There’s few things that make me go, “What’s that – I need one!” than when I saw this guy:
Three wheels, a space-age half-steering wheel, and a grill off a muscle car?
This is the Probe Jr., a pedal car made from the late 1960s to early 1970s. I can’t imagine it’d be very stable, being so narrow and on three wheels, but crashing is just the fun of it, right? That pressed-steel body will absorb most of the impact.
Overall, they seem pretty rare — most discussion on the internet starts with, “I found this, what the heck is it?” and there’s a few restored that show up on eBay and Etsy from time to time.
Melinda’s napkin folding skills were so great, she was no longer content to confine her skills in the dining room.
The 1980s were a golden time for cartoons: they came on at 6am, ran until you had to go to school, then as soon as you walked through the door after school, more cartoons until dinner. At least it was that way on KVRR, the UHF station that aired Fox affiliate shows in the evening but the rest of the day was a cornucopia of syndicated content.
KVRR was so devoted to children’s programming they even enlist the help of this guy: Vorr-Trexx the Defender:
For the life of me, I don’t remember the dude, who looks like he would have a fine career in pro wrestling if he hadn’t devoted his life to cartoons and other cartoon-like TV programming. He was so awesome he did in-person appearances when necessary, as documented in these three spots I found on an ancient video tape:
I hope he was well-compensated for this role; the lives of children were at stake! Or, at least it kept us out of our parents’ hair for a while, which is almost as important.
He certainly seems to enjoy it.
When quiet time is a silent prayer for it all to end.
Vintage LP spotted at a local thrift shop. See also: How To Pray & Stay Awake.
This graphic covers the plates from cars in films from 1964 to 2008. I’m not really a gear head, but I would have preferred photos to the illustrations myself. Via.
This is Spinal Tap, a mock rockumentary. But This Is Spinal Tape, packing tape with real backbone. …Well, it’s illustrated with spinal cord, anyway. According to the reviews, it’s more decorative than structurally sound for packing up boxes.
Culture Clash Records in Toledo, OH, was nearly out of business due to road construction, when the owner decided to give their roof an upgrade: he took hundreds of record albums, climbed a ladder, and screwed them into his roof:The owner says the albums immediately started melting and warping in the sun, and he loved it.
The city, however, doesn’t love it: his vinyl roof has been declared a “public nuisance” and he has to take it down. He doesn’t mind — he’s going to find something “cooler and stranger” to do — but I hope he does something about the hundreds of screw-holes in his roof, that can’t be good for waterproofing.
From the Grand Forks (ND) Evening Times, December 15th, 1911, a great idea for under the Christmas tree!
Accurate .22 rifles — take your pick from Stevens, Winchester, Remington, and Savage brands!
Granted, in 1911 in North Dakota a rifle was a practical tool for farm work — it wasn’t a toy, it was something necessary to getting things done, from shooting pigeons in the barn to hunting dinner…and what kid is going to start taking pot shots at the neighbors? Well, maybe guns aren’t the best thing to give a kid…but sometimes the kid isn’t the one who shouldn’t be messing around with a gun. And yet nobody let Ralphie have a BB gun.
Not to be all about moustaches, but did you know that the World Beard and Moustache Championships were recently held in in Leogang, Austria? Results will be published here. And just yesterday, the 2015 Just for Men® National Beard and Moustache Championships® presented by Hanes X-Temp® took place in Brooklyn, New York. Details here.
Also, the British Army required every soldier to have a mustache from in 1860-1916.
That’s all I can manage to say, really. Via.