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July 9, 2011

A pictorial record of pre-SCUBA British diving


Caption: "What a fantastic picture. Look at those faces! The Royal engineers divers and crew in Chatham England 1904. With this double acting pump 2 divers could be supplied with air. The divers are, of course, using 3-light Siebe Gorman helmets. The left diver the approved 6-bolt type and the right one the (older) 12-bolt type. Official Royal Navy Photo."


Caption: "Diver at Waterloo Bridge, London. A diver returns from his descent in the murky water of the Thames to make his damage report following a collision with the piers by a lighter earlier this morning."

Cyril brookes

Caption: "Cyril Brooks diver, 1950 Deal Beach, Kent. Diver Brooks returns up the beach after recovering pieces of Deal Pier. The pier had been blown up in the War to impede invasion troops."

Lady diver

Caption: "23rd July 1933 — England's first woman salvage diver at Folkestone Pier, Kent. Standing behind her is her father who taught her to dive with the help of The Liverpool Salvage Association. Her pay was between £1.00 and £2.00 per day."

[via Brendan I. Koerner and divingheritage.com]

July 9, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Harry Potter Pencil Set


From the website:


A set of five #2 pencils, wrapped with pages from J.K. Rowling's seventh Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Each pencil has been hand-wrapped by myself, and is standard length and sharpened.

Please note that the pencils pictured are not necessarily the pencils that you will receive.

If you have a preference as to which pages your pencils are wrapped in, please leave me a note in the "note to seller" section of your order.


Set of 5: $6.

[via Svpply]

July 9, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Attention would-be rappers: B-Rhymes finds words that almost rhyme


"B-Rhymes is a rhyming dictionary that's not stuck up about what it does and doesn't rhyme. It gives you words that sound good together even though they don't technically rhyme as well as regular rhymes."

Got that?

[via Milena]

July 9, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

USB Cooling Necktie


"By plugging in the tie's cable to any powered USB port, you can get some easy cooling directly to your body with a simple tug downwards. The easy controls let you turn the power on/off and adjust the fan speed."


Plastic fan; silk tie.



July 9, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"Heavy Metal Parking Lot"

Excerpts from John Jurgensen's story in yesterday's Wall Street Journal follow.

On May 31, 1986, two young men packed a bulky video camera into their Pontiac Bonneville and headed for a concert arena in suburban Washington. They wanted to explore the culture surrounding the rock group headlining the Capital Centre that night: Judas Priest. What they documented—animal-print bodysuits, mullet hairdos and lots of hoisted beers—was edited into a 17-minute film. It would morph into an underground phenomenon, one that the filmmakers' parlayed into an ongoing franchise, if not big paychecks.

Filmed in 1986 at a Maryland concert arena parking lot before a heavy metal show, "Heavy Metal Parking Lot" is a documentary tribute to rock and roll fans, and a time-capsule of tailgater ritual.

When the filmmakers pose a boilerplate question to one of the many wiry, shirtless guys in the film—"Where are you from?"—he replies, "I'm on acid. That's where I am." Women, though fewer in number, are equally uninhibited. One, describing the contents of her cup says, "Jack Daniels and Coke, what else?"

"We spent two hours there, and we're still talking about it 25 years later," says Jeff Krulik, who with his friend John Heyn created the film "Heavy Metal Parking Lot," when they were 25 and 28 years old, respectively.

July 9, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

World's Cheapest Black Card Doubles as Mirror


Nobody said it was a credit card.

ABS, stainless steel mirror.



July 9, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Car Colors Around The World


Long story short, from yesterday's Wall Street Journal article by Evan Ramstad: "In South Korea... nine out of 10 cars are silver, black or white."

Click here to view an interactive version of the graphic up top.

July 9, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Bullfighter Napkin Holder


Best with red napkins.









July 9, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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