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The Ardun OHV conversion for the venerable Ford flathead was designed by Zora Arkus-Duntov and his brother Yuri as the “Ardun Engine Company of New York” in the late forties. By then the “old flatty” had become the engine of choice for the burgeoning hot rod craze and dry lake racers recognized the potential to extract some additional power from their flatheads. In 1951 a group of hot rodders took their black deuce to Bonneville setting a C/Street Roadster record of 162.61 Mph and the unofficial title of noisiest car on the salt. Later that year, an engine dyno test recorded 303 Hp @ 5250 rpm with 25% fuel which were big numbers for the day.
Tags: antique-car, racer, classic-car, auto-racing, ford-hotrod
Ed Harvey opened his boat building business, Harvey Marine, in Aloha, Oregon back in 1954, but it really didn't get much attention from until 1974, when a 26' tall rabbit took up residence. As the story goes, a big storm damaged a fiberglass Texaco 'Big Friend' statue at a local service station and the owner brought it to Ed for fiberglass repair. Ed fixed it, but the owner never returned, so the statue lay abandoned in the boat yard for years until Ed decided to decapitate Big Friend and replace his noggin with a rabbit head of his own design. It quickly became a local landmark that became known far beyond Aloha and remains a popular roadside attraction to this very day.
Tags: funny-fishing, lake, ocean, fishing-lover, roadside-attraction
G.I. Joe's initial 1964 product offering represented four of the branches of the U.S. armed forces with the Action Soldier (U.S. Army), Action Sailor (U.S. Navy), Action Pilot (U.S. Air Force), Action Marine (U.S. Marine Corps) and later on, the Action Nurse. The name derived from the usage of "G.I. Joe" for the generic U.S. soldier, itself derived from the more general term "G.I.". The development of G.I. Joe led to the coining of the term "action figure". In 1982 G.I. Joe came back in a big way with a line of 3.75" action figures coupled with cartoons and comic books.
Tags: cobra-commander, destro, snakeyes, g-i-joe, 1980s
In 1982's Six Pack, Kenny Rogers plays Brewster (Brew) Baker, an itinerant racing-car driver. Notwithstanding Brew's nickname, the six pack of the title refers to cute kids, not to beers. Cute kids who are orphans, whose specialties are either stripping or repairing racing cars, depending on how they feel about the owner. The kids steal Brew's engine when the film begins, but pretty soon he becomes a father figure to them and they fall into working as his pit crew. It's about as '80s as they come and super family friendly, but a good watch nonetheless.
Tags: muscle-car, fast-and-furious, need-for-speed, race-car-driver, car-racing
Founded in 1957, Holman-Moody was for years the official racing contractor for Ford as they race prepped GT40s, A/FX Mustangs, Cobras, Falcons, and various stock cars for NASCAR, NHRA and numerous other auto racing series from their shop in Charlotte, North Carolina. They prepared race cars that were driven by some of the best drivers in the world and would eventually transition from racing team support to an all out racing factory. Now Holman-Moody was not only building and racing their own cars, they were building complete, turn-key race cars and selling them to other teams. They would eventually begin offering their legendary engines and signature race parts so that even those who couldn't pop for an all-out race car to get a taste of th
Tags: competition, hemi, street-racing, 1957, north-carolina
The V sign is a hand gesture in which the index and middle fingers are raised and parted to make a V shape while the other fingers are clenched. It has various meanings, depending on the circumstances and how it is presented. It came to fame with widespread use as a victory sign ("V for Victory"), with the back of the hand toward the signer. It was introduced in January 1941 as part of a campaign by the Allies of World War II. During the Vietnam War, the "V sign" was widely adopted by the counterculture as a symbol of peace. This design comes from America's 1976 Bicentennial and features the classic peace sign overlaid with the American flag.
Tags: united-states-of-america, american, peace-symbol, patriotic, flag
When the Comics Code Authority loosened up in 1971, creators took full advantage and started dropping supernatural horror titles right and left. It was prime time for antiheroes - beings afflicted by some sort of supernatural malady that still had something good inside them. No character was more of an affront to the cause than Son of Satan who rode into the scene in 1975. Denying his infernal heritage, Son of Satan uses his abilities for the betterment of mankind, but has at times succumbed to his darker, demonic side, even clashing brutally with the forces of both Heaven and Hell.
Tags: comicbook, comic, black-magic, paganism, witchcraft
Established in 1972, Gospel Truth focused on taking the good word from the pulpit and delivering it into the hands of the masses. The label intended to “carry the message of today’s gospel to the people on the street,” as promotional material for the launch touted, but what separated Gospel Truth from other labels in the genre was that it made its music accessible to everyone. The label paired down-home, traditional gospel musicians with raw, revolutionary artists that adopted the conventions of rock, funk and soul, creating a sound that resonated with a hip, ’70s audience.
Tags: christ, religion, prayer, crucifix, church
“Some of the best memories are made in flip-flops.” – Kellie Elmore Long days, short nights, sunshine, warm weather, and school holidays. Is it any wonder that everyone associates summer months with feeling happy and carefree? Summer isn’t just an exciting time of year, scientists have proven that it’s also good for our health. Vitamin D is synthesized by sunlight and is more abundant in our bodies during the summer, so go to the beach... you know, for health reasons.
Tags: vibes, california, beach, surfing, salt-life
Getting internet connectivity from the telecom mega corporations and cable companies of the world as most do today is rather perfunctory, but during the ‘90s and even into the early 2000s, you could get internet service from countless ISP's. Due to the lack of infrastructure needed to provide dial-up access, literally anyone could launch an ISP and one such example came from a very unlikely source - DB. On Sept. 1, 1998, DB and the network services company UltraStar launched BowieNet in the United States with the rest of the world to follow. The design is just dripping with the techno design style of the era, so whether you're a DB fan, a hacker, or just a geek, this one should do it for you.
Tags: programmer, commodore64, geek, technology, sailor
He called himself the Tiger King and plastered his face on highway billboards in Texas and Oklahoma. He bred big cats, bears, baboons, and more. He lived, with a parade of partners, on the grounds of his private zoo. He threatened a rival with murder—repeatedly, on YouTube—and tried to hire a hit man to do the deed. Joe Exotic isn't the LGBT hero anyone asked for, but he's the one that we somehow ended up with.
Tags: exotic, wildlife, carol-baskin, netflix, tiger
The American greaser subculture emerged in the post–World War II era with the original greasers aligned by a feeling of disillusionment with pop culture. Most were male, usually ethnic and white working class, and held an interest in hot rod or motorcycle culture. Many greasers ended up forming gangs to protect their turf (and each other) from rival gangs, something especially true in the boroughs of New York City. All of them carried a knife, most commonly a switchblade, as part of their tough guy persona and many were more than ready to use it when it came time to rumble with rivals. This mash up gives us a glimpse at the world's most famous mouse when he went through his greaser phase.
Tags: vintage, motorbike, biker, rockabilly, rude-boy
If you lived in Southern California and were into American motorcycles in the late '70s, odds are that you at least visited Reaper Speed Dealer in the Inland Empire once or twice. Most riders were looking for next level power from their Shovelhead, Reaper was the place to go. Based in Riverside in a rather nondescript warehouse well off the beaten path, Reaper's shop was frequented by everyone from casual enthusiasts to well-known bike gangs, all in search of one thing - legendary horsepower.
Tags: ride, speed, 1975, biker, live-to-ride
Is there anything better than real golden, sweet, California honey?
Tags: vintage, los-angeles, retro, holiday, travel
Statler was a dealership in Hill Valley, California that was owned by the Statler family and sold the custom 4x4 pickup given to Marty McFly in 1985. In the timeline where Biff controls Hill Valley, a store named PIG Mart, that sold adult books and "love toys", sat on the site and in the timeline where Marty posed as his son to prevent him from going to prison, a Pontiac dealership was located in the plot of land in Courthouse Square where Statler was located in 1985. This design replicates a typical dealer promotional t-shirt that one might get for taking a test drive on a certain day or coming in and asking about an advertised vehicle, but it just makes us want to go up to the lake and make out under the stars.
Tags: truck, rock-crawler, pickup-truck, statler, offroad
Bombay Caravan Company got its start in 1869 by guiding travelers throughout the rough, rural lands of India's countryside. Much like a modern bus service, they operated specific routes by way of scheduled pachyderm caravans, but also offered custom guide service to assist explorers and reachers get to more off the beaten path locales.
Tags: wild, india, mumbai, tiger, jungle
Ronald "Mac" McDonald always has a choice t-shirt on when he makes the scene in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but on Season 6, Episode 8 (The Gang Gets a New Member), Mac shows up in this astoundingly awesome t-shirt which not only shows off the glamour muscles nicely, but gets the ladies talking about bear deer which is the perfect time to strike. Rawwwwrrrr!
Tags: its-always-sunny, bear, beer, paddys-pub, eagles
It's not often that you find a true full service Mexican restaurant that is open 24-hours, but it's not surprising that the one you do find it in Las Vegas, the real city that never sleeps. No matter what time you choose to visit, Ricardo's expansive menu of authentic Mexican food is sure to please and how can you go wrong with a place that holds the record for the world's largest margarita?
Tags: vegas-strip, richard, ricardo, 1979, 1970s
After years of building and racing Baja bugs and dune buggies, Chuck Jackson opened Chuck's Volks Unlimited in Tucson, Arizona in 1971. His shop went over rather well with all the other enthusiasts who suddenly had access to the skilled services of a pro to help them out with their own Baja dreams.
Tags: desert, veedub, racing, send-it, meyers-manx
Joe and Pauline Saska started the restaurant in 1951, when they purchased the High Tide Bar at 3769 Mission Blvd. and gave it their name. Since day one from their prime location right in the heart of Mission Beach, Saska’s maintained it’s loungey, old-school chophouse vibe, maintaining their cool by offering straightforward steak dinners, seafood dishes, and classic cocktails in their original dark, wood-clad space with cozy booth seating and a rooftop patio.
Tags: beach-life, chophouse, western, cowboy, beef
The 1984 United States presidential election was the 50th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 6, 1984. Incumbent Republican President Ronald Reagan defeated former Vice President Walter Mondale, the Democratic candidate. Whether you're a conservative super fan or just wearing it ironically, this Reagan Bush '84 design is a timeless wardrobe essential.
Tags: retro, vote, republican, election, political
Classic Spaceman celebrates that retro cool space era before 1987 when spaceships were blue and windows were neon pee yellow. This version of the Classic Spaceman shirt features a thoughtful distressed treatment to give it that great to the moon and back look. To infinity and beyond!
Tags: 80s, 70s, nostalgia, kids-toys, rocketship
One of the longest lasting animated cartoon characters, Felix the Cat, created by animator Otto Messmer, made his 1919 theatrical debut as one of several cartoon components in Paramount Screen Magazine split-reels, then graduated to a standalone series in 1922. He was the star of an experimental TV broadcast in 1928, and the basis for a classic (but unauthorized!) wall-clock design. Felix's adorable appearance, witty personality, love of high living, and comically versatile tail helped him achieve a level of popularity that he maintained until 1929, when a certain mouse's sound cartoons started to grow in popularity and studio founder/CEO Pat Sullivan refused to produce sound films...
Tags: animation, rbrow, comic, r-crumb, retro
Back in 2017, Born Hub launched without much fanfare as one of the first online communities for new mom's, but due to unforeseen circumstances, their growth was overshadowed by an adult website with a similar sounding name and logo. Things could not have gone worse and after one too many people confusing the two websites, Born Hub decided to call it quits.
Tags: mommy, joke, funnytee, meme, motherhood
The Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, sometimes called the G.W. Zoo and formerly the Garold Wayne Zoo, is a park displaying various exotic animals in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. The park was founded in 1999 by Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka "Joe Exotic" and operated by him until he was forced into selling it in 2016 after a $1-million civil judgement was levied against him. Joe Exotic's flamboyant persona continued to grace the park as it's host until late 2017 when he was forced out.
Tags: carol-baskin, wildlife, exotic, cat, tiger-lover
"Lediggang er roten til alt ondt" or "Vacancy is the root of all evil" is a 1898 by Norwegian artist, Theodor Kittelsen (1857-1914). This odd illustration shows a root vegetable (presumably a carrot) smoking a cigarette, heedlessly sauntering through some ants as they are constructing something. Theodor Severin Kittelsen is one of the most popular artists in Norway and is well-known for his nature paintings, as well as for his illustrations of fairy tales and legends, especially of trolls.
Tags: hansel-and-gretel, demogorgon, stranger-things, strange, theodor-severin-kittelsen
The '80s were a magical time when all kinds of cool things came to be, including the blockbuster hit movie, E.T., and an exploding arcade scene with new games being released almost weekly. What better way to celebrate these two awesome things than with a totally rad mash up? Game on!
Tags: vintage, aliens, x-files, i-want-to-believe, flying-saucer
The M18A1 Claymore is a directional anti-personnel mine developed for the United States Armed Forces. Its inventor, Norman MacLeod, named the mine after a large medieval Scottish sword. Unlike a conventional land mine, the Claymore is command-detonated and directional, meaning it is fired by remote-control and shoots a pattern of metal balls into the kill zone like a shotgun. The Claymore can also be victim-activated by booby-trapping it with a tripwire firing system for use in area denial operations.
Tags: armory, anti-personnel-weaponry, fragmentation, vietnam, us-army
Reddy Kilowatt is a fictional character that acted as spokesman for electricity generation in the United States for over 70 years. He is drawn as a stick figure whose body, limbs, and hair are made of stylized lightning-bolts and whose bulbous head has a light bulb for a nose and wall outlets for ears. His primary purpose was to put a friendly face on the newfangled electrical systems that were commonplace in the cities in the 1920s, but rural areas remained chronically underserved as people had many misconceptions about electricity.
Tags: funny-engineer, electrician-gifts, mechanical-engineer, engineering, engineer
Smokey Bear is an American campaign and advertising icon created by the U.S. Forest Service with artist Rudolph Wendelin. In the Wildfire Prevention Campaign, which is the longest-running public service announcement campaign in United States history, the Ad Council, the United States Forest Service (USFS), and the National Association of State Foresters (NASF) employ Smokey Bear to educate the public about the dangers of unplanned human-caused wildfires. A campaign began in 1944 featuring Smokey and the slogan "Smokey Says – Care Will Prevent 9 out of 10 Forest Fires". His slogan changed to "Remember... Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires" in 1947 and was associated with Smokey Bear for more than five decades.
Tags: yellowstone, parks-and-rec, park-ranger, bear, outdoors
As the Earth crosses the tail of a comet, previously inanimate machines suddenly spring to life. Chaos sets in as machines of all kinds begin attacking humans. At the Dixie Boy Truck Stop in Wilmington, North Carolina, a small group of people hold up inside and do their best to plan their survival as the rabid machines swarm outside. This is the gist of 1986's horror comedy, Maximum Overdrive, which was set in and around the Dixie Boy Truck Stop and based on King's 1973 short story, Trucks.
Tags: lorry, truck-driver, roadhouse, dixie-boy, 18-wheeler
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids was an American animated television series created, produced, and hosted (in live action bookends) by comedian Bill Cosby, who also lent his voice to a number of characters, including Fat Albert and himself. Filmation was the production company for the series. The show premiered in 1972 and ran until 1985 (with new episodes being produced sporadically during that time frame). The show, based on Cosby's remembrances of his childhood gang, centered on Fat Albert (known for his catchphrase "Hey hey hey!"), and his friends who routinely gathered in a North Philadelphia junkyard to play a song on their cobbled-together instruments.
Tags: 70s, 1970s, im-so-excited, band, cartoons
During the mid-seventies, this fuzzy little monster started flipping everyone off and nobody really knows why. He started on decals, then t-shirts, and even as graffiti, but nobody really knows the true history of this little guy and how he came to be. He was usually standing on his own and often accompanies by the phrase 'this ones for you, baby,' but was always holding his middle finger up high with his signature IDGAF expression.
Tags: attitude, idgaf, vintage, 70s, green-monster
Heroin was first made by C. R. Alder Wright in 1874 from morphine, a natural product of the opium poppy. Anthropologist Michael Agar once described heroin as "the perfect whatever drug" and it's most commonly used recreationally for the euphoria it induces. While heroin had been in use recreationally for nearly as long as it's existed, it's use and abuse increased many fold throughout the '60s, resulting in numerous anti-heroin campaigns in the early '70s resulting in wonderful visuals like this one.
Tags: mr-robot, morphine, get-high, medicine, poppy
Morgus the Magnificent, also known as Momus Alexander Morgus, is a fictional character who from the late 1950s into the 1980s, was a "horror host" of late-night science fiction and horror movies and television shows that originated in the New Orleans, Louisiana market. Morgus is a quintessential mad scientist, assisted by executioner-styled sidekick, Chopsley. Morgus' well-intentioned experiments often served as book-end pieces to the late-night films being shown, and typically went awry at the last minute.
Tags: frankensteins-monster, science-fiction, scientist, halloween, vintage
During the heyday of the muscle car era, making extra power or at least making it sounds like you had extra power was of utmost importance. The big American V-8's packed plenty of power right off the lot, but since most drivers couldn't necessarily afford to actually make their car the highway star they saw on the drag strips, they usually opted for the latter and to get that big block power tone, glass packs were the ticket. Scat Cat was one of the earliest manufacturers in this area and called their signature exhaust note "The Boss Sound," quickly making them a favorite among enthusiasts.
Tags: v8, vintage, classic-cars, race, racing