The BEL GEDDES # 4

Norman Bel Geddes was an industrial designer who flourished between the wars. He is
well known for his theater designs and his handsome and collectable cocktail shakers, cook stoves, radios, Deco window displays, butcher scales, &c. ….But my favorites are the great visionary projects – the teardrop double decker bus, the tear drop car, the streamlined railroad train, , the factory for Toledo Scale Co, the restaurants, one on a tower, one in a dam, the streamlined ship the floating dance palace, the model of the city of the future in the GM exhibit of the 1940 New York World’s Fair. a number of swoopy theaters, the floating airport at the tip of Manhattan. When I was a child I found a copy of his wonderful book, Horizons, in my parents library. I would stare at this great stuff for hours. It is still one of my favorite possessions. In 1929 he proposed the Airliner Number 4 as the transatlantic airliner of 1940. It occupied a chapter of Horizons..

Bel Geddes was much impressed by the Dornier DO-X and was convinced that size was the key to safety and steamshiplike comfort.

Taco Bell Back in Mexico

Wouldn’t this be like a Red Lobster opening up on Cape Cod?

Taco Bell has re-opened in Mexico after 15 years. They now have locations in Mexico City, Monterrey and plan on opening a total of 300 Taco Bell restaurants throughout.

Yes, Taco Bell tacos are nothing like Mexican tacos, so they’ll be called tacostadas. As in folded tostadas. Creative. I’m sure they’ll be mildly successful considering it’s American food and different. They’ll be adding a few new items to the menu such as ice cream and french fries.

But how will Taco Bell be received in Mexico? A Tijuana-based taquero talks a little trash: “Competition? Please,” he said. “Personally, I like the Jack in the Box tacos. Now those are good tacos. How come those guys don’t come here?”

The Back Up


A bed-mounted shotgun
rack for easy access from the lying position. What are the reasons to buy it besides being a paranoid ninny?

GETTING YOUR WEAPON FROM UNDER THE BED CAN TAKE MINUTES. THE BACK UP CAN GIVE ,YOU, THE HOMEOWNER ACCESS TO YOUR SHOTGUN IN TWO SECONDS. YOU CAN DO THIS WHILE IN THE LYING POSITION ON THE BED.

WE HAVE NO POSITION AS TO WHETHER THE GUN IN THE RACK SHOULD BE LOADED OR NOT. WE EXPECT THAT EACH GUN OWNER WILL ACT IN A RESPONSIBLE MANNER.

THE-BACKUP FITS EASILY BETWEEN THE MATTRESS AND BOX SPRING AND CANNOT BE FELT BY THE SLEEPER.

Wolverines!

(via Andy’s Blog)

Mark Twain Comments on the Moro Crater Massacre

Published posthumously.

The official report stated that the battle was fought with prodigious energy on both sides during a day and a half, and that it ended with a complete victory for the American arms. The completeness of the victory for the American arms. The completeness of the victory is established by this fact: that of the six hundred Moros not one was left alive. The brilliancy of the victory is established by this other fact, to wit: that of our six hundred heroes only fifteen lost their lives.

General Wood was present and looking on. His order had been. “Kill or capture those savages.” Apparently our little army considered that the “or” left them authorized to kill or capture according to taste, and that their taste had remained what it has been for eight years, in our army out there – the taste of Christian butchers.