Posted in Mildly Interesting

What Happened to the Restless Mouse?

After about 20 years, The Restless Mouse Novelty Company is packing it in. Closing our doors. Shutting down, shutting up, and moving on.

We are selling our remaining inventory on ebay, craigslist, the local auction house, basically, whatever works.

Ideally, in a few months, there will be room in the garage for a ping-pong table, or a Ferrari.

Hopefully, Teresa won’t fill it up with gardening stuff to convert the lean-to in the back yard into a “she shed”.

Posted in Back in My Day, Mildly Interesting

The Future is now, sort of.

The February, 1956 edition of Town Journal magazine predicted cars would be controlled by devices embedded in the pavement. They didn’t see the advances in optics and electronics enabling self-driving cars to use any pavement.

Apparently game playing technology was not expected to improve- This family is playing dominos, I think. I don’t think they are even wearing seat belts. Who needs them when the car is driving?

The article was mostly about how electricity would make your life better. Television “screens” will hang on the walls. An electric heat pump will use outside air to cool your house in summer, heat it in winter. Also, Your food will cook in seconds instead of hours.

Aside from the fact that we don’t all drive Batmobiles, these predictions from “America’s Electric Light and Power Companies” are pretty accurate. I wonder what today’s power companies foresee for the year 2082.

Posted in Back in My Day, Mildly Interesting

Gingerbread boy is oblivious

U&I Sugar had a mascot, maybe only at Christmas? A gingerbread boy, smiling because he doesn’t know that his fate is sealed. This guy was in the 12-1-65 Everett Herald. You could send a U&I label and some money to get a cookie sheet, cake pan, either came with a “Gingerbread Boy Pattern”. (I thought it would be a cookie cutter?)

Apparently, they were trying to build product loyalty among people who like to bake.

U&I produced beet sugar for decades; ultimately cane sugar did them in. People preferred the taste of cane sugar, and bakers say it caramelizes better than beet sugar.

More about the U&I company here; https://worldhistory.us/american-history/the-history-of-ui-sugar-a-beet-sugar-powerhouse.php

More Mascots here; https://www.neverjethot.com/posts/tag/mascots/

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RATE THIS RESTROOM

Coming out of a men’s room at LAX, I encountered this Ipad on the wall, asking me if I would rate the restroom, smiley face or frowning face. There was no “Meh” face, and anyhow I was not about to touch that surface, a lot of people don’t bother to wash their hands, especially when there are no paper towels, only those stupid blow driers.

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It would be better to just send people to a website, I could write something like; “There was a subtle earthy aroma, combined with the scent of disinfectant, which gave me comfort. The graffiti in stall one is hilarious! Overall, I give it four stars, would poop here again.”

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Another weird yard find

Strange objects were always popping up at our previous house, and here too we have some mystery objects from time to time.

This metal plate was under the gravel edging the front yard. At 12.6 ounces, probably came off of some heavy duty contraption? It’s about 5.5″ by 2.5″and a half inch thick. The main bit has t shaped wings, and the thin metal plate on the (back?) looks like it originally could slide off where that pin in the middle is. I might try to WD-40 the snot out of it and see if that will come off. The thicker plate on the other side is chipped.

I am going to put this on Reddit, someone on there will probably know right away, “Oh, that’s a ’54 Packard trunk lid counterweight! Someone probably slammed the trunk too hard, ejecting the counterweight and making the trunk lid not stay up anymore after that”

UPDATE: Duh, it’s a brake for a car or truck. I guess it’s been a long time since I have tackled that job.