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The Evolution of the Uneven Bars Event

(YouTube link) From the 1950s to today, the sport of women’s gymnastics has gone from “That’s impressive!” to “These little girls aren’t human, are they?” -via Cynical-C

The historical persecution of scientists

There are many records of scientists being persecuted in a number of dispicable ways over the years. As recently as the 1950s, computer scientist Alan…

This Birdhouse Looks Like a Vintage Camper

The Shasta camping trailers of the 1950s and 60s let Americans hit with the road with comfort and style. Now even birds can get that retro-cool look (and the envy of others) by moving into this birdhouse made by Etsy seller jumahl. Link -via Nag on the Lake

For Sale: The UK’s Enormous Bomb Shelter Designed to House the Government during a Nuclear War

(Video Link) Built in the 1950s, this bunker in Wiltshire could house and feed 4,000 people for three months. The United Kingdom designed it to house the government if the worst happened during the Cold War. Watch this video tour of its facilities and make an offer. It’s up for sale. Link -via Boing Boing

Ghost mountains mystery solved

Scientists believe they are now able to explain the vast mountain range beneath the Antarctic ice. Discovered in the 1950s, the Gamburtsevs are a huge…

The Best TV Dads Through the Decades

(YouTube link) In case you’ve not been checking the calendar, this Sunday is Fathers Day, so here is a satisfyingly comprehensive collection of TV clips honoring TV fathers of the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and the 2000s. -via Buzzfeed

Jim Henson’s Incredibly Violent Coffee Commercials

(Video Link) In the 1950s, before the Muppets, Jim Henson produced these commercials for Wilkins Coffee. They are, uh, very blunt. To summarize, the message is “Buy our coffee, or we’ll kill you.” The brand appears to be defunct. via Boing Boing

UK government releases more UFO files

35 previously classified documents have been released detailing UFO incidents dating back to the 1950s. In one of the documents is a report about a ma…

Television Shows Out of Their Time

Rob Cockerham constructed a chart of TV shows that were set in a time period other than the one they were produced in. This may be especially useful for young people who weren’t watching at the time, like my children, who thought the series Happy Days was produced in the 1950s. Still, there are some [...]

What to Do on a Space Date

(Video Link) YouTube user OneMinuteGalactica remixed scenes from Star Wars with audio from a 1950s-era teen hygiene film about dating. Luke wants to ask Leia out on a date. How should he do it? What should they do together? This film advises young Jedi on how to have a good first date experience. via Topless Robot