Throwback Thursday: Fad Diets — “Fletcherism”

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You’re just in time for another installment of Throwback Thursday — a popular meme re-imagined.

Today’s Throwback Thursday: Fletcherism, a late 19th-Century Dietary Fad

Horace Fletcher (1849-1919) known as “The Great Masticator”

“food should be chewed about 100 times per minute before being swallowed: “Nature will castigate those who don’t masticate.” He made elaborate justifications for his claim.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Um 1900: Der amerikanische Unternehmer Horace Fletcher machte sich einen Namen als “der große Käuer”. Laut Fletcher konnte man essen, was und soviel man nur wollte, sofern man es nur lange genug um Mund wälzte. Jeder Bissen sollte mindestens 100 Mal, fettige Speisen bis zu 700 Mal gekaut und dann ausgespuckt werden.

Museum of Curious Toys & Games: “13 Dead End Drive” a 3D Board Game (1993)

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Museum of Curious Toys & Games

Hello and welcome to another view into this one-of-a-kind collection celebrating the bizarre world of  creepy or unusual toys & games. Each item featured in this collection represents a questionable moment in the development of toys and games throughout history.

Today’s Featured Item: 13 Dead End Drive, A “3D” Board Game

Billed as a “3D board game” — 13 Dead End Drive is clearly inspired by the successful board game, Clue.

13 Dead End Drive is a murder mystery board game from Milton Bradley. Released in 1993, and showing a graphic style very in line with the times, the original was followed by a sequel in 2002.

Museum of Curious Toys & Games: God-Jesus Robot (1984)

God-Jesus Robot (1984)

Museum of Curious Toys & Games

Hello and welcome to another view into this one-of-a-kind collection celebrating the bizarre world of  creepy or unusual toys & games. Each item featured in this collection represents a questionable moment in the development of toys and games throughout history.

Today’s Featured Item: Bandai’s God-Jesus Robot

The God-Jesus Robot was a Bandai creation, sold in Japan in 1984. Similar to the Magic 8-Ball, though much more silly, players would ask God-Jesus Robot a question to help them find answers to perplexing questions of life.

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Know of a game or toy that belongs in this collection? Please feel free to get in touch and let us know!

Museum of Curious Toys & Games: Cold War Unicorn Set

Museum of Curious Toys & Games

Hello and welcome to another view into this one-of-a-kind collection celebrating the bizarre world of  creepy or unusual toys & games. Each item featured in this collection represents a questionable moment in the development of toys and games throughout history.

Today’s Featured Item: Cold War Unicorns

Cold War Unicorn

Here’s an official product description of the Cold War Unicorn set:

It’s a Cold War showdown! This play set allows you to play out the intense struggle between two global superpowers in the majestic fantasy world of the Unicorn! Can the Commie Unicorn’s horn of classless social structure hold up against the Freedom Unicorn’s hooves of capitalist opportunity? You decide! Each hard vinyl figure stands 3 3/4-inches tall and features articulated joints for all sorts of dramatic poses. You’ll love them, they’re educational and absurd!

Museum of Curious Toys & Games: Feeley Meeley (1967)

Museum of Curious Toys & Games

Hello and welcome to another view into this one-of-a-kind collection celebrating the bizarre world of  creepy or unusual toys & games. Each item featured in this collection represents a questionable moment in the development of toys and games throughout history.

Today’s Featured Item: Feeley Meeley (1967)

A case where the box art is better than the game.

Toys and Games - Feeley Meeley

A clear case of the box art being more interesting than the actual game.

The rule are deceptively simple: pick a card and then try to find that item in the suggestively-named “Grab Box.” 

Museum of Curious Toys & Games: The Outer Space Men (1968)

Celebrating the bizarre world of creepy or unusual toys & games, each item featured in this collection represents a questionable moment in the development of toys and games throughout history.

Today’s Featured Item: The Outer Space Men (1968)

So, I’m having action figure envy right now. How awesome is this?

The Outer Space Men were produced starting in 1968 by The Colorforms Corporation.

Museum of Curious Toys & Games: The (Not So) Funny Face Board Game

Hello and welcome to an exclusive showing of the Museum of Curious Toys & Games. Each item featured in this collection represents a questionable moment in the development of toys and games throughout history.

Today’s Featured Item: The “Funny Face” Board Game

Museum of Unsettling Toys & Games: Funny Face Board Game

The “Funny Face” board game — the stuff that nightmares is made of.

Whitman was a board game company that was founded in 1916 as a subsidiary of Western Publishing Company. In 1968, Whitman had the crazy idea to make the “Funny Face” board game — screenshots from which you see here.  In 1979, Mattel purchased Whitman and they were eventually phased out. Lucky for us, “pieces” of this terrifying clown face game still live on.

More unsettling photos of “Funny Face” after the jump. 

#SochiProblems at the Winter Olympics: The Bob Costas Pink Eye Edition

The 2014 Winter Olympics will go down in history as one of the funniest. Snarky comments from Western journalists, athletes, tourists and far-away bloggers alike can’t stop going on about the deplorable conditions of the Sochi hotels, including rumors that one too many photo of a shirtless Putin abound as decoration of choice for said accommodations. On top of this, signage that best lost in translation and a slew of technical problems make armchair quarterbacking this shindig deliciously funny.

#SochiProblems at the Winter Olympics: The Funniest / Most Poignant Tweets (Part II)

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The other day, I posted; some of the funniest or most impactful #Tweets (as judged by yours truly) from the Winter Olympic celebrations in the city of Sochi. Here’s Part II. Enjoy!

 

 

#SochiProblems: The Funniest / Most Poignant Tweets About the 2014 Winter Olympics So Far (Part I)

With relatively little fanfare when compared to Olympic Games of the recent past, and under a cloud of heavy worldwide condemnation over the oppressive policies of (an often shirtless) Putin — I think it’s fair to say that the Sochi Winter Olympics of 2014 is off to a bumpy start.

There have been numerous calls to boycott the Olympics because of Putin’s hard-line anti LGBT stance — a policy that has caused enormous violence and unrest towards Russian citizens — creating a climate of fear, intimidation and multiple human rights abuses.

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A shirtless Putin — wall decoration of choice for many Sochi area hotels.