February 29, 2004
“Tempus Fugit: Time Flies".
“Stroke of Art”, featuring the Originally Designed Typewriter Watch Typewriter Watch, Typewriter Earrings and Cufflinks, and Typewriter Jewelry made from authentic vintage typewriter keys and sterling silver.
Here are the old "Grow-a-Brain” Clocks & Watches Collections (A very long list!)
Here is the second of over 150 collections from the old "Grow-a-Brain"! The list of "First Ever"
World's First written words - approx. 3000 BC
First ice cream - about 700 A.D.
Magellan's First Circumnavigation Of The Globe - 1518 (- 11/29/03)
The Gutenberg Bible, first printed book - 1554
A "First Thanksgiving" Dinner - 1621 (- 9/16/03)
Benjamin Franklin's Club of Mutual Improvement - 1731, the nation's first subscription public library
The First Amendment - 1786 (- 9/19/03)
First Bicycle The Walking Machine - 1817
Some thoughts on the First known photograph - 1826
The Penny Black - World's first Stamp - 1840
Tom Sawyer - The first novel ever written on a typewriter - 1876 (- 8/31/03)
"Mary had a little Lamb" - 1877
Eadweard Muybridge & the first serial motion photography - 1878
Flat Disc Record - 1881
Victoria C. Woodhull, first woman to run for president - 1888 (by Susan Kullmann Puz)
The hand of Mrs. Wilhelm Roentgen: the first X-ray image - 1895 (- 8/25/03)
First Traffic Accident - 1896 (- 9/14/03)
Official Land Speed Record Set - 1898 (- 1/3/04)
First Flight - 1903
First Photograph Ever Taken From the Clouds - 1907 (- 8/5/03)
Roald Amundsen reaches the South Pole - 1911
Brief history of the Lincoln Highway, America's original transcontinental highway, 1912 (- 11/15/03)
First Crossword Puzzle - 1913
Piggly Wiggly, America's first self-service supermarket - 1916 - (9/24/03)
First World War - 1914-1918
The First Mobile Home - 1923 (- 11/7/03)
Roosevelt's First Fireside Chat - March 12, 1933
I'm sure you too have always wondered: Who was the genius who came up with the concept: "Why don't we charge people to have their cars parked in the streets?" Now you know, Carl C. Magee, of Oklahoma City - 1935 (10/28/03)
Action Comics, Superman # 1 - June 1938
Who's on First - 1945
The First Atomic Bomb Blast - July 16, 1945
First Bikini unveiled - July 5th, 1946
Jackie Robinson - 1947
First Mcdonald's restaurant, San Bernardino, CA - 1948
First Satelite in Space - October 5, 1957 (- 10/29/03)
Super Bowl 1 - January 15, 1967
First Verified Walk Round the World - 1970-1974 (- 8/18/03)
First Email message - 1971
First 'test tube baby' born - July 26, 1978
The first 11 "Microsoft" Employees - 1978
First :-) "Smiley" - 1982
First "Burning Man" in Nevada - 1990 (- 7/11/03)
First Google page - 1997 (- 8/23/03)
"Robot Wisdom" (by Jorn Barger) - First blog - December 17, 1997 (- 8/30/03)
Many More “First Ever” Links Here
Here is the first of over 150 collections from the old "Grow-a-Brain"! The list of "The best"
Bents in Colorado - Bicycles for the Pedally Insane
Best Bagels in New York (a "NY Times" mirror) - 1/3/04
Cameron is the best-selling brand of hot-air balloon in the world
Jack Handey's Best List For 2001 : "Best Planet: Earth... Best Flat Italian Pie: Pizza..." More.
Lists Of Bests ; Books - Movies - Music
Money Magazine's 2003 Hottest Towns to live: Cary, NC, Naperville, IL, Woodbury, MN, Plano, TX, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA and Sugarland Run district, VA... - 12/29/03
Morocco - The best of
Best of SOHO images and Movies.(Solar and Heliospheric Observatory)
Which dictionary is the best?, from "Slate"
More Of The Best of Everything Here
Farewell to Thee
"Farewell to Thee : Ladies & gentlemen, We’ve shared so many good times. It’s been a pleasure serving you. Alas, I must now bid you adieu…” Another brilliant piece from advertising genius Ryan McFaul, creator of wondrous things both useful and not. (Up with the speakers!) To find out who is Ryan McFaul , watch his family's collection of super-8 films. Among the many gems you’ll discover on his website, “Lunacy Farm” , look for 30 seconds of Le Raisin Sec ("A succulent raisin. A velvety chinchilla. Together at last") and “Wonderful Town” , “Gay Boyfriend”, and more
“Giving someone the finger doesn’t have to be a bad thing”, Billboard Ads from the American School of Proctology.
"The devil makes work for idle thumbs" a Virgin commercial.
The old Zazoo Ad
February 28, 2004
Since our Sand Sculpture Collection proved to be so popular, here is a similar collection of eclectic links about Ice Sculpting. Where would you rather learn your carving skill, in West Palm Beach or in Fairbanks, AK? Either way, here you go…
Steve Berkshire's "Point of no Return".
2001 Snow Sculpture International Competition and 2003 schedule . World Ice Art Championships 2003 Single Block Classic March 5 - 7, 2003.
This Theodore Roosevelt Ice sculpture was created by Klaus Ebeling and was found on "Whirled White Web" , 2003 silver medalist at the international Snow Sculpture competition. (From the old "Grow-a-Brain")
See team captain Stan Wagon on his square-wheel bike.
Multi Block Classic , from "Ice Alaska".
"Polar bears" ice sculptures in Boston Common.
“Hirmes” Photos of Ice - (11/2/03).
Polar Bear from "Big Sky Dave" (1/25/04).
Visitors pass the Suwa Taisha shrine, made of ice, at the Crystal Festival in Chino, northwest of Tokyo February 16, 2004. This is Japan's largest fluorescent lighted ice sculpture event.
A luge is an ice sculpture that has been specifically crafted so that beverages can be run through or across it and served ice cold.
Ice Castle from Dawn Jacksons.
"Matryoshka" are Russian wooden dolls with smaller dolls stacked within the bigger ones. Russian Legacy.com has over 1,000 different Nestling Dolls styles, from Stevie Wonder to "All the President's Dolls". Music Bands & Musicians Nesting Dolls . (From “Snarky Malarkey” ).
Sheet Music - Ragtime record covers from the University of Colorado.
You are the crown of creation
And you've got no place to go...
In loyalty to their kind
They cannot tolerate our minds
And in loyalty to our kind
We cannot tolerate their obstruction.
Browse through our old Eclectic Music links here.
February 27, 2004
A photomosaic of Jesus composed of images of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
“Share the Passion” – Buy Nail Jewelry : The “Nail” pendants come in two sizes and feature Isaiah 53:5 inscribed on the side. The 20" cord has a Nail pendant that is 1 7/8" in length and the 24" cord has a Nail pendant that is 2 5/8" in length. More Compassion Figures from “Living Nails”: the Word of God is captured in our unique collection of figures made of recycled railway nails. Here is “Jesus of Nazareth” by Franco Zeffirelli from 1977.
A handmade Decorative Planter, i.e. “Chia Christ” from “LordCo Center”.
No more text messages from Jesus - Finnish company cuts heavenly mobile service.
Hieronymus Bosch Table top , Tabletop of the Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things, at the Prado in Madrid.
How to build an igloo with The ICEBOX®, an affordable, lightweight, and packable tool for building a snow shelter.
The monumental mural art of trompe l'oeil illusion artist John Pugh: "People take delight in being visually tricked. Once captivated by the illusion, the viewer is lured to cross an artistic threshold and thus seduced into exploring the concept of the piece..."
Garden Planner , design your dream garden online. Arrange plants, trees, buildings and objects using an easy to use 'drag and drop' interface. Then produce a high quality color print out of your design. Unlike Weird Gardens in Baltimore.
Acid stained concrete is the latest thing in floor treatments...
Many More Unusual Design Concepts Here
Ecological Architecture from “Future Hi”, a blog celebrating the rebirth of psychedelic Futurism.
Enter the Cathedral.
The Futuro house: Finnish architect Matti Suuronen designed this UFO shaped dwelling in 1968, initially for use as a ski-cabin or holiday home.
The Streets of Blaxploitation , Los Angeles, Detroit, the South Bronx and Harlem in the 70s. From “Rue Avista”.
181HaYarkon Street, Tel Aviv, where the British embassy is situated.
The earthquake that shook the Tacoma Bridge...
See also our Doors collection.
February 26, 2004
Scotch on the Rocks is a unique gift for the discerning Scotch drinker. It rocks...
Glowing tonic water , using an ultraviolet banknote counterfeit checker, due to its quinine content. (From "Apothecary's Drawer" ) . Apparantly, fluorescent Cocktails are the new fad. And if you are a raver intent on being on the cusp of things, you may want to partake in some of these hi-tech, hi-touch “Ultimate Rave Cocktails". For example, "The Bedrock Bastardizer" uses "Flinstones Chewable Vitamins" & "Didi-Seven".
Vodka Kalashnikov , based on a recipe approved by Mikhail Kalashnikov, designer of the AK-47 Rifle.. Yuck.
“Giornale Nuovo” writes about Saturnus flavored syrups which Swedes combined with unflavoured brännvin (a neutral spirit)… Yuck.
Top 5 Chocolate Drinks from “The Food Channel”.
POP champagne, individual bottles to drink with a straw?.. Yuck.
See our old Beverages collection.
Beer Tap at home
Polygamy Porter, why have just one?.
Breaking beer news - Dark Beer May Be Better for the Heart .
“Beer Appreciation Nights” (I.E. "Drinking beers?") from the Southern California beer scene , by Roy Rausch, a Long-Beach brewmeister.
February 25, 2004
A pair of Japanese kite fliers Boots.
Japanese Ruins: Beautiful photography of rotted urbania.
natori shunsen , 36 Portraits of Actors in Various Roles.
See our 2003 Eclectic links about Japan here.
Curry KitKat anyone? - As well as the cumin and masala flavour, NestlÈ is considering offering lemon cheesecake, liquorice, saffron and passion fruit….Lemon cheesecake KitKat is already sold in Germany and Japan, and the group confirmed it may be brought to Britain. (From “This is Not a Blog” ).
Photos of Baklava .
Portraits of US presidents done in classic mosaic art form using Jelly Belly jelly beans.
For many years, we’ve played a social game called “How many bear & how many fish” at parties. Here is how it goes: Somebody throws 5 dice on the table and tells a story: “You are a pilot in a small plane flying over the north pole and you see some polar bears fishing around some holes in the ice. How many bears, how many holes & how many fish are there?” When nobody knows, you give them the answer, f.ex., “6 bear, 3 holes, 12 fish”, but you don't explain why. This game is interesting only once, the first time you play it. You keep throwing the dice, people start guessing, and pretty soon everybody is involved. There is only one rule to the game: When you figure out the game, don't tell anyone else, let them figure it out for themselves.
It is interesting to read about this game for the first time on “Boing Boing” today, where it is attributed to Bill Gates and Paul Allen, and where it is called “Petals Around the Rose” … Rack your brains.
Tinplate cars, ships and motorbikes, from "The Copenhagen Antique Toys & Dolls".
A "Crunchland" post: "Mattel recently announced the release of Limited-Edition North Virgina (NoVA) Barbie .
Anarchy Online - multiplayer game multiplayer game.
Many more Games & Toys Links Here
February 24, 2004
Tomorrow’s "Popdex"... Where to Buy Giant Watermelons in Hope, Arkansas
Bruce Perry's photo study of Mold on Cigars : "Above we see some very moldy cigars. Notice the large patches of mold"...
A Six-Part History of Tex-Mex: In the good old days, Texans went to "Mexican restaurants" and ate "Mexican food." Then in 1972, The Cuisines of Mexico, by Diana Kennedy, drew the line between authentic interior Mexican food and the "mixed plates" we ate at "so-called Mexican restaurants" in the United States. Kennedy and her friends in the food community began referring to Americanized Mexican food as "Tex-Mex," a term previously used to describe anything that was half-Texan and half-Mexican. Texas-Mexican restaurant owners considered it an insult.
Too late! We missed National Oatmeal Month ….
(More food items soon).