Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday Bits of Tid - Studebaker Bankruptcy Edition

It's Friday and time to let the rest of the world soak itself in the Jacuzzi of Backwardsness whilst this blog scours the Interwebs for, um, something.

On this day in 1933, the Studebaker company entered financial receivership. Is it a coincidence that their first effort in the automotive market was an electric car? I think not.

The great Ferlin Husky is currently riding On the Wings of a Dove. He passed away yesterday at age 85. That song is the first song I can remember remembering. His bio is here and snippets of his other hits are here.

Duude, Wicked X and watching V don't mix, man. Seriously buzzed guy tells cops that Dr. Phil warned him of an alien invasion as reason for speeding.

Amtrak station named after Joe Biden comes in $5.7M over budget. Go figure.

Your bracket awaits, Mr. President.

We can all sleep better tonight: they found those stolen condoms. All 700,000 of them.

Russian bomb squad called in to defuse sex toy. Question of the day: what kind of vibrator makes a ticking sound anyway?

You can't make this stuff up. Snake bites woman's *ahem* enhanced breast, dies of silicone poisoning.

Got a good sound system? Then crank up the subwoofer. Here's what last weeks earthquake sounded like underwater.

And finally, from one awesome sound to another one...

Have a good weekend, y'all.

1 comment:

JeffDeWitt said...

It's TOTALLY a coincidence that Studebakers first attempt at a car was electric and that decades later they went into receivership.

Studebaker was a big, successful company for many year and the only one of the old big wagon manufactures to survive the transition to automobiles. They went with electrics for a few years before changing to gas power.

They went into receivership because the companies president, Albert Erskine, foolishly decided to keep paying out dividends going into the depression even though there were virtually no profits. They burned though all their cash and THAT'S why they went into receivership.