He’s a Brick….House

Some men spend all their lives trying to get a foot-hold in their industry, struggling up the ladder, trying in vain to be recognized for their creativity and ingenuity, then one day — one fine day — they will create something awe-inspiring, something stunning, something that makes the other members of the industry look upon it in awe and wonder.

And then you’ll go to a society ball and they’ll make you dress up like your creation:

This  is from the Society of Beaux-Arts Architects annual ball, 1931.  That guy in the middle, wearing a Hamburglar bathrobe?   He’s the actual, real architect who designed the Empire State Building.  He’s so awesome he doesn’t have to stoop to wearing a ten-story sundress like his compartiots — screw you, Mr. Waldorf-Astoria, let’s see you architect something remarkable next time!  If only Sid and Marty Krofft had ever seen this picture, we might have been raised watching a TV show about a town populated by an anthropomorphic town, which would have been so recursive people’s brains would have exploded.


**Update:  A sharp eyed reader has pointed out that the guy I called the Empire State Building actually looks like the Chrysler Building.   JDavis is correct – that’s architect William Van Alen wearing the tippy-top of the Chrysler Building on his head.  Apparently it’s a common mistake for rubes who have never been to New York before, which describes me accurately.

The Appliance Ball

Kitchen appliance costume balls were serious business in the 1930s.   You didn’t show up dressed half-heartedly or ironically.  Well, unless you wanted to be funny and dress as an iron and call yourself ironic, but that might still get you kicked out.   See more of the modern machinery of the 1930s here.


Sail Away, MacGyver Style

Have you ever dreamed of just buying a houseboat, sailing away, and fighting crime under the auspices of a shadowy nongovernmental entity? Well now you can!

 Yes, for a limited time only, the houseboat featured on the 1980s adventure series MacGyver is up for sale! It’s not the first time it’s been on eBay, and it apparently goes up for sale quite regularly.  The owner has been trying to part with the MacGyver boat for years now, and I can see why:  I watched MacGyver religiously when I was younger, and every single person that set foot on that boat got shot at, was kidnapped, barely escaped being blown up, and at one point was almost crushed in the back of a garbage truck if not for MacGyver’s ingenuity in getting out of a tight scrape.  If the MacGyver houseboat doesn’t come with a fully-functional MacGyver to save me from international terrorists or mobsters, it’s much too dangerous for me to own.

Jayne Cobb’s Hat

Towards the end of Firefly’s only season, Jayne Cobb picks up his mail from his mom, which includes a homemade gift: a ear-flap knitted cap.  Fans love making replicas of props, and some industrious knitter has studied the hat through meticulous repeated viewings and pausing, resulting in instructions for how to make your own Momma Cobb Hat.  People will know, when you walk down the street, that you’re the kind of person who’s not afraid of nothing.

Dime Star Toys

Artist Randy Regier has a taste for 1950s toy and packaging designs, coming up with his own surreal and bizarre products.   I can’t be the only one who totally wished that Santa had left a Tardy the Man-Pony action figure under the Christmas tree for me.   Far more exciting than the G.I. Joe action figures — and I have no doubt that the Saturday-morning cartoon for Tardy would have been an instant cult classic.  John Kricfalusi was born to make that cartoon.

Here Comes Peter Cottontail…

Everone sing along:   “Here comes Peter Cottontail, Piloting the Weyland-Yutani survey ship Paas, responding to an unknown distress call…”  Oh, dear, things aren’t going well for the Easter Bunny this year.

As you’ll remember, xenomorphs take on characteristics of their hosts, so one can only assume that this easter-alien poops acid-filled Technicolor eggs and leaves chocolate headless humans for good little boys and girls.  Bonus:  Alien vs. Pooh.


Power Mustache

You know how awesome mustaches are, and now you can have them watching you in every room:

Creative Outlets Stickers, found at Etsy, have more than just moustaches, though: you can make your outlets look like dogs, girls, and all sort of other anthropomorphic things that’ll make you feel bad for shoving big metal spikes into their eyes and mouths.  Just be aware of what kinds of mains your country uses; U.S. outlets look quite humanlike, but if you’re from somewhere else, adding mustaches to your outlets might look more like a robot failing at trying to look inconspicuous amongst the humans.

He’ll Give You The Answer That You’ll Endorse

This terrified-horse mask has been getting around the internet for quite a while, whether you’re scaring roommates or just watching Google Streetview Car drive by.   Turns out, it’s a $30 piece of amazing that’s available from Amazon — and the user-contributed photos are awesome beyond words.   Go look at the Amazon slideshow, because rather than stealing an Amazon photo I give you this animated GIF instead.  Enjoy.

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Glove Squirrel

The arctic cold has hit us in the northern plains, which is exactly the time that a person goes to look for gloves, but only finds glove.  Don’t toss out that solo glove (or just throw it back in the closet like we do) – get your scissors, some thread, and a needle, and turn your sad, lonely glove into a happy, fuzzy squrrel!

Full instructions are found here, via Etsy, and the original instructions come from the adorable book Happy Gloves:  Charmingly Soft Friends Made From Gloves, by Miyako Kanamori.