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The Time Travel Staycation

Posted at 4:56 AM on October 8, 2009 by Radio Heartlander (15 Comments)
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From the Desk of the Heartlanders
Guest Blogger - That Guy in the Hat

Technology continues to be an amazing and fascinating thing. Within the span of our lifetimes, we've seen gadgets and gizmos go from the realm of science fiction to commercial availability to practical indispensability. And while the strides that have been made are truly astounding, more are just around the corner. Perhaps hybrid cars will be the gateway to our long-awaited flying cars. Who knows?

But while we're waiting, did you know that there is a form of time travel that is available to you right now? At no cost? And without that pesky risk of altering history or having to obey a 'prime directive.'

Consider the cultural amalgam that is an antique store. Every antique store is like a unique time capsule; a repository of languages, history, and popular culture from all around the world. And an interesting thing happens when you put all those tokens from different times and places together. They start making associations with each other. Connections that you'd never expect but, once pointed out, make perfect sense.

Kind of like people.

Here are some unlikely "found" pairings.




If these were musical acts, what might they call themselves?

Edited to add! From Dale's desk, but not necessarily from Dale
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Comments (15)

Good morning, All - and thank, TGITH, for an intriguing challenge for the morning. my old mind isn't coming up with much this early, but for the last picture (of Reddy Electric and Ronald McDonald??) i'd suggest Charge the Burger. too obvious? yeah. looking forward to much more creative suggestions this morning

Posted by barb in Blackhoof | October 8, 2009 6:11 AM

Many thanks for the entertaining blog entry and quirky pix!

The old brain is too tired to indulge in the kind of divergent thinking required for imagination and naming this morning. Maybe after a cup of coffee or two... or more.

Good morning, all!

P.S. (I logged on just as Will Kimbrough was being played and was shocked to see his name on the play list. I knew him long ago when I lived in Mobile, Alabama years and was friends with his mama.)

Posted by elinor | October 8, 2009 6:29 AM

top - That Guy and Gal in the Hat
middle - Austin's Lounge Lizards
bottom - Electric McFetus

Thx, TGITH, for the fun entry and stimulating images!

Posted by Donna | October 8, 2009 6:38 AM

really enjoying the music this morning - thanks
TGITH - you must have some good ideas for names, right? Donna, yours were great - so quick in the morning, but i suppose you have to be to stay ahead of those children!
out to milk (where i should be quick-witted but am mostly out-witted)

Posted by barb in Blackhoof | October 8, 2009 6:53 AM

The top one is a singing duo, I think they are similar to Sonny and Cher, so I would call them Buddy and Babe.

Then we have a quartet - The Four Charmers.

The last is a far out duo, I think Electric McFetus, as proposed by Donna, is excellent or it could be Electric Happy Meal,

I think we are all waiting to find out what TGITH calls them.

Posted by Jim | October 8, 2009 7:20 AM

*laughing* I couldn't begin to dream up names.

UPDATE! Note that there's a fresh giveaway today! Tickets to the West Bank Bash, no less.

And... good morning :-)

Posted by Julia Schrenkler, MPR | October 8, 2009 7:38 AM

1. Blue Hat Special
2. Pic-a-nic O' Grins
3. Shocking Clown (though I think I like Electric McFetus much better)

Thanks for giving my creativity a morning stretch TGITH!

Posted by Anna | October 8, 2009 7:43 AM

I hadn't noticed right away, but the pic of Reddy and Ronald also has none other than Jesse Ventura lurking over their shoulders - so thought I'd throw that out as that changes the equation substantially.

If Insane Clown Posse wasn't already taken, that might have worked.

Still thinking...

Posted by Mike in Albert Lea | October 8, 2009 7:55 AM

OK…here’s my attempt.

1 PEZ Foolery
2 Tweety Powers
3 The Buzz Clowns

I also like Electric McFetus alot.

Posted by Kate from Eden Prairie | October 8, 2009 8:09 AM

Morning RHers! What a great way to think of an antique store, TGITH. Might entice the grandkids to the local shop with that idea. Thanks for the blog entry.

The quartet :The Unbearables
The bottom duo: Zapp Papa

The top two look like Michael Jackson and David Bowie to me. As a duo, maybe they could call themselves Weirdways.

Posted by thyrkas | October 8, 2009 8:15 AM

So I guess the bottom one is a trio, as Mike observed, with Jesse in the back.
I don't even want to think about what I would call a trio that includes Jesse with Ronald and Reddy.

Posted by Jim | October 8, 2009 8:27 AM

THITH - were these all from the same store?? (Wouldn't mind going there...) Intriguing question, and I'm glad there are all of you whose brains can do this in the a.m.

Anyone remember the first time they were IN an antique store? I was about 21, on a "date", and I was in awe -- hadn't really realized what all they could hold. It was love at first sight (the store).

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | October 8, 2009 8:34 AM

RE: The bottom group. I think the little guy's name was "Reddy Kilowatt", if you arrange the first two letters of the three figures' names in the photo, you get:


Posted by Bill in WI | October 8, 2009 10:40 AM

Greetings! TGiTH, fascinating mix of pictures and ideas -- love the names so far, Darned if I can think one ... late to post today -- no internet this morning.

Posted by Joanne in Big Lake | October 8, 2009 10:47 AM

Top photo: You, Too?
Bottom photo: Frankly Zapped

Posted by Dave in the Midway | October 9, 2009 12:06 PM

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