Oct. 10 Mini-Monotony Breaker

1st Mini-Monotony Breaker in quite a while  —  but hopefully, the 1st of many.  Begins w/ some great old photos   —  most of which are absolutely amazing  —  followed by a couple other “cute” things.

By the way  —  today’s edition of “Oldies w/ the Old Guy” has been uploaded to mixcloud.  Check it out at https://www.mixcloud.com/upload/billdickerson/oldies-with-the-old-guy-10-10-16-year-in-review-a/complete/  and let me know what you think. . .


Unusual Old Photographs


Using a bear to treat back pain. Romania , 1946.





Setting a new world speed record, 1948.


A sex education lesson, 1929.


Lumberjacks, 1900s.

William Harley and Arthur Davidson, founders of the Harley Davidson Motorcycle Company.

A gun used for duck hunting, early 20th century.

Military electricians, 1918.

Filming the production logo for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Testing a rugby helmet, 1912.

German industrial worker August Landmesser, whose wife was Jewish, refusing to salute Hitler. Hamburg , 1936.

A pilot tries to start the stalled propeller of his plane during flight.

The biggest horse in the world, 1928.

Using ducklings as therapy animals, 1956.

Young women in Kabul , Afghanistan , 1970’s.

Ernest Hemingway having a drink.

The last photo ever taken of a Thylacine, 1933. This species is now extinct.

The models used by Grant Wood for his famous painting, American Gothic.

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Passarge dances on wine bottles in a cat costume. Hamburg , 1958.

Class differences. Britain , 1937.

Miss New Zealand falls unconscious. Miss Universe competition, Long Beach , 15th July 1954.

The two-year-old Dalai Lama, 1937.

The way real men shave, 1940.

Arctic explorer Peter Freuchen with his wife, 1947.

A little girl encounters a penguin for the first time.

Unpacking the Statue of Liberty , 1885.

A soldier shares some bananas with a goat. Battle of Saipan , 1944.

Original Michelin, 1910.

A man and woman on a date, 1950s.



Dan was a single guy living at home with his father, and working in the family business. 

When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he decided he needed to find a wife with whom to share his fortune. 

One evening, at an investment meeting, he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen.

Her natural beauty took his breath away. 

I may look like an ordinary guy,” he said to her, 
but in just a few years, my father will die and I will inherit $200 million.”

Impressed, the woman asked for his business card.

Three days later, she became his stepmother.

Women are so much better at financial planning than men.


During a visit to my doctor, I asked him, “How do you determine whether or not an older person should be put in an old age home?”

“Well,” he said, “we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to

the person to empty the bathtub.”

“Oh, I understand,” I said. “A normal person would use the bucket because it is bigger

than the spoon or the teacup.” 

“No” he said. “A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?”


And finally  —  the thoughtful confessions of a 6 year old. . .



Yup, some people can’t handle the truth!


My Favorite Animal

Our teacher asked what my favorite animal was, and I said, “Fried chicken.”

She said I wasn’t funny, but she couldn’t have been right, because everyone else laughed.

My parents told me to always tell the truth. I did. Fried chicken is my favorite animal. 

I told my dad what happened and he said my teacher was probably a member of PETA. He said they love animals very much.

I do, too. Especially chicken, pork and beef.

Anyway, my teacher sent me to the principal’s office.

I told him what happened, and he laughed, too. Then he told me not to do it again.

The next day in class my teacher asked me what my favorite live animal was. 

I told her it was chicken. She asked me why, so I told her it was because you could make them into fried chicken.

She sent me back to the principal’s office.

He laughed, and told me not to do it again.

I don’t understand. My parents taught me to be honest, but my teacher doesn’t like it when I am.

Today, my teacher asked me to tell her what famous military person I admired most. 

I told her, “Colonel Sanders.”

Guess where the f**k I am now… 

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