Category:
Junk Food

The Immortal Burger

David Whipple says he bought a McDonald's hamburger back in 1999, but instead of eating it, he kept it to see how long it would take to decompose. Fourteen years later, and the thing remains basically the same. It's free of mold and fungus and doesn't even smell bad. Only the pickle decomposed. [franchise.net.au]

Posted By: Alex - Sat May 04, 2013 - Comments (5)
Category: Food, Junk Food

King Ding Dong





If only the psychedlic-era King Ding Dong had been allowed to rule the Hostess company, they might still be with us today.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 11, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Royalty, Advertising, Chocolate, Junk Food, 1970s

Bacon Curls



Yes, these are real.




Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 08, 2013 - Comments (9)
Category: Celebrities, Movies, Advertising, Junk Food

Borden Ice Cream Ads













I watch only one half-hour of TV per week--THE SIMPSONS--so I am not really qualified to assert this. Maybe a reader can clarify. Are there such things nowadays as TV ads for ice cream? I think not. In the 1950s, Americans had to be trained to consume luxuries like ice cream. Now we eat it automatically, three times a day! So why waste money on ads?

Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 06, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category: Addictions, Eating, Business, Advertising, Television, Junk Food, 1950s

Last-Meal Plates

Artist Julie Green creates plates that show the last meals of death-row inmates. She's been creating these plates for 13 years and now has around 500 of them. The most popular last-meal request? Junk food from KFC and McDonald's. [Daily Mail]

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jan 30, 2013 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Food, Junk Food, Prisons

Twinkies Art

Artist Nancy Peppin specializes in using Twinkies in her work. She sees herself as working in the tradition of Warhol. His Campbell's soup can art was her initial inspiration. Sometimes she makes art out of the sponge cakes themselves, and sometimes she creates paintings, photographic prints, etc. that feature Twinkies. Either way, they're her muse.

She's been creating Twinkies art since 1975, but thanks to the current woes of Hostess, she's been getting lots of attention recently. What I'm curious about is how she preserves the Twinkies to make sure they don't rot. Because that idea of Twinkies never rotting is just an urban legend. I also couldn't find any info on how much her pieces go for. [huffpost]



Posted By: Alex - Mon Jan 28, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Art, Food, Junk Food

Follies of the Madmen #195



This one comes courtesy of longtime WU-vie Expat47.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 15, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Junk Food, Reader Recommendation, 1950s

Nutritional Advice from BOYS’ LIFE

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Posted By: Paul - Sun Sep 09, 2012 - Comments (17)
Category: Magazines, Candy, Chocolate, Junk Food, Nutrition, 1930s, 1940s

Follies of the Mad Men #183

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I ripped this ad out of a Reader's Digest a long time ago, so I don't have the exact issue attribution. Other sources on the web claim 1960.

In any case, this is a fine example of the category of subliminal ad known technically as "You can put the liquid from your long thick bottle into my melting ice cream anytime, honey!"

Here's a fascinating version for what was then perceived as a different market.

Posted By: Paul - Tue May 22, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Sexuality, Junk Food, 1960s, Double Entendres and Nudge-Nudge, Wink-Wink

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