Trivia Contest: Who Is This Bruised, Sweaty Babe from the Trash?

Yesterday out biking, I came across this oddly charismatic pile of junk on the Hermann-Harry-Schmitz (g) Straße:


A pack of thin womens' smokes, a few stuffed animals, a record, and a picture. Let's have a closer look at that picture:


At first glance, it looks like something from Internet K-Hole: claws-out catfight at the rave, but somebody's still ready to par-tay! 

Alas, that's not it. Your mission is to identify the woman in this picture, which will necessarily explain the context. 

As a bonus, a closer look at the album:  


Apparently it celebrates the Hosen der Liebe: The Pants of Love. Although I could be wrong about that.

UPDATE: All the guesses were correct, but the prize goes to the first correct guesser, Dr. Wood! A handsome commemorative plaque -- suitable for framing! -- is heading your way, sir.

Help Me with This Crossword Puzzle, Internet

LiartownUSA has branched out into crossword puzzles, and the first one's pretty hard. In fact, I've been at it for days now:

Crossword Puzzle

I've solved most of it, but these clues still have me stumped:

  • Dutch raccoon holiday
  • Popular govt. perfume
  • Aka Baltimore caviar
  • Popular French breakfast crime
  • Brand of personal lubricant, also childhood nickname of Sir Winston Churchill
  • This famous comedian was stillborn
  • Actor despised for his role on HBO’s ‘Dog Exploder’

Any help in comments would be greatly appreciated.

Cultural Trivia Quiz: Where Did this Hideous Image Come From?

Browsing the Interwebs, I found this image -- this unhallowed, accursèd, brain-scorching, crotch-freezing Unding of an image -- embedded in its original context, which I cropped it out of. And before you guess it came from the late, lamented Gay Nazi Sex Ads website, it did not. Kudos to anyone who can identify its original context.


Trivia Contest Solved: The Dragon is a Watermark

Nobody correctly guessed the answer to the trivia contest, which was to explain what this dragon was:124133 The correct answer is that the dragon was a watermark used by a printer in Ulm, Germany in 1449.
The image comes from the Piccard Database, an online collection of watermarks. Paper was first created in Europe in Moorish Spain toward the end of the 11th century, the first paper mills in Italy date to the 12th century. Watermarks like the one above were created by twisting wire in to the shape of the watermark, then placing it on the sieve where the paper was pressed into sheets. The wire made the paper slightly thinner, tracing the shape of the watermark as faint lines. The exact purpose of late-medieval watermarks is disputed; one theory was that they signified the class of paper.

Watermarks are particularly important for dating manuscripts. Generally, the run of paper bearing a particular watermarks would be used up completely within two years, permitting researchers to date various works and sections of works by finding exact matches of watermarks. The problem is, there were thousands of similar marks being used. Therefore, scholars, including Charles-Moise Briquet and Gerhard Piccard (g) set about collecting databases of them. Upon his death in 1989, Piccard had a collection of 95,000 watermark tracings, most of which are now online in the Piccard Database of the State Archive of Baden-Württemberg. Most of this information, by the way, comes from an article by Sven Limbeck on pp. 46-47 of this fascinating publication (g) which I picked up at Wiblingen Monastery.

Perhaps this contest was a bit too hard; I decided to cut out only the shape of the dragon, thinking that its 'wiry' form might be clue enough. Anyway, thanks to everyone for throwing their hat in the ring.