01. Flaming Lips release 24 hour song inside a human skull

“Speaking to O Music Awards about the project, Lips leader Wayne Coyne emphasised that ‘nothing that we’re doing is bizarre [debatable – Ed] or illegal, in parts of the world and even on eBay you can actually buy real human skulls. There’s a place in town [Oklahoma] that’s called Skulls Unlimited that’s been here for almost as long as The Flaming Lips have been here, and it sells human skulls.’ ” (fact)

02. Hairdresser tools from 1928 (above)

“These images come to us from our not-so-dim Seussian/Medusian hair-care past, even though they seem to be instruments for hard-line delivery of intelligence. The hairdresser’s tools were simple: pore openers, hair straighteners, hair curlers, heat setting heat setters, and the like. [The source is actually The Illustrated London News, 20 October 1928, page 720.]” (coudal>ptak)

03. Please ask Ike to bring Elvis back

“The following pleading letter is just one of thousands sent by desperate fans of Elvis Presley to the White House in the late-1950s, in an effort to have the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll returned to the United States from Germany, where he was posted with the U.S. Army. This particular missive was sent by a couple from Sacramento and was addressed to President Eisenhower’s wife, Mamie. Another example of such a request, written by some of Elvis’ younger fans, can be found here. ” (lettersofnote)

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