Archive for August, 2014

Big Man, You’re a Tiger

Posted in Automobiles on August 25, 2014 by RickNews

The 1960s were a very turbulent time, in almost all aspects of life. Blacks integrated with whites; people burned draft cards and bras; and “the Establishment” was slowly losing its grip on the collective kultur.

This 1965 advertisement is from Sunbeam, a long-dead British carmaker who seems to have had a crisis of its own. For some reason, they stuffed a Ford V-8 engine into their Alpine convertible, turning their milquetoast sporty runabout into a ferocious beast called the Tiger. (Well, more ferocious than the Alpine, but not as fast as a modern-day SUV.) If the car looks familiar, it’s because it starred in Get Smart‘s opening scenes for a few years.

One could just imagine the nightmares that Sunbeam’s US advertising agency had, when they thought of ways to market the vehicle: An English-American “hybrid animal” with a decidedly fey brand name. “Easy,” they must’ve exclaimed over martinis in a smoky conference room, “let’s use sex to sell this car! Ask that creepy guy named Bundy down in copy to whip-up a few lines.”



The Greatest Music Video of All Time

Posted in Music on August 21, 2014 by RickNews

Action Bronson is not only Harvard-educated–he’s from Flushing, Queens, New Yawk! Here, now, is Bam-Bam doing his thing, easy-like.

The Gorilla Wept

Posted in General Interest on August 13, 2014 by RickNews

Koko, the “signing” Gorilla, was recently informed of her friend, Robin Williams’ death. Koko wept.

The gorilla and the comedian.

Read the article here.

Everyone Got the Weiner in the End

Posted in General Interest on August 9, 2014 by RickNews

A magician freaks-out some dogs, while others just go for the meat. Enjoy!