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2012-12-13 07:28:55 PM  

TheDirtyNacho: Real Women Drink Akvavit: I remember when barcodes first came out some of the christian groups were claiming it was the "mark of the beast". I nearly got a barcode tat on the back of my neck, just so I could scare the hell out of them. Or would that be scare the hell into them? Yeah, I know it's supposed to be on the hand or the forehead, but I've worn an A-line cut for so many years, a barcode tat on the back of my neck christian groups (some) considered the mark of the beast would be clearly visible. Warped sense of humor = easily amused.

/extreme baptists are extremely paranoid
//wasn't always a Nordic type Heathen until I grew up and wised up, so I know the dealie-o with them baptist types 
///RIP, awesome dude


They felt the same way about social security numbers.


Seriously? I did not know that one. Learn something new every day on FARK.

I'm actually looking forward to the whole Mayan prophecy about the solstice, just so I can ruthlessly tease some of 'em I kept in touch with over the years as they are not all total jackholes, and some of them are very paranoid about other "prophecies", just because then I can say "You joined an ancient Mayan religion strongly based on astronomy? YAY! Welcome to Paganism! Let us dance nekkid round the nearest tree!" while giggling inside my widdle head space.

/kinda surprised I didn't know that one about Social Security numbers and freakier people than I could ever be
//they honestly think we all dance naked outside, with the devil and stuff
 
2012-12-13 07:56:09 PM  
As someone who makes a living doing high speed vision machinery, thank you sir an may St Peter apply some Reed-Solomon to your advantage at the pearly gates. ...
 
2012-12-13 08:03:01 PM  
That's headline of the year material right there...

/I chortled.
 
2012-12-13 08:03:23 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com

/oblig
 
2012-12-13 08:14:10 PM  

Metaluna Mutant: [magculture.com image 350x458]


What's really sad about that issue of Mad is that I was a junior in high school when it came out.

(*sigh*)

Now, where did I put my applesauce? Maybe in the cabinet with the Preparation H?
 
2012-12-13 08:23:51 PM  

Fark Me To Tears: Metaluna Mutant: [magculture.com image 350x458]

What's really sad about that issue of Mad is that I was a junior in high school when it came out.

(*sigh*)

Now, where did I put my applesauce? Maybe in the cabinet with the Preparation H?


D'aww. Honey Buns, I got some applesauce. I was going to get all "pork chop, cranberry and applesauce recipe I haven't figured out completely" with later, in the crockpot (after browning the meat, of course, cuz anything else is blasphemy), but if you really need it, I'll head straight on over with it. I will not change your diaper, though. That's where the super creepy home health attendant comes in.

See? I'm super nice!

/and a major smartass
 
2012-12-13 08:28:16 PM  

Metaluna Mutant: [magculture.com image 350x458]


LOL! I had that issue of MAD Magazine when I was a kid!
 
2012-12-13 08:30:37 PM  

dopekitty74: rnatalie: I remember the "bullseye" grocery codes. They were manually applied to items at certain "ahead of their time" groceries before the UPC was standardized.

You sound old


You look old...
ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2012-12-13 08:31:36 PM  

ExperianScaresCthulhu: Ack?

I thought Ack was Cathy's thing. And that Cathy Guisewite ( I can't spell her last name) had died.

No one reads or read Cathy here?


I can only take so many shoe jokes.
 
2012-12-13 08:36:50 PM  
by 1972 my tastes matured to National Lampoon .MAD was for the youngsters. You fahkakta schmarty pants
 
2012-12-13 08:37:01 PM  

Danger Avoid Death: ExperianScaresCthulhu: Ack?

I thought Ack was Cathy's thing. And that Cathy Guisewite ( I can't spell her last name) had died.

No one reads or read Cathy here?

I can only take so many shoe jokes.


You don't have the Billy and the Boingers record? I maintained an old record player for it, just in case. I even still have my Bill The Cat stuffed animal!

/yeah, and I have all the comics, in their book forms
//ACK!
 
2012-12-13 08:48:17 PM  
I would be getting a kick out of these post if I could only find my CueCat.
 
2012-12-13 09:03:25 PM  

Real Women Drink Akvavit: Danger Avoid Death: ExperianScaresCthulhu: Ack?

I thought Ack was Cathy's thing. And that Cathy Guisewite ( I can't spell her last name) had died.

No one reads or read Cathy here?

I can only take so many shoe jokes.

You don't have the Billy and the Boingers record? I maintained an old record player for it, just in case. I even still have my Bill The Cat stuffed animal!

/yeah, and I have all the comics, in their book forms
//ACK!


I remember finding that in a bunch of varied comic books that my uncle had left at my gramma's house when I was but a teen. I had to ask a friend if we could use his dad's record player just to play it. I kinda wish I'd held on to that, along with all his Bloom County, Garfield (really old ones), old Supes, Iron Man, X-Men, and other assorted comics.
 
2012-12-13 09:06:12 PM  

Real Women Drink Akvavit: Danger Avoid Death: ExperianScaresCthulhu: Ack?

I thought Ack was Cathy's thing. And that Cathy Guisewite ( I can't spell her last name) had died.

No one reads or read Cathy here?

I can only take so many shoe jokes.

You don't have the Billy and the Boingers record? I maintained an old record player for it, just in case. I even still have my Bill The Cat stuffed animal!

/yeah, and I have all the comics, in their book forms
//ACK!


Bill The Cat was great; Bloom County was pure comic genius.

Cathy, however, was pure crap.
 
2012-12-13 09:15:26 PM  
And it's okay if Bill the Cat dies - we'll just put some Bactine on him, and he'll be strummin' on his tongue in no time!

/And when you buy Bolivia, keep the receipt!
//Please let none of that be obscure...
 
2012-12-13 09:25:16 PM  
You know what I got out of that fascinating story? The amount of education-scientific education- that this guy pursued. Even interupted by WWII, he still NEEDED to pursue his dream. Now, what do we have- a generation of "marketing specialists" as we get our collective asses kicked by Asia.
 
2012-12-13 09:28:08 PM  

DownDaRiver: Do I need to know morse code to get the headline?


Morse code? *sigh* Goddamn kids....
 
2012-12-13 09:31:27 PM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: Real Women Drink Akvavit: Danger Avoid Death: ExperianScaresCthulhu: Ack?

I thought Ack was Cathy's thing. And that Cathy Guisewite ( I can't spell her last name) had died.

No one reads or read Cathy here?

I can only take so many shoe jokes.

You don't have the Billy and the Boingers record? I maintained an old record player for it, just in case. I even still have my Bill The Cat stuffed animal!

/yeah, and I have all the comics, in their book forms
//ACK!

I remember finding that in a bunch of varied comic books that my uncle had left at my gramma's house when I was but a teen. I had to ask a friend if we could use his dad's record player just to play it. I kinda wish I'd held on to that, along with all his Bloom County, Garfield (really old ones), old Supes, Iron Man, X-Men, and other assorted comics.


I found a bunch of old Batman comics in a quarter bin once. I put on my best "stay calm" face, because the dude obviously didn't know what he was doing and I was going to take full advantage. Got a first appearance of the Green Goblin, among other things, for a quarter, then passed it on to a friend after I read it, who was all like "Dude, I can have this? Really?" Yeah, really. I'm a reader, not a back boarding hoarding collector. I also appreciate the art and feel it is very under appreciated.

/still has her first edition Poison Elves comics from Mulehide, including issue 1, because I love Jace and Luse
//you can pry them out of my geeky dead hands
 
2012-12-13 09:40:21 PM  

Blackbird: Why was the mob in the elevator music racket?


I don't know, but that's one of the best sentences I've read all week.

"He planned to pursue the project commercially, but his father, who had come of age in "Boardwalk Empire"-era Atlantic City, forbade it: elevator music, he said, was controlled by the mob, and no son of his was going to come within spitting distance."
 
2012-12-13 09:50:10 PM  

blackartemis: Blackbird: Why was the mob in the elevator music racket?

I don't know, but that's one of the best sentences I've read all week.

"He planned to pursue the project commercially, but his father, who had come of age in "Boardwalk Empire"-era Atlantic City, forbade it: elevator music, he said, was controlled by the mob, and no son of his was going to come within spitting distance."


The mob wants to control your brain, obviously. Otherwise why would they put so much crappy muzak in pop form on elevators, where you are basically trapped, and have it play so gently that it is probably hitting some subliminal part of your brain? Dude, I thought everyone knew that!

/grudge match made in hell - the mob vs ms13 vs a bunch of rowdy metal type people
//we metal people would win, cuz we'd all get bored, go get drunk, and set something on fire
///while evading arrest. WIN!!!
 
2012-12-13 09:52:50 PM  
Someone INVENTED the bar code???

I wish I'd been able to meet the mind behind that....
 
2012-12-13 10:10:31 PM  

Blackbird: Why was the mob in the elevator music racket?


Yeah,

I mean, I can see the mob being involved in prostitution, drugs, and gambling, but somehow I don't see Mikey Corleone ordering a hit on someone enroaching on his elevator music turf. Sounds like an interesting story, if true.
 
2012-12-13 10:14:13 PM  
calbert

damn you subby, for a second there I thought that Bill the Cat had died (again).

don't scare me like that. 


This.
 
2012-12-13 11:24:15 PM  
One of my early jobs was gas station attendant. I had a regular customer who got the barcode to Marlboro Reds tattooed on his right hand. It worked when I started there, but 6 months later age and fading had made the lines too squiggly.

/one of the reasons I don't have a tattoo
//they're permanent, and may not work for me in 10 years
 
2012-12-13 11:40:28 PM  
RIP

profile.ak.fbcdn.net
 
2012-12-13 11:59:27 PM  
media.giantbomb.com

Wanted for questioning.
 
2012-12-13 11:59:35 PM  

Hot Carl To Go: Wait, so does this make it more cool or less cool to get a barcode tattoo?


It's only cool if you're a bald hitman.
 
2012-12-14 12:26:24 AM  

Metaluna Mutant: [magculture.com image 350x458]


I used to have that issue. Don't know what happened to it.
 
2012-12-14 12:42:23 AM  
I met a guy at a club once who had a bar code tat on the palm of one of his hands. He told me it was for Wrigley's Spearmint gum, which set off one of my insane giggle sprees.

You gotta admire that kind of stupid creativity, cuz sometimes, it actually works. In an abstract way.
 
2012-12-14 12:43:32 AM  
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Loved me some Bloom County back in the day.
 
2012-12-14 12:51:57 AM  
www.jammajup.co.uk

Just in time for Christmas...
 
2012-12-14 01:41:39 AM  
www.eikongraphia.com
 
2012-12-14 02:18:03 AM  

Metaluna Mutant: [magculture.com image 350x458]


Came here looking for that cover and leaving satisfied.
 
2012-12-14 06:07:43 AM  

lenfromak: Back in NJ in the eighties they had bar codes all over, but state law the unions made the stores put individual price stickers on everything. How long did that last?


FTFY

Just guessing, of course. But there was alot of that type of thing going around back then. As technology was racing forward, lots of people were put out of work.

The commuter lines in the NYC area still had firemen in the diesel and electric locomotives well into the 1970's, as an example. You know, guys who shovel coal into the boiler of a steam engine?
 
2012-12-14 07:50:12 AM  

Metaluna Mutant: [magculture.com image 350x458]


I remember that! .... damn I'm old.
 
2012-12-14 09:01:58 AM  
"Ack-Thud" from 2006

http://www.fark.com/comments/2405169/Im-Mike-Wallace-Im-Morley-Safer- I mack-thud
 
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