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I'd like to see anyone trust their life to this thing above the first floor of a house.

And what a weird come-on. "Live in a house?" No, a barn!

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Apr 06, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Domestic, Chindogu, 1940's

Life Before Cellphones


Original story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Aug 11, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Radio, Chindogu, Children, Parents, 1930's

Instant Car Crash Guaranteed!


Original ad here. (Scroll down.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jun 08, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Death, Chindogu, 1950's, Cars

Before Dye Packs

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 06, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Crime, Chindogu, 1950's

The World’s Shortest Escalator

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jan 04, 2013 | Comments (9)
Category: Chindogu, Asia

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #26


It is generally understood that the necktie is a symbol of male virility. Thus, when the Marx Brothers or the Three Stooges cut someone's tie off while the fellow is wearing it, it is a symbol of emasculation, and we laugh.

So a necktie that instantly sproings erect on command is surely the best alpha-dog symbol of all! This is why Dilbert rules!

Just don't poke out anybody's eye with that thing!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Oct 15, 2012 | Comments (9)
Category: Fashion, Injuries, Johnson Smith Catalog, Sexuality, Chindogu, Pranks

Radio Sunglasses


To hell with iPods! These are so much cooler!

Of course, the online inflation calculator I use says: "What cost $24.95 in 1967 would cost $165.76 in 2011. " Or, in other terms, roughly the cost of a new 8GB iPod Touch.

Maybe modern life is better!

From Playboy for August 1967.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Oct 14, 2012 | Comments (9)
Category: Fashion, Music, Technology, Chindogu, 1960's

The Sport-Briar Pipe

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"Is that an Indian Club between your lips, or are you just glad to be smoking?"

No wonder this never caught on.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Oct 01, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: Inventions, Chindogu, Smoking and Tobacco, 1920's

Robotic Anti-Snoring Bear Pillow

Robotic bear will reach out and stroke your face so gently as you sleep.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Apr 04, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: Inventions, Chindogu, Sleep and Dreams

Innovations in Haystack Slicing

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I readily confess to being a total city boy. But I still have to ask: would it not have been simpler to make smaller haystacks in the first place?

Or is this just something country folks do for fun?

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Feb 16, 2012 | Comments (7)
Category: Agriculture, Chindogu, 1930's
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