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Mondo 2000 retrospective in Wired - UPDATED

When I saw my first issue of "Reality Hackers" -- at a bookstore I was working at in high-school -- I knew I wanted to keep reading this magazine, and made my boss place a big order for the next issue, which was called "Mondo 2000."

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Crazy, Frazetta-esque vintage cologne ad

Matt writes, "This is awesomeness beyond awesome. Magic swords, barbarians, crazy, nausea-inducing camera angles, pterodactyls... If 'Heavy Metal' needed a personal scent, it would be this."

Super Mario mugs


Mario Pipe Mugs: half-price at Thinkgeek: ($6.49). (via Geekymerch)

Ferris Bueller is 30

John Hughes made his classic movie for a mere $5M, a kind of side project to recover from his runaway successes w with The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles -- it had everything, even Ben Stein speaking words without revealing the fact that he is a colossal asshole.

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Photographers create backstories, aged photos of adult Garbage Pail Kids 30 years later


Jake Houvenagle and Brandon Voges created backstories for some of their favorite Garbage Pail Kids, then staged updated, 30-years-on images of them with costumed models and trick photos.

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On Allen Ginsberg's 89th birthday, read his FBI file


Mike from Muckrock sez, "'My name is Allen Ginsberg and I sleep with whoever I want.' So noted the FBI, in its 89 pages tracking the life, lovers, and political activism of the American poet, who was born this day in 1926."

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Vintage ads for prescription drugs


Ludes, neocaine, amphetamines, stelazine, and the Bayer rainbow, which ends in a pot of heroin.

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Drawn and Quarterly's mammoth twenty-fifth anniversary collection


776 pages commemorating a quarter-century of Canada's outstanding, astounding indie comics press, including essays by Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Lethem and Lemony Snicket, and featuring seminal stories from Jillian Tamaki, Chris Ware, Adrian Tomine, and Art Spiegelman.

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Today's terrifying Web security vulnerability, courtesy of the 1990s crypto wars

The Logjam bug allows attackers to break secure connections by tricking the browser and server to communicate using weak crypto -- but why do browsers and servers support weak crypto in the first place?

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Leetspeak, circa 1901


The telegraph operators of the early 20th century had a rich vocabulary of wrist-saving abbreviations they used among themselves: "Is tt exa tr et?" ("Is that extra there yet?")

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Remember when Gerber tried to market "baby food for teens?"


(Noluck_boston/Vintage Ads)

Nagra IV-L: the pinnacle of tape recorder UI


A design classic from 1968, with all the dials, knobs, switches and buttons you could possibly need.

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The 1982 JC Penney Christmas Catalog


631 lovingly scanned pages for your perusal; may I draw your attention to the electronic toys, including Little Professor at $15, Speak and Spell digital at $62, Coleco Frogger at $60, Merlin at $31.50, Simon at $32, Pocket Dungeons and Dragons at $20 and Electronic Battleship at $40 (multiply by 2.42 to adjust for inflation).

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J. Edgar Hoover palled around with a suspected commie spy


Michael from Muckrock sez, "Few American officials could even come close to the legendary paranoia of J. Edgar Hoover, but that didn't stop the notorious FBI chief from striking up a close friendship with Samuel Dickstein, House Committee on Un-American Activities founder, Supreme Court Justice -- and suspected Russian spy."

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Nightmare fuel Trix ad


1940s, before the rabbit got in on the act [Vintage Ads]