Old, Weird Tech: German Potato Nose-Correcting Contraption

Do you suffer from potato nose or duckbill nose? What you want, like the rest of us, of course, is the Greco-Roman Normal Form.

Do you suffer frompotato nose or duckbill nose? Long nose or hook nose? Slant nose or saddle nose? What you really want, like the rest of us, of course, is the Greco-Roman Normal Form. That according to this vintage advertisement for what BoingBoing calls an “old-timey German nose-error-correcting contraption.” The Vintage Ads Livejournal (who else?) has the translated text:

via Old, Weird Tech: German Potato Nose-Correcting Contraption – Nicholas Jackson – Technology – The Atlantic.

The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, a Book Review

This book is so amazing that I know I cannot do it justice with this review, but I will give it a try. Regardless of your religious beliefs, this New York Times Bestseller should be on your ‘must read this summer’ list.



Six year old Alex Malarkey died in a horrific car accident in 2004. He saw five angels lift his father’s body out of the driver’s seat and lay him in the ditch beside the car. Then he went through a long, bright white tunnel. He didn’t like the music in the tunnel. But then he got to Heaven, and there was powerful music, which he loved. He saw the five angels and his Daddy in Heaven. Alex saw that his father had injuries as bad as his own, but God was healing him in Heaven and sending him back. Daddy asked God if he could trade places with Alex, but God said no. Then Alex saw his Daddy’s spirit return to his body next to the smashed car.

Alex can’t say how much time he spent in Heaven. He says that time in Heaven has no past, or future, it’s just always now. He saw one hundred and fifty pure, white angels with fantastic wings who were all calling his name. They told him to go back. He did go back, but Jesus stayed with him and held him as he watched the doctors in the emergency room work on his body. The accident left his body paralyzed, but the time spent in heaven gave him knowledge and wisdom far beyond his years.

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Student Sues School After Barred From Being Sole Valedictorian

A black Arkansas teen who graduated top of her class is suing her high school for racial discrimination after the principal decided to name a white student with a lower GPA as co-valedictorian.

Kymberly Wimberly, 18, told ABC News she always dreamed about being at the top of her class at McGehee High School.

“When I found out I was valedictorian, I was ecstatic,” she said.

That soon changed when Wimberly’s mother, Molly Bratton, who works at the school as a media specialist, overheard school officials saying they wanted to avoid the “big mess” that would happen with Wimberly as valedictorian, the teen said.

The lawsuit alleges there was a “pattern and practice of school administrators and personnel treating the African-American students less favorably than the Caucasian ones.”

A white student with a lower GPA was named co-valedictorian.

via Student Sues School After Barred From Being Sole Valedictorian – ABC News.

‘Aftershock’ Book Predicts Economic Disaster Amid Controversy

Robert Wiedemer’s new book, “Aftershock: Protect Yourself and Profit in the Next Global Financial Meltdown,” quickly is becoming the survival guide for the 21st century. And Newsmax’s eye-opening Aftershock Survival Summit video, with exclusive interviews and prophetic predictions, already has affected millions around the world — but not without ruffling a few feathers.

Initially screened for a private audience, this gripping video exposed harsh economic truths and garnered an overwhelming amount of feedback.

“People were sitting up and taking notice, and they begged us to make the video public so they could easily share it,” said Newsmax Financial Publisher Aaron DeHoog.

But that wasn’t as simple as it seems. Various online networks repeatedly shut down the controversial video. “People were sending their friends and family to dead links, so we had to create a dedicated home for it,” DeHoog said.

via ‘Aftershock’ Book Predicts Economic Disaster Amid Controversy.

The Wrath of the Killdozer

Originally posted  29 July 2009 via • The Wrath of the Killdozer • Damn Interesting.

This is from 2 years ago today… I still wonder about it….


Marvin Heemeyer of Granby, Colorado was a profoundly frustrated muffler repair man. In the late 1990s–after years of protests, petitions, and town meetings–it became obvious to the 52-year-old that he was entwined in a gross miscarriage of justice. His business was ruined by some shady zoning changes, and Heemeyer contended that mayor and city council were corrupt. Even as he was forced to give up his legal fight and sell his land, he hatched one last plan to secretly retool his muffler shop to serve a single malevolent purpose: to construct a machine that would allow him to exact his revenge upon those who had wronged him.

Heemeyer first became enamored with the state of Colorado when he was stationed there in the Air Force. After his service ended, he moved to Grand Lake, Colorado and opened a small chain of muffler shops in the surrounding cities. After a while he began to lease some of the shops out to other operators, but kept one, Mountain View Muffler in Granby, to operate himself.

More at original article:  • The Wrath of the Killdozer • Damn Interesting.

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