Last Call: The Last Whimsy Edition

While he did assume a controlling interest in the extremely lucrative candy enterprise, Charlie ultimately had to turn down Willy Wonka’s offer to move to the factory grounds as the CEO’s house had but only a one car garage, and Charlie was planning to use his new-found fortune to amass a huge collection of epic whips.
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37 responses to “Last Call: The Last Whimsy Edition”

  1. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
    dead_elvis, inc.

    I’m not generally a fan of these in “normal” colors, and this has to be one of the ugliest things ever to sport the blue & white roundel, of any shape. The black center stripe is an especially foul touch.
    Apologies to all.

    1. Wayward David Avatar
      Wayward David

      Dang it! I just got back from the store and forgot to get eye bleach…

    2. Sjalabais Avatar

      Unfortunately not the sort of “golden ticket” we were lead to think about above…it’s amazing how much taste can be different between people.

    3. outback_ute Avatar

      The black center stripe is probably a solution to the wrap not being available in a wide enough size to avoid seams

  2. Batshitbox Avatar

    I was just reading about the Tam O’Shanter Inn, which introduced me to this “Storybook” style of architecture (and was a frequent haunt of Walt Disney’s). Unfortunately someone re-did the roof and cheaped out, so today it’s more conventional looking.

    1. XRSevin Avatar

      You might like this:

    2. Sjalabais Avatar

      A local carpenter built this in our village’s main playground:
      I can’t really stop looking at it when I’m there with my kids. Stuff I build isn’t perpendicular with right angles either…but that isn’t for lack of trying, cough.

      1. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        That just looks like building and drinking shouldn’t be mixed.

      2. Batshitbox Avatar

        You should get into wooden boat building! Nothing is straight, level or plumb, and seldom square! It just needs to be symmetrical about one vertical plane is all, and even then there’s allowable exceptions.

        1. Lokki Avatar

          You should get into wooden boat building! Nothing is straight, level or plumb, and seldom square!
          Absolutely true! Why, the very word “Junk” comes from boat building

          1. Sjalabais Avatar

            Dang, but…will it float?

          2. AlexG55 Avatar

            There are various (probably apocryphal) stories of journalists getting their employers to agree to pay to ship “just my old junk” back from Hong Kong, only to discover that it’s over 30 feet long and seagoing…

    3. hwyengr Avatar

      I literally lived right down the street from the Tam in Atwater Village and as such, my significant other and I are married in the eyes of the Lawry’s Corporation. Since you got gifts for your birthday and your anniversary, of course, and we’d be damned if we missed out on that jar of seasoned pepper.
      Third oldest operating restaurant in Los Angeles, you know…

  3. Victor Avatar

    Created for North America’s expanding interstate system, the Ford Gas Turbine experimental transporter debuted in 1964, and was nicked-named “Big Red.” The towering fiberglass cab dwarfed anything on the highways, and the corrugated panels with skirted trailers helped to cut down air turbulence.

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      Not that far off really. I’m disappointed I can’t find a picture of the Ford livery on this truck, which replaced a train between Ford’s factories in Geelong and Broadmeadows

    2. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      GM Opel, (as it was then), might have had something to say about that badge above the Ford letters on the front.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        More likely the issue could have been raised instead by Ford, as they had been using their gear and lightning bolt symbol since 1953 whereas Opel only introduced their own somewhat similar emblem, as above, in 1964.

        1. kogashiwa Avatar

          WHY is this badge not on the Focus Electric.

          1. 0A5599 Avatar

            Probably because when customers see 1950’s logos, they tend not to think about the product as high tech. Not the best marketing for an electric vehicle.

          2. kogashiwa Avatar

            Electrics are old tech so should have old style badges 🙂

          3. Sjalabais Avatar

            Just another thing that makes me go: Oh customers! Sigh.
            (And I also firmly believe that tradition and a genuine interest for the matter at hand sell better than focus group based synthetics, btw. But that would probably take too much dare for huge bureaucratic organizations)

    3. Sjalabais Avatar

      Seeing this chips away at the uniqueness of the various Colani trucks, built to be as aerodynamically efficient as possible. Strangely, unlike other “nature-modelled” machinery, they arealso unbearably ugly:

      1. Maymar Avatar
        There was the fish-inspired Mercedes-concept, which thankfully didn’t make it to production.

    4. 0A5599 Avatar

      It’s style appears to be heavily influenced by the GM Futurliners of a quarter century prior.

      1. Victor Avatar

        Looks like a bumper all the way around the bottom.

      2. outback_ute Avatar

        Thanks, I did not realise these dated to 1940, I was only familiar with the early fifties use

        1. 0A5599 Avatar

          Unveiled at the 1939 World’s Fair.

  4. Sjalabais Avatar

    After years of budget cuts, that have left entire communities police-less, a government review is trying to rearrange police priorities. They just presented some suggestions, the most interesting being to entirely abandon the part of the police (“utrykningspolitiet”) that does speed controls (“fartskontroll”, no gas involved). These reviews tend to suggest something extreme so that politicians can say: “But we didn’t do that“, but the overall direction tends to be true.
    As a thought experiment: Do you guys think that throwing away laser guns and red flash lights would unleash pure driving anarchy? Or do ubiquitous dashcams create some sort of social cohesion and self-control so police controls become unnecessary?

    1. AlexG55 Avatar

      In the UK actual traffic police have become rarer and rarer as automatic speed cameras become more and more common. The problem is that the cameras are useless at catching people who drive like idiots below the speed limit.

      1. outback_ute Avatar

        Plus they don’t do anything about stopping real high-range speeders. A letter weeks later does nothing at the time.

    2. Manxman Avatar

      I think in the future insurance companies will “police” drivers with tattle-tale black boxes and punishs offenders with higher premiums. No need for radar guns or radar detectors.

  5. Batshitbox Avatar

    Stop it, New Zealand. Just… stop.

    P.S. You need to watch the follow up video, too. They didn’t get my initial memo.
    P.P.S. Someone needs to synchronize about a hundred of these.

  6. dukeisduke Avatar

    Looks like a roofer’s nightmare, what with the way those shingles lay over the dormers.

    1. Manxman Avatar

      My brother won’t do unconventional roofs like the one above or geodesic domes because he can’t guarantee that it won’t leak. Cool looking house, though. Looks like it’s from middle earth.

    2. CraigSu Avatar

      That down spout in the center just ruins the whole aesthetic. Too bad they couldn’t work around that with rain deflectors or something.