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  • Glitter-covered televangelist Joshua Mills explains how he got covered in glitter. By God.
    09.01.2015
    11:51 am

    Topics:
    Belief
    Kooks
    Stupid or Evil?

    Tags:
    Joshua Mills


     
    How long will it take—how many decades, how many more centuries if we’re really unlucky—before the Christianity virus just completely and utterly burns itself out? At what point will there just simply be no more use for it and we’ll all just give up the (holy) ghost once and for all, call it a day AND MOVE ON?

    I don’t have a prediction to make about that—Voltaire, who died in 1778, once wrote that he thought religion would die out in twenty years time—but I can say with some assurance (and even gratitude!) that idiot Palm Springs-based televangelist Joshua Mills is doing his very best to make people shake their heads in DISBELIEF and walk out of the church, hopefully never to return. Mills has claimed in the past that God can whiten teeth better than dentists and remove wrinkles better than Botox.

    Here on the Internet talk show, It’s Supernatural with Sid Roth, Mills relates the story of how God covered him in glitter in an elevator in Toronto. Three onlookers in the elevator were saved before the doors even opened again. But best of all, they reenact this “anointing”! Hilarity ensues! Sid makes George Noory seem skeptical and it’s too bad that they didn’t have Mills play himself, that was really a missed opportunity if you ask me.
     

     
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    Nothing says anarchy like these hilarious stock photos of ‘punkers’
    09.01.2015
    10:53 am

    Topics:
    Amusing
    Fashion
    Punk

    Tags:
    Stock Photos


    A group of happy punks
     
    Oh dear, the stock photography version of punk. If you asked my nana what a punk was or looked like, she’d point to one of these photos and say “Right here. One of them.”

    My favorite image out of all of this cringe-worthy mess is the “punk” dude holding the giant bazooka. As we all know a punk outfit is never complete without a handy rocket launcher. And don’t the ladies love ‘em???


    The nut never falls very far from the tree.
     

    Anarchy Angie, the waitress at “SPIT” the new punk rock theme restaurant, brings you your Molotov cocktail.
     

    “This is about the JEANS, people. The JEANS. Not the bazooka, the jeans!”
     

    Never mind the spreadsheet…
     
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    Dangerous Finds: King Tut’s boner; Paranoid Republican wingnuts; EVERY Tarantino reference explained
    09.01.2015
    09:24 am

    Topics:
    Current Events

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    Dangerous Finds


     
    Quentin Tarantino: The Complete Syllabus of His Influences and References: From Reservoir Dogs to Django Unchained, the master list. (New York)

    ‘It’s now or never’: Texts reveal teen’s efforts to pressure boyfriend into suicide: Michelle Carter knew that if anyone found her text messages to her boyfriend Conrad Roy III, she might go to jail.“[If the police] read my messages with him I’m done. His family will hate me and I can go to jail. File under “deeply disturbing.” (Washington Post)

    Paranoid history of the GOP: How conspiracy theories poisoned the Republican Party: Wingnuts have become increasingly reliant on reality-defying paranoia. Here’s how it happened. (Salon)

    Meet the Republican Who Launched the ‘Ready for Kanye’ PAC: ‘A party that can openly accept Donald Trump has room for Kanye West,’ says 24-year-old Ready for Kanye founder Eugene Craig. (Rolling Stone)

    Mystery ‘zombie’ drug used in Paris muggings: Two women have been arrested after allegedly using a substance with similar effects to Colombia’s infamous Devil’s Breath ‘zombie drug’ to rob elderly Parisians. That substance contains scopolamine, a toxin found in plants of the Datura genus found in the South American country. It can cause severe and frightening hallucinations that last for a long, long time. What a fucked up thing to do to old people. (The Local)

    Death of Justin Bieber-lookalike reveals a sadder tale: Man who had surgery to look like the pop singer was found dead in a San Fernando Valley motel room. (Los Angeles Times)

    Bernie Sanders to appear on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: I’ll tune in for that. Poor Martin O’Malley can’t even get booked with James Corden. (Deadline Hollywood)

    Carbon dating suggests ‘world’s oldest’ Koran is even older than the Prophet Muhammad: Tests suggest that the book was produced between 568 and 545 A.D., said scientists at the University of Oxford, but Islamic scholars generally believe Muhammad lived between 570 and 632 A.D. (The Raw Story)

    Jeb! To Trump: You’re Not A Real Republican: The inevitable Jeb v. Trump action is heating up. Prediction: This will not end well for “low energy loser” Jeb! Bush. (Talking Points Memo)

    Kentucky clerk defies US Supreme Court and denies marriage licenses to same-sex couples ‘under God’s authority’: The top court ruled Monday evening that Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk, could not be excused from following the law on religious grounds. Isn’t it time for the Governor to step in and simply fire this ugly, lemon-faced Christianist bigot? WHY does this clown still have a job? (The Raw Story)

    Tutankhamun’s penis was fully ERECT when he was mummified so he would look like a god in afterlife: The world’s most famous mummy was buried with his penis standing at a 90 degree angle. It is theorized that the upright penis broke off after the discovery of the tomb, despite speculation that it was stolen. And then later the dickless boy king’s cadaver was displayed for millions of moderns to gawk at. (Daily Mirror)

    Steve Martin performs his 1978 novelty hit “King Tut” on Saturday Night Live. I’m guessing he’d have added another chorus about the missing phallus had this been known at the time.

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    Jazzercise takes on Sid Vicious. Nobody wins
    09.01.2015
    08:45 am

    Topics:
    Dance
    Music
    Punk

    Tags:
    Sex Pistols
    Sid Vicious


     
    The biggest-selling single the Sex Pistols ever put out wasn’t “Anarchy in the U.K.” or “God Save the Queen” or “Pretty Vacant” or “Holidays in the Sun”—it was “Something Else,” a cover of an Eddie Cochran hit from 1959 with Sid Vicious on lead vocals that was released more than a year after the breakup of the band—and three weeks after Vicious’ death at the Chelsea Hotel on February 2, 1979.
     

     
    Americans probably aren’t very familiar with Legs & Co., an all-female dance troupe that used to brighten up the proceedings on Top of the Pops in the late 1970s. The U.S. equivalent would be the Solid Gold Dancers.

    Sometime during its run in the Top 10 of the U.K. charts, Top of the Pops managed to convince Legs & Co. to do a sort of Jane Fonda/jazzercise routine to the song. The over-abundance of spandex, the nice shiny colors in the leotards and wigs—not to mention the strange approximation of a stock market chart in the set design—it all makes this clip seem a kind of harbinger for the shiny and materialistic 1980s that were just around the corner, even if nobody knew it.

    At the outset you can hear the closing strains of Elvis Costello’s “Oliver’s Army.”
     

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    Foul-mouthed bird spits on family dog and tells it off
    09.01.2015
    08:40 am

    Topics:
    Amusing
    Animals

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    Eric


    Photo of Eric via Facebook
     
    We normally don’t blog about animals here on DM, but when something this special like Eric the foul-mouthed bird comes along… it’s necessary. Eric lives in Australia and is owned by a woman named Sharon Curle. Eric has a vendetta against the family dog.

    As you’ll see in the short video below, Eric doesn’t mince his words.

    Can we please get Eric the foul-mouthed bird to debate Donald Trump?

     

     
    Sharon Curle on Facebook

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    They didn’t write that?: Hits you (probably) didn’t realize were cover songs (Part Two)
    09.01.2015
    05:59 am

    Topics:
    Music
    One-hit wonders

    Tags:
    cover version


     
    This is the second part of a continuing series. Part One can be found HERE.

    Recently a friend hipped me to a song that I had NO IDEA existed, having thought for decades that the COVER of it by an ‘80s one-hit-wonder band was the original and only version that was ever recorded. This led to a conversation about hit songs that we didn’t at first realize were covers—sometimes not discovering the original versions until many years after the fact. A few friends joined in and at the end of the conversation I had a list of nearly 50 songs that were “surprise” cover versions.

    As a public service to Dangerous Minds readers, I’m sharing this list so that you can wow your friends at parties with your vast musical knowledge. Granted, our readership is a smart and savvy bunch, so undoubtedly you’ll come across songs on this list and say “I already knew about that.” Of course you did, but indulge the rest of us. Hopefully, though, something here will surprise you.

    We’ll be rolling this list out in parts over the next few weeks. In no particular order, this is Part Two of Dangerous Minds’ list of hits you (probably) didn’t realize were cover songs.
     

     
    The song: “Cum On Feel The Noize”

    You know it from: Quiet Riot

    But it was done first by: Slade

    Quiet Riot’s massive 1983 hit was a cover of a 1973 number one UK single by Slade. Quiet Riot’s cover took their Metal Health LP to the top of Billboard album chart, making it the first American heavy metal debut album to ever reach number one in the United States. It also helped to belatedly “break” Slade in the U.S. where they had some minor success with their single “Run Runaway.” Quiet Riot’s good fortune with “Cum on Feel the Noize” led to them doing a second Slade cover, “Mama Weer All Crazee Now,” on their follow-up album. The second dip into the Slade song-pool did not prove as successful.
     

     

     

     
    The song: “Bette Davis Eyes”

    You know it from: Kim Carnes

    But it was done first by: Jackie DeShannon

    Kim Carnes’ 1981 recording of “Bette Davis Eyes” spent nine weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and was Billboard‍ ’​s biggest hit of that year. It was originally recorded in 1974 on Jackie DeShannon’s album New Arrangement. The original version is drastically different from Carnes’ new-wavey cover. DeShannon’s recording is straight up honky-tonk.
     

     
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    A housewife drops acid (legally), 1963
    08.31.2015
    12:21 pm

    Topics:
    Drugs

    Tags:
    LSD


     
    Before it became a Schedule I controlled substance in October of 1968, there was a not-all-that-brief period in which lysergic acid diethylamide, otherwise known as LSD, enjoyed some respectability among the chattering classes, even benefited from the same type of breathless hype that the technology associated with the moon landing enjoyed.

    According to a 2010 Vanity Fair article by Judy Balaban and Cari Beauchamp, at some point in the 1950s, the publisher of Time, Henry Luce, tried LSD and developed a favorable attitude towards it, and that was all LSD needed to receive several years of positive coverage in all the major magazines:

    Another early experimenter was Clare Boothe Luce, the playwright and former American ambassador to Italy, who in turn encouraged her husband, Time publisher Henry Luce, to try LSD. He was impressed and several very positive articles about the drug’s potential ran in his magazine in the late 50s and early 60s, praising Sandoz’s “spotless” laboratories, “meticulous” scientists, and LSD itself as “an invaluable weapon to psychiatrists.”

    In addition, it was well known that Hollywood luminaries like Cary Grant and Esther Williams were using LSD as a therapeutic tool:

    “The Curious Story Behind the New Cary Grant” headlined the September 1, 1959, issue of Look magazine, and inside was a glowing account of how, because of LSD therapy, “at last, I am close to happiness.” He later explained that “I wanted to rid myself of all my hypocrisies. I wanted to work through the events of my childhood, my relationship with my parents and my former wives. I did not want to spend years in analysis.” More articles followed, and LSD even received a variation of the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval when that magazine declared in its September 1960 issue that it was one of the secrets of Grant’s “second youth.” The magazine went on to praise him for “courageously permitting himself to be one of the subjects of a psychiatric experiment with a drug that eventually may become an important tool in psychotherapy.”

    Over the weekend a Retronaut page by Alex Q. Arbuckle has been making the rounds with the title “April 16, 1963: Housewife on LSD.” The page, which is light on text, features several photographs taken in 1963 by LIFE photographer John Loengard of a session in which some test subjects—i.e., regular people—were given LSD. The centerpiece of the series is a woman named Barbara Dunlap, identified as a housewife from Cambridge, Massachusetts, as she contemplates a statue of Buddha and a sliced lemon in tripping wonderment. The photos, all black and white, can’t begin to suggest the blazing psychedelic visions Dunlap was experiencing, but anyone who has ever taken LSD can fill in the blanks perfectly well.

    One weird note: The Retronaut title contains the date April 16, 1963, but it’s not clear to me that that date refers to anything, actually. Arbuckle’s text mentions April 16, 1943—twenty years earlier—as the date on which Albert Hofmann first synthesized lysergic acid diethylamide. Loengard’s photographs were not taken on April 16, 1963, which is abundantly clear primarily because some of the photographs appeared in the March 15, 1963 issue of LIFE, to ameliorate a lengthy article by Robert Coughlan called “The Chemical Mind-Changers.” That article was actually the second of a two-part article—the first part, which appeared a week earlier, was more technical in nature and didn’t focus at all on the test subjects.

     

     

     
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    Photos of Victorian women and their long-ass hair
    08.31.2015
    10:24 am

    Topics:
    Fashion
    History

    Tags:
    long hair


     
    “Yo, Rapunzel!”

    A lot of Victorian and Edwardian era women simply never cut their hair. Now I know this was considered very fashionable in those days, but I can’t imagine how much suffering went along with maintaining such manes. Your head, neck and shoulders would have to be in constant pain trying to hold the weight of all that hair! And think about this, what did they do to cool off during the extremely hot months of summer? I guess one could keep their hair wet all the time, but it would be a royal pain in the ass to have to comb it out and dry it. They didn’t even have blow dryers back then. No way!

    This is exactly why the bob cut had to happen in the 1920s. Women couldn’t put up that shit anymore.


     

     

     

     
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    Young Adam Ant looking like a pretty punk rock Adonis
    08.31.2015
    09:17 am

    Topics:
    Music
    Punk

    Tags:
    goth
    Adam and the Ants

    Adam and the Ants at Eric's Club in Liverpool, 1977
    Adam and the Ants at Eric’s Club in Liverpool, 1977 

    Before the flamboyant gyrating, Native American-obsessed pirate we all know and love as Adam Ant there was another fellow (born Stuart Leslie Goddard), who looked more like the proto-goths of the 70s such as Siouxsie Sioux (who Adam and The Ants often supported live back in the day) or Dave Vanian of The Damned.
     
    Adam Ant and Sioux Siesioux backstage
    Adam Ant and Siouxsie Sioux hanging out backstage, 1977
     
    After joining his first band in 1975, Bazooka Joe, Goddard bore witness to what was likely the very first performance ever given by the Sex Pistols, who were the opening act for a Bazooka Joe gig. Goddard quickly quit the group and went on to form another band that never really got off the ground called, B-Sides. Following a battle with anorexia and a suicide that landed him in a psychiatric hospital, Goddard was released, changed his name to Adam Ant and eventually formed Adam and the Ants around 1977.
     
    Adam Ant and Jordan live at The Vortex, 1977
    Adam Ant (with Jordan) at the Vortex, (London, 1977)
     
    In addition to some pretty amazing photos of Ant, his band and collaborator/punk fashion icon Jordan (aka Pamela Rooke who worked at the King’s Row boutique, SEX run by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood), I dug up this very punk recollection from UK music and culture historian, Tom Vague on the first time he laid eyes on Adam Ant in 1977:

    The first time I saw Adam Ant he had just had ‘Fuck’ carved into his back by Jordan with a razor blade and World’s End was stained with his blood

    Who knew everyone’s favorite post-punk jaunty pirate was so dangerous? Well, I’m sure some of you did, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the following photos that pre-date Ant’s 80s fashion and antics.
     
    Adam and the Ants (with Jordan) at The Marquee, 1977
    Adam and the Ants (with Jordan) at The Marquee, 1977
     
    Adam Ant, super goth, 1977
    Adam Ant, 1977/1978
     
    More, plus early film footage of Adam and the Ants, after the jump…

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    There’s a life-size David Bowie pillow doll
    08.31.2015
    08:05 am

    Topics:
    Amusing
    Music
    Pop Culture

    Tags:
    David Bowie
    home decorating


     
    If you ever wanted to eat an ice cream cone sitting on David Bowie’s lap… now is your chance! Proxy Shop on Etsy makes these life-size David Bowie pillow dolls for $400 + shipping.

    The Lifesize David Bowie Pillow stands 66” tall and is the ultimate gift for a David Bowie fan’s home decor.

    Sit this Bowie doll onto a daybed or sofa, against a wall as a soft sculpture artwork or on the floor as a makeshift chair.

    Handcrafted from high quality printed fabric that is silky soft to the touch and backed with sturdy broadcloth, this tribute to David Bowie’s famous Ziggy Stardust costume design is an utterly unique addition to any Bowie fan’s home.

    These life-size decorative pillows are all handcrafted and made to order.

    Now can we have a Nick Cave pillow, please?


     

     

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