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Step Right Up!…

The rakishly-named Jen Wayne Gacy maintains what has to be one of the most unusual– and fascinating– Pinterest collections online.  Your correspondent’s personal favorite:  “Slideshow/Freakshow.”

Tour the netherworld at “Slideshow/Freakshow.”  (And learn the lingo here.)

[TotH to Richard Kadrey’s Damn Tumbler]


As we purchase our peek behind the curtain, we might note that it was on this date in 1923 that Albert Eistein demonstrated that time is relative:  he delivered his Nobel Prize lecture… two years late.


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July 11, 2013 at 1:01 am

Amaze your friends!…

And so, the season of carnivals, fairs– of Midway Madness– begins…  Covet that kewpie?  Wanna take home that teddy?  “Beat the Carnies: The Secrets to Winning 5 Popular State Fair Games” has you covered.


As we wash the cotton candy off of our fingers, we might send illustrated birthday greetings to Richard Scarry; he was born on this date in 1919.  Scarry wrote or illustrated over 300 children’s books, which have (so far) sold over 300 million copies worldwide.

Mrs. Bunny turned on the television to little bunny’s favorite program. 
The little bunny turned the sound away up loud and nearly frightened his mother out of her wits. 
Oh naughty bunny. 

(from Naughty Bunny, 1959)


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June 5, 2012 at 1:01 am

Pencil it in…


“I’m known as the pencil guy,” laughed Dalton Ghetti, 49. “I don’t mind that at all.”

The Bridgeport artist creates impossibly detailed miniature sculptures on the tip of a pencil.

He shuns a magnifying glass and uses simple tools like razor blades and needles to create delicate little figures – from a tiny, jagged handsaw to a minibust of Elvis in shades…

Readers can find the full, photo-laced story in The NY Daily News (and more in The [U.K.] Daily Mail); and readers in the Northeast can see the Brazilian-born carver’s work at the New Britain Museum of American Art, as part of its “Meticulous Masterpieces” exhibit, through this Sunday.

(Many thanks to reader PL.)


As we ponder altogether new meanings for “sharpen my pencil,” we might recall that it was on this date in 1940, at the New York World’s Fair, that the world’ first Parachute Wedding was conducted.  Arno Rudolphi and Ann Hayward, were married on the Parachute Jump, a 26-story high ride created for the World’s Fair (though now working on Coney Island). The entire wedding party– minister, bride, groom, best man, maid of honor & four musicians– was suspended aloft until the newlyweds completed their vows.

The Parachute Jump in operation at the World’s Fair

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