The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Monday, August 13, 2012

What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

This item from the April 1948 issue of Popular Science, posted on Modern Mechanix, is a cautionary tale (in hindsight) of why we should all be a little wary of the latest trend.  The article provides dozens of household uses for those leftover asbestos roofing shingles.  In 50 years, historians will wonder why we never saw the obvious link between smartphones and hair cancer.

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