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Condom Hut

Back in 1992, Emanuelle Del Vecchio had an idea for a great new business — a drive-through condom store. She called it "Condom Hut" and set up shop in a former Fotomat booth.

Unfortunately the booth was located in an area of Cranston, Rhode Island populated by very Catholic Italian-Americans, many of whom took great offense at the idea of people being able to buy birth control from the comfort of their motor vehicle.

Local residents began protesting the store. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence condemned it for "promoting sexual activity, not abstinence." A rock was thrown through its window. Graffiti was spray-painted on its front. And eventually the business folded.

America was just not ready for a drive-through condom store.

Source: People magazine - Sep 21, 1992

Source (and more info):

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Nov 13, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Business, Birth Control , 1990's

Follies of the Madmen #264

That young couple is stopping not to admire the tablecloth but to gawk and laugh at the grade-school-dropout, simpleton-style hat worn by Dad.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Nov 10, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Family, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, Headgear, 1950's

Redactron Word Processor


Apparently, if you can believe the ad, this early feminist word-processor had the side-effect of liberating women.

Original ad here.

History here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Nov 06, 2015 | Comments (14)
Category: Business, Computers, 1970's, Women

Groovy Gasoline

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Oct 27, 2015 | Comments (11)
Category: Business, Advertising, Motor Vehicles, 1960's

Follies of the Madmen #263

The deodorant that combines the crushing force of Niagara Falls with the brutal chemicals of a municipal water-treatment plant.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Oct 26, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, Nature, 1950's

Follies of the Madmen #262

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Oct 17, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Annoying Things, Business, Advertising, Products, Death, Insects, 1960's, Australia

Mail-Order Foliage

The website, created by Kyle Waring, will ship hand-picked New England leaves to U.S. customers. For $19.99 you get three leaves — 1 red, 1 yellow, and 1 mixed-color. The site's "foliage experts" make sure that only perfect leaves are shipped.

$19.99 seems like a lot for three leaves. For instance, that's not enough leaves to decorate a Thanksgiving table (which I imagine could be one reason people might want leaves). Also, I'm pretty sure you can buy fake leaves that look pretty convincing at most craft stores.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Oct 15, 2015 | Comments (13)
Category: Business, Strange Websites, Postal Services

Follies of the Madmen #261

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Oct 06, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, 1960's, Cars

Climate Change Coke

As our poor abused planet whipsaws between extreme cold and extreme heat on a minute-to-minute schedule, only Coke can help soothe our pain. The "melting glacier" allegory at the end is effective, albeit unsubtle.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Sep 09, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Nature, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, 1960's
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