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Nessie-sary Insurance

A Scottish cruise line felt the need to take out an unusual insurance policy. They are covered in the event that the Loch Ness Monster should damage one of their ships. That is sure to make their passengers feel so much more secure.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat May 04, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Insurance

Calamity Board Game


Gosh, this looks like a really not boring, laugh-a-minute game. And perfect for these economic times!

Stick to your kitty cats, Andy!

More pix and info here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Sep 19, 2012 | Comments (9)
Category: Celebrities, Games, Insurance, 1980's

Follies of the Mad Men #14

Yes, we believe our clients are dumber than a sack of troll dolls, and are not afraid to insult them to their faces.

This illustration, by the way, comes from the great Abner Dean.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Aug 22, 2008 | Comments (11)
Category: Business, Advertising, Insurance, Death, Explosives, Pets, Dogs, Stupidity

Follies of the Mad Men #7


[From Fortune for December 1936. Two image files, click separately.]

Sniffles = Death.

Not the most subtle or believable of Madison Avenue appeals. Sure, in that pre-antibiotic age, pneumonia was deadly. But I can't imagine that the proportion of cold-sufferers who contracted pneumonia--at least among the affluent audience for Fortune--was any higher then than it is today. In other words, miniscule.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jul 31, 2008 | Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Insurance, Death, Family, Hygiene, Medicine, Couples
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