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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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Preside at the Pail

Tom Brown’s Doc Vetter, as found in a 1916 issue of The Country Gentleman
Tom Brown’s Doc Vetter, as found in a 1916 issue of The Country Gentleman

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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ZWEE THONK

Comic book ad for Hostess Twinkies - Spider-Man! in The Spider-Man and the Fly!
I forgot to write down the comic book year and info when I canned this a while back, but I’ll guess the 1970s.

I guess the more dialogue you have, the less you have to draw.

Fun facts:

The first Twinkie was made in 1930. They’re probably stale by now.

Spider-Man plays a key part in Alt Text 19: Witness Protection.

Got a spare million or two? Then check out the ten rarest, most expensive Spider-Man comic books.

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What I really wanted was a Snoopy typewriter.

1975 comic book print ad for Kenner’s Snoopy Pencil Sharpener
1975 comic book print ad for Kenner’s Snoopy Pencil Sharpener

RRRR-R — Notice that they don’t show dad “sharpening his pencil”?

Fun facts:

Charles Shulz created 17,897 different daily Peanuts comic strips.

Snoopy was almost Sniffy.

A girl named Lila was Snoopy’s first owner.

The inside of Snoopy’s doghouse was large enough to hold four children.

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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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Let’s get baked.

1973 comic book ad for  Kenner Betty Crocker Easy-Bake Oven
1973 comic book ad for  Kenner Betty Crocker Easy-Bake Oven

The toy that also taught us about second- and third-degree burns.

Q: If two 60-watt incandescent light bulbs take 12 minutes to bake a cake, how long would it take LED bulbs?

A: 0 minutes. Just throw it in the microwave.

Fun Fact: Kenner sold half a million ovens in the first year (1963).

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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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