Category:
1990s

Hunting Groceries

For one week in 1992, German artist Christian Jankowski "hunted" his groceries in the supermarket with a bow and arrow. From his website:

Jankowski shot down frozen chickens, butter, toilet paper, and various other "essentials." His game, if edible, was not just dead, it was processed on a mass scale. Thus the reaction of the woman working the checkout counter: she remained wholly unimpressed by the trophies of his "bargain hunt," which she scanned with the arrows still sticking out of them.

Imagine trying to go into a supermarket with a bow and arrow nowadays to hunt your groceries.



Posted By: Alex - Tue Jul 31, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Food, Shopping, Performance Art, 1990s

Barfo Family Candy

The classic, vomiting-head candy released by Topps in 1990.

Drew Friedman tells the story of its creation here.

Spin - July 1991





Posted By: Alex - Wed Jul 18, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Candy, 1990s

Donut Cologne

Invented in 1996 by three California firefighters turned entrepreneurs. Their explanation of how they got the idea:
"We were coming out of a fire one night and we walked past this policeman who smelled like donuts. We were like, 'Wow, we love that smell.' And we started laughing that cops hang out in donut shops so much, they actually are starting to smell like donuts."

More info: LA Times - May 3, 1996



San Bernardino County Sun - Aug 7, 1996



Los Angeles Times - May 3, 1996

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jul 12, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: 1990s, Perfume and Cologne and Other Scents

Returned for insufficient payment

October 1992: Evans Mortuary played hardball. When a customer didn't make full payment, they simply returned the body, right to the customer's doorstep. More details here, including these lines:

"I called the police, and they said, `How do you know it's your father?' " said 37-year-old Larry Bojarski. "And I told them, `I see his face. I know what he looks like!' What am I supposed to do with the body? He's my father."

And from the mortician:

"Who says I dumped him there? I left him there," mortician Newell Evans said. When told other funeral homes considered it unethical, he replied, "They can run their establishments as they see fit, and I will run mine my way."

The mortician was charged with abuse of a corpse, but eventually acquitted.

Salem Statesman Journal - Oct 14, 1992

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jul 01, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Death, 1990s

Follies of the Madmen #368



Cigarettes tied to alarming increase in skirt flareups!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 09, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Tobacco and Smoking, 1990s

Mistress of Time

Back in 1996, Jeanne Calment of France celebrated her 121st birthday by releasing a record titled Maîtresse du Temps (Mistress of Time) on which she "recounts her memories above a musical background of rap, techno and farandole, a regional dance tune dating to the Middle Ages."

Based on the clips I've been able to find, the album was as awful as you might expect.

Calment died in 1997, at the age of 122. Wkipedia offers this interesting detail about her life:

In 1965, at age 90 and with no heirs, Calment signed a contract to sell her apartment to lawyer André-François Raffray, retaining a life estate. Raffray, then aged 47 years, agreed to pay her a monthly sum of 2,500 francs (€381.12) until she died. Raffray ended up paying Calment the equivalent of more than €140,000, more than double the apartment's value.




Salem Statesman Journal - Feb 22, 1996





Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 26, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Music, 1990s

Feral Cheryl

An eco-feminist, anti-Barbie doll featuring tattoos, unshaven legs, pierced nipples, pubic hair, and dreadlocks. Created by Lee Duncan of Australia in 1995.

Duncan still has a few Feral Cheryls available for sale at her website feralcheryl.com.au. They're going for $75 AUD (about 57 US dollars).



Palm Beach Post - May 31, 1995

Posted By: Alex - Mon Apr 23, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Toys, Gender, 1990s

Dog-Fur Boots

Tecnica is still around, and still selling boots. But none lined with dog fur any more, as far as I can tell.



Greenville News - Dec 11, 1991

Posted By: Alex - Sun Apr 22, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Fashion, Shoes, Dogs, 1990s

Have an airport nice day

In 1991, the New York Port Authority launched a $90,000 program to teach its employees to be friendlier to tourists. As part of this program employees "were encouraged to repeat the following mantra as a send-off to visitors: 'Thank you. Have an airport nice day.'"

Minneapolis Star Tribune - Aug 12, 1991

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 19, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Bombast, Bloviation and Pretentiousness, 1990s

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