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Ad-hoc museums of a failing utopia: the store windows of the last days of the USSR

Photographer David Hlynsky — American born, Canadian residing, child of Eastern European emigres — took over 8,000 street photos of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, East Germany and Russia, documenting the last days of ideological anti-consumer shopping, now anthologized in an amazing book.

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World War 3 Illustrated: prescient outrage from the dawn of the Piketty apocalypse

The Reagan era kicked off a project to dismantle social mobility and equitable justice began. This trenchant, angry, gorgeous graphic zine launched in response.

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8-bit gamer duvet cover


Pixel Nostalgia ($100): also available as a rug, print, tee or tote.

(via Crazy Abalone)

Philip K Dick on Disneyland, reality and science fiction (1978)


Here's an excellent, rambling PKD riff on the relationship of Disneyland to science fiction (and Episcopalianism) and what is, and is not, real.

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Charles Addams, uncredited co-creator of the Haunted Mansion


Ken Anderson, Marc Davis and the other Imagineers who created Disney's Haunted Mansion were clearly influenced by Charles "Addams Family" Addams's cartoons, but until I read this amazing post on Long Forgotten, I had no idea how much influence he exerted on them.

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Andy Offutt, insanely prolific porn pioneer


Chris Offutt, son of Andrew J Offutt, a golden age science fiction author, reveals that his father wrote and published hundreds of early porn novels, pioneering descriptions of the clitoris in men's stroke-books, producing at least one book a month.

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Vintage Monster Valentines


In 1966, Topps issued a series of "Frankenstein Valentine Stickers" that have only improved with age.

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The Haunted Mansion was almost the Tiki Room


Another outstanding photo-essay on the Long Forgotten Haunted Mansion blog shows how many of the original Rolly Crump concepts for a walk-through Haunted Mansion at Disneyland eventually made their way into the Enchanted Tiki Room, with effects based on Cocteau's 1946 movie La Belle et la BĂȘte.

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Game Boy Pokemon mugs


Mug Emporium's $12 Game Boy Pokemon mugs come with your choice of Pokemon, though, one supposes, you should really catch them all. (via Geeky Merch)

The Knowledge: London cabbies' multi-year, grueling training


If you want to drive a black cab in London -- the only cars that passengers can hail from the kerb -- you have to pass "The Knowledge," an unbelievably tough exam that tests you on your minute knowledge of every street, landmark, hotel, restaurant, hospital, church, stadium, airline office, club, police station, court, and tourist destination within six miles of Charing Cross station.

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Electroswing Ella Fitzgerald's "Air Mail Special"

The Club Des Belugas Remix of Ella Fitzgerald's classic Air Mail Special turns one of the greatest scat tunes of all time into an amazing electro-swing song, with an unexpectedly fitting rhumba beat.

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To Serve Man: it's a notebook!



Thinkgeek's $13 To Serve Man notebook is a replica of the prop used in Damon Knight's classic 1962 Twilight Zone episode To Serve Man.

Damon was one of my Clarion instructors in 1992 and I had the immense pleasure of the Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episode that sent up his script, on the big TV in the common-room. Damon laughed his ass off, I'm pleased to report.

To Serve Man

16-bit game-controller doormat


What says "Speak friend, and enter" more than a $20, 16-bit game-controller doormat? (nonskid, 13.75" x 30")

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EB White explains his dachshund's license status


Letters of Note (whose book was spectacular) publishes this arch, sarcastic letter from EB "Charlotte's Web" White to the ASPCA about whether his dachshund, Minnie, is duly licensed.

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Apollo 11 tracksuit


Thoren's $140 (+$65 SH) Apollo 11 sweatsuit is modelled on the A7-L Pressure Suit, and features fantastic levels of gorgeous, 1969-vintage detail. (via Bonnie Burton)

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Difficult questions posed to the NYPL reference desks before the net


In the New York Public Library's Instagram account, Information Architect Morgan Holzer is posting images of 3x5 cards pulled from a shoebox collecting 50 years' worth of weird questions that were posed to the system's reference desks, which were strange and notable enough to warrant addition to the collection.

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Mel Brooks on the 40th Anniversary of his "greatest film," Young Frankenstein


In a short interview from September, Mel Brooks reflects on the history of Young Frankenstein, which he calls "his greatest movie" (an assessment that's hard to argue with, given how brilliant it was, though the competition is stiff!).

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Kodachrome home-movie of a Long Beach fast food joint in 1952

Archivist Rick Prelinger sez, "I'm sure Beany's Hamburgers weren't the healthiest food, but this eight-minute home movie from Prelinger Archives takes us inside a fast-food joint from the Korean War era. Filmed in Long Beach, California right across from the Circle Drive-In, this film shows cooks, customers and classic cars in loving detail."

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Musical time-machine to Walt Disney World in the late 1970s


The amazing Foxxfur has spent 3.5 years assembling a new installment in her "Musical Souvenir of Walt Disney World" series, pulling together audio rarities from WDW in the late 1970s to create a six-hour soundscape that faithfully recreates the incidental music, cast member spiels, and ride narration from one of the golden ages of Disney themeparks.

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The strange history of Disney's cyber-psychedelic "Computers Are People Too"

The cult favorite documentary was produced to promote Tron's release, featuring a trippy plot and the strangest computer graphics this side of SIGGRAPH -- and it quickly became a staple of the LA club scene as visual accompaniment for whatever was floating your boat that night.

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Kyle Baker's long-lost superhero funnies


In 1985/86 the comic genius Kyle "Why I Hate Saturn" Baker interned at Marvel, where editor Jim Salicrup had him create "It's Genetic," a series of one-panel funnies making fun of superheros that ran in Marvel Age.

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Slut-shaming smackdown, 1954 edition

Scott Edelman writes, "The 1954 comic book Dream Book of Romance turns out to have been pretty progressive for its day."

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Bilious Alka-Seltzer shill, 1942


Hard to imagine a contemporary ad headed with a picture showing a man who's just vomited into his mouth.

For sale: every 8-bit Nintendo game


Shane writes, "@n8duke is selling his complete collection of every 8-bit Nintendo game (and some other NES things) for $25k.

Rebuilt Nintendo Power-Gloves as fashion accessories


Glove Power rebuilds old Nintendo Power Gloves as one-of-a-kind fashion accessories, lit with arrays of customized LEDs powered by a hidden battery-pack.

Street Fighter ugly Christmas jumper


The realisation that knitting (and cross-stitch) is pixel-based has been dawning on the crafty gamer world for more than a decade, and I've enjoyed chronicling the rise of 8-bit nostalgia textiles. Case in point: the £40 Street Fighter Christmas Jumper.

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Kickstarting a coloring book of bygone Hollywood stars


Chloe from Portland's Reading Frenzy bookstore writes, "Portland based, self-taught artist, Alicia Justus, is Kickstarting her first coloring book in collaboration with Show & Tell Press (publisher of Crap Hound)."

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WATCH: Stunning 1954 contortionist routine

Magicpeacelove writes, "This stunning 1954 contortionist act (from an Abbott & Costello TV special!) features the most sensual snake ever. Seriously, if Janik and Arnaut showed up on the scene today they could travel the world with this act."

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1922 cutaway drawing of the Washington Evening Star Building


Seen at full size, this hand-drawn cutaway of the Historic Landmark building is a wonderful way to visualize how the building was designed to convert people, information, power and water into newspapers.

This building is an organism for making newspapers [Kottke]