Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Weird Beatles Merchandise

Andy Geller, a longtime Beatles collector and television and film voice-over artist was four years old when he saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. He is now a major collector of Beatles memorabilia, including a piece of a stage wall from the Ed Sullivan Theater signed by all four band members which was expected to fetch $1million at auction earlier this year but failed to sell.

Last year Julien's Auctions put a lot of Beatles memorabilia from Geller's collection on the block. A few of them are unbelievably kitschy but I like the pinball machine.

Four inflatable Beatles figures and a tin strawberry Nestle Quik can with the offer for the figures.  Each Beatle is printed with his signature.

Winning bid: $256
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500

A group of four Christmas tree ornaments representing each member of The Beatles, each painted a hot pink color.
Winning bid:$312.50
$100 - $200

A "Beatles Beat Time" pinball machine manufactured by Williams circa 1967. Originally the machine was painted with images of "The Bootles" as the band declined to have their ABC Cartoon image likenesses used on the game. The machine was restored circa 2000 to include images of The Beatles. Two flippers, five pop bumpers, two slingshots, one rotating target with four targets, two standup targets, with left and right dual outlines.

Winning bid:$1,500
Estimate:$1,000 - $1,500

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Abseilers Cleaning Big Ben’s Clock Faces

A team of four specialist abseilers are spending the week cleaning the clock faces of Big Ben in London.

(An abseiler is "a person who descends down a nearly vertical face by using a doubled rope that is wrapped around the body and attached to some high point." And yes, I had to look it up.)

More:Time Out London

Johnny Cash's Childhood Home At Historic Dyess Colony Open To Public

In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, rain clouds gather over the
childhood home, dating to the mid 1930s, of singer Johnny Cash in Dyess, Ark.
Photo: Danny Johnston, AP

Money and memorabilia from Johnny Cash’s family and friends have helped historians restore a significant part of the Historic Dyess Colony, a government collective built to pull Depression-era families out of poverty. Cash’s boyhood home, along with the colony’s former headquarters, will open Saturday to reflect everyday life in a northeast Arkansas community built on once-sunken land.
The Colony was a 1930s Works Progress Administration experiment. The federal government brought in 487 families and gave them land and a mule.
"This was a practice in socialism," said Roscoe Phillips, who was born at Dyess 77 years ago. "They took people who had nothing and gave us something. It wouldn't happen today."

More: SFGate 

How to Draw a Perfect Circle

Thanks Bruce!

Texas Man Spends $2.2 Million Turning His Backyard into Four-Pool Waterpark

It gets damn hot in Texas so Hal Jones built four enormous pools built into his backyard on the shores of Lake Travis. Jones hired designer Evan Mills to create four pools: the hot tub (with room for 30 people), the kiddie pool, Lazy River(with a swim-up bar) and Negative Edge pool. The cost? $2.2 million and that doesn't include the maintenance which is $5,500 a month!

More: Oddity Central 

Thanks Bruce!

Monday, August 18, 2014

HitchBOT completes 6,000 km cross-Canada trip

Canada‘s most famous— and only —beer cooler-turned-hitchhiking robot has finally completed its 6,000-kilometre journey across Canada, bumming rides all the way from Halifax reaching Victoria late Saturday.

More: CBC News

How Does A Jellyfish Sting?

Using a high-speed camera hooked up to a microscope it’s possible to see how a jellyfish delivers its  sting. The nematocysts work much like mini-hypodermic needles.

Via Holy Kaw!

Ryan Schude: Them and Theirs

Los Angeles-based photographer Ryan Schude's series “Them and Theirs” takes a look at California car culture. His photos capture "perfect moments" of people with their beloved cars.

Kestrin Pantera and her 1976 Mercedes Benz 450 SL.
Burbank, California.

Amelia Parks and her 1963 Ford Falcon.
Cypress Park, Los Angeles.

David Browne with his 1975 Datsun 620 Pickup.
Elysian Valley, Los Angeles.

Via Blort

The Television Debut of Charles and Ray Eames' Iconic Lounge Chair

Charles and Ray Eames appear on the Home Show with host Arlene Francis to introduce their new chair design.
They also show a combination live action and stop motion film of the assembly and subsequent disassembly of an Eames Chair. It also includes the packing of its parts into a box with the logo of Herman Miller, the company for whom the Eames originally designed it.

More than a half century later, you can still buy your own Eames Chair and Ottoman at Herman Miller.

More: Open Culture

How To Talk Australians

Delhi College of Linguistics presents How to Talk Australians, a parody about a training college that teaches Indian call centre workers to converse with Australians.