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For real ball handling…

A comic book ad for Spalding from 1977.
A comic book ad for Spalding from 1977.

Bone shards:

Who is that white dude, err, I mean that nearly unstoppable offensive juggernaut?

Rick Barry’s free throws were underhanded, granny-style, or granny shots, which some of you may remember from a certain Will Ferrell basketball movie.

Behold, the great and wondrous Julius Erving / Dr. J.

During World War II, Spalding helped manufacture M1918 Browning Automatic Rifles.

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What rolls down stairs, alone or in pairs?

I forgot to write down the comic book and year this Lincoln Logs ad came from, but I think it was from an issue of Roy Rogers.
I forgot to write down the comic book and year this Lincoln Logs ad came from, but I think it was from an issue of Roy Rogers.

Bone shards:

Lincoln Logs were invented by John Lloyd Wright, son of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The first set came with instructions to build 1) Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood home and 2) Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

“Interesting playthings typifying the spirit of America.”

The last five letters in “Playskool” are considered to be a “sensational spelling” of “school. SENSATIONAL SPELLING. It’s a thing.

The Log Song!

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So much sugar, it’s almost unbearable.

A back cover Roy Rogers comic book ad for Post Sugar Crisp breakfast cereal from around 1951.
A back cover Roy Rogers comic book ad for Post Sugar Crisp breakfast cereal from around 1951.

This product has gone through a few name changes, from Happy Jax to Sugar Crisp to Super Sugar Crisp to Super Golden Crisp to Golden Crisp.

Bone Shards:

In 2008, Consumer Reports revealed a study that found two cereals that were more than 50% sugar. This was one of them, the other being Kellogg’s Honey Smacks (the one with the frog).

Bears have quite a history of liking the sweet stuff.

The first Ferris wheel was built for Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair by… George W.G. Ferris Jr.

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I got a fever!

Pacman (Pac-Man) for the Atari 2600 ad from DC’s Detective Comics #518 (September 1982)
Pacman (Pac-Man) for the Atari 2600 ad from DC’s Detective Comics #518 (September 1982)

Fun facts: Even though it totally sucked compared to the arcade version, over seven million Atari 2600 cartridges of Pac-Man were sold.

It was a 4KB ROM cartridge.

The highest possible score for the arcade version of Pac-Man is 3,333,360 points.

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“This is O.J. Simpson comin’ at you…”

O.J. Simpson's Spot-Bilt Juicemobiles ad from 1976
Found in Marvel’s Captain America and the Falcon #204 (December 1976)

Run away!

Fun fact: O.J. Simpson was once the Vice President of Promotions for Hyde Athletic (Spot-bilt’s parent company).

Another fun fact: Spot-bilt almost landed Michael Jordan back in the day before he went with Nike. Ouch.

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’Tis a charmin’ cereal…

1964 ad for General Mills' New Lucky Charms cereal
Found in DC Action Comics #315 (August, 1964)

It’s a lucky day when you’re flipping through an old comic book and happen upon one of the first, if not THE first, ad for General Mills Lucky Charms!

Fun facts: “The cereal was created by product developer John Holahan. He developed the original prototype based on Cheerios cereal pieces and chopped up pieces of his favorite candy – Circus Peanuts.”

Circus peanuts!?!? Noooooooooo!

“The marshmallow pieces in Lucky Charms are called ‘marbits.’”

Marbits!?!? Nooooooooo!

More Lucky Charms history can be found here.

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“The treacherous are ever distrustful. Send in that dollar, Margie!” — Gandalf

Margie gets FREE GIFTS for the whole family
Gandalf Products (The Consumer Gazette) ad found in a comic book from 1975 or so.
I… I remember Margie being drawn a little bit better back when I was a kid.
Her friend is pretty hot tho.
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BONG!

Rocky and Bullwinkle for Cheerios comic book ad
Found in Action Comics #315 (August, 1964).

Fun fact: The final original episode of Rocky and Bullwinkle’s show aired on June 27, 1964, two months before the comic book this ad was found in hit the stands.

Another fun fact: Cheerios was originally named CheeriOats. That didn’t last long.

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It’s fun to be fooled, but it’s more fun to fool others.

Fun • Magic • Mystery
(from a 1961 issue of Unknown Worlds)

Fun • Magic • Mystery

It’s Fun to be fooled — but it’s More Fun to fool others

Multiplying Billiard Balls
Loaded Cigars
St. Peter’s Lesson
The Floating-Dancing Handkerchief
Nickels Change to Dimes!
Amazing Finger Chopper Trick
Secret Wonder Mirror
Vanishing Key Mystery
Lit Cigarette Vanishes and then reappears!

Send all orders to The House of a Thousand Mysteries
Dept. AC5-61
Trumbull, Conn.

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Beat Down the Flames

Adventures of the Lee family.
Mike Lee and his sons, Tom and Danny, save a forest.
Lee ad found in Thor #196 (1972)

I have a theory about this ad. When the rangers arrive, they find the Lee family has perished after their cotton clothing caught fire. Two of the last three panels show the forest in pristine pre-fire condition, which indicates that the Lee family is in the afterlife and blissfuly unaware of their horrific deaths. 

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