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Say hello to Elektro, the Westinghouse Robot

Say hello to Elektro, the Westinghouse Robot

History
He's all but forgotten today, but at one time Elektro was king of all robots. He was assembled by Westinghouse at their Mansfield, Ohio facility in 1937/38 and made his public debut at the 1939 New York World's Fair. Elektro stood at a height of seven feet, six inches and weighed 260 pounds. 60 of those pounds were his brain, which was comprised of "48 electrical relays." At the Westinghouse Pavilion of the World's Fair, Elektro the Moto-Man demonstrated a wide variety of skills such as speech, counting, stand-up comedy, and of course, smoking! Witness the marvels of modern 1930s technology in this excerpt from the 1939 promotional film The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair. "Stand aside puny human, as I enjoy the mild, refreshing tobacco flavor of Philip Morris!" ...
Album covers of the week: Bizarre Christmas covers

Album covers of the week: Bizarre Christmas covers

Album Cover of the Week, Music
I could probably start an entirely new blog dedicated just to weird Christmas album covers (or at least a Tumblr feed), but instead I'll just present a few of my favorites here.  These aren't bad or ugly covers per se, but ones that don't quite capture the traditional holiday spirit.  Enjoy! Six Million Dollar Man 4 Exciting Christmas Adventures, 1978 I thought the Six Million Dollar Man was supposed to be a good guy?  Based on this cover, it seems as if he's killed Santa, put on his costume, and jettisoned St. Nick's corpse into space on board a rocket.  Man, that's effed up.  Jolly ol' Steve Austin looks like he's getting some kind of sick thrill from the whole thing - check out that demonic smirk. Later, Austin uses his bionic powers to crush the Elves' Revolt.  You haven't liv