A musical instrument anyone can play, maybe. Apparently, playing the maracas, aka rumba shakers, is not as easy as it looks. “Although a simple instrument, the method of playing the maracas is not obvious. The seeds must travel some distance before they hit the leather, wood, or plastic, so the player must anticipate the rhythm.” Is anything ever as easy as it looks when someone who knows what they are doing is doing it?
Oops! Looks like Criswell missed on that prediction, as he did when he predicted that Denver would be struck by a ray from space that would cause all metal to adopt the qualities of rubber, leading to horrific accidents at amusement parks. In fact, very few of Criswell’s predictions ever did come true, but he was entertaining, which looks to have been the whole idea of Criswell.
Criswell was a regular guest on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. Watch the video clip to see Criswell making his predictions for 1966 on Johnny’s New Year’s Eve 1965 program. Very funny stuff, thanks to the ad lib masteries of the one and only Johnny Carson and his sidekick, Ed McMahon.
Believe it or not, this is not a homemade ceramic piece. The incised lettering on the bottom identifies this wall plaque as having been produced by an actual company, Apsit Bros. of California (and Remulak?) The Bros. must have been having an off day the day this chalkware piece was made. Either that, or the piece was intended to be marketed to an otherworldly (or outerworldly) audience.