Phrenology Book That Can Help You Ascertain a Person’s Character by the Shape of Their Features”