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Penguin Books’ 50th Anniversary Cover For Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Is All Sorts Of WTF

Penguin Books' 50th Anniversary Cover For Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Is All Sorts Of WTF

What the fresh hell is this? Penguin Books has just released a brand new cover for Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for the book’s 50th anniversary (left) and it is a stark departure from previous incarnations (right). It is, you might say, sexier. Is the little girl supposed to be Veruca Salt? I love Veruca as a character, but she isn’t the primary star of the book, nor did Dahl describe the spoiled rich girl as a depressed, tarted up, child beauty queen type. I don’t get it. If you were to take the name of the book off this image, I would be more inclined to guess that it was the cover for a kid version of Valley of the Dolls. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would never even occur to me. On top of being an unsettling and icky cover for a book about/for kids, it’s terrible marketing. Who approved this? Someone a little high on fizzy lifting drinks? [Facebook]

Bad News, Kids: Real-Life Lickable Wallpaper Is Gross

Lickable wallpaper was one of the most deliciously weird fantasy foods dreamed up by Roald Dahl in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and I definitely spent many hours of my childhood staring at my bedroom walls, wishing they were covered in magical fruit flavors instead of wood paneling from the 70s. Now it looks like my dream is finally coming true: the world’s first lickable wallpaper has been unveiled in a London elevator, comprised of 1,325 cookies that passengers can enjoy on their way to any of the building’s 16 stories. The bad news? It’s kind of horrifying to see people licking the walls of an elevator. The company claims that a bell boy removes every licked cookie to avoid a whimsical wallpaper-induced outbreak of Rage virus, but even so, I think I’m filing this one under “dead childhood dreams.” [Laughing Squid]

Roald Dahl, Sex Spy

You may have know that Roald Dahl came to the U.S. as an undercover agent (his primary job was to rally politically influential Americans to the Allied cause), but did you know that he used sex to carry about this business? According to the new Roald Dahl biography, The Irregulars, got busy with Standard Oil heiress Millicent Rogers and congresswoman (and the publisher of Time magazine’s wife) Clare Boothe Luce. According to the book’s author, Jennet Conant, “A certain amount of hank-panky was condoned, especially when it was for a good cause.” [Paste] Keep reading »

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