Back in 1977, a small-time huckster named Eric Herrmann bought a bunch of old, porcelain Hot and Cold faucet handles and got the idea of selling them as necklaces.
On the theory that nothing sells like scandal, he called them "Ferrous Faucets," and then asked Farrah Fawcett to endorse them. In response, her lawyers threatened to sue him for capitalizing on their client's name, which apparently was exactly the response he wanted. The controversy was deemed newsworthy, and newspapers throughout the nation ran the photo he supplied them of a model wearing his Ferrous Faucets, thereby boosting his sales.
Shenandoah Evening Herald - July 15, 1977
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - May 25, 1980
image source: worthpoint.com
Tampa Bay Times - Nov 24, 1977
had a predecessor.
Source of image.
Chuck mentioned a few weeks ago
that French performance artist Abraham Poincheval would soon be sitting on a dozen eggs until they hatch. He's now well into the process of doing that and has hatched nine eggs already. [News24.com
Poincheval hatching eggs
Back in 1946, the legendary PR man Jim Moran did something similar. He sat on an ostrich egg for 19 days until it hatched, to publicize the movie The Egg and I
Jim Moran with egg
But the most famous case of a human incubating an egg may be from 1958 when Mrs. Ella Petry carried an egg in her cleavage for 21 days to prove that she could hatch an egg that way. It started as a dare in her neighborhood pub. And yes, the egg did eventually hatch.
The Louisville Courier-Journal - June 4, 1958
Mrs. Petry's stunt was recreated in 1969 for Lord Snowdon's TV documentary "Love of a Kind" that explored the strange relationships between people and their pets. The documentary then sparked an extended debate in the British press over whether it was actually possible for a woman to incubate an egg that way. Would there be enough warmth? The scientific director of the British Egg Marketing Board eventually weighed in on the debate and said yes, it should be possible. In fact, it was apparently an ancient custom among peasant women in Italy to do exactly this. The gender of a chick hatched in a woman's bosom is said to foretell the gender of the woman's next child.
Daily Sketch reporter Erica Wallace recreates Ella Petry's incubation stunt. Life - Dec 12, 1969
I am not sure why 1930s actress Alice White
was made to pose with bunnies so often, but she certainly looked fetching with them.
Source of third foto.
Move over Spaghetti Monster, The Church of Bacon
is new in town! With bacon's popularity peaking its an idea whose time has come.
Update: For those who are reticent to take a Google survey (sorry about that) Here is a link
to the Church of Bacon website.
Someone in Portland, Oregon must have gotten a deal on a large quantity of orange and white dildos
. They are turning up around town tied in pairs and thrown over the power lines. No reason has been given and no one has claimed responsibility yet.
Loretta North of Australia probably thought it was quite an honor when she was picked to serve as "Miss Kangaroo" and tour the United States with two kangaroos. It was part of a publicity stunt to promote the 1952 movie Kangaroo
. But it doesn't sound like the tour went very well. One of the kangaroos promptly died. Loretta herself had to be hospitalized for strep throat. And while the other kangaroo survived, it was impossible to toilet train him.
Corporate-sponsored "yarn bombing" stunt. Tim Hortons hired knitters to entirely enclose everything inside one of its restaurants in knitted wool. Yahoo! News
Back in 1947, MGM gave away one-acre plots of land located in Valencia County, New Mexico
to 689 different movie critics, editors, and publishers throughout the country. It was a publicity stunt to promote the movie The Sea of Grass
, starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, and directed by Elia Kazan.
Of course, the land was barren desert, running alongside a Santa Fe railway line. So it wasn't worth much.
But I wonder what's become of those one-acre plots today. Have they risen in value? Did any of the recipients hold onto the land, paying the taxes year after year, and passing it on to their heirs?
As for the movie, director Elia Kazan said in his autobiograpy, "It's the only picture I've ever made that I'm ashamed of. Don't see it."
What a great stunt by famed jazz musician Red Nichols.
Original article here.
I wonder if this was the tune he played.