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Caviar Vending Machine

You’ll need a lot of quarters when using this vending machine. It and others like it in the Burbank, California area offer caviar and other luxury foods: Beverly Hills Caviar has unveiled its first touch-screen vending machine at the Burbank Town Center, offering “a large selection of the world’s finest selection of caviar, truffles, escargot, bottarga, [...]

26 Beatnik Slang Words and Phrases We Should All Start Using

Plenty of phrases from the first self-described hipster generation have lasted into modern conversation: people still get bent out of shape, annoying people bug us and muscular guys are still built, just to scan the b-words. Here are 26 words and phrases that don’t get much use any more but are worth sneaking into conversation. 1. [...]

The Most Famous Mutts Ever

Mutts sometimes get a bad rap because they are less predictable and lack the supposedly superior genetics of purebreds, but scientists have performed multiple studies showing that mixed breed dogs are actually much healthier and often live longer than their purebred counterparts. While there is no definitive answer as to which is better because everyone’s [...]

World’s Oldest Pearl

The unassuming object to the left is actually the world’s oldest pearl, unearthed by French researchers at a Neolithic site in the Arabian Peninsula: Discovered in the Emirate of Umm al Quwain, United Arab Emirates [...]

Proper Opossum Poetry Corner

(YouTube link) ME Pearl, whose full name is Pearl de Sagesse de Sabaduria. does poetry with her Opossum. (via Arbroath) Previous possum post: Proper Opossum Pedicure

Going Out With a Bang: Janis Joplin’s Hard-Partying Wake

When Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose on October 4, 1970, she left behind a will that included an offbeat stipulation: $2,500 to fund a hard-partying wake in her memory. Her loved ones threw the bash three weeks later at the Lion’s Share, a San Anselmo, CA venue that had hosted many of Joplin’s [...]

Pearl Removed from Ear -41 Years Later

Calvin Wright of Athens, Georgia went to a hospital for bronchitis and received a thorough examination. A nurse found something stuck in his ear. It was removed and found to be a pearl that Wright didn’t know was there! The pearl got stuck in his right ear when Wright was 5 and roughhousing with his sister, [...]

Talking Pictures: Glamor Shots

After last week’s Talking Pictures post, featuring plagues of locusts and lightning-struck horses, and the previous week’s, all about death, I figured it was time to lighten things up a bit. So I dug through the archives to find all my favorite shots of sassy broads and glamor girls (and guys) vogue-ing for the camera [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Famous Uses of the Ouija Board

The Ouija Board was one of my favorite slumber party games when I was a kid. I know – some people would say that it’s certainly not a game. Look what happened to Regan in The Exorcist, after all. I haven’t used one in years, but maybe I should – several famous writers made very [...]

10 Neat Facts About The Flintstones (on their 50th anniversary)

On September 30th, 1960, Americans sat down to watch the premiere of a prime-time animated series called The Flintstones. Fifty years later, Fred and his gang are remembered as our favorite cavemen. The Hanna-Barbera production ran for six seasons and is still a part of our pop culture landscape. 1. Today’s Google doodle honors The Flintstones [...]