Category:
1970s

“You can sniff my mint”

What in the world were the admen thinking who dreamed up this campaign?

And I wonder how many parents actually let their kids wear this thing.

Arizona Republic - Apr 29, 1976

Posted By: Alex - Mon Aug 10, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Advertising, 1970s

Croaker College

A training school for frog contestants in jumping competitions.

Full SPORTS ILLUSTRATED story here.



Source (page 7).

Posted By: Paul - Thu Aug 06, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Education, Frauds, Cons and Scams, 1970s

$10,000 handshake

Must have been quite a handshake.

Redlands Daily Facts - June 30, 1977

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jul 31, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Lawsuits, 1970s

Follies of the Madmen #483



Our product turns you into an arrogant jerk.

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 19, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Emotions, Smoking and Tobacco, 1970s

The Working Couple’s Cookbook

The gimmick of this cookbook, published in 1971, was that it was striking a blow for Women's Lib by offering instructions for what both HIM and HER could do to prepare a meal.

From a review by James Boyett (pictured below):

The book details what the man is required to accomplish and what the better half is to do.
While most of the tasks the man is required to accomplish require only the knowledge of how to use a rolling pin or knife, I will warn you now that a couple of the recipes require the man to cook the meat — steak, pork chops.
One recipe, heaven forbid, asks the better half to only lay the table and then relax—while the man is required to open a couple of cans and then slave over a hot stove while "she" sips the fruit of the vine and relaxes.

More info: Awful Library Books





Abilene Reporter-News - Jan 23, 1972

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jul 16, 2020 - Comments (4)
Category: Food, Gender, Books, 1970s

Death by carrot juice

It was probably the enormous quantities of Vitamin A pills that Basil Brown was taking which actually killed him. Though the daily gallon of carrot juice certainly contributed.

More info: NY Times

Ottawa Citizen - Feb 15, 1974

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jul 12, 2020 - Comments (6)
Category: Death, Vegetables, 1970s

Square Pants

Patented in 1970 by Harold Koenig of Miami, Florida.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jul 05, 2020 - Comments (5)
Category: Fashion, 1970s

Tarantula Pie, and other ways to kill a husband

In 1977, Carol Louise Hargis was convicted of killing her husband by beating him over the head with a lead weight. She was helped by an accomplice, Terry DePew. Apparently their plan was to split the insurance money.

But what made the case unusual was the various ways the duo had earlier tried to off the husband, without success:

  • feeding him pie containing tarantula venom
  • throwing a live electric cord into the shower with him
  • shooting air into his vein
  • lacing his toast with LSD
  • Putting a poisonous snake into his bed
  • Putting bullets in the carburetor of his truck


San Francisco Examiner - Dec 2, 1977



LA Times - Dec 8, 1977

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 24, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Crime, Stupid Criminals, 1970s

The man whom bullets bounced off of

In 1976, King Dixon of Miami was shot five times at close range in the head during a bar fight. Not a single bullet penetrated his skull. He was hospitalized overnight for observation, and then released the following day in satisfactory condition.

Alexandria Town Talk - May 10, 1976



Casper Star-Tribune - May 12, 1976



It seemed at the time like he must have been bulletproof, but a follow-up by Miami Herald crime reporter Edna Buchanan, in her book Never Let Them See You Cry, reveals that he was affected by bullets after all:

Dixon was treated at a hospital and sent home, where I talked to him the next day. "My ears are still ringing," he said. "The gun was right at my ear. Those shots were really loud." Other than that, he felt fine. "I guess you have to ask the good Lord why I'm still alive."
But the bullets did kill him. I found King Dixon at the morgue eight years later. Since the shooting he had suffered seizures, and one of them killed him.
The medical examiner blamed the old bullet wounds and ruled the death a homicide.
King Dixon became Miami's only murder victim in 1984 killed by bullets fired in 1976.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 12, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Crime, Human Marvels, 1970s, Weapons

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