Daily Archives: January 4, 2012

1969 Holden Hurricane Concept

Back To The Future

While most predictions about the future have been unattainable (jet packs), or just plain ridiculous (dubbed least likely to succeed in your high school yearbook), the 1969 Holden Hurricane Concept actually got it right. Featuring electronic digital instrument displays, station-seeking radio, automatic temperature control air conditioning, rear-vision camera and an automated route finder (aka GPS) the aspirational auto was years ahead of its time. GM has restored it to its former glory and put it on display at the Melbourne Motorclassica for your viewing pleasure. Maybe you can convince them to let you borrow it for your 10-year reunion. Roll up in that bad boy and show them how something so wrong turned out so right.

Nickle Body Cooler

Tingly Man Parts.

Aftershave has reigned supreme in the world of men’s toiletries for years.  Now finally, our friends at Nickel have an answer to the question we’ve all been thinking: Why should your face have all the fun?  Now all the rest of your bits can join the party, with this invigorating gel that rapidly cools and softens skin.

Soothing and revitalizing, Nickel Body Cooler ($25.00) relieves tired muscles, while moisturizing and softening your skin.  Just rub it in.  Or ask a lady friend for assistance for those hard-to-reach areas.

Hero: Humphrey Bogart

The Debonair Hero

Long before movie quotes became a certain sort of social currency, flowing from the lips of college kids everywhere (“Tina, eat your food!”), Bogie had the market cornered, with gems like “Here’s looking at you, kid,” “We'll always have Paris" and "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine"–all from Casablanca. Brooding, leering and tough-skinned, Bogart was an icon of the silver screen, with career highlights like The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, Angels with Dirty Faces, Sabrina, and The African Queen, but his personal life off-screen is every bit as interesting as the scripted stuff.

He’s rumored to have been tossed out of high school for tossing his headmaster in a pond. An air of mystery surrounds the signature scar on his lip–some accounts say he was hit by a piece of shrapnel while he was in the Navy. Some say he was punched by a naval prisoner, whose handcuffs caused the gash. Still others insist that a barroom brawl in a speakeasy did it. Any which way, it’s a manly way to be disfigured.

He was a master chess player, and an expert sailor. He could quote the Greek philosophers and over a thousand lines of Shakespeare. When he thought a movie’s wardrobe department was too cheap, he wore his own suits on set. He married Lauren Bacall (whose acting career he mentored) and on top of all that, he founded the freakin’ Rat Pack in 1955, whose purpose, as described by Bacall herself was, “To drink a lot of bourbon and stay up late.”

If none of that is enough to raise Bogart to heroic status, consider this: In 1997, Entertainment Weekly magazine named him “the number one movie legend of all time,” and in 1999, the American Film Institute ranked him the Greatest Male Star of All Time. And he did it all with a name like Humphrey.

The Devil’s Double

GoodFellas of the Middle East.

When you’re as high profile as you are, you’re often requested to be in two places at once. So when you need to attend a benefit in Tibet and meet the guys for poker on the same night, you call on your body double to stand in. The Devil’s Double  ($17.00) is a film that he might relate to. Based in Iraq in the late 80’s the “fiday” of Saddam Hussein’s son is forced to play body double for the reckless party boy who lives a life of fast cars and loose women. That’s where the similarities end though, as the sadistic violence and life under a tyrannical regime takes it to a dark “Scarface of Arabia” place. Thankfully, the only thing your body double needs to worry about is where you left the keys to your Ducati 1198S Cigarette Boat.