"In 1953, while working a hotel switchboard, a college graduate named Shea Zellweger began a journey of wonder and obsession
that would eventually lead to the invention of a radically new notation for logic. From a basement in Ohio, guided literally by his dreams and his innate love of pattern, Zellweger developed an extraordinary visual system - called the “Logic Alphabet”
- in which a group of specially designed letter-shapes can be manipulated like puzzles
to reveal the geometrical patterns underpinning logic."
posted by vacapinta
on Apr 17, 2006 -
"If ever a company needed a marketing department, it's New Choice, whose Original Flavor Round Crackers take the cake for stating the obvious.
Points should be awarded for attempts to woo health-conscious consumers with facts about added DHA ("prevents heart attack, enhances eye sight"), but there's no two ways to look at Round Crackers: It's a badly executed Ritz rip-off." So sayeth the wits at the Onion A.V. Club
, who scour the nation's dollar stores for food products to evaluate in their sporadic feature "Dining for a Dollar
." Round crackers too boring? You might prefer Freakin' Nuts
(tagline: Is it a chip? Is it a nut? Yes!), Thick Mints
, or maybe just a handful of Balls
. Their annual Cheap Toy Roundup
is just as good; last year's
featured products such as Preeminent Car ($1), Stretchy Body Bits ($1.19), and a DVD titled Clothes That Went to a Party
($2). Perhaps the all-time best, though, is the Mini Wooden Furniture: Table
: a "plain, unadorned wooden table." ($1)
posted by anjamu
on Mar 4, 2006 -
How far will an online company go to make sure you're a good American? Some companies
will test you
like in a cheesy WWII movie drama. (screenshotted for posterity, but you can get there by clicking on "Unregistered?" on their website)
posted by Kickstart70
on Dec 17, 2005 -
Some 25 million years ago, humans and vervet monkeys diverged
from a common ancestor. In very rough terms, perhaps one and a quarter million human generations, or five million vervet generations, have been brought forth upon the Earth since that common ancestor lived. Of course, many differences have evolved between humans and vervets in those 25 million years: among other things, human parents choose toys for their children; vervet parents do not.
But after all that time and genetic change, and despite studies attributing
human children's toy preferences to adult stereotypes
, a new study
by Dr. Gerianne Alexander
finds that vervet males, like human boys, prefer toy trucks and balls, while vervet females and human girls prefer dolls and toy cooking pots.
What's more, the vervets play with the toys much as human children do: males roll trucks on the ground, females inspect dolls (apparently) for genitalia
. Previously on MetaFilter: Pinker vs. Spelke, Gender and Brain morphology, Harvard president Larry Summers and his daughter's "baby truck".
posted by orthogonality
on Dec 8, 2005 -
for geeky girls and boys. A collection of unusual and intensely desirable science-based gewgaws and gadgets. Don't miss the lucidly written articles
that explain the underlying principles. (via)
posted by ottereroticist
on Nov 16, 2005 -
is a collection of early 20th Century industrial design culled from the archives of the U.S. Patent Office, featuring architecture, automobiles, toys, and trains.
posted by crunchland
on Aug 3, 2005 -
Mold A Rama!
Remember those plastic lions
How about an Abraham Lincoln bust or locomotive
? You remember those machines
where you stuck a quarter in and watched as 250 degree plastic was pumped into a mold and then automotive antifreeze was hosed in to supposedly cool the mold before the animal was pushed into the compartment below for your waiting hands
. Remember the burnt plastic smell? Those really hot to-the-touch animals that you wore down your parents until they gave you a quarter animals are not just simply things from your fading memory
. Uh uh, new molds
are being made even today. Not good enough you say? Then buy
your very own vintage Mold A Rama for a mere $9,500!
posted by Juicylicious
on Jan 21, 2005 -
For the neighbor kid who keyed your car, for the paperboy who rode his bike through your daisies, for the pack of urchins who were throwing snowballs at your car last week, you now have a wide selection of ideal gifts.
Roll to taste.
posted by Gooney
on Jan 19, 2005 -
"Its discreet, its funky and now none of your friends will ever know you have a problem." Well, as long as they aren't observant enough to notice that you're ripping the head off of a stuffed bear and trying to drink from its neck...
posted by miss lynnster
on Jan 5, 2005 -
As if working in an office isn't enough. This is one toy
I will NOT be buying for my kid. I get the irony, but man, how depressing would it be to see this under the xmas tree?
posted by mountainmambo
on Dec 16, 2004 -
Retro toys: I remember using the garden hose to frantically try and dissolve that pink shit. We eventually cleaned the knife, but I remember big blobs of it still on the ground with ants stuck in it. We ended up keep Stretch's head as a trophy.
People reminisce about their old toys. Mostly about topics like how they tortured GI Joe
, made mrs. beasley
look like a victim of domestic violence, and knew that Steve Scout
was living an alternative lifestyle. Not every memory's a gem, but some are a real laugh.
posted by Mayor Curley
on Jul 2, 2004 -
is the electronic art of the implementation of the creative audio short-circuit. This renegade path of electrons represents a catalytic force capable of exploding new experimental musical forms forward at a velocity previously unknown. Anyone at all can do it; no prior knowledge of electronics is needed." - Reed Ghazala. More proselytizing
from Ghazala, and a LiveJournal
for up-to-the-minute advice, feedback and opinions.
posted by jon_kill
on Jan 28, 2004 -