Monday, August 5, 2019



Some items you may have missed.

Turk 182 strikes again?

Has anyone seen the 1985 film Turk 182 in which the central character carries out various public stunts, political sabotage and spray can graffiti to embarrass the incumbent Mayor during his re-election campaign? I was put in mind of it when I read that a doctored presidential seal had appeared behind President Trump during a speaking engagement and had remained for 80 seconds before being taken down.  An aide has been fired for it. The latest suggestion is that the doctored seal may have been downloaded by mistake on a google search for a background Presidential seal.

The seal featured a double-headed eagle from the Russian coat of arms; the words “45 es un titere”, Spanish for “45 is a puppet” and referring to the 45th president of the United States; 13 golf clubs in place of the 13 arrows in the eagle’s left claw and cash instead of an olive branch in the eagle’s right claw.

Source:, July 27 2019

Don’t (Won’t) get MAD . . .

MAD Magazine, founded 67 years ago, has announced that it is ceasing publication.  It will disappear from newsstands after the release of its August issue. The magazine will reprint old material with new covers, which will be available in comic stores and via subscription. But aside from end-of-year specials and other one-off features, MAD won’t be creating any new content.

Source: July 8, 2019

The Alfred E (“What, me worry?”) Neuman character and symbol of MAD was not created by the magazine.  The ad first emerged decades prior to the use by MAD, appearing in early twentieth-century advertisements for painless dentistry-- the origin of his "What, me worry?" motto-- and, in the early 1930s, on a presidential campaign postcard with the caption, "Sure I'm for Roosevelt".

Advertisement for the comical stage play, The New Boy, 1894

1908 pharmaceutical ad

Postcard from 1930 to 1945 with a similar boy and slogan to Mad's Neuman

After Donald Trump gave mayor Paul Buttigeig the nickname “Alfred E Neumann”, MAD magazine responded with the cover above.

Source: July 8, 2019


Back in 2008 Sydney’s Coogee Bay Hotel gained notoriety after human excrement was found in a complimentary gelato given after complaining about food prices, facilities and staff attitude at the restaurant there. After eating the dessert Mrs Whyte became violently ill. A heated argument erupted with staff over the contents of the bowl. Distraught, the family took a sample of the gelato and had it tested at the National Measurement Institute. A report from the institute found: "The sample has an offensive odour and physical properties similar to human excreta."


Set the Wayback Machine to July 30 this year, Sherman. 
20 year old Grace Brown turned herself into police with her lawyer, admitting that she was the person caught on video urinating in a bin of potatoes at a Walmart in Pennsylvania.  There is no truth in the suggestion that she may have been motivated by Matt Damon cultivating spuds with his own waste in the film The Martian.

According to the DA, she will be charged with “criminal mischief, open lewdness, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.” According to Walmart, they tossed out the pratties and sanitised the area.

NY Post, July 30, 2019

An incident some weeks earlier where a woman posted a video on Twitter of her taking the lid off a tub of ice cream, licking the contents, putting the lid back on and putting the container back in the store freezer has also resulted in the woman being identified.  This incident took place at a Walmart in Texas. According to police, the young woman may face charges but it will be "at the discretion of the juvenile justice system.”

Today July 3, 2019
Meanwhile, in Florida, a dispute over parking spaces and the growing popularity of an ice cream shop is believed to have led Jung Soon Wypcha, the owner of the adjoining Indian Shores Food Mart, to carry out reprisals.  She was arrested on July 9, 2019 and charged with various acts, all captured on video:  
  • using the shared bathroom with the door open five different times in the month of June;
  • not washing her hands after using the restroom. In at least one of those bathroom breaks, she walked over to a freezer containing cartons of ice cream and shoved her hands into the ice cream containers. On another occasion, cameras captured her picking her nose and sticking her hands in the ice cream.
  • spitting into the ice cream containers;
  • on a final occasion, using the ice cream churning machine as a makeshift toilet then emptying her urine in a sink used to rinse out ice cream equipment and bowls.

ABC action  July 9, 2019

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