Coca-Cola Toys

Coca-Cola is a world corporate behemoth with an unrelenting marketing campaign.  Coca-Cola is sold in stores, restaurants, and vending machines in every country except Cuba and North Korea.  Based on Interbrand’s best global brand 2016, Coca-Cola was the world’s most valuable brand. Being the world’s most valuable brand makes Coke recognizable everywhere. Pervasive merchandising also keeps the brand in the unconscious of the masses.  And toys are a major part of this merchandising.

A few examples of the toys and games:

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Ken and Barbie join the fun

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BUNNY HOP: PEEP INSIDE THE PLAYBOY CLUBS OF THE 60S, 70S & 80S

From Dangerousminds.net

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Hugh Hefner at the first Playboy Club in Chicago

The first Playboy magazine hit the shelves in 1953 and in 1960, the late Hugh Hefner opened what would be the very first Playboy Club in Chicago. Other clubs would quickly emerge in more than twenty locations including Boston, Wisconsin, and Los Angeles, as well as more elaborate Playboy Club Resorts which you could visit in Jamaica and Manila. Entrance into the various clubs would run a member $25 a year for which they would receive a special key that when presented to a designated “Door Bunny” would get them inside. The clubs were designed to emulate the “Playboy lifestyle” projected by Hefner, though that’s not what initially ignited the vast existence of Playboy Clubs. The actual inspiration for the clubs began with an article in Playboy published in 1959 that detailed the goings-on at the historic Gaslight Club in Chicago’s River North area. The club was the brainchild of Burton Browne who modeled the club around the “Gay 90s” (aka the “Naughty Nineties” or the decade beginning in 1890) a debaucherous period where creativity and libidos ran wild.

Like Hefner’s future Playboy Clubs, entrance to the Gaslight required a key. Naturally, Hef was already a member of the Gaslight Club as it featured his favorite thing—half-naked women with large breasts everywhere you looked. According to Victor Lownes III, the executive of HMH Publishing Company (which would later become Playboy Enterprises in 1955) he recalled that the article received over 3,000 letters from readers of Playboy inquiring as to how they too could join this exclusive club. This set the wheels in motion for Hefner who knew how to recognize an opportunity, though at the time his vision for his Playboy-themed clubs didn’t include expansion beyond Chicago. When the doors to the fledgling club opened, it employed approximately 30 girls between the ages of 18-23 who were said to be “single, beautiful, charming, and refined.” It also somehow qualifies the old saying that people really did read Playboy articles. At least they read one in 1957. And that’s a fact.

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Frank Sinatra at the Las Vegas Club back in the day.

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Jamaica Club

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John Lennon at the London Club

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Halloween Monster Movie Marathons

 

With Halloween fast approaching many of the TV channels are advertising their Halloween Monster Movie Marathons.  Each channel wants you glued to their channel throughout Halloween week.  They want to scare the audience to the point where they wait for the commercials, so the viewers get a breather.  All the ad companies will try to brainwash the audiences with the popcorn, hairspray, car and truck, make-up, fast-food joint etc. etc. commercials.  So beware, beyond getting scared out of your pants, you may unconsciously radically change your shopping habits.

 

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Zombies would be the worst competing in a monster marathon. Especially the slow variety.

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Oh God No! It’s a pack of werewolves!

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WTF!!

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 I have to check this flick out, and soon!

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Hollywood Square Monsters

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Some very bizarre aircraft that you may have not seen before

 

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The Caspian Sea Monster, also known as the “Kaspian Monster”, was an experimental amphibious cargo plane, developed at the design bureau of Rostislav Alexeyev in 1966.

 

Stipa-Caproni

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Stipa-Caproni, an experimental Italian aircraft with a barrel-shaped fuselage (1932).  Didn’t the engineers have any sense of aesthetics?

 

Blohm & Voss BV 141

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Blohm & Voss BV 141, a World War II German tactical reconnaissance aircraft, notable for its uncommon structural asymmetry.

This thing just looks terrible. A real mutant.

 

Libellula

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Libellula, a tandem-winged and twin-engined British experimental plane which gives the pilot an excellent view for landing on aircraft carriers (1945).

 

Northrop XB-35

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Northrop XB-35, an experimental flying wing heavy bomber developed for the United States Army Air Forces during and shortly after World War II. Let the imagination soar. Photo: U.S. Air Force

 

McDonnell XF-85 Goblin

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McDonnell XF-85 Goblin, an American prototype jet fighter, intended to be deployed from the bomb bay of the Convair B-36 (1948). A real eye-catcher. Photo: U.S. Air Force

Lockheed XFV

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Lockheed XFV, “The Salmon,” an experimental tailsitter prototype escort fighter aircraft (1953).

 

De Lackner HZ-1 Aerocycle flying platform

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De Lackner HZ-1 Aerocycle flying platform, designed to carry one soldier to reconnaissance missions (1954).

I wouldn’t want to be on a recon mission standing on top of this thing. The guy would be a sitting duck.

 

Snecma Flying Coleoptere (C-450)

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Snecma Flying Coleoptere (C-450), a French experimental, annular wing aeroplane, propulsed by a turbo-reactor, able to take off and land vertically (1958).

 

Avro Canada VZ-9 Avrocar

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Avro Canada VZ-9 Avrocar, a VTOL disk-shaped aircraft developed as part of a secret U.S. military project (1959).  This contraption had a hard time getting 2 feet (.7 meters) off the ground.

 

Vought V-173

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Vought V-173, the “Flying Pancake”, an American experimental fighter aircraft for the United States Navy (1942). Terrible to look at.

 

Bartini Beriev VVA-14

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Bartini Beriev VVA-14, a Soviet amphibious aircraft (1970s). This could be mistaken for a UFO.

 

Ames-Dryden (AD)-1 Oblique Wing, a research aircraft designed to investigate the concept of a pivoting wing (1979 – 1982).

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X-36 Tailless Fighter Agility Research Aircraft, a subscale prototype jet built by McDonnell Douglas for NASA (1996 – 1997).

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The Caproni Ca.60 Noviplano

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The Caproni Ca.60 Noviplano was a nine-wing flying boat intended to be a prototype for a 100-passenger trans-atlantic airliner. It featured eight engines and three sets of triple wings. Two pontoons, mounted on each side, were intended to give the aircraft stability. Only one example of this aircraft was built by Caproni. The prototype only made one short flight on 4 March 1921 over Lake Maggiore in Italy. The aircraft attained an altitude of only 18 m (60 ft), then dived and crashed, breaking up on impact. The pilot escaped unscathed. Caproni had the wrecked airplane towed to shore, and announced that he would rebuild it, but that night it burned to ashes.