Category:
Hygiene

No-Wash Underwear

Organic Basics boasts that its Silvertech 2.0 line of underwear has been treated with anti-microbial silver chloride, and therefore never needs to be washed. Or, at least, only needs to be washed every few weeks.

Maybe that pitch works for some people, but it doesn't work for me. I don't want to be rewearing a pair of sweaty, old underwear, even if it has been anti-microbially treated.

Product page (Kickstarter)





Posted By: Alex - Sun Jul 22, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Hygiene, Underwear

Follies of the Madmen #367



Godzilla-sized soap bar terrorizes city.

Original ad here (page 258).

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jun 04, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Hygiene, 1910s

Kotex Kotique

"Kotique?"



Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 19, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Hygiene, 1970s, Women

Dentologia:  A Poem on the Diseases of the Teeth



Full text here.

Thanks to Richard Bleiler.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 13, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Hygiene, Poetry, Nineteenth Century, Diseases, Teeth

Follies of the Madmen #358



These people look abnormally happy, considering that they have such mutual bad breath and are in close proximity.

Original ad, alas, now locked away behind the CHICAGO TRIBUNE paywall.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 05, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, 1950s

Follies of the Madmen #355



Oh, no! Will Mr. Decay catch runaway Mr. Tooth? The suspense is unbearable!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 14, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, Children, 1950s

Crest Cavity Creeps

This will obviously be rebooted as a Hollywood Blockbuster any day now.









Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 09, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Hygiene, 1970s, Fictional Monsters

Yell Yaa Hoo

Years before the Internet company Yahoo! came into existence, the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh was urging use of the word as a more hygienic form of greeting: "When you come across a friend, raise your hands to the sky and scream 'Yaa Hoo' instead of employing the universal handshake."

The Molina Dispatch - Apr 1, 1988


Apparently Rajneesh believed that "Yaa-Hoo" was quite a powerful word, since he also had his followers use it in a ritualized laughter therapy:

The first part will be Yaa-Hoo!—for three hours, people simply laugh for no reason at all. And whenever their laughter starts dying they again say, "Yaa-Hoo!" and it will come back. Digging for three hours you will be surprised how many layers of dust have gathered upon your being. It will cut them like a sword, in one blow. For seven days continuously, three hours every day... you cannot conceive how much transformation can come to your being.

And then the second part is "Yaa-boo." The first part removes everything that hinders your laughter—all the inhibitions of past humanity, all the repressions. It cuts them away. It brings a new space within you, but still you have to go a few steps more to reach the temple of your being, because you have suppressed so much sadness, so much despair, so much anxiety, so many tears—they are all there, covering you can destroying your beauty, your grace, your joy.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 10, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Hygiene, 1980s

Kissing Screen

Popular Science Monthly - Feb 1920



Oakland Tribune - May 1, 1910



The Day Book - Feb 19, 1912

Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 03, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Hygiene, 1910s

Follies of the Madmen #350



"Telltale beverages" = booze.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 03, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, 1960s

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