Category:
Superstition

Follies of the Madmen #328



As you can see, this ad appeared in the April issue of EBONY magazine, thus rendering any possible connection to Halloween, the time of ghosts, utterly irrelevant. What is the excuse for the pun, then? Because Herb-Ox represents the ghost of a cow? It's utterly arbitrary and unseductive and not germane to the product. Yet some ad guy obviously thought it was genius.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 11, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Superstition, 1960s

Helpful Dead Wife






Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 02, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Crime, Death, Superstition, Marriage, 1900s

Sathya Sai Baba




"Sai Baba's materialisations of vibhuti (holy ash) and other small objects such as rings, necklaces, and watches, along with reports of miraculous healings, resurrections, clairvoyance, bilocation, and alleged omnipotence and omniscience, were a source of both fame and controversy."

Wikipedia page.


Posted By: Paul - Thu May 25, 2017 - Comments (11)
Category: Cult Figures and Artifacts, Frauds, Cons and Scams, Religion, Superstition, India

Chinese Fingernail Reading



I had been unaware until now that Chinese Palmistry interpreted one's fingernails as well.

A modern guide is here.


But I rather like these interpretations from 1905.


Posted By: Paul - Tue Aug 09, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Body, Superstition, 1900s, Asia

Bullet-proof Bible

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Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jun 08, 2016 - Comments (11)
Category: Death, Religion, Superstition, 1950s, Weapons

The Billiken

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Woman imagines a deity, it become part of the native cultures of Alaska and Japan. That's pretty weird.

Wikipedia entry here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon May 23, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Cult Figures and Artifacts, Religion, Superstition, Foreign Customs, 1900s

Cold Medicine of the Beast

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Still being made and sold today.



Home page here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 17, 2016 - Comments (9)
Category: Health, Religion, Superstition, Nineteenth Century

The Dripping Bloody Hawk-Mummy of War

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Original article here.

In 1930 we learn, from no less an authority than the founder of the Boy Scouts, about this macabre prescient bird corpse.

A followup article the same year explains more, and gives the owner's name.

Then after four years, the hawk crops up again.

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Original article here.

Since then, nothing. I wonder what ever became of this talisman?

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 09, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Superstition, War, 1930s

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