Monday, April 13, 2020

It’s a Weird Weird Weird Weird World . . .


Scenes from the Subway . . . 

Inner Peace While Commuting 

We Are Cordially Invited To An Artistic Snooze Session 

Butcher on the Go 
A Chinese commuter train that has a butcher stand inside the subway. It opens three days a week, travels from the Cheongdam Station and a few others and started operations in 2008, selling diverse agricultural products. The products are apparently 30% cheaper compared to market prices. 

Even more scary, this wasn’t Halloween 

There’s a Glitch in the Matrix 

Keep Cool and Stay Still 

It Never Hurts to Smile 

Blue Collar Angel 

Bumping Into Your Other Father On The Subway 

DIY Subway Plunger Pole




John Wayne’s Bullshit Wagon Car . . . 

In 1971, Bob Hope wanted to present something unique to his good friend John Wayne for his birthday. Hope commissioned legendary customizer George Barris to make a motorized Conestoga wagon that was named the 1900 Overland Manure Spreader, or Bullshit Scraper. 

It is complete with bullshit in the back:


Just a car Guy 

Charlie Turner, Top Gear Editor 


Lester and Cynthia . . . 

In 1932 Lester Gaba, an American soap sculptor, was asked by luxury department store Saks Fifth Avenue to design a mannequin for their window displays. 

Gaba hired aspiring models from New York and asked them to pose for him, while he sculpted a life-size version of each woman out of clay. He then used the clay figures to make moulds from which he casted mannequins out of plaster. Gaba called his new line of mannequins Gaba Girls.Like the real women after which these mannequins were modelled, Gaba Girls carried small imperfections, such as freckles and different-sized feet. 

One of the women who modelled for Gaba was named Cynthia Wells. All that is known about her is that “she was quite slender” and had—to quote Alana Staiti, curator at the National Museum of American History— “very light-colored peach skin, blonde hair in a wig, very faint angular jawline, [and] very small, pointed upturned nose,” with a touch of “New York high society snobbery and humility,” as journalist Mitchell Johnson puts it. 

After Lester saw the mannequin he had created, he was astounded by her beauty and fell in love with her, not the model but the mannequin. He decided to make another one for himself. Soon, Lester Gaba began to take “Cynthia” out with him to dinner parties and gala events as if she was his date. Cynthia commanded attention wherever she went, and for a brief period during the 1930s, she became one of the most sought-after celebrities in Hollywood. 

Cynthia started appearing on glossy magazines alongside pictures of Hollywood stars, including a 14-page spread in Life Magazine covering her upcoming career as if she was a real person. As Cynthia’s fame grew, the country’s fashion houses took the opportunity to promote their products. They began to send Cynthia free dresses, shoes, furs and jewelry to wear during her outings with Lester Gaba. It was surreal, and understandably, not everyone understood the craze. Years later, Gaba himself confided in The New York Times reported Gay Talese: “Cynthia never made any sense.” 

When World War 2 arrived, Gaba went off to fight the country’s enemies and left Cynthia to stay with his mother in Missouri, where he left strict instructions that she was to be pampered like a real star, which entailed weekly beauty treatments and styling at the best salon in town. It was while receiving such a treatment at the local beauty salon, one day in 1942, that Cynthia slipped from the salon chair and shattered. 

Gaba had another Cynthia built, this one could talk, playing out pre-recorded sentences and a jaw that moved in sync. Gaba tried to bring her back to limelight by getting her her own television talk show, but the magic was over and the network, as well as the public, lost interest. 

The current whereabouts of Cynthia is unknown. According to one source, Gaba left her at a friend’s attic in the East Village, where, in all likelihood, it’s still sitting in the dark, collecting dust. 


Lester Gaba


Amusing Planet 


Blue Angel . . . 

Glaucus Atlanticus is a species of sea slug nicknamed the "blue angel." This otherworldly creature is as rare as it is beautiful and is only found on the coasts of South Africa and Australia (Yay for Oz). 

The slug's mesmerising looks belie a dangerous nature. The blue angel is carnivorous and feeds on other venomous sea creatures, such as the Portuguese man o' war. It collects the venom from its prey in specialised sacs, concentrates it, then uses the venom on future prey. 


Science Alert 


Toilet Paper Message . . . 

A homeowner in Florida is having some fun hanging a giant roll of toilet paper in his front yard. Donald Ryan says he put it up to poke fun at the nationwide rush to buy as much toilet paper possible. "Everybody loves it,” Ryan said. “I don't even have toilet paper myself… I have like three rolls." 

This is perhaps his most unusual tree decoration and advertisement for his craft business: Who Wood Wonder. "I'd had the pulleys in the trees all along ‘cause I do Christmas decorations up there and Halloween and Easter and all kinds of things, but I just put it to use,” Ryan said. 


Fox 8 


Yes, it is a weird weird weird weird world . . . 

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