Weird Universe Archive

October 2014

October 3, 2014

Chinook Olives

Also known as acorns marinated in urine. Source: The Chinook Indians, by Paul Kane in The Canadian Journal, Jan 1857

Posted By: Alex - Fri Oct 03, 2014 - Comments (12)
Category: Food

Anti-Booze PSA



Way to harsh my buzz, man!

Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 03, 2014 - Comments (3)
Category: PSA’s, 1960s, Alcohol

October 2, 2014

Lapkins

Yet another useless product. Put the napkin on your lap and make it look like you're only wearing underwear. Nudists could use them to make it look like they're wearing underwear!




Posted By: Alex - Thu Oct 02, 2014 - Comments (11)
Category: Fashion, Underwear, Hygiene

Chubbettes

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Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 02, 2014 - Comments (9)
Category: Fashion, Advertising, Children, 1950s, Obesity

October 1, 2014

Ugly Notes

Ugly Notes is a company that sells greetings cards for "horrible people." They bear messages such as, "If you spoke your mind you'd be speechless," and "You brighten up the room with your absence."


The idea for marketing antisocial messages isn't new. It goes back at least to the 1960s, when entrepreneur Charles Hollis started selling stickers that bore messages such as "Kick a puppy today" and "Stamp out whooping cranes." I've written about Hollis over at the Hoax Museum.

And on the opposite end of the spectrum, you have organizations such as Love For The Elderly, which "collects anonymous letters of kindness and distributes them to elderly citizens throughout America." I'm guessing Love For The Elderly and Ugly Notes won't ever do a partnership.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Oct 01, 2014 - Comments (10)
Category: Products

Quacks and Nostrums

Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 01, 2014 - Comments (3)
Category: Frauds, Cons and Scams, Medicine, PSA’s, 1950s

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