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  1. 12 months ago on Ripley's Believe It or Not

    Round ’63-64, I was one of those students…. About 20 minutes to walk to the Post Office (“returns” came directly to my dorm), and it was done. V.s. about two hours if you got lucky, not including running up and down three flights of stairs to use ONE washer and dryer in the dorm. $5ish to mail it. Only a couple bucks to DIY…. For what I paid to be there, laundry service (v.s. coin-op) should have been included….

  2. over 1 year ago on Bloom County

    Typing? We had sharpened sticks and clay….

    Seriously, a big +1, although at the time a lot of guys figured that one out, and there was no stigma attached. Lots of advantages, though.

    Having some free time, I took Shorthand, too! Actually fairly handy back in the day, but F_U_N. And, while some of them would classify as three-baggers (one for her, one for you, and one in case something breaks), some were most definitely not.

  3. over 1 year ago on Ripley's Believe It or Not

    Ran into a similar elevator back in the early 50’s somewhere between here and Jackson Mississippi. No floors, just sort of steps on a belt that ran between floors in a car repair place. Dad’s car’s valves croaked as we were on the way home from TX, and we were stuck in a motel for a couple days.

    (I was about six, so it was kinda fascinating. Dad wouldn’t let me ride it, though :D….)

    Staffers seemed to jump on and off as if they did it all the time, which I presume they did.

    I think the type pictured would be a tad safer, though…..

  4. almost 2 years ago on Maria's Day

    The mud monster flew to Dallas with my wife and my parents to help my sister move into a new house there. Becka’d not been talking. When I picked them up at PIT to come home, she was eating some “Goldfish” as we clicked her into her car seat. Couple miles down the road, I hear “MO!”, as in “more”….

    She hasn’t shut up since…. Only 31 years….

  5. almost 2 years ago on Ripley's Believe It or Not


    WalMart, of course….

  6. almost 2 years ago on Kliban

    I swear I saw this in MAD about 50 years ago….

  7. about 2 years ago on Unstrange Phenomena

    Two cats here. They had a “water dish” that said “good cats” on the bottom.

    They used Sammy (the dog’s) water dish….

    (Still do. Sammy likes their cat food, too, and the younger cat likes Kibbles & Bits.)

  8. about 2 years ago on Free Range

    Many, many years ago, I saw an encyclopedia article that quoted Igor Sikorsky in that everybody would have a helicopter by 1956.

    Since it was 1955, when I got home from school that night I asked my dad what color ours would be. That’s when he reminded me that the article in question dated from the 1930’s….

  9. about 2 years ago on Chuckle Bros

    Right! Bullet train being “fired” out of a (pistol?) barrel. Fuji in the background sort of reinforces the Japanese angle. The front sight looks like Smith & Wesson, but who knows?

  10. about 2 years ago on Kliban's Cats

    Cooking over a very small volcano?