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Eventually

“Rmmmmmmmph Grrrrrrrr Mmmmmmmmrrrrr Grrrr”
An early magazine ad for Gold Medal Flour
An early magazine ad for Gold Medal Flour

Bone shards:

Working with flour can be explosive.

“I’ll grind his bones to make my bread.”

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“Until you push the magic button.”

Panasonic magazine ad from around 1969
Panasonic magazine ad from around 1969

Let’s get this out of the way right away — “Just slightly ahead of our time.” was a fabulous tagline and they’ve never surpassed it. Not even close.

Bone shards:

Did you know you used to be able to get record players installed in your car?

Have you met The Electric Prunes mentioned in the body copy?

Six Panasonic D batteries will set you back around $15 these days. Last time I checked, at least.

Panasonic made the first bread machine. Who knew!? Well, probably Panasonic.

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The Safest Explosive

Magazine ad for Atlas Farm Powder found in a 1916 issue of The Country Gentleman
Magazine ad for Atlas Farm Powder found in a 1916 issue of The Country Gentleman

Farmer go boom.

Bone Shards:

The once-free book will now set you back $50 at Abe Books.

If it’s so safe, why did it say “Dangerous” on the crate?

Did you know that the Nobel prizes were pretty much made possible by dynamite?

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Behind them, the iceberg emerged from the mysterious cloud.

1934 magazine ad for Chesterfield cigarettes
1934 magazine ad for Chesterfield cigarettes

Bone shards:

Titanic trivia? Sure!

Icebergs too? As you wish.

What does he or she mean about “that way”? I’m not sure, but it probably involves a riding crop and lots of Vaseline.

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“Brown shoes don’t make it.” — Frank Zappa

1948 magazine ad for Lady Nettleton shoes
1948 magazine ad for Lady Nettleton shoes

I’m sorry, but Lady Nettleton can’t come to the phone right now. She’s having tea with Mrs. Nesbit.

I’ve heard of gila monsters, and Gilly, and ghillie suits, but I never knew that a ghillie was also a type of shoe. Who knew!?

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…prevents CHOLERA and all manner of Epidemic Diseases…

No hope!
No hope!
Behold! The hydroxychloroquine of the mid-1800s.
Behold! The hydroxychloroquine of the mid-1800s.

Did you know the original snake oil was actually good for something?

“Colorful names and even more colorful claims.”

Learn some signs of medical quackery.

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Don’t forget the ripcord!

"O-O-O-O-H-H" — Marie McMillin
“O-O-O-O-H-H” — Marie McMillin
1939 magazine ad for Camel cigarettes
1939 magazine ad for Camel cigarettes

Bone Shards:

Looks like Marie McMillin was a real person and so is the story. (The actual dialogue might’ve been altered somewhat for marketing purposes.)

Here she is fo’ reals.

And the Internet being the Internet, somebody asked if it’s possible to smoke a cigarette while skydiving.

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When her pants are white, she’s in a plight.

Magazine ad for Pursettes tampons found in the December 1975 issue of Co-Ed.
Magazine ad for Pursettes tampons found in the December 1975 issue of Co-Ed.

[Pursesnatcher going through stolen bag…] “Hey! Cigars!”

It looks like the uncredited artist was Mort Drucker of MAD Magazine fame. Rest in peace, Mort. Also, rest in peace, MAD Magazine.

Pursette’s company, Campana, had one heck of a factory building in Batavia.

“How do you sell what you can’t talk about?”

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Stiff Competition

What a lovely and fashionable girl.

What do you suppose the 1913 ad she was featured in was selling?

Go ahead, take a guess.

An upscale department store?

No.

The season’s latest fur styles?

No.

A vacation to exotic Canada?

No.

Embalming fluid?

What are you, some kind of wise guy!?

Oh, wait…

You’re right!

It’s an ad for embalming fluid.

Magazine ad for the Clarke Fluid Company found in the December 1913 issue of The Sunnyside by Charles Addams back in the 1950s.
Magazine ad for the Clarke Fluid Company found in the December 1913 issue of The Sunnyside by Charles Addams back in the 1950s.

D-uh. It’s so obvious now!

Bone Shards:

Ripley’s has a lovely handful of weird embalming stories just waiting for you.

The next time you’re in Houston, don’t forget to stop at the National Museum of Funeral History. Slogan: “Any day above ground is a good one.”

I know! I’m sad I missed out on this auction too.

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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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