May 19, 2005

Deep in the back of my mind is an unrealized sound

Happy Birthday Pete!

* From the May 19, 1964 issue of the guardian. excerpt:

"The Mods and Rockers had their main pitched battle in the morning. After sleeping on the beach, the teenagers were being forced eastwards by the police when some hundreds broke away and reached the Aquarium Sun Terrace. Here a flight took place with deck chairs as weapons, until some 20 Rockers jumped clear. They continued to be the targets for litter, and some heavy looking litter baskets were thrown from above before the police took control.

"In a crowd as dense as that at Brighton control could not be easily maintained, and fights and rowdiness continued sporadically. Amid the masses of teenagers, however, there was no difficulty talking to individuals, most of whom shared the desire to keep away from physical violence. The only boy who said he regretted that he had not yet been involved in a fight was speaking in front of several girls. The battles, while real, came far short of total war.

"The statement, widely believed, that any youth in a leather jacket would be in danger on the Brighton front today was nonsense. Many wearing the Rocker outfit went unmolested. But any group of Rockers became a challenge which the Mods could not resist - particularly if there was a large crowd near by to watch."

* What not to wear to the grocery store. excerpt:

"The following cautionary tale must surely rate in the top five of 'most embarrassing things that can happen to you in public - ever.' According to UK tabloid the Sun, a 33-year-old Welsh housewife ended up in hospital after wearing Ann Summers vibrating Passion Pants to her local Asda supermarket in Swansea.

"Unfortunately, she became 'so aroused by the 2½-inch vibrating bullet inside that she fainted' then 'fell against shelves and banged her head.' This prompted the attendance of the paramedics who 'found the black leatherette panties still buzzing.' Having disabled the orgasmatronic underwear, they then whisked the senseless shopper to hospital where she made a complete recovery. Staff handed her back the Passion Pants upon discharge, discreetly concealed in a plastic bag.

"To its credit, the Sun does not name the woman. We assume, however, that she will be shopping at her local Tesco for the next ten years or so, or until everyone in the Asda who witnessed her ordeal is dead or has succumbed to total amnesia - whichever comes soonest."

* "Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid." -- President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1954 [via]


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