Have you ever stopped to consider what life was like back in the early 20th century? No, you have not. You are too busy playing Pac-Man, saying “no” to drugs, and watching “Who’s The Boss,” or whatever it is you kids do these days. Damn kids! Stop throwing eggs at our house! Those eggs somehow caused $20,000 damage to our house! How is that even possible? Were the eggs the size of a Buick or some shit? We may never know.
Anyway, please enjoy these old-timey photos. Hopefully, WordPress won’t eat our alternate captions this time and you’ll be able to see them by waving your mouse in each photo’s general direction:
Seems like ol’ New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is up to his neck in a scandal called BridgeGate. But let’s face it: BridgeGate is a TERRIBLE name for a scandal. We’ve tried to sex up BridgeGate with nine new possible names. CNN, call us maybe?
- Bridge On The River Corruption.
- The Bridges Of Asshole County.
- Bridge To Terabilgovernor.
- Bridge To The 21st Century Mayor Who Refused To Endorse Chris Christie.
- Mr. Spock, Report To The Bridge And Then Get Stuck In Traffic For Three Hours.
- The Bridge of San Luis Revenge.
- BridgeGateGate (the scandal ABOUT the scandal).
- Many Rivers To Cross, But Only One Lane Of Traffic Open On The GWB Bridge.
- Chris Christie Talked For Like, Two Fucking Hours On Thursday, Pre-empting The Disalmanacarian’s Episode Of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” In The Greater New York City Area (OK, Maybe That’s Just Us, But We’re Still Pissed).
The 20th century was a very different time. For instance, people 100 years ago didn’t have Magic: The Gathering. Everything else, though, was exactly the same.
Here are five more old-timey photos from the early 20th century. As always: if you have a mouse, you may hover it over each photo for a Random Bonus Fact. If you don’t have a mouse: go catch one and teach it how to hover.
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You see, the entire Disney Corporation–Disneyland, the DIsney Channel, all those Disney movies–are simply a clever ruse by the real rulers of Anaheim: the Mighty Ducks. Not the hockey team, but actual mighty ducks.
These ducks are over fifty feet tall. They weigh over three tons each, and they need a constant supply of human flesh to keep them fed. The mighty ducks of Anaheim lure hundreds of thousands of tourists to Disneyland every year and then eat them, usually during Space Mountain but sometimes during It’s A Small World or the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. The bloodshed is horrible, as is the triumphant quacking of a fifty-foot tall duck who has just devoured an entire family of eight from Fresno.
So take our advice: avoid Anaheim at all costs. Take your family somewhere safer: San DIego is nice, and its ducks are only fourteen feet tall. You and your family, armed with pointed sticks, could probably take one out. And think of the wonderful vacation photos, your family standing on the beach, covered in goo from the hideous monster duck they just killed. Ah, memories.
This week America is being hit by record cold temperatures, thanks to a winter storm called a Polar Vortex. But did you know that “Polar Vortex” was only one name considered for this new type of weather pattern? Humor us, won’t you?
Anyway: here are eleven other names that the National Weather Organization considered before deciding on “Polar Vortex.”
- Snow Bastard.
- The Cold-As-Fuck Machine.
- That Frigid-Ass Shit.
- You Know What? Screw Canada And Their God Damn Weather Crossing The Border Illegally.
- Zero Degrees Kelvin.
- Temperatures That Make Uranus Feel Like The Surface Of The Damn Sun, For Christ’s Sake.
- “Freeze Frame” by the J. Geils Band.
- If You Want To Stay Warm, Try Sleeping In Your Freezer.
- Let’s All Move To Brazil Or Some Shit.
- Dr. Freeze’s Summer Home.
- Winter Carnival From Hell.
BUT: We’ve looked ahead at 2014 already. And using all the high-tech means available to us (i.e., guessing), we can boldly predict with great certainty that these nine items will be the highlights of 2014:
- January 31: Taco Bell introduces new Nacho Cheese Doritos Coke.
- February 10: Russia cancels the Sochi WInter Olympics when they realize how gay the mens figure skating is.
- March 16: President Obama introduces a new, affordable Hair Club For Men for low-income Americans, ObamaHair.
- April 9: Space aliens make contact with the human race, asking that that one guy in that fancy-ass Land Rover “turn down that Skrillex crap. It’s keeping our entire planet awake.”
- June 1: The biggest movie of the summer opens, Will Smith’s “Shooting Guns While Shit Blows Up.” During its opening weekend, it makes over $400 butt-tillion at the box office.
- August 27: Running out of ways to shock people, Miley Cyrus kills, cooks, and eats Selena Gomez onstage.
- October 31: 2014′s scariest Halloween costume: Steven Tyler’s saggy, fleshy lips.
- November 9: Starbucks introduces the Soylent Greenaccino.
- December 23: The War on Christmas ends when the pro-Christmas side uses the nuclear option.
So there you go! Now you can sleep until 2015.
New Years Eve wasn’t always about Ryan Seacrest, you know. There was a time when New Years meant something–it meant that you were going to have to stare at Dick Clark for several hours, wondering how the hell he managed to look 14 until he was like, 90. Clearly, souls were sold.
Anyway, try if you can to imagine a New Years celebration before Dick Clark existed. If that’s too difficult, look at these seven old-timey photos of old-timey New Years, and feel sad that we’re stuck in the dystopic future with Ryan Seacrest. As always: hover your mouse over the photos for bonus facts:
- Second half of March/First half of April.
- National Records and Information Management Month.
- National Frozen Food Month.
- That month when we took that trip to Portland. Was that September or October? Anyway–THAT month.
Sorry, February and National Accordion Awareness Month–better luck next year!
What was YOUR favorite month of 2013? Leave a comment or something, geez.