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1960's

The Strange Ones

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 01, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Scary Criminals, Public Indecency, Children, 1960's

Texas legislators smell decaying rat

In 1969, a rat died somewhere in the offices of the Texas legislature. This led to the passage of Texas House State Resolution 433:

WHEREAS, there are many brands of rat poison on the market today; and
WHEREAS, Some brands of rat poison do cause the rat to leave the building before he dies; and
WHEREAS, The same thing goes for mice; and
WHEREAS, The State of Texas obviously does not use a brand of rat poison that causes rats and mice to leave the building before they die; and
WHEREAS, For the last week and a half, Representatives Jungmichel, Wieting, Ward, McAlister, Allen, Allen of Harris, Jones of Harris, Kubiak, Parker of Jefferson, Cory, Newman, Johnson of Bexar, Kothman, Weldon, Longoria, Ogg and Cummings have unduly suffered mental anguish by having to smell a dead rat; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the heretofore mentioned Representatives hereby go on record as supporting either letting the rats run loose in the Capitol or changing the brand of rat poison.

So what are these brands of rat poison that can make a rat leave the building before it dies? I've never heard of such a thing.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Feb 28, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Government, 1960's

Put Men in Girdles

Dr. Peter Steincrohn's 1969 book (available used on Amazon) promised to reveal how one could be "lazy, healthy, & fit." For years before he published the book, Steincrohn had also been writing newspaper columns in which he promoted his formula for health. The secret was girdles.

He felt that all men over 40, in particular, should be wearing girdles just like their wives (this was the 1960s), because he believed that girdles promoted good circulation and thus meant the heart didn't have to work as hard pumping blood. Wearing a girdle, he promised, would "add years to a man's life."


The Abilene Reporter-News - Nov 23, 1964
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Feb 27, 2015 | Comments (1)
Category: Health, Books, 1960's

The First Dog Whisperer



Much iconography that was once taken for granted as part of our culture now means nothing to people. Does any youth of today understand that a Napolean hat = crazy?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Feb 26, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Nutrition, Dogs, 1960's

Sodaburst



A solution without a problem. So much easier than scooping a dollop of vanilla ice cream into a glass of root beer. Now with limited flavor choices!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 25, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: Advertising, Chindogu, Junk Food, 1960's

Follies of the Madmen #242

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From American Home for September 1966.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Feb 24, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Domestic, Dreams and Nightmares, 1960's, Fictional Monsters

Ouija Board, 1968

Parker Brothers bought the commercial rights to the Ouija Board in 1966. Based on this 1968 ad, I'm guessing that they were wary of marketing it as a device for communicating with dead people. Instead, they tried to sell it as a kind of Magic 8-Ball. But really, who would ask a Ouija board such boring questions?

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Feb 20, 2015 | Comments (16)
Category: Paranormal, Advertising, 1960's

Eddie the Marshmallow-Eating Alligator

Eddie the Alligator achieved brief fame back in 1966 because of his food preferences. I'm no alligator expert, but I don't think that hand-feeding them marshmallows is recommended by experts.


The San Bernardino County Sun - Mar 17, 1966


The Pittsburgh Press - Apr 10, 1966
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Feb 18, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Animals, 1960's

“Nice Girls Don’t Stay for Breakfast”



Some post-orgasmic singing from an era when sexual mores were in flux.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Feb 15, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Etiquette and Formal Behavior, Food, Music, Sex Symbols, 1960's

Abnormals Anonymous

This 1964 novel by Stella Gray seems appropriate for WU.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Feb 14, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Books, 1960's
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