Mattel’s M-16 Marauder

In 1966, Mattel released a toy version of the M-16 called the M-16 Marauder Automatic Rifle. The gun’s big selling point was its shooting sound that didn’t require caps or batteries.

The gun looked so realistic that it was used as a prop in 1969’s The Green Berets in a scene where John Wayne’s character smashes an M-16 against a tree.

Mattel M-16 Marauder
Mattel M-16 Marauder
Mattel M-16 Marauder Ad, 1967
Mattel M-16 Marauder Ad, 1967

Nataraja Temple in Chidambaram

The Nataraja Temple in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India, is a sprawling 40-acre complex initially built sometime in the early 10th century. Dedicated to Nataraja, a depiction of the Hindu god Shiva, the temple features nine gopurams (a large entrance tower), four of which feature colorful narrations of various Hindu texts.

Nataraja Temple Gopuram
Nataraja Temple Gopuram
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Weird Science/Science-Fantasy Jigsaw Puzzles

One of the ways I know I’m getting older is sometimes I walk by a display of jigsaw puzzles and think to myself, “Hey, that looks like it could be fun.”

I may have to give in to that urge with these puzzles from Renegade Game Studios that feature covers from EC Comics’ Weird Science and Weird Science-Fantasy.

Weird Science No. 15 Jigsaw Puzzle
Weird Science No. 15 Jigsaw Puzzle
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