May 29, 2006

Knoebels Arcade Machines

Playland Arcade
The arcade at Knoebels has a lot of novelty games that I rarely see anywhere else.  Here are a few of the more interesting ones that are currently in operation.

The New Addams Family Electric Shock Machine (Nova Productions, 1999)
Arm Wrestling (Ikemoto Shatai Kogyo Company, year unknown)
Electronic Personalized Palm Reading (Zytronics Inc, year unknown)

May 28, 2006

Naptime at Knoebels

I have no idea who this is or why he is laying in this position with his foot in a bag, his hand in his pocket and a hat over his face, but this is one of my favorite photos that I've ever taken.

1001 Nacht

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Artwork from the 1001 Nacht ride at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, PA.  The ride was produced by Weber Maschinenbau in Bremen, West Germany in the early 80's.

Several of these rides are still in operation across the United States and Europe, including one in Hagen, Germany.

According to "The ride is named after the story of the 1001 Arabian Nights, a Sultan named Shahryar, and his forty wives. Shahryar had one of his headsman servants behead one of his forty wives. In searching for another to replace her, many more women lost their heads. Then Shahryar decided to select the headsmans' daughter, Shahrazad. In an attempt to keep her head Shahrazad told continuing stories to the Sultan for 1001 Nights. He was very pleased with her in the end because of her cleverness and intelligence. He spared her life and took her as his 40th wife. When you look at the ride you will notice some things. There are two statues on either end of the gondola: Shahrazad and her sister Dunyazad.  Also, the ride has 40 seats, each representing one of Shahryars 40 wives."

Since You Said Please...

Knoebels Amusement Resort - May 2006

May 10, 2006

My Favorite Video Store

Hollywood Video
West Hazleton, PA
The selection of vintage horror movies and anime here is really pretty incredible.

May 7, 2006

Signed Hitchhiker's Guide

A gym in town had closed.  They took the opportunity to have a book sale as they were selling off all of their mats and equipment.  For $1, you could take all of the paperback books that you could fit into a plastic grocery bag.

We found a lot of classic sci-fi and movie novels, but the cream of the crop was a signed copy of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.