• Almost April Fools

    A full-blown winter storm in March? Check!
    An incorrect, rapidly changing weather forecast? Check!
    Scary drive home? Check!
    Making it home alive to write about it – priceless!

    If you don’t feel like getting out, I shot a little clip for you.

    And the rest of my photos:

    By the way I still think weather forecasters should be arrested for the incorrect predictions.
    UPDATE: I mentioned in comments what the weather forecast used to look like in my childhood and here is a video from November 2, 1977. This is for the whole country;they just list general areas, conditions and temperature ranges (in C°).

  • Who Are The Ad Wizards Who Came Up With This One?!

    This blog is so well-known in certain marketing circles that I almost feel obligated to bring up a subject which may be of interest to them. Today I will showcase talent, fresh approach and marketing savvy of creative geniuses who brought you this innovation:

    ♥Fine Print On Billboards♥

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    Lets say you are driving North on I-35 around 127th street overpass and you notice this enticing billboard. “GasoLean“, just what you always wanted, but something is not right and no amount of squinting allows you to see just how “GasoLean” this vehicle is. Is it closer to “GasoBulemic” when it actually throws up most of the gas it consumes, or is it bordering on “GasObese”?
    It’s simple. All you have to do is drive up to 127th street, park your car at the nearby apartment complex, walk up on the bridge and read the fine print.

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    Still can’t see? You must be getting old, have a closer look. That’s all, just a quick drive and a short walk away.

    Who are the ad wizards who came up with this one?!

    Next: Why I dropped my subscription to the Consumer Reports Magazine.

  • Visual Parallels

    Billboard along I35

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  • Old Photos: A Day In Life of a Ford Dealer

    Berl Berry automobile dealership organization, founded by Berl Berry in 1940 with Ford and Lincoln-Mercury automobiles, moved to two locations in 1950 at 19th and McGee Streets and 1818 Independence Boulevard.
    Leaving for work:

    Ford dealer Berl Berry leaving his house.

    Ford dealer Berl Berry leaving his house. © Time Inc. Ed Clark

    At work:

    Ford dealer Berl Berry and his secretary, in his ornate office.© Time Inc. Ed Clark

    Midday break:

    Ford dealer Berl Berry and his wife (R) eating brunch at Saddle and Sirloin Club.© Time Inc. Ed Clark

    Checking out his ranch:

    Ford dealer Berl Berry, visiting his ranch outside Kansas City.

    Ford dealer Berl Berry, visiting his ranch outside Kansas City.© Time Inc. Ed Clark

    Relaxing at home after the long day on a giant bed:

    Ford dealer Berl Berry and children lounging on giant 10 x 11 bed, in his home.© Time Inc. Ed Clark

  • Behind The Iron Curtain: Body Revealed

    With all the controversy surrounding local exhibit of dead bodies I was reminded that this is not my first time not attending a viewing of a preserved cadaver. Thus, ground-breaking series “Behind the Iron Curtain” continues with a short new installment: Lenin’s Mausoleum.

    For over 80 years the Soviet and then the Russian people lined up on Moscow’s Red Square to view an embalmed body of the leader of the Great October Socialist Revolution Vladimir Illyich Lenin. V.I. Lenin died on January 21, 1924 and his body was on display ever since, with the exception of WWII and some maintenance downtime. The story of the Mausoleum (or Tomb) is sufficiently told in Wikipedia, so there is not too much left to add. Although I’ve been to Moscow many times and visited Kremlin and Red Square I never had any desire to stand in line for many hours for a brief moment with the famous stiff. There were plenty of schmucks willing to do it without me.

    When I was growing up, majority of people stopped thinking that Lenin was a second coming of Jesus and grew skeptical about the whole socialism idea. Jokes about Lenin and other Soviet leaders became common although still told in a circle of friends only. It always puzzled me who were the millions of idiots waiting in line to see the Tomb. At one time Lenin was joined by a corpse of Stalin for a “double the fun” experience, but Stalin was later kicked out for being a tyrant. Since then Lenin is all by himself silently watching millions of people pass by his bulletproof sarcophagus. Millions of people whose life he touched in one way or another.

    There was a lot of talk about finally burying him next to his mother, but all these years later it still causes too much controversy to deal with it.

    Lenin’s Body
    It was scary when alive
    Scary still

    There is a virtual reality tour of the Mausoleum, but I am not sure if it works and it requires a plug-in.